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  • Mac Power Users 740: “From The Beatles to The Libertines,” with Lee Garrett

    12:00pm By David Sparks
    Lee Garret is the new owner of ScreenCastsOnline. He joins Stephen and me on this episode of Mac Power Users to discuss his background in technology, his Apple gear, and how clear communication and processes are key to any successful endeavor.  This episode…
  • The Lab Report for April 12, 2024

    Fri 5:00am By David Sparks
    In this week’s episode of The Lab Report: I still love and use my Vision Pro for a lot of things, we’re still waiting on the new iPad Pro, … This is a post for MacSparky Labs Members. Care to join? Or perhaps you need to sign in?…
  • On Avoiding Email: Second, Consider the Tool

    Thu 5:00am By David Sparks
    Last week, I addressed avoiding email with the fundamental question of motivation. Specifically, are you using the easy stuff to avoid doing the hard stuff? Despite its widespread use, email is not an efficient tool for all types of communication. We’ve…
  • Stream Deck Profiles and Focus Modes

    Wed 5:45pm By David Sparks
    A Labs member wrote in about combining Mac-based automation (in his case setting a Focus mode) with a Stream Deck profile change. … This is a post for MacSparky Labs Members. Care to join? Or perhaps you need to sign in?…
  • Focused 201: What to Do When Things Don’t Go Your Way, with Haemin Sunim

    Wed 12:00pm By David Sparks
    Bestselling author and Zen Buddhist teacher Haemin Sunim joins Mike and me on this episode of Focused to talk about gratitude, mindfulness, compassion, and dealing with disappointment when things don’t go your way. This episode of Focused is sponsored by:…
  • Rumination on the Action Button

    Wed 5:00am By David Sparks
    The rumors surrounding the iPhone 16 get more accurate as we get further into the year. One prevalent idea is that an additional button, dubbed the capture button, will be added to the iPhone 16 on all models. The idea of this seems simple enough: You hold up…
  • Should I Ditch My ScanSnap?

    Tue 2:00pm By David Sparks
    With advances in mobile scanning, a Labs member asked a good question: Should I ditch my ScanSnap?… This is a post for the Early Access and Backstage MacSparky Labs Members. Care to join? Or perhaps you need to sign in?…
  • Book Report: Slow Productivity

    Tue 5:00am By David Sparks
    I recently read Cal Newport’s latest book, Slow Productivity. Cal Newport is one of the leading voices in productivity, particularly for knowledge workers. One of the things I like about him is that he covers a diverse array of topics, from planning your…
  • My Current Infatuation with Whisper-based Transcription

    Apr 8, 2024, 7:00 pm By David Sparks
    I am continuing to really enjoy my Whisper Memos workflow. I think over the years working with text-to-speech dictation, I forgot how nice it is to have dictation where you don’t have to follow along with the words that get typed while you speak. … This is…
  • Mac Power Users 739: Checking in on Freeform

    Apr 8, 2024, 12:00 pm By David Sparks
    On this episode of Mac Power Users, Stephen and I revisit Freeform and discuss how it has improved since its launch and what Apple could do next with the application. We also share how we use the app and how it shines in visionOS. This episode of Mac Power…