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From the Tablet: Why is Ash Wednesday So Late This Year? - The Catholic Astronomer
Why is Ash Wednesday so late this year?
Contrary to popular conception, the Vatican Observatory doesn’t set the date of Easter. (We don’t cast horoscopes for the Pope, or evangelize UFOs, either.) But since Pope Gregory’s reform of the calendar in 1582 marked the beginning of the Vatican’s support for astronomy, we have a historical connection.
Our calendars have always been marked by a confusion of days, planets, and gods. Even today, our week begins with the Sun’s day, followed by the Moon’s day and ending with Saturn’s Day. The month (think, “moonth”) was originally based on the 29.5 day period of the Moon, while the year is fixed by the Sun’s apparent motion through the zodiac. If your culture is centered on animals — fishing, hunting, caring for flocks at night — moonlight and tides will control your life and your calendar will follow the Moon. If you grow crops, then seasons are more important, and a solar calendar makes more sense.
The Jewish calendar, including such festivals as Passover, is lunar; the civil calendar of Rome, set by Julius Caesar, is solar. The Church’s calendar is a holy marriage of both. Thus, most saints' days are fixed into the yearly calendar, like Christmas; but Easter was set by the Council of Nicaea as the first Sunday after Passover.
By medieval times, our astronomy had advanced to the point where it it should have been possible to calculate when those lunar holy days would occur. But in practice, such calculations turned out to be surprisingly difficult.
church  calendar  history  easter  religion  time  astronomy 
16 days ago by rgl7194
Hyper-Scheduling Without Making Yourself Crazy — MacSparky
There is a thread in the Focused forums referring to an article from The Guardian where a block scheduler gives herself 3-minute bathroom break blocks. I think that is too much. When the blocks get too small, you spend your time arranging your time instead of doing something. Blocks too small can start to feel like deck chairs on the Titanic.
When I started my series on block scheduling, I called it “hyper-scheduling”. That’s because I hadn’t researched it enough to realize everyone else in the world called it “block scheduling”. Regardless, and in spite of my silly name for it, rarely do I schedule a chunk of time less than an hour when I schedule my time. Looking at my current week, my only blocks less than an hour are my daily tasks of starting up and meditating, two things that I want to make sure I make time for and don’t need a full hour.
As I’m writing this, it’s Monday morning. Here’s my current schedule for the week.
You’ll see that nearly everything is at least an hour. While most of today is booked up, there are still blocks of open space throughout the rest of the week that will inevitably fill up as I move through the week. With these one-hour minimum blocks, it is not difficult to move things around as the need arises. One last note: because it is Monday, this schedule looks suspiciously organized and symmetrical. Have no fear. By Friday, it will look a lot less organized. Shit happens.
productivity  calendar  organizing 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Tom Garry's Mac and iOS setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Tom Garry, and I’m a primary school Deputy Head and Teaching & Learning Lead based in South London.
What is your current setup?
My Mac is a 2015 11” MacBook Air running High Sierra. I love the MacBook Air and will be disappointed when this one dies as the range has been retired. However, it is still running well for the time being. My job involves travel to several different schools, where I may be doing anything from running staff training and meeting teachers to observing or teaching lessons. For that reason, portability is really important to me: I like to be able to carry everything with me in a briefcase. Along with my MacBook, I always carry a presentation clicker and DisplayPort adaptor, so that I can plug in and go wherever I am.
setup  macbook  email  productivity  calendar  writing  presentation  photos_app  photo  editing  iphone7  whatsapp  news  reading  podcast  audiobooks  music  maps  chess  ipad  scanning  twitter 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
What you get when you export Calendar and Reminders in macOS, and how to use those files | Macworld
The archive formats vary by app and by export selection in Calendar.
The Calendar and Reminders apps in macOS let you create backups through an export option. In Calendar, you can select File > Export > Export or Export > Calendar Archive. Reminders lets you select File > Export. The exported files can used for recovery or imported into other apps and systems.
What’s the difference between these options, and why select one over another? All the options produce some variation on an ICS file, a standard calendar format supported by Apple, Google, and Microsoft, among others.
mac  backup  calendar  reminders 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
Rose Orchard's Mac Setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
I am Rose Orchard. I’m a programmer by day, and a writer and podcaster in a lot of my free time. I create web-based applications from 9-5, and write at The Sweet Setup, MacStories, and on my own blog as well as create the Automators podcast the rest of the time.
What is your current setup?
My current setup is a 15″ MacBook Pro, the 2017 model. I picked it because when you’re trying to work on the go there’s nothing worse than just not having enough screen space — a complaint you’ll rarely find on a 15″ screen! At home, I often dock it to two 24″ BenQ monitors, but I can also pick it up and take it to the bedroom (aka the podcasting studio) with ease. The laptop frequently stands up in a vertical stand. Mine says it’s by AppHome, but there are dozens of look-alikes on Amazon. It has a hard plastic shell on the front to allow me to cover my machine with stickers, but I can also keep those stickers when I sell the machine in the future.
setup  podcast  automation  MBP  productivity  writing  audio  photo  editing  calendar  ikea  homepod  sonos  airplay 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
My Must-Have Mac Apps, 2018 Edition – MacStories
Last year when I wrote about my must-have Mac apps, I was coming off a tumultuous year that started with a daily commute into Chicago for my old job and ended with me working from home. As the year came to a close, I was exploring what that meant for the way I work on the Mac.
That process continued into 2018. With the number of new things I took on in 2017 and the transition to indie life, I made the conscious decision to step back and settle into my new life. That wasn’t easy. There’s a natural tendency to take on everything that crosses your path when you go out on your own, but I’ve seen too many people fall into that trap in the past. Instead, I concluded that 2018 would be the year to improve the way I already work by refining existing workflows and reevaluating how I get things done, including on the Mac.
Three events led me to work on my Mac more in 2018. The first was the 27-inch LG 4K display I bought in January. It was a big step up from the 23-inch 1080p one I had before and, combined with a VESA arm, improved working at my Mac substantially.
The second factor was our MacStories coverage of the App Store’s tenth anniversary. For it, we produced seven extra episodes of AppStories that were released in the span of one week, which kept me in front of my Mac recording and editing for long periods of late May through June.
mac  apps  writing  research  RSS  productivity  grammar  messaging  audio  editing  calendar  mind_mapping  slack  email  twitter  emoji  photo  server  mkv  handbrake  plex  utilities  menubar  backup  statistics  vpn  1password  remote  dropbox 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
My Must-Have iOS Apps, 2018 Edition – MacStories
Putting together my annual list of Must-Have iOS Apps is an exercise in analyzing the trends of the year and considering which ones had the biggest impact on how I use my iPhone and iPad. Two years ago, it was web services and open APIs; last year, I focused on collaboration with the MacStories team and making my workflow consistent across devices; this year, there isn't a single overarching theme behind this list, but rather a collection of trends and changes that I've observed over the course of 2018.
