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  • 599: A Man of the People, with Dr. Drang

    Sun 6:00pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Dr. Drang returns to the show to discuss his recent Mac renaissance, the way he manages notes and some of his favorite utilities.
  • 598: Home Networking

    Jul 25, 2021, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Our homes and businesses have become more technology-dependent, and having a solid network is more important than ever. This week, the guys talk about what goes into designing and maintaining reliable wired and wireless networks, and give some advice if you're…
  • 597: A Ray of Sunshine, with Brett Burney

    Jul 18, 2021, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    This week Apple enthusiast and lecturer, Brett Burney, joins Stephen and David to discuss differences between iWork and Microsoft Office, give presentations with your iPad and how to rock a TRS-80.
  • 596: 30 iPhone Apps Under $10

    Jul 11, 2021, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    The App Store is a big place, and the iPhone can become anything you want it to be. Today, Stephen and David talk about 30 apps worth checking out — all on a budget.
  • 595: The Poetic Mike Vardy

    Jul 4, 2021, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Mike Vardy returns to the show to update David and Stephen on where he's found balance between the iPad and the Mac. Mike also discusses how he blends analog and digital tools, and how he shares tasks and ideas with his remote team.
  • 594: A Third Alternative

    Jun 27, 2021, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    It is feedback time, so David and Stephen are here with listener questions, their experiences with Apple's current crop of betas and the future of Day One.
  • 593: It’s All Based on Stickies, with Paul Kafasis

    Jun 20, 2021, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Stephen and David are joined by Paul Kafasis to talk about Mac software development in the modern era, some of Rogue Amoeba's history and the tools Paul uses to get his work done.
  • 592: WWDC 2021 and the Future of Mac Automation

    Jun 10, 2021, 9:30 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    WWDC 2021 has brought new versions of all of Apple's software platforms, with a large number of features coming to them all at once. This week, Stephen and David talk through the changes, and speak to Apple's Vivek Bhardwaj about the new Shortcuts for Mac and…
  • 591: HyperCard All the Way Down, with Adam Engst

    8:45am By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    With over 30 years of history, TidBITs is the longest-running tech publication covering Apple in the world. This week, one of its founders, Adam Engst, drops by the show to talk about his writing workflow, unusual input devices and how WWDC has changed over…
  • 590: Our Video Workflows

    May 30, 2021, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    David and Stephen are both working on more video than ever, so they compare notes on their processes, gear and editing tools.
  • 589: Zoom Jiu Jitsu with Teddy Svoronos

    May 23, 2021, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    David and Stephen are joined by Teddy Svoronos to discuss the tech that he has implemented for distance teaching and learning in his role at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
  • 588: macOS Services, with Sal Soghoian

    May 16, 2021, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Stephen and David talk with Sal Soghoian on the history of Automator and Services on the Mac, both of which are cornerstones of automation on macOS today. The trio discusses how these tools came to be, and how Apple has evolved them over the years, in addition…
  • 587: Catching Up with Casey Liss

    May 9, 2021, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Casey Liss drops by to chat with Stephen and David about waiting on the next Apple silicon announcement, his iPhone development work, home automation and how not to deal with digital photos.
  • 586: iPhone Productivity

    May 2, 2021, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    As the computer that's almost always in our pockets, the iPhone can become a surprisingly useful tool for getting things done.
  • 585: Spring Loaded

    Apr 25, 2021, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    In the wake of Apple's spring event, Stephen and David cover the new iMac and iPad Pro, and also discuss changes to the Apple TV and some of Apple's services. In short, everything should be more colorful and some things more powerful.
  • 584: Everything Fades to Black

    Apr 18, 2021, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    It's feedback time, so David and Stephen answer listener email, talk about iOS apps running on Apple silicon Macs and preparing your tech for the afterlife. There's also new MPU merch for sale!
  • 583: The Obsidian Deep Dive

    Apr 11, 2021, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    With the recent explosion in personal knowledge management tools, it is hard to know which one fits your needs the best. This week, David and Stephen talk through Obsidian, which builds on top of plain, old-fashioned Markdown documents.
  • 582: Radio and Podcasts and Books, Oh My... with Shelly Brisbin

    Apr 4, 2021, 5:45 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Shelly Brisbin returns to the show to explain how she applies power user workflows to working across multiple mediums throughout a normal work week.
  • 581: “Work” Flows with Stephen and David

    Mar 28, 2021, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    On this episode, David and Stephen discuss their work beyond MPU and what workflows and tools they use to keep things running smoothly in their small businesses.
  • 580: Twenty Years of OS X

    Mar 21, 2021, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    After several years of development, Apple launched Mac OS X to the world in March 2001. The new operating system was vastly different from what it replaced, and ushered in a new era for Apple. This week, Stephen and David reflect on two decades of their…
  • 579: 30 Mac Apps for Under $30

    Mar 14, 2021, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    The ecosystem of Mac apps is small compared to what's available for iOS and iPadOS, but that doesn't mean there aren't some real gems out there to make working on macOS more productive.
  • 578: Getting to Know Notion, with August Bradley

    Mar 7, 2021, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    David and Stephen are joined by August Bradley, an expert in Notion. They discuss the features of the app, as well as its pros and cons. August then explains Systems Thinking and runs through some favorite apps and services.
  • 577: Workflows with Shahid Kamal Ahmad

    Feb 28, 2021, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Shahid Kamal Ahmad drops by the show to tell David and Stephen about his ever-growing displays, game development on the Mac and creating music with a computer.
  • 576: No Judgement Here

    Feb 21, 2021, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    In this feedback episode, the guys revisit dictation, UUIDs, FileVault and the longevity of recent Mac hardware. Then, David talks about a new computer in his life and Stephen reworks his home screen.
  • 575: Talking Parity with John Siracusa

    Feb 14, 2021, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    John Siracusa joins Stephen and David to talk about the 2019 Mac Pro and what Apple silicon may mean for pro users. Then, John talks about his pair of Mac apps and what he wants out of the future of macOS.
  • 574: Calendars, Contacts and Tasks

    Feb 7, 2021, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    This week, David and Stephen get back to the basics, and check on how calendars, contacts and tasks can be effectively managed across a range of devices and apps.
  • 573: Rosemary Orchard Returns

    Jan 31, 2021, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    The Queen of Automation drops by to talk about her current gear and use of Plex, as well as how she is using HomeKit and managing files.
  • 572: iPhone & iPad Tips

    Jan 24, 2021, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    As the iPhone and iPad have become more full-featured, the software that runs them has gotten more complex and powerful. This time, David and Stephen run though a whole bunch of their favorite ways to get more out of these devices.
  • 571: Catching up with Jeff Richardson

    Jan 17, 2021, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Writer and lawyer Jeff Richardson returns to the show to update Stephen and David on how he's working at a 12.9-inch iPad Pro most of the time, even when needing to use Windows.
  • 570: Mac Security

    Jan 10, 2021, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    From the beginning, Mac OS X was designed with security and privacy in mind, but over the years Apple has worked to make both the Mac's software and hardware more even more so. This week, Stephen and David cover what's what when it comes to Mac security.