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  • One of my clients runs an online forum to which people can subscribe. While the process of accepting payment and registering … [Read more…]

    So many clicks have become just one with Keyboard Maestro
  • Phishing emails are designed to trick you into giving away information such as login details. They claim to come from Apple, … [Read more…]

    Is that email phishing? How to check in Gmail
  • On the surface it's such a simple statement: I want to keep good backups. Unfortunately, the moment you delve into what that … [Read more…]

    Backing Up Your Mac — book review
  • Later this year we're travelling to Spain so we're learning a bit of Spanish. I learned some Spanish decades ago, and while I … [Read more…]

    My Mac speaks Spanish perfectly, hooray!
  • The beach was empty today: no shells, no bits of driftwood, no bluebottles, no people. It was a vast expanse of bare sand and … [Read more…]

    A fur seal surprise
  • Since I plan to live to 100 I want to make sure I make good use of my time. I already have a motivational hashtag: TheNext40, … [Read more…]

    How many days are left?
  • Yesterday I spent about an hour sitting in a car on Aitken Street in Thorndon, Wellington, while waiting for someone who … [Read more…]

    A slight brush with the law
  • I struck a big problem yesterday while trying to ready my iPad mini for sale: it wanted my Restrictions PIN. What? I didn't … [Read more…]

    Set and forget: the iPad Restrictions PIN
  • I never knew Dad's dad: he died before I was born. Like his father, he was a printer by trade, but developed cataracts and … [Read more…]

    TheNext40 — a great motivator
  • Years ago I bought a simple second-hand bookcase I liked the shape of. At some point I decided it was a bit tatty and thought … [Read more…]

    A cheap bookcase refreshed

Real Life

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So many clicks have become just one with Keyboard Maestro

Keyboard Maestro transforms a routine task I do many times each week, tweaking the clipboard and pasting the clipboard into 3 different apps. Here’s how it works, taking advantage of some of the fabulous new features of version 7.0.

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Reviews

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Recharging your iPhone is simple with Magicstick

The Magicstick iPhone and Kindle charger by Powerocks is an extremely handy gadget to keep in your bag. It weighs only a few grams, is reasonable inexpensive and can recharge your iPhone twice before it has to be recharged itself.

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Science and Tech

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A better Barbie book

A book published in 2013 reveals terrible attitudes about women in computing. Luckily, the Internet put it right.

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A slight brush with the law

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Taking photos in a public place earned me a brief chat with a police officer.

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Set and forget: the iPad Restrictions PIN

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After much hair pulling I was able to retrieve my iPad’s Restrictions PIN: a code I’d set and promptly forgotten.

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TheNext40 — a great motivator

Mum and me, 1955ish.

Rather than a major birthday marking the end of something, for me it’s marked the start. I’ve made myself a hashtag which is proving quite motivational.

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A cheap bookcase refreshed

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I stripped a cheap bookcase I bought and used tung oil to refurbish it. The results are very satisfying.

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Wellington in the red

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Wellington’s pohutukawa trees are finally flowering, and they are as splendid as ever.

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No novels round here, but a daily blog

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My experiment in writing every day for a month has been a success. Whew, I can still write after all.

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