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Speech Recognition: Making Your Mac Listen to You

12:20 PM, Jul. 27th, 2009 · · Computing with Bifocals


You can verbally direct your Mac to find a phone number, open an application, send an email, or insert text in a document.  Nancy Carroll Gravley gives you the how-to, along with some ideas on how to use speech recognition on your Mac.

Cool Stuff Hiding Inside Mac OS X

12:58 PM, Mar. 18th, 2009 · · Computing with Bifocals


Mac OS X includes a long list of features, and some that you might overlook can come in handy every day -- or even save you a few dollars. Nancy dives into some of her favorites and shares how they make her Mac even easier to use.


Nancy’s Tip-a-palooza

9:30 AM, Feb. 19th, 2009 · · Computing with Bifocals


It's time a plain old tips column. In fact, it has been way too long. I have been tied up reviewing cool products from Macworld Expo, but nothing really replaces tips for beginners. So here are some that have either come my way recently, or I have stumbled across them myself trying to solve problems. I hope you find them helpful.

Kensington SlimBlade Mouse with Nano Receiver

2:22 PM, Feb. 13th, 2009 · · Computing with Bifocals


Kensington's new SlimBlade mouse packs a full-sized wireless laser mouse and receiver in a small package, but it's still equally useful for road warriors and desk jockeys alike. 

MacSpeech Dictate

10:45 AM, Feb. 12th, 2009 · · Computing with Bifocals


The venerable keyboard isn't the only way to fill your documents with text, and MacSpeech Dictate proves that your voice can work as a typing tool, too. The voice dictation package includes software and a headset, but is it worth the price? Nancy Gravley says it is.

Nancy’s Mac-Themed Cookie Recipe for the Holidays

6:27 PM, Dec. 19th, 2008 · Nancy Gravley · Computing with Bifocals


The TMO editors have asked me to reprise my column on holiday cookies. This is actually a nefarious scheme on their part to get me to make a new batch of cookies so they can conduct "product tests." [Editor's note: NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM.]

Clamshell Mode Follow-up

8:30 AM, Nov. 25th, 2008 · · Computing with Bifocals


In a blog entry last month, I commented that neither I nor an Apple employee could get clamshell mode to work with a new MacBook Pro (MBP) connected to a new LED Cinema Display at the Apple Store. That is, once we closed the lid on the laptop, the Cinema Display turned off and would not turn back on. Subsequently, I contacted Apple about this and they assured me that clamshell mode does work with the new hardware. So I hoofed it back to the Apple Store for a retest.