Posts Tagged Apple

Troubleshooting a Mac: Beware of Third-Party Utilities

In early June, I gave a one-hour workshop at the Vancouver Editors Canada conference. I spoke about Inbox Zero, the lack of which can be a drag on productivity. Two things happened at this conference that triggered my dreaming up a series of blog posts, the first of which you’re now reading.

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Cut down the amount of time spent on searches

Robert Drake figures he spends about 15 hours each week searching for information. “Fifty years ago, I think the entire bar would only have knowledge of six cases in an area of law,” says Drake, an associate at Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber LLP. “Now there are

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I read 425 words per minute

This might be the most eye-catching blog post title I’ve ever come up with. It may also be the easiest. It’s certainly accurate. I know I’m reading at this speed because Spritz Reader tells me so.

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A rant about calendars

Whenever I send people an email, chances are it either arrives in their inboxes or, in a small minority of cases, their spam filters reroute it to their spam boxes. One or the other. Emails just don’t get lost in transit. I’d expect the same thing to happen with

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Keeping documents up to date on several devices

Even though I’ve had Apple iCloud Drive for about a year, I hadn’t bothered to use it until recently. It’s a great alternative to copying files from one device to another, which is a pain even when I can use USB memory sticks. That said, I already have a

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Prevent unwanted software activity on your computer

All types of malware, from viruses to trojan horses to bots and so on, aren’t particularly mysterious. They’re merely pieces of software. They worry people since they do things to computers their owners don’t want done. Security-conscious computer users have already adopted good habits. They don’t click

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Cheaper computers are often more expensive

Computer buyers are like drivers who need to put gas in the tank. Let me explain. There are a few “discount” gas stations near my place. They sell gas for about four cents per litre less than nearby stations. On a typical 30 litre fill-up, that works

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How I back up data

Computer users who don’t back up their data tend to ignore this basic reality: there are only two types of hard disks. those that have failed those that will fail When they do fail, the computer’s owner experiences the frustration and anxiety that usually accompanies the loss

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Designing business processes

Do you regularly repeat certain lengthy processes in your business? For instance, do you take the same steps to deliver a certain service to a customer? If you do, you probably know what steps to take when. You might, however, forget a step or two when the process

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Creating a guest account on your computer

Do you let other people use your computer? It’s a reasonable thing to do. Guests at your office might need directions to their next destination. House guests might want to check their email. That said, you might be letting them check your own email, or contact information, or calendars, or

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