Text Expander: A little tool to save hours of typing

Over time I download and install many helpful utilities to my Mac. Some I completely forget about them and fall into the trap of believing that their behind-the-scenes benevolence is actually something built in to OS X.

Dropbox: How to recover when Dropbox sync fills your computer’s drive

My three-year-old 11in MacBook Air has what was once considered a commodious disk—all 256GB of it. But these days, especially with large RAW files, it really isn’t that much. I had taken my eye off the ball and, of course, the day of reckoning had to happen while I was away from home on my Greek island. Ever since I arrived last Wednesday, Dropbox had been churning along, stretching the Air’s processor to the limit, and first reported “downloading file list” and then “syncing files”: All pretty normal stuff except that with my glacial 1GB broadband, the procedure was taking days rather than hours.

Learn the top ten Mac keyboard shortcuts in ten minutes

Many new Mac users seldom use keyboard shortcuts. Even frequent actions such as cut and paste are laboriously handled from the menu...

Spooks put new life into the typewriter industry

So the spooks of Germany's Bundesnachrichtendientst (don't you just love that language?) are giving up their hackable and wormable computers for good old fashioned typewriters. The standard Bundesnachrichtendienstbeamtersschreibmaschine¹ (more respect for the German language....) will henceforth grace every secure desk as Merkelland fights a rearguard action against the perfidious NSA.

 

Evernote turbo sync and web clipper

I've been a great fan of Evernote ever since the service was launched in 2008. This free cloud storage service enables you to save...

The paperless office really does work

Six years ago I made a resolution. I would henceforth strive to achieve a paperless life. I went digital overnight but I could never...

New Day One: Now when did I go to Lagos

Nice new Mac version of my favourite journalling app, Day One, arrived along with Mavericks. It looks good and I was impressed to be...

Reeding, Wrangling and procrastinating

I read enough articles on productivity to know that procrastination is the enemy of progress. Yet I am guilty as charged when it comes...

Home office in a trunk

Back when I was a young journalist I lived in a small one-room apartment where I had to share out the space for bed,...

Brett has a script for it

Don’t you just love Brett Terpstra? If there’s something you never realise you needed, Brett has a script ready and waiting to do...