First and foremost is the switch to a subscription-based business model by some of my favorite apps. As we noted in our look at the modern economics of the App Store earlier this year, it is becoming increasingly challenging for indie developers – the ones who make the apps we tend to use and cover most frequently on MacStories – to find a balance between reaching new customers with paid app updates and supporting an app over the span of multiple years for existing users who already paid once.
ios  apps  dropbox  calendar  email  google  slack  1password  twitter  instagram  whatsapp  RSS  podcast  youtube  tv  plex  photography  camera  photo  editing  health  homekit  weather  language  maps  PDF  writing 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
2018 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar - The Atlantic
It’s that time of year again, time for one of my favorite holiday traditions:  the 11th annual Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar. Every day until Tuesday, December 25, this page will present one new incredible image of our universe from NASA's Hubble telescope. Be sure to bookmark this calendar and come back every day until the 25th, or follow on Twitter (@TheAtlPhoto), Facebook, or Tumblr for daily updates. I hope you enjoy these amazing and awe-inspiring images and the efforts of the science teams who have brought them to Earth. As I do every year, I want to say again how fortunate I feel to have been able to share photo stories with you all year, and how much fun I have putting this calendar together  every December. Wishing you all a merry Christmas, happy holidays, and peace on Earth.
astronomy  photography  christmas  calendar  in_focus 
december 2018 by rgl7194
Home Screens - Marina Epelman — MacSparky
Marina Epelman is a professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan, specializing in theory and applications of mathematical optimization (professional twitter), homepage. In her copious spare time, she eagerly follows Apple and the Boston Red Sox (personal twitter). I’ve got to know Marina over the years as we’ve spent time together at many Mac-related conferences. She always blushes when I introduce her as my brilliant math professor friend … but it’s true. So Marina, show us your home screen.
iphone  homescreen  sonos  productivity  podcast  weather  calendar  scanning  twitter  instagram  ipad  workflow  maps  watch 
september 2018 by rgl7194
Uses This / Adam Roberts
Who are you, and what do you do?
I'm Adam Roberts, and I produce Versioning, a daily subscription newsletter for tech folk. This curates the best resources for devs and designers every day, as well as specific posts/emails on relevant and emerging subjects, plus fun stuff like media guides. It's a mix of subscriber-only content (people join for a monthly/annual fee), and free content available for everyone.
Basically: I open a lot of tabs to find the best stuff, so you don't have to. I also run a few other weekly newsletters for SitePoint, focused on blockchain, back-end dev, and design/UX, respectively.
I'm a New Zealander living in Melbourne, Australia. I like Star Wars, NBA, fancy craft beer (and brewing).
setup  MBP  chrome  headphones  iphone  plugins  instapaper  twitter  slack  google  productivity  writing  podcast  calendar  passwords 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Uses This / Fran Hoepfner
Who are you, and what do you do?
I'm Fran Hoepfner, and I'm a bunch of things. Professionally, I'm the Associate Video Director for The Onion. In addition, I work as a freelance culture writer as well as a stand-up comedian.
What hardware do you use?
At the office, I use a new 13" 2017 MacBook Air that is provided for me; at home, I use a still very good 13" 2015 MacBook Air. I have an iPhone 8 that I use even though I think my hands are marginally too small for its size. Despite almost constantly having headphones in, I just buy whatever earbuds are on sale at Target whenever a pair die out. I also wear a Fitbit Alta in black. Though I use Google Calendar at work, I swear by Moleskine Planners for all of my personal appointments and commitments.
setup  macbook  google  calendar  slack  productivity  gmail  presentation  netflix  amazon  cable_tv  language  spotify 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Uses This / Meredith Forrester
Who are you, and what do you do?
I'm Meredith Forrester, and I live in Melbourne, Australia. I used to draw and design things, but now I'm a copy editor. I edit and proofread magazines and other odd publishing jobs in my freelance time, and my full-time gig is being the managing editor at The Good Copy, a writing school, publisher and online shop for word people. Most of the time I'm organising and developing our grammar and writing courses, but I also get to create writing style guides, edit and proofread words for our agency, and help plan our future word-related products and courses and events.
setup  macbook  MBP  headphones  sonos  iphone8  google  email  chrome  calendar  slack  dropbox  writing  productivity  style  guide  spotify  RSS  language  games 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Uses This / Louis Rossetto
Who are you, and what do you do?
I'm full circle back to describing myself like I did when I graduated from university --- namely, a writer. In between, I've been an entrepreneur, the co-founder, E-I-C, publisher, and CEO of Wired, a web pioneer (Hotwired), a chocolate maker (TCHO), a father, a contrarian, and a troublemaker (what it says on LinkedIn).
setup  macbook  mac  imac  NAS  iphone8  sonos  amazon  appletv  ipad  automation  productivity  dropbox  1password  crashplan  notes_app  evernote  email  safari  firefox  calendar  writing  spotify  scanning  troubleshooting 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Uses This / Nick Heer
Who are you, and what do you do?
Hey there, I'm Nick Heer. I'm enthusiastic about taking photographs, but I'm not a photographer. I've been writing Pixel Envy for about seven years, but I'm not a writer either. I write "web designer/developer" in the Occupation field of official documents. I'm a professional converter of coffee into bytes.
I live right smack in the middle of Calgary.
What hardware do you use?
I have a maxed-out mid-2012 13-inch MacBook Air that still works very well, and it is connected to my Thunderbolt Display about 95% of the time. I use one of Apple's aluminum Bluetooth keyboards and a second-generation Magic Trackpad.
setup  macbook  itunes  iphoneX  ipad  web-dev  photo  editing  calendar  productivity  slack  twitter  RSS  weather 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Two Screens — MacSparky
First, a Little History
A long time ago, I used two screens on my computer. Back then, screens were a lot smaller and having a second 15-inch monitor could make a real difference. However, with the arrival of massive-sized iMac screens, I switched to a one-screen setup, and I was mostly happy with that. 
The iMac’s 27-inch screen has a lot of pixels and can hold a lot of applications and their related data. Moreover, macOS’s Mission Control feature is pretty great. With a single four-finger swipe on my trackpad, I can easily navigate between desktops full of additional apps. Though I have been tempted to add a second screen, the combination of a 27-inch screen plus multiple desktops has always kept me from pulling the trigger on an additional monitor. 
imac  MPU  productivity  calendar 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Home Screens - Zac Hall — MacSparky
This weeks home screen features Zac Hall (Twitter)(Website). Zac is the lead editor and one of the prolific gang of writers over at 9to5 Mac. Zac and I recently met for the first time and found ourselves in a mutual admiration society. So Zac, show us your home screen.
homescreen  iphone  twitter  calendar  exercise  RSS  instagram  pokémon  productivity  workflow  audiobooks  icloud  photo  library  watch  siri 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Automators Episode 1 - Calendar Automation — MacSparky
I'm so happy to see Automators #1 get released. The Automators is really a great experience for listeners. We talk through how to automate your life and share the downloadable scripts (and screencast a bunch of it) so you can take our work and use for yourself as a completed automation script or build upon it. Rose and I will take turns making the detailed post for each episode. Rose gets odd. I get even. So this time you'll find all of the details on Rose's post. Just to give you an idea, below are my screencasts for my Travel Time and Hyperscheduling  scripts. Finally, don't forget to check out the detailed show notes.
podcast  automation  calendar 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Paul Morris’ iPhone setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Paul F. Morris, and I work in nonprofit fundraising and have for nearly 25 years. I am currently the Director of Development for Elevate Oregon. We do youth development and empowerment in outer northeast Portland through an accredited curriculum and 1:1 relational mentoring in school and out of school. Our focus is on helping kids build the tools they need to succeed — character
qualities and life skills.
What iPhone do you have?
I am currently using the 8 Plus 64GB in space gray. It is wrapped in a black leatherette case I found in Madrid, Spain when we were
on vacation recently. I like to keep things simple and sleek.
setup  iphone8  productivity  calendar  email  journal  firefox  writing  IFTTT  google 
june 2018 by rgl7194
Uses This / Erica Joy Baker
Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Erica Joy Baker and I abuse parentheses like it's my job. My actual job that pays me is Senior Engineering Manager at Patreon. I manage Patreon's Infrastructure team (which is also known as Devops or SRE at other companies) and will be managing our soon to exist Data Engineering team. It's my job to make sure the people who keep Patreon's architecture up and running have everything they need to succeed, and then sing their praises loudly (or quietly if that's what they prefer) when they do.
