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)


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)


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)

Headphones for running

The Plantronics BackBeat Fit Wireless Headphones are my favorite headphones for running. In this post I’ll review and compare them to wired headphones I have used in the past. Wired Headphones for Running When I run alone, I like to listen to music. Before I got the iPhone 6S Plus and the Apple Watch…(Read More)

3D Touch

With the iPhone 6S, Apple introduced a new way of interacting with your phone called 3D Touch. It’s based on pressure sensors built into the iPhone’s screen that enable a new dimension of gestures, such as Peek and Pop. 3D Touch was hyped by Apple as one of the key features of the…(Read More)


Streaming movies from iTunes to Apple TV should be a pleasant experience if you have a decent internet connection. When buffering and long load times get in the way, the experience becomes frustrating. Streaming issues can have various root causes. In this post, I’ll walk you through the most common streaming issues and explain…(Read More)


Spotlight is Apple’s answer to all your search needs in OS X. With the release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple has added additional capabilities to make Spotlight more powerful. In this post I’ll share some tricks that make Spotlight even better at finding exactly what you’re looking for. Spotlight…(Read More)

Paleo Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise was a food my parents taught me to consume in moderation. After all, it contains a ton of fat. Thanks to science, we now know that there are plenty of  healthy sources of fat. Unfortunately, most commercial mayonnaise is made from potentially unhealthy sources of fat, such as Canola oil. So I set out…(Read More)


Making healthy food choices is supposed to be simple. All you need is to pick a diet that works for you and that helps you navigate around food that’s proven to be unhealthy. Then run with it by turning it into a lifestyle. Why Be On a Diet At All? Over the past 120…(Read More)