Long before I started MacMost in 2007 I was writing computer books. My first book was about multimedia authoring way back in 1995. For a while I wrote books mostly for developers. Then I started to write books about Apple things after MacMost started. My biggest success was My iPad for QUE (most recent edition). I also started publishing my own books last year with The Practical Guide to Mac Security.
Since the beginning of MacMost 9 years ago I thought about writing a “tips” book. After all, tips are the essence of MacMost. You come here to learn useful tips about how to use your Mac. People like the videos, but people like tips in book form too.
So I finally decided to write my tips book. I like how it turned out.
Using a trick hidden in the Accessibility features of your Mac you can zoom in to a portion of your Mac's screen. With El Capitan you can use this zoom feature as a magnifying glass, allowing you to see the screen normally while also seeing a zoomed view in a corner. This can be useful for artists or anyone who needs to focus on a portion of their screen. But it isn't useful for revealing more detail in an image. (more...)
Wireless charging is a joke, but it doesn’t have to be. Have you seen those commercials for Samsung’s wireless charger? The claim is that you don’t have to deal with a cable mess. But you still do. The cable still runs from the wall to the charging pad. And you have to stick the phone directly on the charging pad. So is the experience any better than just plugging the phone in? Slightly. Very slightly. Lots of cool 21st century tech to go from “plug” to “place.”
I’ve been busy working on a new book that will contain 101 Mac tips. I’ll be focusing on OS X and Safari and leaving iCloud and apps like Pages, Numbers and Keynote for another time.
While I’m working on it, I would love to hear from your about your thoughts.
Apple’s holiday quarter results came out today. It was a record quarter by most measurements, but a slight disappointment to stock analysts. They were looking at things like the next quarter’s guidance numbers. No matter to us users, though. Apple sold a lot of stuff and made a lot of money.
Naturally many people have asked my opinion about the Danny Boyle/Aaron Sorkin movie that tried to sum up the man’s life in two hours and two minutes. In addition to being an Apple enthusiast I am also a movie buff, so of course I saw it when it came out. It is in the news again this week with two Golden Globe wins and two Oscar nominations.