⌘ The power of the Yoink

I’ve seen Yoink mentioned as an efficiency tool with lots of praise, but never quite understood the usage. I use a two pane file manager, so the concept went over my head. I tried Dropzone, but it never quite stuck. I put what in here? Then Yoink appeared on the front page of the App Store and for $5, I figured I should have another look. Plus, the demo was different than expected. It wasn’t until I was in DevonThink Office Pro that its power became apparent. I wanted to organize my notes, and while dragging, the Yoink container appeared. I needed to move notes from several different folders in a different database. It then hit me. I could drop all the files into Yoink, move to where I wanted, then drag them out at the destination. I wouldn’t have to keep going back to the source to get more files. “How cool is that?!” Yoink isn’t just for files. […]

💻 Do you need the MacBook Pro M1 Max?

It’s quite a bit of irony. The iPad mini is said to be too slow. Now the M1 Max is said to be too fast. Naysayers, make up your mind. Pick a trite complaint and stick with it. For the rest of us, do you need the M1 Max? Need is a strong word, so it might be a justification. It’s easy to get carried with new toys. The new machine is faster. It’s the latest. It does more. The same will be true when new models come out next year and the year after. That’s chasing the dragon. Let me give a quick story. I paid a significant amount for my current Mac Pro, that was already 4 years old when I got it. As I’ve mentioned it has 2 physical processors for 12 cores, 128GB ram, a 1TB SSD, and originally came with a Titan X 12GB video card. It was a robust machine. That seems overkill for […]

⌘ Hot snippet action with Snippety

Snippety is a tool I stumbled across by accident, and it’s a little gem. I don’t know why I didn’t find it sooner. Snippety performs simple tasks like converting text from upper to lower to proper (title) case. It can store code fragments. It can store long blocks of text. While that sounds like SnippetsLab and TypeIt4Me, there is a neat little trick that makes Snippety a worthwhile tool in the toolbox. It can prompt for input, then perform text substitution. This falls right inline with form letters, variable substitution in code, and generating custom text within a template. For example, Snippety can prompt for a name and include that name in your text fragment. Snippety can offer a custom dropdown, such as products, then use that selection in the output text. It can also drop in the date and grab the clipboard content. It combines some of the features of SnippetsLab, with TypeIt4Me, and TextSoap, sprinkling in a dash […]

👎 Intel CEO Hopes to Win Back Apple?? 🖕

I just saw this laughable comment from the Intel CEO, as reported by MacRumors. “I got to make sure that our products are better than theirs, that my ecosystem is more open and vibrant than theirs, and we create more compelling reason for developers and users to land on Intel-based products. So, I’m going to fight hard to win Tim’s business in this area.” Ridiculous. If there was even the slightest chance of this happening, in order to win back customers, the first order of business is to stop insulting them and their intelligence. Second, that ship has sailed. Apple isn’t coming back, and certainly won’t be coming back after spewing all this abuse. Apple is making chips that run circles around Intel. They have no chance of making better chips. Not only have they fallen behind Apple, they have fallen behind AMD. Intel has fallen, they need to accept that. They aren’t the dominate force they think they are. […]