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Working Mac: Checking your Mac for viruses — wait, what?

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In the latest edition of Working Mac I take a look at how your Mac handles viruses and malware and how you can avoid being an asymptomatic carrier of Windows viruses.

Working Mac: Checking your Mac for viruses — wait, what? | via Macworld

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 27th, 2015 at 10:53 am

Save Your Bandwidth by Using a Caching Server

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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

An Interview on Writing, with Garth Stein

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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

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Starting this week I will be taking over the weekly reigns of Working Mac at 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

First Look: Office 2016 for Mac Preview

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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

Written by Jeffery Battersby

March 5th, 2015 at 8:46 pm

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QuickBooks Self-Employed Review

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QuickBooks Self-Employed is a a new offering from Intuit designed with self-employed sole proprietors in mind, helping them parse business and personal expenses and make sure they pay the correct amount in quarterly taxes and pay them on time.

My Macworld review of QuickBooks Self-Employed here.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

February 11th, 2015 at 11:03 am

DocMoto Review

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Back in a long dark past I was hired at a NY law firm to find in imaging application that would make it possible to store and manage an inordinately large collection of case-related documents. I wish DocMoto had been around when I was looking.

Powerful, highly configurable, and very easy to use, DocMoto will handle all your document management needs with aplomb. Truly a great application.

My Macworld review here.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

January 13th, 2015 at 2:41 pm