Quick reaction to the WWDC event

I’ve been watching all sorts of reaction videos from the “experts” and find a mixed bag of what people think. Some are completely underwhelmed. However, that seems to stem from not getting a peek at the next tier of MacBook Pro. Regardless of leaker news, what made you think they would appear at WWDC? There’s no reason to do that. I thought the new features across the OS range were quite good. Not earth shattering or ground breaking, but better than the features we didn’t have the day before. I love the idea of being able to control a Mac, MacBook and iPad using the keyboard and mouse of one system. That is some serious flex as Marques put it. I like the fitness/health features for iOS. The monitoring and data sharing is impressive. About the only let down was no mention of iPadOS tapping the full power of the M1 chip. It’s disappointing, but not the end of the […]

Securing my digital perimeter

Based on several factors I’ve revamped how I store files and send text between machines. This may seem like overkill, but let’s be honest, there are simply too many prying eyes these days. And even though Cloud services are secure, it’s still a hard drive that belongs to someone else. First order of business was to implement a VPN. I have SurfShark running 24/7 on multiple machines. I’m 98% satisfied with how it works. The only glitches have been a slow connection from time to time, and one small period where it didn’t connect. Not sure if that on my end or theirs. But overall, totally worth the money. Next is CryptoEdit, a simple text editor that password protects documents and stores them in an encrypted format. This is for sharing links, emails addresses, passwords, serial numbers, and other details I would prefer not to just throw out there. I have this shared in iCloud and can see information on […]

Convert letters to phone keypad numbers with Keyboard Maestro

I ran into this the other day where I needed to convert my username to digits I could type on a phone keypad. While not a big deal, there are plenty of online tools to do it, I wondered if it could be done with Keyboard Maestro. The answer is yes, and in just a few blocks. This is a simple macro, but it has a couple of neat items. First, it gets the text to convert. That text is converted to lowercase and any spaces are removed. It then uses RegEx to check a range of letters such as [a-c] or [d-f] to see what number on the keypad to assign. The values can also be separated using the pipe | symbol. [a|b|c] would be a or b or c. That’s convenient. Once the conversion is done, the final result is copied to the clipboard. This could easily be changed to a text box where the value could be […]

A few quick thoughts on the Apple Spring Loaded event

I thought the Apple Spring Loaded event delivered quite a bit of excitement. The new M1 iMacs are very nice entry level machines. Some like the new design. Others don’t. I’m a fan of the new look and colors. I hope those color options actually carry over to the 27 and possible 30 inch models. A yellow or red iMac would be awesome. The cabling, matching keyboard and mouse, and external power brick make for a nice package. It’s a well rounded machine that will handle all the same tasks we’ve seen benchmarked with the MacBooks. It might go even more due to the cooling. The fact it’s actually thinner than an audio connector jack is quite amazing. It will be interesting to see if the chin sticks around for the larger models. I wouldn’t be surprised if that disappeared. With the iPad Pro getting the M1 chip, the bridge to the MacBook Air has been crossed. The latest M1 […]

Position and Resize Windows with Keyboard Maestro

There are dedicated tools like Magnet and Display Maid to position and resize windows. However, if you have Keyboard Maestro you can emulate that functionality. It takes a small amount of effort and two simple macros. The first step is to arrange windows in the desired location and at the correct size. That done, it’s time to create a simple macro to record the window locations so they can be used in another macro. Keyboard Maestro has built-in commands to display the window name, position, and size. We’ll use these to capture the coordinates of the window. Top: %Calculate%WinFrame.Top%Left: %Calculate%WinFrame.Left%Width: %Calculate%WinFrame.Width%Height: %Calculate%WinFrame.Height% This macro will trigger when the window focus changes. As you click different windows, the name and position are displayed in a Keyboard Maestro result window. This is a macro you will want to turn off once this bit of testing is complete. With all the window positions recorded, the next step is to use the Move a […]