In my copious spare time, I'm also on the Board of Directors for Girl Develop It and am a Founding Advisor for Project Include (this means I'm a cofounder that isn't actively working on the project).
imac  setup  macbook  headphones  iphoneX  appletv  plex  gmail  ipad  slack  netflix  amazon  calendar  1password  chrome  signal  dropbox  productivity  genetics  facebook  twitter  messaging  sonos  smart_home 
may 2018 by rgl7194
Home Screens - Darren Carr — MacSparky
This week’s home screen features Darren Carr (Twitter). Darren blogs at The Mac Quad and podcasts at the Mac Quadcast. Darren writes, podcasts, and does Mac troubleshooting. He’s also a graduate of the London School of Economics. Darren pulls all of this off while being paralyzed from the neck down. So Darren, show us your home screen.
iphone8  watch  homescreen  email  calendar  productivity  evernote  journal  writing  audiobooks  ibooks  ipad  news  sports  bbc  weather  siri 
may 2018 by rgl7194
Home Screens - Dr. Barrett Mosbacker — MacSparky
Some of my favorite home screens come from MacSparky readers. Dr. Barrett Mosbacker is one of those. So Barrett, show us your home screen.
For managing my personal and professional life my favorite apps are Spark, Fantastical, Things 3, GoodNotes, and DEVONthink. Spark and Fantastical are powerful but easy to use applications for managing my email and events. After being a long time OmniFocus Pro user I recently made the switch to Things 3. Both are exemplary apps for managing projects but I ultimately moved to Things 3 because I found myself spending less time fiddling with the application and more time getting work done. Things 3 is also an exquisitely designed app that is a pleasure to use.
ios  homescreen  iphone  email  calendar  productivity  reading  writing  weather  icloud  ipad  watch 
april 2018 by rgl7194
Adam Mason's iPhone X setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Adam Mason, a Washington DC Wedding Photographer and storyteller. I use photography to tell stories of people and organizations around the world while promoting goodness, hope and joy. I’m also a former Apple retail employee!
iphoneX  setup  instagram  podcast  calendar  evernote 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Mike Allan's iPhone X setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Mike Allan, and I’m currently a dispatcher at a local trucking company, while being a videographer, student of life, and constant tinkerer on the side. For some reason, I’ve always been interested in other people’s iPhone setups, so when I found this site and its interviews section, I bookmarked it right away. I’m constantly looking for new apps that will improve my life and simplify things.
What iPhone do you have?
The phone I’m using right now is a 64 GB Space Gray iPhone X, and I could not be happier. I’ve had an iPhone since the 3GS days, but when the new Pixel 2 came out, I traded in my iPhone 6s and made the switch to Android to see what it was all about. Roughly a month later, I sold the Pixel and moved back over to iPhone again. It’s safe to say I’m here to stay.
setup  iphoneX  calendar  gmail  GTD  notes_app  spotify  podcast  messaging 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Uses This / Bertrand Fan
Who are you, and what do you do?
I'm Bertrand Fan, an engineer on the Platform team at Slack. I build things so that you can build things, but sometimes I also build things to verify that the things that I'm building actually help you build things.
I'm less interesting than my wife, Iris Willow. You should be reading her interview instead.
Previously, I helped Barack Obama become president, built VR at Flickr and architected its transition to a Node.js stack, and failed at building a startup.
setup  slack  iphone7  airpods  obama  macbook  mac  plex  NAS  ipad  headphones  gadgets  chrome  1password  dropbox  gmail  calendar  itunes 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Josh Ginter's Mac and iOS setup for 2018 – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
Hi everyone! My name is Josh Ginter. I’m first and foremost a husband and father, which is the funnest job I’ve ever undertaken. By day, I am a public practice accountant and continue to work towards my CPA designation. By night, I am the editor-in-chief of The Sweet Setup, a writer for my own blog, a podcaster, and an administrator on a regional ice hockey executive. I love to play baseball and golf in the summer, and I particularly enjoy hanging around the barbecue on a warm summer evening.
What is your current setup?
I use a 2016 15” MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. It has a 2.6 GHz Core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, and the higher-end (in 2016) Radeon Pro 460 GPU with 4GB of VRAM.
I recently picked up the LG UltraFine 5K Display, which pairs quite wonderfully with the 15” MacBook Pro. I use a Satechi USB-C adapter for connecting SD cards and an extra USB device or two. I intend to pick up a USB-C to Ethernet adapter in the future when the house gets wired for fiber internet.
setup  macbook  backup  GTD  writing  journal  finances  photo  editing  1password  calendar  slack  email  itunes  icloud  iphoneX  weather  instapaper  RSS  instagram  twitter  analytics  ipad_pro  netflix  news 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Justin Hamilton's Mac and iPhone setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Justin Hamilton, and I’m a first-year student at the University of Delaware studying computer engineering. When I’m not in classes or doing work, I sometimes write music and take pictures as hobbies. I also tweet a lot.
What is your current setup?
I was recently inspired by the Nintendo Switch and completely revamped my desk, which sports a 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar at its core. It spends most of its time in a TwelveSouth BookArc, connected to the rest of my desk via one USB-C cable. What makes this setup special to me is that through this one cable, I am connected to...
setup  macbook  ikea  writing  GTD  calendar  itunes  photo  editing  twitter  messaging  safari  email  journal  1password  menubar  utilities  iphone  podcast  weather  RSS  instapaper  camera 
march 2018 by rgl7194
On Focus — MacSparky
Last year I noticed my priorities were out of whack and I spent several months woodshedding the latest productivity books and websites as I sorted myself out. One prevalent theme throughout the productivity world as of late is how to keep yourself focused. Keeping yourself on target is an important skill. Cal Newport wrote a good book about it and Shawn Blanc developed an entire online course around it. 
Luckily, this is one of the few things I’m good at. I’m not sure if I’m a focus savant or it’s just a side benefit of having a regular meditation practice for over 25 years but I’m good at locking in on one thing to the exclusion of the rest of the world. There are actually some pretty funny stories about me growing up and being completely oblivious to the world around me as I read a book or was dialed in on something else. 
productivity  focus  GTD  notifications  calendar 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Toomas Särev's Mac and iOS setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
I am Toomas Sarev, a cardiologist, leader, husband, dad of 5, granddad of 2, first-degree black belt in Traditional Korean Martial Arts (Kuk Sool Won), Harley Davidson motorbike enthusiast, Apple Gadgets lover, and productivity geek. I work for NHS; I am currently the head of a big cardiology department at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norwich, United Kingdom. I also work for my private company as an educator and trainer in topics related to Cardiology, productivity, and time management. I work as an independent medico-legal expert, and I do clinical consultations. My excitement and enthusiasm with Apple’s gadgets began back in 1992 when I got my LCII.
What is your current setup?
The heart of my often mobile office is my early 2016 gold Retina MacBook. I connect it to a Matias Bluetooth Aluminum Keyboard. This fantastic keyboard has long battery life, a number pad, Mac-friendly function keys to let you control screen brightness, volume, iTunes, and more. It pairs with up to 4 Bluetooth devices — Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Windows — and you can seamlessly switch between them. I love Apple’s Magic Trackpad 2.
setup  macbook  productivity  medical  PDF  email  calendar  evernote  journal  web-design  1password  writing  music  utilities  instagram  handbrake  iphone  workflow  smart_home  audiobooks  ipad  reading 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Uses This / Zach Gage
Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Zach Gage, I make videogames and art.
What hardware do you use?
I actually just did a total overhaul on my extremely-aged digital setup a few months ago so it's all probably a little boring --- I use a 13" 2017 MacBook Pro, a 5K LG UltraFine display. I prop my MacBook up on an old IndieBox box. I keep cool with a Vornado Zippi fan which was harvested from a friend's company when they moved offices. It sounds exactly like a physical hard-drive reading and writing a ton of data when it's on. I also have an old Vew-Do balance board for keeping me focused on long calls.
setup  macbook  slack  twitter  calendar  software  developer 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Greg Maass' Mac and iOS setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Greg Maass (@gmaass in the usual places), and I’m a software developer, musician, and father living in Seattle, Washington. I’ve developed enterprise software for hospitals and universities for the last 20 years, always on a Windows machine using the Microsoft stack.
