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The genesis of this web site was a desire to clean house. Over the years I have had numerous web domains that have served different purposes — principally for podcasting, tech writing, social commentary, and my aviation photography. These have to some extent tended to cross over one another and at one time I even…

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Why I’m No Longer Ruled by Activity Tracking

When the Apple Watch first arrived, its core strength was yet to be realised, but in subsequent years the health aspects have come to the fore. I’m on my third model now (original, Series 3, and Series 5) and I still enjoy having it on my wrist every day, but the obvious, there-from-the-beginning activity tracking…

Add Glanceable Information to Your Mac Menu Bar with SwiftBar

This post is adapted from an original contribution I made to the NosillaCast Podcast. You can find the original post here, or listen to the audio recording I made in Episode 826. On an episode of the Upgrade podcast Jason Snell talked about an open source utility called BitBar. This utility puts customisable information in…

Ngā manu

Have a look in the list below and see if you can pick out the Māori name for the bird also known as the New Zealand Fantail. hīrairaka; hītakataka; hīwai; hīwaiwaka; hīwakawaka; kōtiutiu; pīrairaka; pīrakaraka; pīrangirangi; pītakataka; pīwaiwaka; pīwakawaka; tīaiaka; tīaka; tīakaaka; tieaka; tīrairaka; tīrakaraka; tītaiwaka; tītakataka; tītīrairaka; tīwaiwaka; tīwakawaka; wakawaka If you picked the…

Backup Versus Archive

This post was originally written and published in November 2018. I still believe in this message, so here it is again with some minor editing. I was listening to one of my favourite podcasts today – Accidental Tech Podcast – on which Casey Liss was discussing his “divorce” with Google Photos. He mentioned that he…

Going Deep on Detail

In late 2019, in a fit of pique at Skylum Software’s apparent disregard of promises to their existing customer base, I went looking for a new photo processing tool. As an acquaintance of mine so eloquently puts it, a dark room app. The app I discovered was the magnificent DxO PhotoLab version 3. A year…