In the minds of most teachers and students summer has a special allure of freedom and wistfulness. As the summer break approaches we all get anxious to shed the skin of the past year and shift into summer mode.
I too look forward to summer with the same excitement as everyone else but I’m not looking forward to the beach and sunshine as much as I am looking forward to the time and freedom to learn something new, make something cool, or improve myself.Read more
I have been on Twitter for several years now but I have never fully jumped in. I have purchased Tweetbot and that has helped me enjoy consuming Twitter but I still want to do a better job of contributing.Read more
A while ago I shared a post from David Sparks about automating greetings in emails to reduce typos and increase accuracy in written communication. That post got me thinking about the other things that I do in my day-to-day written communications that could benefit from the accuracy and precision that comes from automation. I realized that dates were what I should try to address.
While I am not a big fan of the Office 365 suite of apps, this video definitely made me reconsider just how deep the feature set is in Microsoft’s apps.
I certainly won’t be moving from GSuite for features like these, but this video is a helpful reminder that you should keep an eye on tools you have walked away from.
Rosemary Orchard, writing for The Sweet Setup:
Drafts is much more than a quick way to take a quick note and has become the app I go to for all my writing because it’s easy, simple, but still powerful when I need more features.
I plan on writing a post all about Hazel in the future but I wanted to share a specific use case for Hazel that others might benefit from.
In short Hazel is a very cool macOS tool for automating the moving and naming of files. I know that does not sound very fun but it is awesome. Again I will talk more about that in the future but let me just show you what I wanted to do:
Every once in a while I check the settings in Overcast to see just how much time Smart Speed has saved me (I am a blast at parties). As of this morning, Smart Speed has saved me 169 hours this is almost four full-time work weeks saved!
Apple really ramped up its health efforts a few iOS versions ago and one of the sleeper hits (pun intended) is the bedtime feature.
Buried in the clock app on iOS is a tab called bedtime. In here you can set your wake up time (this also sets an alarm) and how long you want to sleep. Once you do this, you get a bedtime reminder every night and sleep data populated into your Health app. If you set the option your phone will also turn on Do Not Disturb mode during your sleep.
David Sparks, writing for MacSparky.com
If you have TextExpander and use Apple Mail, I recommend trying this out. I use these scripts with nearly every email I write on my Mac.
Video calling is becoming more and more common in both personal and professional communication. Here is how I prepare for a video call.
Since I was a kid, the start of the school year has always been a sour point in my year, not because that meant Summer was over, but because the tedium of Welcome activities was fast approaching. In this post, I share my process and product for making the first day of school a little more bearable.