My 3-year keyboard nightmare is over

Typing on my 2016 MBP upsets me. For three years that keyboard has disappointed me every time I was forced to touch it. Fumbling for the-area-in-which-the-Escape-key-should-be on the Touchbar has been the opposite of pleasant. Every time I've had to look at my hands to find the arrow keys I…

Reunited with the iPad Mini

I used an iPad mini for a short time when it was first released. I loved it, but eventually fell for the siren song of bigger-better-faster so I upgraded and upgraded and upgraded and ended up with the giant 12.9" iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard and Pencil 2. The…

My Mac is awesome, so why worry?

Nearly everything about my Mac experience is wonderful. macOS is, in my experience, far superior to the alternatives for my needs. My new iMac is big, beautiful, and a joy to both look at and use. My 2016 MacBook Pro is solid, svelte, gorgeous, and tight. I've never used a…

Why do I try so hard to use an iPad for everything?

I've been trying very hard to adopt the iPad as a tool for Serious Work since at least 2013. I'm not sure why. It probably started when Federico Viticci (@viticci) started writing about switching to using an iPad only. He claimed to love, and actually prefer it, even though his…

Ejecting a CD stuck in an Apple SuperDrive

Since setting up my Roon system, I've been re-ripping all my CDs to FLAC format. My Apple SuperDrive stopped reliably ejecting CDs so I ordered another one, which developed the same problem. Every 2nd or 3rd disk would fail to eject and I'd have to retry a few times. Finally,…

A Drastic Keyboard Change

I have always been a keyboard guy. For as long as I can remember, I’ve used big, clicky, important keyboards. The way a keyboard feels and sounds has always been, well, key to my typing enjoyment. Then along comes the iPad and its Smart Keyboard. Now that I’m…

Setting up a new Mac in 2017

Whenever I get a new Mac, I start with a clean install and re-build and re-install everything from scratch. This is decidedly not the easiest path but it’s one that helps me think about what I need and also avoid the cruft accumulated from a year or two of…

Culling Apps Because of the iPad

The more I use my iPad for “work” the more I like it. This is unexpected, and the trend does not seem to be slowing. In other words, maybe it’s not just novelty. This means that in order to work easily in both desktop and mobile environments, I must…

Dead iMac forces an iPad-only experiment

I spent the morning trying to make it easier to get things done using my iPad. It went pretty well. I now have a workable Vim setup using Blink Shell. I have Bear all synced and organized. Tasks are back in OmniFocus. And so on. In a stroke of ironic…