Acorn TV

Late last week, I received an email from one of my favorite streaming TV services, Acorn TV, announcing that their subscription service is now available on Apple TV.  This is great news, as it is one more step in the direction of having more of our core TV viewing options centralized on our favorite streaming device, the Apple TV 4. 

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 "Nest" for the Nest

Home automation is still in its infancy compared with many of the other "digital disciplines" represented on this website.  For this reason, combined with the fact that Apple has yet to make its foray with full force into this arena, you may see less frequent posting of content on this "Home Automation" blog than you might see elsewhere on this site, at least for now.

Is a Digital Book Still a Book?

Ever since Gutenberg and his printing press, books have meant different things to different people.  For some, books are vehicles that transport the reader to some foreign land or time of fantasy or adventure that one could never dream of experiencing in real life.  For others, books are a way to partake of the boundless knowledge that awaits us if we simply give books the time they deserve to inform us in depth on topics of our choosing.

The iOSification of My Life

It is hard to believe that it has been almost 9 years since I started using my first iPhone and already over 5 years since the iPad entered the scene, altering forever how I conduct both my work and leisure lives.  Well before the advent of the iOS platform, I had been an active PDA (personal digital assistant) user, with various versions of pre-Apple handheld devices and cell phones to store and retrieve digital data.  I had used Palm, Blackberry, and various styles of flip-phones, but none were what I would call transformative…

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)…

A Friend in Need...

This summer I had a leisurely pre-concert dinner with some friends that I first met nearly thirty years earlier while working at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.  Over our dinner conversation, my friend shared his continuing struggle with being able to consistently transfer music from his CD collection to his PC and then onto his iPhone - the ultimate destination of this content for listening to music in the car and on-the-go…

An Apple TV for the Christmas Stocking

If you are a current Apple product user of any sort and do not yet own an Apple TV, you owe it to yourself to buy one this holiday gift season. For a rather reasonable price ($149 for the 32GB model of the new Apple TV 4), you can dramatically extend the value of your existing iPhone, iPad or Mac and your overall Apple ecosystem. You can, in fact, spend even less to get into an Apple TV ($69 for the older Apple TV 3 model), but I wouldn't recommend saving the $80, as you won't be taking advantage of what the new app-cable Apple TV 4 technology offers. The older Apple TV 3 was last updated in 2012, so you would be spending money on 3-4 year old technology…