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MacBook Air vs. M1 Air: I’m Not Jealous!

August 13th, 2021 · No Comments

Last year I purchased an early 2020 MacBook Air. It’s the base model with an Intel Core i3 dual core processor. At the time I purchased the M1 Air was just around the corner. However, I couldn’t pass up the new-at-the-time Magic Keyboard. I have to say that keyboard was worth the upgrade alone. The […]

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More Nostalgia: Flying Toasters

August 5th, 2021 · No Comments

Here’s a nifty and lightweight flying toasters website that recreates that beloved After Dark screensaver.

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Fondly (?) Remembering Clippy

July 23rd, 2021 · No Comments

It’s an unexpected thing to say, but I feel a certain amount of warm nostalgia for Clippy, one of the first virtual assistants, as found in Microsoft Office circa the 1990’s. Oh sure I hated him at the time. He was basically worse than useless. I recall that my only interaction was to annoyingly dismiss […]

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Music Widget Madness!

July 16th, 2021 · 1 Comment

One thing not on my bingo card this year was a faithful recreation of the Dashboard iTunes widget from Mac OS X Tiger. However, developer Mario Guzman, who appears to be of sound mind and body, has produced Music Widget for macOS for modern versions of macOS, starting with Big Sur. I downloaded and I […]

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From Ancient Wax Boards to iPads

July 9th, 2021 · No Comments

It’s interesting to think about what counts as “technology” for particular generations of people. We might consider Apple’s latest iPad Pro on the edge of what’s new in personal tech. But in centuries past wax boards (literally wooden frames filled with melted beeswax) may have been the exciting new writing technology: “Wax boards can be […]

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AssistiveTouch on Apple Watch

May 21st, 2021 · No Comments

Apple previewed new features for people with disabilities in a post on their newsroom page. There are several great features being added but the one feature that stood out to me was AssistiveTouch on Apple Watch. It allows users to control their watch without touching the screen. According to TechCrunch “You can activate it either […]

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Happy No Pants Day!

May 7th, 2021 · No Comments

This is something I live every day, but I had no idea there was an actual No Pants Day! Happily it’s for a good cause. Read all about it at Comics Kingdom, or see the history of No Pants Day on National Today. Whatever you do, take off your pants and celebrate (tastefully, of course)!

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New Intel Ad Features A Mac That Doesn’t Exist

April 25th, 2021 · No Comments

Intel is having quite a marketing run of late. This latest ad (courtesy of 9to5Mac) is just about the worst of the lot: If I had to guess I would say someone in marketing at Intel is not paying attention. No Mac as of this writing is using Intel’s 11th generation processors. The “gamer” in […]

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M1 Mac mini Review

April 18th, 2021 · No Comments

After much thought and a generous sale price I purchased a new M1 Mac mini. It’s the step up version (8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage). I’ve used it for a couple of weeks now and I’m enjoying it. Without getting too deep in the weeds, here are the pros and cons: Pros: Compatible […]

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Copybara & Pasteybara

April 7th, 2021 · No Comments

Source?

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Big Sur is Dominant

April 1st, 2021 · No Comments

For the first time since its official release in early November 2020, macOS Big Sur’s usage has finally achieved a majority. The chart above shows Big Sur’s usage rate amongst all users of Nisus Writer Pro (for those that opt-in to sharing anonymous system metrics). You can see that Big Sur’s usage for March 2021 […]

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Intel Anti-Mac Ads Are Odd

March 28th, 2021 · 1 Comment

Over the last week or so there has been quite a bit of talk about this new series of Intel ads. If you haven’t seen them, they feature Justin Long, the actor who was in the famous “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” commercials, pointing out the differences between the M1 Macs and PCs using […]

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Garamond Font Discouraged by U.S. Court

March 19th, 2021 · No Comments

We all know the importance of using an appropriate typeface. This week courts in Washington, D.C. have officially placed Garamond on the naughty list: the court has determined that certain typefaces, such as Century and Times New Roman, are more legible than others, particularly Garamond, which appears smaller than the other two typefaces This is […]

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Apple Wants Their DTK Back

March 6th, 2021 · No Comments

According to several reports it appears that Apple would really, really like developers to send back the DTK (Developer Transition Kit) Mac mini. Thanks again for participating in the Universal Quick Start Program and committing to building great apps for Mac. We’re following up with shipping instructions to return the Developer Transition Kit (DTK) that […]

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M1 Fever

February 20th, 2021 · 4 Comments

I have to admit my resistance to the new M1 Macs is eroding quickly. Between the universally positive reviews from both reviewers and customers alike, I’m struggling to stay M1 clean. I have my eye on a Mac mini, but I think I would also enjoy a fanless MacBook Air or a MacBook Pro that has […]

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Urdu and Digital Typography

February 12th, 2021 · No Comments

There’s a lot of complexity that goes into the display of text. Text features like ligatures, small caps, and font substitution surface some of the complexity, even for languages like English whose Latin letters have been part of technology since the very beginning (ASCII encoding was standardized in the 1960’s). For languages whose letters and […]

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M1 Mac Boot Options

February 5th, 2021 · 1 Comment

Remember when you needed to use various keyboard shortcuts to boot your Mac into Recovery Mode, or to reset your PRAM? If you have a Mac with an Intel chipset, you still need to remember these shortcuts. However, if you have a new M1 Mac (I’m not jealous of those of you who purchased one, […]

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Big Sur and Apple Silicon Updates Coming Soon

November 13th, 2020 · No Comments

This week Apple released macOS Big Sur. If you’re a Nisus customer you may want to hold off on updating your system, as we’re aware of some issues. Most of the problems are minor, but one potentially significant issue is that Nisus Writer Pro may be unable to import and export certain document file formats– […]

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Apple Silicon Macs Will Be Very Fast (Maybe)

November 7th, 2020 · No Comments

If you have been wondering how fast the upcoming Apple Silicon Macs will be, it appears that they will be quite robust, to be polite.  Appleinsider found a mysterious Geekbench entry for an “A14X.” This 8 core chip could, judging by the benchmarks, be very fast. I normally have no use for benchmarks but if […]

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So I Have A New MacBook Air

October 31st, 2020 · No Comments

I know I shouldn’t have purchased so close to the release of new Macs, but I did. A bit of background: I own a 2018/2019 MacBook Air (2018 and 2019 models are the same, apart from very minor upgrades) and I love it, apart from the infamous butterfly keyboard. This Air has been very reliable […]

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