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.
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!
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).
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.
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.
This week Dr. Mac explains why two displays are better than one; how to turn your iPad into an external monitor for your Mac; and why his iPad now goes everywhere his MacBook Air goes.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
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