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  • 583: The Obsidian Deep Dive

    Sun 6:00pm 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

    6:00pm 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.
  • 569: Contextual Computing

    Jan 3, 2021, 6:15 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    This week, David walks Stephen through his concept of contextual computing, and why it's a lot easier to get started with than it sounds.
  • 568: Looking Toward 2021

    Dec 27, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    At the end of an unprecedented year, Stephen and David take some time to reflect on what it's meant for an Apple user, and what they'd like to see out of 2021 in terms of tech.
  • 567: The M1 Honeymoon Continues

    Dec 20, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    In this feedback episode, Stephen and David revisit bookmarks and Mail, M1 Macs and 32-bit apps, note taking and keyboards.
  • 566: Paperless Strikes Back

    Dec 13, 2020, 5:45 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Stephen and David talk through paperless tools, apps, and workflows in 2020. Also, David's released his new Paperless Field Guide.
  • 565: The 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

    Dec 6, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    If you're shopping for a nerd in your life, David and Stephen are here to help.
  • 564: Taking Pictures and Enriching Lives with Austin Mann

    Nov 29, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    David and Stephen talk with photographer Austin Mann about his work and his annual iPhone camera reviews, including what sets the iPhone 12 Pro Max apart from Apple's other new phones.
  • 563: macOS Big Sur

    Nov 22, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    macOS Big Sur brings with it a new design and updated features. This week, Stephen and David wade in to macOS 11, before giving their impressions of the M1-powered MacBook Air.
  • 562: The First Apple Silicon Macs

    Nov 15, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    This week, David and Stephen are joined by Kurt Knight, Senior Director, Platform Product Marketing at Apple to talk about the M1 chip and macOS Big Sur. After that, the guys talk about this first wave of new Macs.
  • 561: iPad Check-In with Federico Viticci

    Nov 8, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    MacStories Founder Federico Viticci joins David to talk about the iPad and its ecosystem of apps for power users. As the iPad itself becomes more capable, what users can do with it continues to expand, but as the guys discuss, there are still pain points.
  • 560: Workflows with Luc Beaudoin

    Nov 1, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Stephen and David are joined by Luc Beaudoin, a cognitive scientist, author and developer of the Mac app Hook. He explains how we typically gather, process and use data, and how our computing devices can assist — and detract — in that work.
  • 559: Research Apps

    Oct 25, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    A few new research applications have popped over the last year, joining some true Mac legends. To see what is what, David went on a quest, and has returned to share with Stephen the wisdom he gained while exploring.
  • 558: Apple Hardware Season, with Zac Hall

    Oct 18, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Zac Hall from 9to5Mac and Space Explored joins David and Stephen to talk about the state of the Apple Watch's software and hardware, as well as Apple's new iPhones.
  • 557: Grading the Intel Era

    Oct 11, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    With Apple Silicon Macs coming soon, Stephen plays a montage for David that recaps the Intel era, featuring its highs and lows.
  • 556: Video Conferencing Deep Dive, with Liana Lehua

    Oct 4, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Liana Lehua joins in this week to share the best workflows and gear for improving video conferencing and home audio and video. Liana and David also discuss business apps, widgets, and revisit the iPad vs. MacBook question.
  • 555: iOS 14 Extravaganza

    Sep 27, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    iOS 14 is here, bringing new features like widgets, the App Library, increased privacy and a lot more. This week, David and Stephen review the release and talk about how Apple could take some of these features farther in the future.
  • 554: Read-it-later Services

    Sep 20, 2020, 6:00 pm By David Sparks and Stephen Hackett
    Read-it-later services can be a great way to save and enjoy an article later, away from the noise of social media or an overflowing RSS client. This week, David and Stephen talk about some of the popular choices, and how to keep them from becoming just another…