Building The Perfect Beast

Reading, Writing, Wanderlust, and Commentary

Author Archive

Save Your Bandwidth by Using a Caching Server

leave a comment

Apple’s caching server, a service that’s part of Apple’s Server app, is easy to set up and something so simple to use that you should have one in your house and office.

My latest Working Mac column at Macworld takes you through the paces of setting one up. It’s easy! Just do it!

Working Mac: Save your bandwidth by using a caching server | via Macworld

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 14th, 2015 at 10:28 am

Zero Tolerance is Exactly What it Sounds Like

leave a comment

Four men in four separate cities are dead over a shoplifted cigar, a single sold cigarette, a legal pocket knife and a domestic order for child support. Do any of us feel appreciably safer for the cost? Do any of us still want to talk about breaking a few eggs to make that omelet? Do any of us still want to defend the absurd and brutalizing notion that by using our police officers to stalk our ghettoes heaving criminal charge upon criminal charge at every standing human being, we are fixing, or helping, or even intelligently challenging the other America to find a different future for itself?

Why yes, yes we do. Incredibly, we do.

Brilliant bit by David Simon in the aftermath of Baltimore and Ferguson and, damn… there’s really a list…

Source: Zero tolerance is exactly what it sounds like:

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 12th, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Posted in Asides,Commentary

The Truth About Macs in the Enterprise

leave a comment

Security, manageability, and lower TCO are why Macs should comprise 10 to 25 percent of a company’s work PCs.

An excellent article by Galen Gruman, which is a followup, or, really, a response to the comments on this article in InfoWorld: Windows 10 won’t save the PC.

If anyone, including those in IT, has told you that Macs don’t make sense in corporate IT, they’re still living in the 90s. While Macs don’t make sense in every situation, they make great sense in many more situations than they don’t.

The truth about Macs in the enterprise | via Macworld

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 9th, 2015 at 7:44 am

Posted in Asides

Tagged with ,

An Interview on Writing, with Garth Stein

leave a comment

I have no idea who Garth Stein is, although I have heard of (but have not read) his novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain.

His take on how he writes (or doesn’t) squares with mine to a near perfect T.

When and where do you write? I write like writing is a job. I have an office. I go to it. I fart around in the mornings, tending to business, editing, reading. In the afternoon, I look at the clock and think, “oh, crud, I have to get something done! It’s almost time to go home and fix dinner!” So I write furiously until I go home and fix dinner.

I also liked this bit:

What’s your advice to new writers? Take acting classes. Actors need to know all about the motivation of their characters. They need to know where the character is coming from and where he is going to, what he wants, what he needs, what he will die without having, etc. Even though it might not all be in the text, it has to be in the mind of the actor playing the part.

You’ll find the entire interview at Advice to Writers.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 6th, 2015 at 10:41 am

The power of Pomodoro

leave a comment

Starting this week I will be taking over the weekly reigns of Working Mac at Macworld.com. This week I take a look at the Pomodoro Technique, something I use when my focus is at a minimum. Kicking off a timer will often help me get back on task.

Working Mac: The power of Pomodoro (or, how to slice your time to stay on task) | Macworld

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 6th, 2015 at 9:12 am

What Does Intelligence Mean?

leave a comment

…tests are not measures of anything other than one’s ability to operate in artificial environments under forced and arbitrary time constraints in a sweaty room proximate to one’s tormentors, victims, crushes, exes, old best friends and frenemies.

Great article on standardized testing from Amanda Stern. You’ll find it at The Mid: What Does Intelligence Mean?

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 4th, 2015 at 4:23 pm

Posted in Asides

Tagged with

First Look: Office 2016 for Mac Preview

leave a comment

This morning Microsoft offered up a preview of Office 2016 for Mac. I had the pleasure of giving the suite a go in advance of its public release.

My thoughts on the Office for Mac 2016 Preview are here, at Macworld.com.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

March 5th, 2015 at 8:46 pm

Posted in Macworld,Writing