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Password Security - More Important Than Ever...

In December 2015, I wrote a blog post describing my use of 1Password, an excellent password manager app for both mobile and desktop use. If you are unfamiliar with password managers and how they work, you may want to take a quick look at that earlier post before reading further. In the three years that have passed since writing that blog, the importance of password security has grown exponentially in the battle against those nefarious sorts on the internet who are looking to steal your personal data. Fortunately, during this three year same period, 1Password has been continually updated and upgraded to make the process of managing your passwords and other sensitive information much easier and, may I say, even enjoyable.

Moom - A Terrific Mac Window Management App

Now that “A Digital Life Examined” has been relaunched after a three-year (!) hiatus, one of the first blog posts I’ve been wanting to write is to share my enthusiasm for a small but mighty Mac desktop app called Moom, published by the software developer Many Tricks. This compact app has quickly turned into the most used utility on my Mac menu bar…

Airtable - A Database Application for the Rest of Us

I mentioned in my last blog entry that, in the last few months, I have been too busy at work to take time to write any articles for this website.  However, that doesn't mean that I've been "offline" from my digital world during this time.  In fact, during this recent period of intensity at work, I discovered a fascinating new tool that is now available to anyone looking to fill what I believe is a void in the currently available productivity suites we all use daily at work and at home.

A Friend Asks About Safari

Last Saturday, I attended the annual winter luncheon in Marlborough, MA for New England owners of Airstream trailers.  These get-togethers are always a good time to share food and conversation with a very congenial bunch of folks who have their eye on the calendar for the next time they can "meet on down the road" at a weekend rally.  I sat at a table with a fellow Massachusetts Airstreamer, Earl, who, in the course of the lunch banter, happened to ask if I could help him with an issue where the version of Safari on his several year old MacBook was not compatible with his online banking website…

Drobo - A Storage Solution for Home Offices, Too

Get ready for a rather lengthy (and somewhat technical) blog post.  Hopefully, it will be worth the read, particularly for those interested in storage alternatives for home offices requiring more storage than the typical external hard drive.

I first heard of Drobo some years back on MacBreak Weekly, a tech podcast hosted by Leo LaPorte and his TWIT.TV network that I never miss.  Drobo has been a frequent sponsor of MacBreak Weekly, MacOSKen, and a few of the other podcasts I tune into regularly…

1Password

1Password is among the most popular "password vault" apps that allow you to store in one place for easy retrieval all the sensitive bits of information that are always being demanded of you as you browse the web or use apps - usernames and passwords, credit card info, identities (name, address, email address, etc.), drivers' license, passport, software serial numbers, membership numbers, etc.  1Password is one of those apps I use all day, every day and it is accessible from all my devices - mobile, desktop (Mac and PC) as well as from any browser - even my AppleWatch…

A New Mac in the House

This is the first blog entry for the Mac section of my website and it turns out that it's timely to report on the arrival of a new iMac into our household. The new iMac, a late-2015 27-inch retina display model, is an early Christmas present for my wife, Huguette, who has been using a now 8-year-old Mac Pro (which I affectionately call "the Beast"), and the time has arrived to upgrade.  The Beast has been a trusty workhorse since early 2008 when it first arrived to replace an earlier vintage Mac Pro (one of the Bondi Blue models that came out in the mid-90's when Apple first released its new candy-colored iMacs)…