What is your current setup?
A few years ago, I started getting into iOS development and bought a bottom of the line Mac Mini and plugged it into my existing keyboard and monitors to see how I liked the platform. I liked it, but the Mac Mini was too underpowered to do much, so I bought a top of the line Mac Mini with a Fusion Drive. I love it, and so far it has been serving me well without making me wish I had a more powerful machine. I have a Windows machine that I can switch to when needed (mostly for CD/DVD reading), but I rarely turn it on these days.
setup  mac  iphoneX  ipad  developer  editing  chrome  calendar  productivity  news  instapaper  weather  email  facebook  twitter  messaging  instagram  spotify  RSS  radio  podcast  photography  netflix  amazon  video 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Uses This / Frances Berriman
Who are you, and what do you do?
I'm Frances Berriman. I'm a British designer, developer and artist living in San Francisco. I do a variety of things, including freelance product design consultancy and front-end development but most notably I have tended to work on public sector technology projects. For example, I worked on the award-winning re-design of GOV.UK for the UK Government Digital Service and later worked with Code for America.
These days, I am focusing more of my time on my other interests --- IoT and Smart Homes, via my site Sensors and Sensibility, and illustration and fine arts painting.
setup  macbook  ipad_pro  chrome  terminal  calendar  gmail  productivity  spotify 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Home Screens – Jeff Perry — MacSparky
This week’s home screen features Jeff Perry (Twitter), proprietor of where Jeff talk about how he uses his iPad as his exclusive computer. Jeff’s a busy guy, also producing his podcast, Getting Caught Up. So Jeff, show us your home screen.
Ulysses is my primary app I use day-to-day as I write a blog and Ulysses is hands down the best writing app for bloggers in my opinion. 
homescreen  iphone  writing  calendar  productivity  ipad  workflow  watch 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Uses This / Jack Chen
Who are you, and what do you do?
Hey! My name is Jack Chen, but I'm mostly known as 'chendo' on and off the internet. I love solving problems, building products, and working with technology.
I build things at Ferocia, currently building a new digital-first banking experience named Alt. Before that, I was the CTO of a telemedicine startup, and built the cloud backend for connected lighting at LIFX.
For fun, I like to build things, go fast in go karts, and play video games. My usual creative outlet is photography...
...What hardware do you use?
My primary machine is a 15" MacBook Pro with the controversial TouchBar. I kind of like it, but it desperately needs haptic feedback.
setup  macbook  iphone  watch  NAS  router  safari  email  calendar  messaging  twitter  1password  shortcuts  chrome 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Why does Ukraine celebrate Christmas on January 7, not December 25? -Euromaidan Press |
Foreigners visiting Ukraine around the winter holidays are likely to be stumped by the phrase “Old New Year.” The holiday is still celebrated on January 14, in memory of the switch Ukraine made in 1918 to the Gregorian calendar, when 14 astronomically redundant days were annulated. However, parts of the Orthodox Church never made the switch, and still live by the older Julian calendar. As a result, 6.6% of the world’s Christians (and 56% of the Orthodox Christians) celebrate Christmas on January 7, 14 days after the rest of the world does on December 25.
ukraine  christmas  calendar  church  religion 
december 2017 by rgl7194
Joan Erwin's iPad Pro setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Joan Erwin and I’m the Senior Vice President of Expansion Operations for CleanSlate Centers. My job is to spearhead the expansion of our services nationwide in order to provide access to quality care for patients with substance use and/or alcohol use disorders. I am also a RN.
Which iPad do you have?
I have a space gray 10.5″ iPad Pro with 256 GB of space. I keep it protected with the Apple Smart Keyboard cover. I’ve tried several others, but nothing beats the slimness of the case. It fits very well in my carry-on and is easy to use on the plane. For prolonged use, I will set it up in the Studio Neat Canopy stand and Apple Magic Keyboard.
ipad_pro  setup  email  calendar  twitter  facebook  google  reading  workflow  weather  travel  writing 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Uses This / Matt Fitzgerald
Who are you, and what do you do?
I'm a preacher, an essayist and a podcast host. I live in Chicago with my wife, who is a psychotherapist. We're joined by our three kids and Zeus, a pit bull mix. She kills rats. I serve the best liberal church, Saint Pauls UCC. I also write devotions that elicit outraged email from strangers.
setup  bicycling  imac  iphone7  podcast  religion  productivity  google  calendar  audio 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Jonathan Buys' Mac and iPhone setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Jonathan Buys, I’m a Christian, husband, father, veteran, writer, and developer. I’m currently a DevOps engineer with a small company working with Amazon Web Services. I’ve been writing online for quite a while now in one way or another. I (still) maintain my own blog at, and I’ve written in the past for GigaOm and a few other sites. In my drawer is a rough first draft of a sci-fi novel I wrote up during NaNoWriMo.
What is your current setup?
I’ve just upgraded to a 2017 iMac 5k with 16 GB RAM and a 512 GB flash drive. It’s a fantastic machine. Plenty of power, beautiful display, all the ports I need and only one cable for power. I’m using the latest Apple Magic Keyboard and Trackpad. I love the trackpad since I’ve been able to get rid of the ugly mousepads on my desk. In my left-hand drawer is a ScanSnap S1300i which is the starting point of my paperless home workflow. I also have a 2015 13″ MacBook Pro that I use for travelling.
setup  imac  macbook  safari  email  calendar  photos_app  messaging  itunes  journal  productivity  writing  editing  RSS  twitter  utilities  1password  automation  backup  iphone  weather  health  workflow  instapaper  maps  podcast 
october 2017 by rgl7194
Home Screens – Kent Sutherland — MacSparky
This week’s home screen features Kent Sutherland (website)(Twitter). Kent is part of the Flexibits team and a pretty busy guy. Now that Kent has shipped the latest update to Fantastical and a brand new contact app, Cardhop, I asked Ken to share his home screen. So Ken, show us your home screen.
Reeder is one of my favorite apps that also gets used all the time. I'm one of those weird people that still loves RSS feeds and uses them all the time. I also enjoy Words With Friends because it lets me distract myself occasionally and keep in touch with friends that I wouldn't otherwise talk to as often. Pinner is used frequently so I can pull up saved recipies when I'm at the grocery store or when I'm cooking. For built-in apps, the Podcasts app gets used a lot although I'm not a fan of what happened to it with iOS 11 (it might be time to explore alternatives). Finally, it's not on my home screen, but I don't know how I'd type on my phone without Gboard.
homescreen  iphone  RSS  games  pinterest  podcast  keyboard  slack  messaging  instapaper  calendar  weather  3D_touch  watch 
october 2017 by rgl7194
Uses This / Hannah Nicklin
Who are you, and what do you do?
I'm Hannah Nicklin, I'm a freelance writer, narrative designer, producer and performer who has work in games, theatre, academia and community arts. I'm currently working as a writer and narrative designer with Die Gute Fabrik, and previous did narrative design/creative production for Twisted Tree Games (Ed Key's studio/label). Other things I do include writing critical articles in response to games and games culture, giving performance talks, producing zines, giving lectures, running workshops, putting on and hosting events, and consultancy on narrative games and the spaces where theatre, games and play cross over.
setup  macbook  imac  ipad  bicycling  google  chrome  dropbox  productivity  photo  editing  email  calendar  training  twitter 
october 2017 by rgl7194
Home Screens – MacSparky's Strange Looking iPad — MacSparky
This week I’m featuring my own iOS 11 iPad home screen, partly because it’s so weird. Here it is. (Click to enlarge.)
For a long time, I’ve kept all my apps on the home screen with everything not on the screen located in four folders. I’ve given those folders verb names, Make, Learn, Fix, and Play. Traditionally I opened apps from the home screen or one of those folders. I still do that on my iPhone.
homescreen  ipad  dock  apps  calendar  productivity  1password  ibooks  star_wars 
october 2017 by rgl7194
Stephen Hackett's Mac and iOS setup for 2017 – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Stephen Hackett. I’m the co-founder of the Relay FM podcast network, home to a whole bunch of nerdy shows. I co-host several of them. Relay FM has been my full-time job for a little over two years now.
