White Noise

If I was asked to share the two most effective techniques to soothe a crying baby, I would say swaddling and white noise. I have written about the benefits of swaddling in another post, so today, I’ll talk about white noise. What is White Noise? Remember those days of analog TV and FM radio…(Read More)

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The Apple Watch isn’t perfect and neither is watchOS. Third-party apps are pretty much unusable and the Apple Watch just feels underpowered overall. Many wondered if Apple has released a product that wasn’t ready for primetime. I think Apple’s release strategy makes sense and they knew exactly what they were doing…(Read More)

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Since OS X 10.11 El Capitan was released to developers about a year ago, I have had intermittent problems when using my beloved Plantronics headset with FaceTime and other VoIP applications. In this post I’ll talk about a bug that makes FaceTime ignore a selected output device when using Wi-Fi calling. FaceTime…(Read More)

Noontec ZORO II Wireless Headphones

In this post I’ll review a pair of ZORO II wireless fashion headphones that Noontec kindly provided to me. I have to admit, that I wasn’t familiar with the Noontec brand until Mike from Noontec’s marketing department reached out to me on Facebook. Convinced that I’d like what they had to…(Read More)

Washington D.C.

Our first family trip to the nation’s capital was in February of 2015, when the city was hit by a massive snow storm. The weather at the time made it difficult to fully enjoy what Washington D.C. had to offer, so we decided to come back this year in summer. Lucas wasn’t…(Read More)

Bose QuietComfort 35

Bose recently launched the new QuietComfort 35 Wireless Noise-cancelling headphones and on a recent flight from Atlanta to Seattle, I put them through the paces. I got hooked on Bose headphones when I bought my first pair of Bose QuietComfort 15. A couple of months ago, I decided to switch to wireless headphones and…(Read More)

Automator Encrypt PDF

In this post I’ll show you how to encrypt PDF files using Automator in OS X. More importantly, I’ll show you how to overwrite the original (unencrypted) PDF with the encrypted file. Before I get into the “how to”, I’ll explain why I started thinking about encrypting PDF files and what technique…(Read More)

Open or Save Dialog

Much of what I do on my Mac is working with files. That includes finding, opening, saving and organizing them. If you don’t have a good workflow you can easily waste time on each of those tasks, thus reducing your productivity. In this post I’ll show you how to save time by quickly…(Read More)

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Inspired by my workout buddy, I decided to buy a running stroller in summer of 2014, when our daughter turned 6 months. I have used it a lot since then and in this post I’d like to share my experience with it. For some people having kids is an excuse to work out less…(Read More)

Day One Sync

I recently ran into an issue with Day One Sync and it took me a while to resolve it. In this post I’ll show you what steps I took to troubleshoot and finally resolve the issue. Day One is an incredibly well-built journaling app that both my wife and I have used for…(Read More)

Help Menu

Have you ever used the Help menu in OS X? Until a few weeks ago, I did not, missing out on a powerful feature I didn’t even know existed. Pretty much every application in OS X has its dedicated help menu. It’s usually the last menu in the menu bar, on the upper…(Read More)

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From a consumer perspective, Apple News is a platform that hasn’t completely convinced me yet. I still open the WSJ app more often than I do the Apple News app. But as a publisher, I was intrigued and decided to get my feet wet with Apple’s publishing platform. To sign up as a…(Read More)

Traveling with kids

Traveling with an infant or a toddler is challenging. Traveling with both an infant and a toddler can push even experienced travelers to their limit. In this post I’ll share our experience from a recent trip to Costa Rica. As in many other areas of life, preparation is everything when it comes to traveling…(Read More)

Organize your Home screen

There is an infinite number of ways in iOS you can organize your Home screen and the apps on it. I have tried various options over the years but ultimately settled on a strategy that I would like to share with you. How to organize your Home screen is a personal preference. I don’t…(Read More)