249: Tech and the Family

Katie and David are joined by Dan Moren, co-author of The Connected Apple Family to discuss making all your technology work in the family.

Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for assistance with the shownotes this week!

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248: Revisting Cutting the Cord

It’s been more than three years since Katie ditched her pay TV service. This week Katie and David are joined by Bradley Chambers to discuss life as a “cord cutter”, advantages and disadvantages, entertainment devices and services and the future.

Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for assistance with the shownotes this week!

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247: The Onslaught Revisited

David and Katie revisit the current state of RSS and Read it Later services

Links for this episode:

Mac Power Users 143: RSS and Replacing Google Reader | Mac Power Users

David and Katie talk about the impending shutdown of Google Reader and their solutions for RSS

Mac Power Users 149: Reading It Later | Mac Power Users


Instapaper App Store Link


Pocket App Store Link

RSS – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

RSS (Rich Site Summary)

NetNewsWire – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

NetNewsWire is a news aggregator for Mac OS X and iOS, and was one of the first desktop RSS readers on any platform.


Feed Wrangler

Feed Wrangler App Store Link


feedly App Store Link

Readability – A Free Web & Mobile App for Reading Comfortably

Readability App Store Link

Put the internet to work for you. – IFTTT

IFTTT App Store Link


NewsBlur App Store Link

Add a page to your Reading List and come back to it later – Apple Support

Nuzzel – News From Your Friends

Nuzzel App Store Link

Cover Stories on Flipboard

Flipboard App Store Link

Six Colors: Apple, technology, and other stuff from Jason Snell and Friends

Unread – An RSS Reader

Unread App Store Link

When it comes to iOS productivity, delight can trump efficiency | Macworld

Reeder for Mac

Reeder Mac App Store Link

Mr. Reader – RSS News Reader for your iPad

Mr. Reader App Store Link

Slow Feeds | Zozi Apps

Slow Feeds App Store Link


I’m Marco Arment: a programmer, writer, podcaster, geek, and coffee enthusiast.

The workspace for your life’s work | Evernote


Reading List — KatieFloyd.me

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246: Workflows with Eddie Smith

Eddie Smith drops by to talk about life as an Actuary and the tools he uses to help students prepare for Actuary exams. Including culling through thousands of pages of reference material using DevonThink, creating equation-rich study guides with LaTeX and brining it all together with keynote to create video tutorials. At the end of the show we also sidetrack into a discussion of the new MacBooks and Apple watch.

Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for assistance with the shownotes this week!

Links for this episode:

Practically Efficient

Eddie Smith (@eddie_smith) | Twitter

PracticallyEfficient (@practeff) | Twitter

The Infinite Actuary – Actuarial Exam Preparation

Markdown — MacSparky

Actuary – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

An actuary is a business professional who deals with the financial impact of risk and uncertainty.

Be an Actuary

LaTeX – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

LaTeX is a document preparation system and document markup language.

LaTeX – A document preparation system

MacTeX – TeX Users Group

Skim | Home

Skim is a PDF reader and note-taker for OS X. It is designed to help you read and annotate scientific papers in PDF, but is also great for viewing any PDF file.

Video: Intro to Working with LaTeX in Sublime Text 2 on Vimeo

Sublime Text: The text editor you’ll fall in love with

TextExpander: Mac Typing Shortcut Utility Saves You Time TextExpander: Mac Typing Shortcut Utility Saves You Time

TikZ and PGF | TeXample.net

TikZ and PGF are TeX packages for creating graphics programmatically. TikZ is build on top of PGF and allows you to create sophisticated graphics in a rather intuitive and easy manner.

Rotated triangle | TikZ example

Bare Bones Software | BBEdit 11

TextMate — The Missing Editor for Mac OS X

nvALT – BrettTerpstra.com

Byword • Simple and efficient text editor for Mac, iPhone and iPad.

PDFpen: Mac PDF Editor – Edit, Sign, and Correct PDFs

Apple – Pages for Mac

Apple – Keynote for Mac

Screencasting and Video Editing Software | Telestream ScreenFlow | Overview

Beamer (LaTeX) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Beamer is a LaTeX document class for creating slides for presentations. It supports both pdfLaTeX and LaTeX dvips. The name is taken from the German word Beamer, a pseudo-anglicism for video projector.

rivanvx / beamer / wiki / Home — Bitbucket

PDF to Keynote

HandBrake: Open Source Video Transcoder

HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.

Noodlesoft | Simply useful Mac software

The workspace for your life’s work | Evernote

DEVONthink — Smart document management for Mac – DEVONtechnologies

Apple – Apple Watch

Apple – MacBook

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245: MPU Live: My Neighbors Think I’m Completely Insane

David and Katie discuss Smart Folders with guest Joel Anderson. We also follow-up on texting workflows, managing large scans and OCR quality, journaling, compare Launch Center Pro and Workflow, talk about monitoring your home network usage, debate smart lighting, help a listener assemble media for a family legacy project and discuss the Apple Watch.

Links for this episode:

Joel Anderson

Joel Anderson (@autonomygaps) | Twitter

Systematic 128: The Issue of Trust with Joel Anderson

Smart ways to work with smart folders | Macworld

How-to: Use Spotlight and Smart Folders to search for anything on your Mac | 9to5Mac

HoudahSpot – Advanced File Search Tool for Mac OS X

FoxTrot Personal Search | CTM

Apple – Apple Watch


Amazon.com: TopCase Palm Rest Cover with Trackpad Protector for Macbook Pro 15″


scantailor-osx – The opensource Scan Tailor App packaged for Mac OSX – Google Project Hosting

Meet hue | en-US

Hue Recipes – IFTTT

Amazon.com: Philips Hue Personal Wireless Lighting, Starter Pack

Amazon.com : Belkin WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set

Literature and Latte – Scrivener Writing Software | Mac OS X | Windows

Workflow | Powerful automation made simple.

Contrast | Launch Center Pro

Workflow Field Guide — MacSparky

Workflow.app – Contacts Backup

TextExpander: Mac Typing Shortcut Utility Saves You Time

How Can I Find Out How Much Bandwidth I’m Using at Home?

MGG 509: WiFi Answers with Wi-Fi Guru Alf Watt of iStumbler – Mac Geek Gab Podcast – The Mac Observer

Listen to their discussion of this issue including a discussion of NetUse Traffic Monitor

NetUse is an easy to use network traffic accounting and monitoring application.

Amazon.com: VisionTek 120GB USB 3.0 Pocket SSD Drive

The MacTetra

Listener SquareSpace site

Create task from email by markdmill – IFTTT

Simply label a Gmail “Evernote” to send it there by scottzeller – IFTTT

GiftttDy – Your Lifestream Journaling Tool » Capture your online life into Day One journal software.

Day One | A simple and elegant journal for iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Slogger – BrettTerpstra.com

Agile Blog | Toward Better Master Passwords

Apple – iBooks Author

Mac Power Users 112: Self Publishing and iBooks Author | Mac Power Users

David walks through his workflows for publishing books in iBooks Author and the iBookstore.

Create a bootable installer for OS X Mavericks or Yosemite – Apple Support

Amazon.com: Philips 65 Watt Equivalent BR30 LED Dimmable Warm Glow Flood Light Bulb

Amazon.com: Philips 40 Watt Equivalent SlimStyle A19 LED Light Bulb

Weekend Fun: Alto’s Adventure — MacSparky

Upgrade #25: I Don’t Need a Saturday Box – Relay FM

Promotions | Mac Power Users

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