In addition to podcasting, I’ve been blogging at 512 Pixels for nine years. I write about Apple, tech, journalism, design, and anything else that comes across my plate that I find interesting.
I also serve as an editor here at The Sweet Setup.
What is your current setup?
My production machine is a Late 2015 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display. It’s my first desktop machine after a long line of notebooks, and I couldn’t be happier with it. I get a ton of screen space and power without the hassle of docking a MacBook Pro with an external display.
setup  podcast  blogs  imac  appletv  slack  1password  journal  email  calendar  notes_app  photos_app  itunes  productivity  audio  editing  iphone7  RSS  twitter  workflow  instagram  ipad  google  youtube  netflix 
october 2017 by rgl7194
David Hepworth's Mac and iPhone setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is David Hepworth, and I’m a small (but growing) YouTuber making videos about technology (mainly Apple products). I currently have just over 7,000 views and 49 subscribers, but hope to have 10,000 views soon so I can start monotizing my content.
What is your current setup?
I use a base model mid-2014 15-inch MacBook Pro connected to a 22” monitor with a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter. I use this to edit my videos in Final Cut Pro. I don’t do much editing, but I cut bits out and enhance the audio. For my mouse, I use the Logitech Performance MX, it’s great for editing and I only need to charge it every few months. I have a 6TB external drive for storing videos, Time Machine, and as a scratch disk because I only have 256GB of internal storage.
setup  macbook  video  editing  twitter  productivity  iphone  instagram  youtube  calendar 
september 2017 by rgl7194
Andrew Canion's Mac, iPad, and iPhone setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
I am Andrew Canion, and I work as a Business Adviser, delivering the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme that provides a range of advisory services across management, innovation, growth, and commercialisation of products and services. I can also help companies to access government grants that support their business objectives.
I’m also a Non-Executive Director and Treasurer of a not-for-profit organisation, Midlas, that provides legal support, financial counselling, disability advocacy, and tenancy advocacy for people in need.
As an early Twitter adopter with an unusual surname, I managed to get @canion.
What is your current setup?
My main machine is a 13-inch MacBook Pro, Late 2013 with a 2.4GHz i5 and 8 GB of RAM. This machine has been rock solid. I think back to my first Mac, which was the first generation Intel MacBook Pro 17” that got so hot it would burn your legs, and am amazed by how far things have come. This 2013 MacBook has been excellent, and still has more than enough power for what I need. With the lack of ports on the new MacBooks, I think I will hold onto this machine for as long as I can.
setup  macbook  australia  ikea  NAS  productivity  writing  finances  iphone  podcast  spotify  ipad_pro  RSS  email  journal  1password  calendar 
september 2017 by rgl7194
Home Screens – Jason Tate — MacSparky
This week's home screen post features Jason Tate (website)(Twitter). In addition to running, Jason also hosts the Encore podcast, about the music industry. Jason's also an Apple geek. So Jason, show us your home screen.
iphone  homescreen  products  workflow  podcast  twitter  music  movies  writing  weather  calendar  sports  ecosystem  icloud 
september 2017 by rgl7194
Home Screens – Greg Scown — MacSparky
Greg Scown (website)(Twitter) started his programming career at Apple but eventually made his way out of Cupertino and into his the Apple developer community. Greg is one of the owners of Smile Software and is, in addition to being a geek like us, a very nice man. So Greg, show us your home screen.
1Password, Fantastical, Overcast, and Slack are all long-term faves. is my new/trending favorite, and Tweetbot is a stalwart.
homescreen  iphone  1password  calendar  RSS  slack  blogs  twitter  productivity 
september 2017 by rgl7194
Thord D. Hedengren's Mac, iOS, and Watch setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Thord D. Hedengren, and I’m first and foremost a writer. I write books — mostly fiction these days, but also technical literature about web development. WordPress lovers who speak, or at least read, Swedish might know me from my WPSE weekly newsletter. If you’re a Swedish business person, you might’ve read my tech columns in the Swedish tech daily Di Digital. Back in the day, I edited sites like The Blog Herald and Devlounge.
When I’m not writing, I build things. Some of those things are for clients. I’m the founder and CEO at the digital agency Odd Alice, which is in talks for some funky things that might or might not be official when this is published.
I also work with startups. I’m on the Tech Troopers (crowdsourced tech support) board, the author in residence at BlankPage (online writing app), co-founder at Damn Fine Novels, among other things. I like to keep busy.
setup  macbook  writing  adobe  photo  editing  productivity  music  itunes  slack  email  dropbox  backup  icloud  1password  iphone7  messaging  RSS  calendar  notes_app  instapaper  photos_app  camera  journal  twitter  games  ipad_pro  comics  safari  watch  weather 
september 2017 by rgl7194
Home Screens – Shirantha Beddage — MacSparky
Last month we interviewed Apple Distinguished Educator, musician, and music teacher Shirantha Beddage (website) (Twitter) on Mac Power Users. Shirantha has released three jazz albums and is an excellent candidate for a Jazz Friday post here at MacSparky. Besides that, Shirantha’s enthusiasm for his music, his students, and using technology is infections. So Shirantha, show us your home screen.
iphone7  homescreen  calendar  maps  podcast  scanning  workflow  dropbox  PDF  video  editing  productivity  email  camera  3D_touch  privacy  watch 
august 2017 by rgl7194
Home Screens – Gabe Weatherhead — MacSparky
Gabe Weatherhead, author of the MacDrifter Blog, is one of my favorite writers on the Internet. He’s thoughtful and wicked-smart. Visiting Gabe’s website, you’re not only likely to find some bit of technology magic, you also may learn just a little more about Kurt Vonnegut. In addition to all of that, as a kid Gabe was an absolute badass. I remember that shirt. I wore mine out. Anyway … Gabe, show us your home screen.
homescreen  iphone  slack  podcast  weather  productivity  calendar  workflow  utilities  watch  wikipedia 
august 2017 by rgl7194
Graham Hind's Mac and iOS setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Graham Hind and I work for EP Books (also known as Evangelical Press), a Christian book publisher based in the UK. We are quite a small company, with employees and contractors all working from home.
What is your current setup?
I have a MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch (early 2015) with a 3.1Ghz i7, 16GB of RAM, and a 500GB SSD. It’s usually in use in clamshell mode while connected to a Dell S2817Q. I use a Magic Keyboard and Trackpad (both the recent versions). I have an Anker Soundcore for use when I want better quality audio. My desk is an IKEA standing desk.
setup  macbook  ikea  adobe  microsoft  writing  PDF  photo  editing  menubar  iphone  email  bicycling  ipad_pro  RSS  youtube  streaming  tv  calendar 
august 2017 by rgl7194
Craig Camp's Mac, iPhone, and iPad setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Craig Camp, and I’m the General Manager at Troon Vineyard in Oregon. We make natural wines in the Applegate Valley in the mountains of Southern Oregon. I also publish The Wine Camp Blog.
setup  macbook  ipad_pro  iphone  watch  airpods  appletv  email  productivity  safari  chrome  notes_app  PDF  1password  calendar  contacts  writing  scanning  travel  twitter  baseball  audiobooks  podcast  weather  dropbox  photo  editing  nytimes  ibooks  RSS  journal 
july 2017 by rgl7194
Dan Johnson's Mac setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Dan Johnson, and I am a professional architect working in Alberta, Canada for an international firm. I immigrated to Canada from the UK five years ago and used to run my own architecture practice back in England. As a result I have amassed a lot of information, drawings, and photos that I need to manage and access.
I am also a keen blogger and maintain two main sites, one focusing on Architecture & Design (Architecture & Design Muse) and the other, my interest in all things Apple (How to…everything Apple).
