Apple Watch: Major Hit or Epic Failure?

1:44 PM, Apr. 23rd, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Apple Watch: Hit or epic failure?

The Apple Watch, being Apple's first actual "new" product since the iPad in 2010 (or the iPhone in 2007 if you consider the iPad a sub-species of the iPhone), has already generated more sales estimates and predictions of its success or failure than usual. Dr. Mac has a prediction of his own, but it's not what you think... 

Your OS X Menu Bar is Prime Real Estate

6:30 PM, Apr. 9th, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Your OS X Menu Bar is Prime Real Estate

Dr. Mac says, "I'm not normal; I've currently got more than 25 menu bar apps in addition to the handful included with Yosemite. But I happen to like menu bar apps... a lot...  and I find all of the ones I have installed useful in some way."

Here are a few of my faves...

The (New) Mouse of Dr. Mac’s Dreams

3:40 PM, Apr. 1st, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Logitech MX Master Mouse

This week in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves #116, I tell you about my latest infaturation -- Logitech’s just-released MX Master mouse, which includes the best speed-adaptive scroll wheel I’ve ever used. That alone would be worth the price of admission to me, but the new MX Master mouse has much more to love. For example... 

Two More Cool-But-Semi-Hidden Yosemite Features

4:50 PM, Mar. 24th, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Yosemite semi hidden feature

Continuing the theme I began here last week, allow me to introduce you to another pair of useful but semi-hidden OS X Yosemite features. Feature #1 is recording movies of your Mac or iDevice screen;  #2 is putting your written signature onto a PDF document.

Don't miss it!

A Pair of Cool-But-Semi-Hidden OS X Yosemite Features

12:32 PM, Mar. 19th, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

hidden Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite features

Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite has gotten better since its initial release… But I notice that several of useful features are semi-hidden by default. For example, your Mac can take dictation and turn your words into text without having to buy Dragon Dictate. But it’s disabled by default. To enable it... 

Intuit Hoses Quicken (Mac) Users…Again

4:40 PM, Mar. 4th, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Intuit crippling Quicken Essentials and then charging for the upgrade! Outrageous!

Intuit recently sent a message to users of Quicken Essentials for Mac:  “Your connected services will be discontinued on 4/30/15. Upgrade to maintain services. Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered." But that's only part of the story... 

Dr. Mac Looks for a Lovable List Manager for Mac and iPhone

3:25 PM, Feb. 10th, 2015 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Dr. Mac Looks for a Lovable List Manager for Mac and iPhone

In the OS X era I’ve tested close to a dozen list-making/time management apps including Things, OmniFocus, and many others. And I’ve read books on productivity and task management, too. But Dr. Mac found all the software and books were either too complicated, too simple, or just too crappy. The bottom line is that while Reminders and BusyCal don't suck, he finally found something he likes much better.