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Dr. Mac’s Working Smarter: Apps that Help You With the Pomodoro Technique

5:20 PM, Mar. 23rd, 2016 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Are you familiar with The Pomodoro Technique®? If you’re not, you really should check it out. Dr. Mac uses it every day to help him focus on a single task and remain focused for as long as necessary in 25 minute bursts. Because he's focused on a single task, he does better work and finishes it faster than if he's multitasking or trying to work between interruptions.

A Usable Stand-Up Desk for $25? Yes!

12:30 PM, Mar. 16th, 2016 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Oristand cardboard stand-up desk for $25

There’s no shortage of controversy in the debate over whether sitting or standing at your desk is healthier. But if you'd like to try standing and would prefer not to spend $500 or more on a stand-up/sit-down desk, Dr. Mac found a cool new standing desk fabricated out of industrial cardboard that sets up in seconds and costs only $25! 

Desktop Printer Ink Wars 2016: Part II

4:50 PM, Mar. 9th, 2016 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Epson EcoTank HP Instant Ink

Epson and HP each introduced a new approach to the inkjet printer ink dillemma. Epsons features five new EcoTank models that have huge ink reservoirs with enough ink for up to two years of printing. Hewlett-Packard (HP) introduced “Instant Ink,” which charges you not for the ink you use, but for the number of pages you print each month. His results may not be surprising, but one of the printers gave him an unpleasant surprise. Read Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves #165 for the thrilling conclusion to Desktop Printer Ink Wars 2016 (continued from last week). 

Desktop Printer Ink Wars: 2016

3:50 PM, Mar. 2nd, 2016 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Ink Wars 2016

Dr. Mac was (understandably) excited when  two printer manufacturers — HP and Epson — each offered him a printer to test with their new ink initiatives — HP's Instant Ink and Epson's EcoTank — which were created to make the whole ink replacement thing more convenient and affordable. 

A Tale of Two Universal Remotes: Harmony vs. Blumoo

4:30 PM, Feb. 17th, 2016 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

It’s been a couple of years since Dr. Mac talked about universal remote control devices and apps. He says an awesome universal remote control is the holy grail of home automation; having a single device that can mimic every function of all five individual remote controls for his home theatre system is priceless. And the ability to control his Phillips Hue and Lutron Caseta lights, Nest thermostat, and other smart devices from a single remote (or iOS app) is the icing on the cake.

Living with an iPad Pro

2:40 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Drawing made on iPad Pro

As Dr. Mac told you last week, he's been testing a 128GB iPad Pro with a new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard and while it won’t replace his laptop, it has quickly become his iPad of choice for a variety of reasons (which you'll only discover if you read Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #161: Living with an iPad Pro.

iPad Pro: Impressive, But Not a Laptop Replacement for Dr. Mac

4:00 PM, Jan. 27th, 2016 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

iPad pro three 3 colors

Dr. Mac has been testing a decked out 128GB iPad Pro with the new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard for a couple of months and says it's cool, but not a laptop replacement for him. You'll only find out why if you read this week's episode (#160 in the long-running series) of Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves. 

Everything Old is New Again (or You Do Know Jack, Don’t You?)

4:10 PM, Jan. 20th, 2016 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

The Jackbox Party Pack

Dr. Mac's son came home raving about a cool new party game called You Don’t Know Jack. The good doctor regretfully informed him that You Don’t Know Jack (YDKJ hereafter) first became available as an interactive CD-ROM the year before he was born and has been available continuously on various platforms ever since. It turned out it actually was a new game called The Jackbox Party Pack; it costs $24.99 in the Mac App Store. Read the column to see why Dr. Mac really, really liked it. 

Why iTunes Must Die!

2:50 PM, Jan. 13th, 2016 · · Dr. Mac’s Rants and Raves

Why iTunes Must Die!

It’s no secret that Dr. Mac doesn't care much for recent versions of iTunes. Find out why in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #158, also known as, "Why iTunes Must Die!"