What is your current setup?
My desktop setup is based around a Retina 5K iMac using macOS Server. This is connected via ethernet to my older iMac which I use the 1TB HDD as a “library” for professional data and information that I don’t need to access frequently. I use the older iMac as a second screen using Display Port to the Retina iMac’s Thunderbolt port.
setup  imac  macbook  calendar  email  productivity  journal  blogs  PDF  photo  editing  utilities 
july 2017 by rgl7194
Francesco D'Alessio's Mac and iPhone setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Francesco D’Alessio, and I am a freelancer currently working with a handful technology startups. I’m based remotely in the South West of the UK in a city called Plymouth.
I’m a massive fan of productivity apps and resources, reviewing them on my YouTube channel.
What is your current setup?
I have a mid-2016 MacBook Air with 8GB RAM and a 128 SSD. This is my daily driver. I don’t have any plugins to this resource — no monitors and mouses to distract me. My paper setup is also simple: a Baron Fig Confidant 2 notebook combined with an orange Rhodia squared pad. I also have an Amazon Echo on my desk that helps me connect to other services like Todoist, Newton, and other useful apps.
setup  macbook  iphone  productivity  evernote  writing  calendar  google  email  slack  scanning  RSS  soundcloud 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Kris Rojas' Mac, iOS, and Watch setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Kris Rojas and I’m a Media Producer for a company headquartered in Virginia. I have the privilege of overseeing a team of seven artists who use their specialities in production, post-production, and motion graphics to support our company’s marketing goals.

By night, I’m a Star Wars enthusiast, horror film aficionado, freelance cinematographer, and an online student enrolled in the Digital Cinematography program at Full Sail University.
What is your current setup?
I have a mid-2014 MacBook Pro with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, courtesy of Full Sail University. This thing has been an absolute workhorse in my setup and I’ve edited all of my projects since 2014 on it.
setup  macbook  productivity  email  slack  evernote  writing  calendar  iphone7  mapping  podcast  baseball  ipad  PDF  watch 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Jacob Terry's Mac, iOS, and Watch setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Jacob Terry, and I am a graduate student studying for my master’s degree in civil engineering at the University of Waterloo. I work in the transport economics research group, with my studies examining the funding mechanisms for transportation infrastructure in Canadian cities.
Outside of school, I play video games and balance staying healthy with my intense love of food.
What is your current setup?
I have two effective workspaces. One is my desk at home, which is pictured here, and the other is my office on campus. I use a Mid-2010 15″ MacBook Pro, which has served me well with a few physical and digital bumps for 7 years since I left high school. It has a 2.66 GHz Core i7 with 8 GB of RAM and a 500 GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD. I’m not sure when I’ll replace it (with an iMac or a MacBook), but it still works incredibly well. I back up to a 2 TB Seagate Backup Plus for Mac using Time Machine when I remember. At home, I use a Magic Keyboard and a Magic Trackpad. The Magic Trackpad 2 is much better than the one I’m using (because it can only be used on flat surfaces), but I’ve read that the new one doesn’t play as nicely with older laptops.
setup  macbook  iphone  ipad  watch  safari  email  calendar  messaging  productivity  podcast  social_media  facebook  wallet  RSS  netflix  news 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Shana Russell's Mac, iOS, and Watch setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Shana Russell. I am the Campus Technology Specialist for a private school organization in Houston, TX. I blog at and just started a new site at (smart home automation). I also dabble in app development and created an iOS and tvOS app called NiteFan — a white noise app that plays fan sounds.
What is your current setup?
My main computer is a mid-2012 13” MacBook Pro. I love this machine. When it started feeling a bit slow, I upgraded to an SSD and added more memory, which gave it a new life.
setup  macbook  email  safari  calendar  evernote  productivity  messaging  google  flickr  photo  editing  firefox  troubleshooting  workflow  automation  1password  dropbox  itunes  iphone  facebook  pinterest  twitter  podcast  amazon  IFTTT  mapping  ipad  audiobooks  video  ibooks  watch 
may 2017 by rgl7194
Bethany Stephens' Mac and iOS setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Bethany Stephens, and I’m a marketer & writer married to a biologist & chemist, and we live in northwest Arkansas with our two daughters, Sophie & Ainsley. I work for Kendal King Group – a shopper marketing agency and retail display company – where I run our Soapbox Insights + Influence division. We crowdsource shopper and consumer insights and build sponsored content and influencer programs for retailers and consumer packaged goods companies.
I’m also a blogger, writer, and tech enthusiast, so I get to spend both my day job and my down time playing in the social media and tech space. My primary blog is The Little Magpie, but I also post about food and wine on The Food Adventuress as well as tech and marketing over on Magpie Marketing. What can I say — I have a lot of words.
Living in northwest Arkansas, we have access to some of the most gorgeous terrain in the country just steps from our door, so I disconnect and decompress by hiking, mountain biking, gardening, sitting on our back deck staring at the woods, or heading to nearby lakes or the Buffalo National River to canoe or kayak.
setup  macbook  evernote  apps  social_media  email  calendar  1password  messaging  headphones  iphone  weather  journal  smart_home  podcast  audiobooks  spotify  instagram  nytimes  ipad 
may 2017 by rgl7194
Gordon McLean's Mac, iOS, and Watch setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Gordon McLean, I’m currently working as a Business Analyst by day, and by night I write and blog (something I’ve been doing for 17 odd years). I also maintain a few websites, and I’m currently in the midst of writing my first book (a novel of undetermined genre).
The bulk of my professional experience is with software companies, which matches my naturally geeky tendencies. My first experiences with a Mac were (a long time ago) with either a Classic or an SE (I was about 15) that my Dad brought home from the school he worked in. I spent many of the intervening years on Windows boxes (and one sojourn into OS/2), returned to the Mac about 10 years ago with a plastic white MacBook, and I’ve not looked back since (we will ignore the Windows 7 ThinkPad I currently have to use at work…ugh).
setup  macbook  ipad  iphone7  watch  email  calendar  productivity  notes_app  journal  spotify  podcast  writing  dropbox  1password  RSS  editing  safari  sonos  weather  whatsapp  workflow  IFTTT  facebook  twitter  instagram  siri 
may 2017 by rgl7194
Dispelling the Apple Services Myth – MacStories
Apple is known for its quality hardware and software, but services are another story.
Cloud-based services are the future – there's no denying that. And Apple historically has struggled with its cloud offerings. From MobileMe, to the early growing pains of iCloud, to the Apple Maps fiasco, the company gained a poor reputation in the area of services.
Only in the last two years has Apple publicly touted services as a core part of its business. Company press releases as recent as May 2015 ended with the following self-definition:
Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.
apple  services  business  myth  icloud  email  notes_app  safari  reading  calendar  storage  photos_app  maps  apple_pay  itunes  appletv  music  news  messaging  siri  apps  store 
may 2017 by rgl7194
Jordan McMahon's Mac, iPhone, and Watch setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Jordan McMahon, and I’m a personal trainer by day, but spend most of my time as a freelance writer. I’m currently publishing weekly articles on how I’ve used technology to overcome my struggles with ADHD on Medium.
What is your current setup?
For the past year, I’ve been using a 2015 MacBook, 1.1 GHz with 256 GB of storage as my main work device. It’s portable enough to take to work and carry to coffee shops or the park without worrying too much about it.
setup  macbook  iphone7  writing  RSS  calendar  journal  evernote  podcast  productivity  watch 
may 2017 by rgl7194
Jowanza Joseph's Mac and iOS setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Jowanza Joseph, and I’m a software engineer at OneClickRetail, a business intelligence company based out of Salt Lake City. I’m also an active blogger on my website, and I write a weekly newsletter about photography, technology, and cool internet content.
What is your current setup?
