TotalFinder Replacement – Launch PathFinder Via Keyboard Shortcut

Geek post alert! For years, I've been a huge fan of TotalFinder, a Finder enhancement application. If I had to choose only a handful of apps to use on my Mac, TotalFinder would be on that list. So 'tis a sad, sad day when I have to say goodbye to one of the most useful … Continue reading TotalFinder Replacement – Launch PathFinder Via Keyboard Shortcut

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Photostream and Lightroom

Recently, I had a need to convert my photo library to Lightroom 6 from Aperture. The why and how is a another rabbit hole (and subsequent post). And for those who are wondering, I found out you can still buy a copy of Lightroom 6 (downloadable or disk) instead of the expensive monthly subscription. Here's where … Continue reading Photostream and Lightroom

Top Tips For Eye Strain and Computers

As an author, I spend an incredible amount of time in front of my computer. My eyes are often dry, and I suffer from eye fatigue at the end of each day.  After spending a little time researching eye strain and computers, this is what I found: 1. Choose a sans serif font. Helvetica, Ariel, and Verdana all seemed … Continue reading Top Tips For Eye Strain and Computers

Tools of the Trade: Software for Geeky Writers

A lot goes into writing: the time, effort, sleepless nights, editing, copyediting, proofreading, artwork. Some tasks I hire others for: copyedits, proofreading, cover art, and some marketing. All told, it's an expensive endeavor. All this and we haven't discussed the tools that are part of the process. So what ARE the tools of the trade? … Continue reading Tools of the Trade: Software for Geeky Writers

When iTunes Tunes Out. How to Fix the “was not copied because the file type is not supported” Error Msg

My iMac informed me that I had an update for iTunes. Like I've done countless times before, I said, "Sure!" and let the update begin. I soon realized the error of my ways. When syncing our devices, I was presented with the error: Some of the items in the iTunes library, including "Born to Be Wild", … Continue reading When iTunes Tunes Out. How to Fix the “was not copied because the file type is not supported” Error Msg

Learn Scrivener Fast

  Learn Scrivener Fast. So you’ve downloaded the free trial of Scrivener or bought it outright because you keep hearing just how wonderful the app is. People sing its praises like no other. Except you just don’t get it. You’ve opened the app and stared at it, wondering how to make sense of it all. … Continue reading Learn Scrivener Fast

MacSparky Field Guide: Paperless

  I started down the path of going paperless a few years ago. Except that the word, paperless, isn’t exactly accurate. For me, it’s more like paper less. Besides the cutting down of countless trees, the chemicals it takes to process said paper and what all this does to the environment, having papers everywhere is … Continue reading MacSparky Field Guide: Paperless

MacSparky Field Guide: Email

I’m a geek. I spent over twenty years in the corporate tech environment. My career spanned from customer support, to customer installations, Exchange email administration, network administration, system analyst, and even technical writer. All this geekdom means I’ve read and written my fair share of manuals, quick start guides, and how-to articles. You know the … Continue reading MacSparky Field Guide: Email

Getting GMail to Play Nice With Apple Mail (and vice versa)

Have Mavericks? Use Apple Mail and GMail? Into self-loathing much? If you're like me, you've pondered ditching either Apple Mail or GMail. I weighed my options, and chose to stick with Apple Mail because: I rely on third-party plugins like MailActOn, MailTags, and SpamSieve. Is everything perfectly okay in my email world? No. But until … Continue reading Getting GMail to Play Nice With Apple Mail (and vice versa)

On Gmail, Mavericks, and Technology (Oh My!)

I love technology. Except when I don't. And the past couple of weeks, I can't say I felt the love. At all. Since this post is about the closest thing to a rant I've ever done, and since I don't like negativity, I'll shorten the story. Yes, I know this post is long, but trust me … Continue reading On Gmail, Mavericks, and Technology (Oh My!)

Converting Old Photos to Digital Pt. 1

This project is large enough that I feel it's best to divide the posts up, too. In this first post, it's all about organization prior to scanning in the photos. In future posts, I'll go over scanner settings, scanning, importing into photo software, what to do with handwritten notes on the backs of photos, meta … Continue reading Converting Old Photos to Digital Pt. 1

The Importance of Backups & A Disaster Recovery Plan

I come from the IT profession. Twenty-some odd years of it, to be exact. And the one mistake I see people repeatedly make is not backing up their data. The number one excuse? Time. Second? They don't know how, so ignorance is bliss. Listen up. It's not a matter of when your hard drive fails. … Continue reading The Importance of Backups & A Disaster Recovery Plan