hands on with kindle for mac

March 19, 2010

Four months after releasing Kindle for PC, Amazon dropped a Kindle Reader for Mac this week. I installed it last night and played with it for about five minutes. That’s all it took to learn what it could do. When Kindle for iPhone was released, I was pleased. It doesn’t replace my Kindle, but it’s […]

i can't believe i'm saying this…

April 21, 2009

I think the time has come for me to say goodbye to Quicksilver. Last week, I decided to wipe out my hard drive and start from scratch. My MacBook Pro seemed to hang up here and there. I wondered if one of my culprits was Quicksilver. I know other have had problems with it in […]

creative tools: various sundry miscellany

March 30, 2009

This is part of a short series on Creative Tools. Other posts in the series (so far) include: Creative Tools: Hardware, Creative Tools: Backend and Creative Tools: Production. I intended to have posts about software in the Creative Tools series. Welcome to this third. As I was putting the first two together, there were too […]

give good food to your mac

November 19, 2008

Mac users might be interested in a software promotion running through the end of the month called Give Good Food to Your Mac. A number of indie software developers have collaborated to bring you discounted software in this promotion. I lost count, but there are well over 60 apps, utilities and games available. Buy 3 […]

slices of slife

September 30, 2008

Last week, I mentioned the Slife review I wrote for MacSparky. If you haven’t read that, I hope you will, because I want to talk a little bit more about how Slife has been helpful for me. The short version is this: “Slife is a free program that runs in the background and measures how […]

clean out yer dock

August 14, 2008

(The title of this post should be read with the same inflection and accent as the line “Bring out yer dead!” from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. If you aren’t familiar with that line, then please go rent the movie and watch it before continuing…) This is part of an ongoing series called Blinders […]

mobileme on the cheap(er)

July 7, 2008

You, like me, might be angling toward a MobileMe membership. We already have a .Mac account, but with iPhone 2.0 coming out later this week, I’m realizing that a family pack will be useful for the two iPhones in our house. Amazon has the .Mac family pack for $120 while they last. I offer no […]

logos for the mac….sigh

April 18, 2008

I started using Logos Bible software about five years ago and have a library full of handy resources. One of the most difficult things about switching over to Mac as my main computer a few years ago was the loss of Logos. They had publicly stated they were planning a Mac version, but it was […]

another mac software bundle

April 8, 2008

An ad in the latest MacWorld magazine is promoting another MacUpdate bundle. Starting April 16, MacUpdate will have a new software package available. I mention it here, because at $64.99, it will include both Leap and Hazel. These are the two key software pieces I used to organize my documents folder, which I mentioned last […]

spring cleaning the documents folder

March 28, 2008

This is part of an ongoing series called Blinders where I explore some of the ways I streamline my computer workflows to minimize distractions. Spring seems to be reluctant to make it’s way to the Pacific Northwest this year. I decided to coax it along with a good spring cleaning in my documents folder. Documents […]

taskpaper at maczot

February 25, 2008

If you are a Mac user who is looking for a simple, GTD styled task manager, take a look at TaskPaper. Today, you can get it for only $12 over at MacZot!

yojimbo makeover

February 13, 2008

As much as I love Yojimbo, the icon (to the right) has never quite revved my engines. Somehow, the karate kick just doesn’t inspire me to tuck away thoughts dredged the murky depths of my soul. Thanks to my friend Todd, I’m now sporting a new Yojimbo icon that looks like a short stack of […]

a great week for mac software

January 9, 2008

One of my favorite things about having a Mac is the active community of independent software developers. There are countless specialized apps out there designed to improve just about any aspect of your workflow. Some of the activity in the Mac software world this week is worth passing along. Don’t even get me started with […]

mac essentials, part two: utilities

February 16, 2007

(Hmm…there wasn’t supposed to be a week of silence between these two posts. Life happens I guess.) As promised (or threatened), here are a list of utilities that, at this point, I couldn’t live without. I consider these utilities because either they are running in the background and I don’t interact with them directly, or […]

mac essentials, part one: apps

February 8, 2007

One of the things I love about the Mac community is the innovation that goes on among independent software developers. I’ve really refined my workflow on my MacBook since the first of the year, and I’m pretty happy with it. In honor of several friends who have gotten their first Mac in the last few […]


January 12, 2007

I got a license for Delicious Library as part of the MacHeist package. Not to gush, but I love it. It catalogs books, DVDs, CDs and games, and displays them on a virtual bookshelf. I thought the program would just provide some nice eye candy, but it’s been very useful. It’s turned into a program […]


December 12, 2006

If you are a Mac user, check out MacHeist. They are selling a bundle of Mac software worth over $200 for only $49, and $10 from every purchase goes to whatever charity you designate. As more money is raised, a few more apps will become available. Personally, I was excited just because I was already […]


December 2, 2006

I’m not sure why this is so fascinating to me but it is. I set my iSight to take a picture every 30 seconds over about a 90 minute period this morning. This scintillating set of action packed photos documents me reading, following up on some email, and doing a little design work (see the […]