I have a late-2016 Space Gray Macbook Pro with 16 GB of RAM, an i7 processor, and 1 TB of SSD storage.
setup  macbook  iphone  ipad  1password  evernote  calendar  browser  email  health  twitter  photo  editing  podcast  plex  dropbox  auction  productivity 
may 2017 by rgl7194
Stephen Biggerstaff's Mac and iOS setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Stephen Biggerstaff, a freelance iOS Developer from sunny Scotland.
What is your current setup?
I have a 27-inch 5k iMac at work, a 27-inch 2013 iMac at home, a 13-inch 2013 MacBook Pro, an iPhone 7 Plus with 128 GB, and an iPad Pro 9.7” WiFi with 128 GB. I also have numerous test devices, a Google Pixel phone for messing around with Android Development, and a monster of a gaming PC. No games on macOS for me, folks!
setup  imac  macbook  iphone7  ipad  spotify  wunderlist  1password  smart_home  RSS  calendar  social_media  google 
april 2017 by rgl7194
Steve Cholette's Mac, iPhone, and Watch setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Steve Cholette, and I am a full-time Fire Fighter/Paramedic for a suburb city near Detroit, Michigan. I have been an Apple fanatic for quite some time and I use my setup for home/hobbies.
What is your current setup?
I have a mid-2012 MacBook Air with 8GB RAM and a 512 GB SSD. Additionally, I have my MacBook Air connected to a 27-Inch Apple Thunderbolt Display, Apple Wireless Keyboard, and Trackpad. I take my Apple Magic Mouse with me for when I am on the go. The Thunderbolt display is connected via Ethernet to my Apple 2TB Time Capsule. For my paperless workflow, I have the ScanSnap iX500. I have my MacBook Air sitting on a stand from Thoughtout Company. On my desk, I also have a Belkin iPhone stand, which I love because it works with different cases and phone sizes.
setup  macbook  iphone7  watch  email  1password  productivity  calendar  finances  menubar  podcast  RSS 
april 2017 by rgl7194
Thibaud De Clerck's iOS and Watch setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Thibaud De Clerck, and I live in Belgium. I’m in charge of communications within the family company. During my free-time, I write my own blog: I also write tech news for
My setup (especially my iPhone) is so important because it is the central point of my organization. Every day, I have meetings, I manage communication, and I have tasks to accomplish — my iPhone ensures I don’t forget anything.
What iPhone do you have?
I currently have an iPhone 6S Plus, Space Gray, 64GB.
setup  iphone  reminders  journal  email  calendar  podcast  photo  editing  RSS  ipad  ibooks  reading  watch  weather 
april 2017 by rgl7194
David Koonce's Mac and iOS setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is David Koonce, and I’m the Solo Attorney behind Traffic Counsel, LLC.
What is your current setup?
My primary computer is a Late 2013 15″ Retina Macbook Pro. I connect it to a 27″ Dell Ultrasharp display.
Separately, I have a 2012 Mac Mini that is mirrored by Resilio for all work critical files. If my laptop is ever damaged, I can resume work immediately. I use a Drobo 5D for backups connected to the Mini. The Mini also runs a custom home dashboard (family calendar, weather, traffic), manages backups (Resilio, CrashPlan, and a Time Capsule server), and hosts a Plex server.
setup  macbook  mac  NAS  backup  plex  weather  calendar  RSS  watch  appletv  netflix  microsoft  1password  menubar  cloud  messaging  iphone  sonos  ipad  recipes  safari 
march 2017 by rgl7194
Home Screens – Bill Wilkins — MacSparky
I love meeting new and interesting geeks. One such person is my friend Bill Willkins. Bill Started out a “farm boy” in from Durham North Carolina but eventually found his way to England and now Switzerland. Bill’s now 75 but still works as a European Outdoor Industry Consultant. I can only hope I'm as much a geek at 75 as Bill is.
So Bill, show us your home screen.
homescreen  iphone  contacts  calendar  1password  productivity 
march 2017 by rgl7194
Colin Gold's Mac, iOS, and Watch setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Colin Gold, and I am a Hospitality Consultant. I’ve spent my entire career working in hotels. My specialty is not only hotel and hospitality operations, but focusing the customer experience and using hospitality basics to help traditionally non-hospitality industries improve their customer’s experience. I am just starting out in my own business and growing my client base.
What is your current setup?
I am using a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013) with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5 processor and 8 GB of RAM. I have an iPhone 6 with my family as the lock screen wallpaper and my daughter as the app screen wallpaper, and I also have an iPad that I use primarily for travel and on the go. Everything syncs on all three devices, so all my information is always up to date.
setup  macbook  iphone  ipad  watch  email  calendar  evernote  instapaper  twitter  facebook  linkedin  navigation  netflix  tv  health 
february 2017 by rgl7194
Tiffany White's Mac and iOS setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Tiffany White, and I am a student at the University of Pittsburgh studying Computer Science by day and work as a freelance developer by night.
What is your current setup?
I have a late-2015 5k iMac with a 2TB Fusion Drive and 16GB of Crucial RAM that I installed. I will be adding more RAM soon to give me 32GB. I also have a late 2013 13″ MacBook Pro that I take with me to class.
I am also using an iPad Pro with Logitech Create Smart Keyboard and an iPhone 6s.
setup  imac  macbook  ipad  iphone  productivity  evernote  PDF  1password  calendar  contacts  writing  GTD  twitter  linkedin  instapaper  spotify  workflow  podcast  music 
february 2017 by rgl7194
Home Screens – Robert Black — MacSparky
This week's home screen post features Robert Black (Website)(Twitter). Robert is a strategic cartoonist (bringing a bit of humor to corporate communications). Robert is also a geek and loves his iPhone. So Robert, show us your home screen.
What are some of your favorite apps?

When I originally studied engineering, we all had the classic engineer’s calculator, the HP15C, which used something called Reverse Polish Notation. RPN is kind of like the calculator equivalent of a Dvorak keyboard on a computer - much more efficient for difficult calculations, but as mind-bending to learn and use as it’s name suggests.
homescreen  iphone  RSS  productivity  writing  calendar  timezones  weather  camera  watch  workflow 
february 2017 by rgl7194
Bodo Tasche's Mac and iPhone setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Bodo Tasche. At the end of last year, I quit my job as a CTO to work on a passion project of mine called SignDict. The goal of the project is to create a crowd-sourced sign language dictionary. Luckily, my project was chosen by the prototype fund and I’m able to spend the better part of this year on it. Besides that, I’m a host of a podcast called Bits Of Berlin.
What is your current setup?
My current MacBook Pro is an mid-2014 model with 16 GB RAM and a 1 TB SSD. For working at home I am using a WASD V2 88-Key keyboard with custom keycaps. For my trackpad I am using a wristee for a more ergonomic hand position.
setup  macbook  productivity  slack  whatsapp  twitter  calendar  1password  firefox  vpn  menubar  iphone  RSS  tracking  mapping  tv 
february 2017 by rgl7194
Mac Power Users #364: The Calendar Show - Relay FM
David and Katie dive deep into calendars and discuss the various cloud calendar services, sharing, calendar apps, best practices, and scheduling services.
Links and Show Notes
Mac Power Users Chicago Meet-up Tickets, Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 6:30 PM | Eventbrite
OmniFocus — MacSparky
iCloud: Calendar overview
Business Email and Shared Calendars | Office 365
Google Calendar
G Suite – Gmail, Drive, Docs and More
FastMail: Professional email hosting
How to share or make iCloud calendars public on iPhone and iPad | iMore
iCloud: Share a calendar with others
Share your calendar with someone - Calendar Help
Create and share a group calendar - G Suite Administrator Help
Learn how IFTTT works - IFTTT
The best apps. Better together. - Zapier - Zapier
How to Fight Calendar Spam — MacSparky
How to use calendars with Family Sharing | iMore
Flexibits | Fantastical 2 for Mac
Daylite: CRM, Project Management, Scheduling and Team Collaboration
Timepage – Calendar by Moleskine on the App Store
Calendar and reminder app for iPhone and iPad | Calendars 5
Easy scheduling | Doodle
Online meeting and appointment scheduling software
Calendly - Scheduling appointments and meetings is super easy with Calendly.
