One of my favorite classes in high school was typing class. I took it two years; the first year was on manual typewriters. The second year was on electric typewriters — IBM Selectrics — which were introduced by IBM in the early 1960s. Typing was a soothing, almost cathartic exercise for me, and, best of all, there was never any homework! You couldn’t take the typewriters home … [Read more...] about Can I Type Faster Than You?
This is a list of eight of my very favorite apps, all of which I use on pretty much a daily basis. I wouldn’t want to work without any of these, although I admit there is some overlap in functionality and you might not need all of these. They all run on Mac, iPad, and iPhone, and sync via iCloud allowing you to move seamlessly between devices. None are available at this time … [Read more...] about Productivity and Writing: Eight Mac Apps I Use Everyday
One of the most frustrating things when I’m reading a web page with lots of ads is having it jerk me back and forth as ads disappear and reload and change sizes, sometimes even forcing me to scroll back to see a paragraph I hadn’t yet finished reading. This is generally the result of poor website design, but it appears on even some of the biggest and best-known websites. I … [Read more...] about Reader View (Dammit, Hold Still When I’m Reading!)
Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference 2020 is taking place this week. But for the first time, it’s not a physical conference — it’s a virtual conference, entirely online, and available not just to developers but to anyone interested. In past years it has been an expensive conference limited to a select number of developers chosen by lottery. Thanks to COVID-19, not … [Read more...] about Apple Announcements Monday at WWDC20
News & Notes will likely become a regular feature here on Bob’s Blog. Often I have tidbits of things to share with readers that don’t necessarily in themselves justify a full blog post, so combining them like this works well. I’ll simply number them in the order they’re published so they’re easy to distinguish. I’ve also added a “News” category so you can view them all on … [Read more...] about News & Notes 2