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Geek Travel Tips

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

After being “off the grid” in Montana’s beautiful Glacier National Park last week, Dr. Mac offers a handful of things to consider before you embark on your next trip.

What Dr. Mac Thinks 
of the New Apple Stuff

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Apple held its fall product announcement event last week in Cupertino, and although Dr. Mac wasn’t there, he watched it on Apple TV and (big surprise) has some strong opinions…

Dealing with Mac Data Bloat

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac has literally millions of files on thirteen hard disks stored in two locations (or three if you count the cloud), and now he has the app that helps him wrangle all those files: NeoFinder.

Where Dr. Mac Shops for Value

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Regardless of what you might seek—a new or used Mac, a peripheral, an iDevice, a performance upgrade, a protective case, or something else entirely—Dr. Mac almost always has an opinion on where he likes to shop for the best product of that type at the lowest price.

Things I Like in macOS Catalina

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus has been poring over macOS Catalina betas while working on his next For Dummies books, and he has compiled a list of features he thinks you’ll love about the next macOS release.

My Five “Desert Island” Mac Apps

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

You’re stranded on a desert island. You’ve got a brand-new Mac and can add just 5 third-party apps. Which apps would they be and why? Never mind the electricity, Internet, or other logical thoughts—what five apps would you not want to be without? Find out Dr. Mac’s top five this week in his Rants & Raves column!

Word Processors vs. Writing

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac says most (or at least many) people compose longer written prose in a word processor… and that may be a mistake. He believe that you’ll do better work and finish it faster if you use a text editor instead of a word processor or page layout program for all but final drafts.

Cheap (or Free) Thrills for Mac Users

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac has some cheap (and free) thrills for you this week: Three inexpensive (or free) apps he uses every day to be more productive.

Recovering from Catastrophic Disk Failure

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac’s not having the best summer. Last week he had iPhone woes that took three trips to the Genius Bar to resolve. Then, this week, with the whole iPhone calamity finally behind him, his MacBook Air’s SSD bit the dust..

When Good iPhones Go Bad…

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac says he’s used iPhones for more than a decade (since June 29, 2007, to be precise). And, in that time, he’s used 11 or 12 different iPhone models, all of which had been pretty much reliable…until last week. Get the scoop in Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves Episode #341.

Help with Your 64-Bit Transition to macOS Catalina

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

In Rants & Raves Episode #340 Dr. Mac explains the transition to 64-bit only computing macOS 10.15 Catalina will bring this Fall and what it means to you.

How to Do Everything Faster on your Mac

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

In Episode #339 of Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves, Dr. Mac explains how to make everything on your Mac faster by becoming a better typist.

Time Machine Is NOT Time Capsule

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

The Time Capsule was a hardware device that combined a wireless router with a built-in hard disk to offer wireless backup using Time Machine.

Apple’s Time Capsule and Time Machine are two different products, and Dr. Mac has what you need to know.

Getting “Unlock with Apple Watch” to Work on Your Mac

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac says he loves the “unlock your Mac with Apple Watch” feature, but it occasionally ceases to function for no reason. Never fear, gentle reader! After countless hours testing dozens of suggestions, the good doctor has a surefire recipe to fix the issue almost every time.

GarageBand: Better Than Ever (And Free)…

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

GarageBand now includes free lessons!

If you haven’t looked at GarageBand lately, you might want to check it out. Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus thinks you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how mature and usable it’s become and how much fun it is to use.

Modernize Your Mac’s Clipboard

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac says, “While it’s quaint that the Mac Clipboard has remained virtually unchanged for three decades, I’ve never understood why Apple has avoided adding new functionality to the Clipboard. Today’s Macs have plenty of horsepower and can easily manage more than one item at a time on the Clipboard!

What I Liked About WWDC 2019

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

In Rants & Raves Episode #335, Dr. Mac reveals what he found encouraging (or at least interesting) at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference last week.

Cricut Smart Cutting Machines Are COOL!

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Although Dr. Mac was initially attracted to Cricut Maker for its ability to cut wood, he didn’t fall in love with it until he’d used it to create dozens of interesting, fun, and useful projects.