Online Appointment Scheduling Software
MPU  podcast  calendar 
february 2017 by rgl7194
Daniel Marcinkowski's Mac, iPhone, and Watch setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Daniel Marcinkowski. I’m currently working full-time as a Junior Social Media Specialist at DaftCode. Besides that, I’m blogging at (sorry, it’s in Polish) and creating videos on my small YouTube channel Applikacje (also in Polish). Also, I’m just 19.
What is your current setup?
I’m using two identical early 2015 13″ MacBook Airs with Core i5 processors, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. They are very basic machines, but they run smoothly and I’m not complaining at all. I’m also using a Magic Mouse 2, which is my favorite mouse ever! I love macOS gestures.
The desk in my apartment is as minimal as possible. I don’t like being distracted by random things when I’m writing. The whole setup is from IKEA and it gets the job done.
setup  macbook  iphone  watch  ikea  calendar  todo  writing  email  messaging  twitter  spotify  podcast  weather  music  2FA 
february 2017 by rgl7194
Mark Jordan's Mac and iOS setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Mark Jordan. I am an IT Engineer, and I run an IT firm in Manchester, UK.
What is your current setup?
My current setup is a 2011 15” MacBook Pro (8GB RAM 256GB SSD) connected to a 24” Cinema Screen. I also have a 13” MacBook Pro, a 2015 Mac mini as a workshop computer, an iPad Mini Retina, and an iPhone 6s Plus.
setup  macbook  ipad  iphone  google  email  calendar  contacts  journal  slack  instagram  facebook  reading  youtube 
january 2017 by rgl7194
Mac Power Users #359: Big Questions - Relay FM
#359: Big Questions
January 8th, 2017 · 98 minutes
Katie and David cover some of the most common listener questions from the Mac Power Users email archive including backing up photos, task overload, Apple IDs, cold storage backup, moving your iTunes library, the differences between tasks and calendar items, and more.
Links and Show Notes
PhotoSweeper on the Mac App Store
Gemini 2: The Best Duplicate File Finder for Mac. Smart selection and fast scan.
Photos - Google Photos
Prime Photos: Unlimited Photo Storage, Free with Amazon Prime
Mac Backup Software | Carbon Copy Cloner Seagate Expansion 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive
How to move your iTunes library to an external hard drive | iMore
Task Management Pain Points – False Urgency — MacSparky
Mac Power Users Chicago Meet-up Tickets, Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM | Eventbrite
MPU  podcast  q&a  backup  appleID  itunes  calendar 
january 2017 by rgl7194
Wayne Chan's Mac and iPhone setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
I am Wayne Chan. Currently I am doing a remote job at, which is a community made for developers in China.
Two months ago, I made my first podcast — Archiviert — with my friend. “Archiviert” is a German word that means “Archived” in English. We believe that everything should be archived and we should stay focused and organized. Mostly, we talk about apps and some technology stuffs. (P.S. Because of our limited time and energy, Archiveirt won’t be updated regularly.)
I also write app reviews, tips for sspai, a site devoting to digging the best and the most suitable apps for people, just like what The Sweet Setup is doing. Here is what I already wrote for sspai.
What is your current setup?
I’m currently using a 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina display.
setup  macbook  writing  1password  proxy  iphone7  productivity  podcast  twitter  RSS  workflow  calendar  tv  messaging  watch 
december 2016 by rgl7194
Home Screens – Rishabh Dassani — MacSparky
Rishabh R. Dassani (Twitter) is a creative nonfiction writer and a management consultant at Dazné. He writes short essays on personal effectiveness for design and business leaders. You can find them at right here and also sign up for his weekly Newsflash. So Rishabh, show us your home screen.
iphone  homescreen  watch  productivity  twitter  wikipedia  contacts  calendar  evernote  podcast  movies  vpn  1password  youtube  music  3D_touch 
december 2016 by rgl7194
Asier G. Morato's iOS setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
Hi! My name is Asier G. Morato and I’m the chief editor of El Imperdible, a lifestyle website from Spain that talks about shopping, culture, travel, and gastronomy. It’s a young and small business, so I need to stay on top of it all day.
In a typical day I write, shoot and edit photos, talk with our collaborators and sponsors, and keep an eye on the feedback of our readers. Sometimes I also take some freelance work as a ghostwriter for some companies that need help with their blogs.
Which iPad do you have (color, size, etc.)?
I have a 128 GB 12.9″ iPad Pro in Space Gray with a Smart Keyboard and some accessories like the Apple Pencil and the Lightning to SD adapter.
setup  ipad  iphone  writing  productivity  calendar  photography  camera  slack  email  1password  workflow  messaging  twitter  instagram  RSS  instapaper  ibooks  youtube  netflix 
december 2016 by rgl7194
Sean O'Sullivan's Mac and iOS setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Sean O’Sullivan. I’m an IT Manager by day, but away from the office you’ll find me working on a novel and my next iMessage sticker pack. I’ve created two so far, Scribblings and Weatherlings.
What is your current setup?
I’m currently rocking a late-2012, 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro with 8 GB RAM, a 2.5 GHz i5 processor, and a 128 GB SSD. Hands down this is the best laptop I’ve ever owned. Whilst not the newest Mac, the machine is still really responsive and I’m constantly in awe of the beautiful LED, IPS screen.
setup  macbook  iphone  ipad  watch  writing  safari  itunes  photos_app  twitter  podcast  health  calendar  1password  news  netflix  messaging 
december 2016 by rgl7194
Calendar Spam Reporting Added to – MacStories
Last month a rash of spam calendar invitations began showing up in iCloud users’ calendars from unknown senders. Benjamin Mayo at 9to5Mac reports that Apple has begun rolling out a ‘Report Junk’ link on to address the situation:
This lets users remove spammy invites from their calendar and reports the sender to Apple for further investigation.
At the moment the fix is available through only. Presumably the feature will be added to a future update to iOS, though it has not made an appearance in the iOS 10.2 betas to date.
If you receive a spam calendar invitation, log into, navigate to the spam invitation, open it, and look for the ‘Report Junk’ link. Clicking that link and confirming that the invitation is junk will remove the event from your calendar and report the sender to Apple. Calendar spam can be reported as junk whether or not you have accepted the invitation first, although it is best to avoid accepting spam invitations because it alerts the senders that the invitation was sent to an active iCloud account.
icloud  calendar  spam 
december 2016 by rgl7194
Matt Gemmell's iPad and iPhone setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Matt Gemmell, and I’m a novelist. I’m Scottish, and I live in the city of Edinburgh with my wife. My action-thriller novel CHANGER was released this summer, and I’m currently working on a new book. My site is at, and you can find me on Twitter as @mattgemmell.
Editor’s note: We interviewed Matt back in 2013 as well, so be sure to check that out to see how his setup has changed over two years.
What is your current setup?
As of quite recently, I don’t actually use a Mac anymore — I’ve decided to go iPad-only, as much as possible. I’m actually writing a series of articles about this particular journey; I wrote about my motivations for the switch here.
setup  ipad  iphone  writing  calendar  dropbox  1password  messaging  twitter  instagram  camera  slack  gmail  weather 
december 2016 by rgl7194
Tasks vs. Calendar Events — MacSparky
I get a lot of emails from readers asking me exactly how I distinguish between tasks and calendar items. In a perfect world, a task is an item you need to do and a calendar item represents a place you need to be. However, the way I work makes things a little muddier.
For example, I like to schedule appointments with myself. This helps me manage big projects. I will often schedule a block of time on the calendar for a big project. Something like, Thursday 10 AM-12 PM, ACME contract review.
december 2016 by rgl7194
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