Mac Power Users

Mac Power Users

Learn about getting the most from your Apple technology with focused topics and workflow guests. Creating Mac Power Users, one geek at a time since 2009.

Hosted by David Sparks and Katie Floyd.



#253: Life on Mars

April 27, 2015 at 5:00AM • 1 hour 26 minutes

David and Katie chat with Dr. Ross Lockwood about the workflows he used while spending four months as part of a NASA-funded simulation studying what it would be like for humans to live on Mars.

We're also announcing the end of our run on 5by5 and the show's future.

Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for assistance with the shownotes this week!


#252: Five Essential Web Services

April 17, 2015 at 4:30PM • 1 hour 37 minutes

David and Katie run down their top five web services for Mac Power Users to boost productivity.

Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for assistance with the shownotes this week!


#251: DEVONthink

April 12, 2015 at 8:30PM • 1 hour 33 minutes

David and Katie are joined by Gabe Weatherhead (aka MacDrifter) to take a deep dive in to DEVONthink, a powerful document and knowledge management app for the Mac.

Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for assistance with the shownotes this week!


#250: MPU Live: We're Just Getting Started...

April 9, 2015 at 7:15PM • 1 hour 47 minutes

Katie and David are celebrating 250 episodes. This week we're joined by Brett Bruney to discuss scanning on the go, we follow-up on LaTex, RSS and cord-cutting. We also address listener questions about splitting iTunes accounts, merging contacts, scheduling time to complete tasks and share listener tips about automating a home webcam, using Keyboard maestro, and sending automating reading RSS feeds.


#249: Tech and the Family

April 5, 2015 at 6:15PM • 1 hour 34 minutes

Katie and David are joined by Dan Moren, co-author of The Connected Apple Family to discuss making all your technology work in the family.

Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for assistance with the shownotes this week!


#248: Revisting Cutting the Cord

March 29, 2015 at 8:15PM • 1 hour 40 minutes

It's been more than three years since Katie ditched her pay TV service. This week Katie and David are joined by Bradley Chambers to discuss life as a "cord cutter", advantages and disadvantages, entertainment devices and services and the future.

Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for assistance with the shownotes this week!


#247: The Onslaught Revisited

March 22, 2015 at 8:00PM • 1 hour 29 minutes

David and Katie revisit the current state of RSS and Read it Later services

Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for assistance with the shownotes this week!


#246: Workflows with Eddie Smith

March 15, 2015 at 8:15PM • 1 hour 55 minutes

Eddie Smith drops by to talk about life as an Actuary and the tools he uses to help students prepare for Actuary exams. Including culling through thousands of pages of reference material using DevonThink, creating equation-rich study guides with LaTeX and brining it all together with keynote to create video tutorials. At the end of the show we also sidetrack into a discussion of the new MacBooks and Apple watch.

Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for assistance with the shownotes this week!


#245: MPU Live: My Neighbors Think I'm Completely Insane

March 11, 2015 at 6:45PM • 1 hour 40 minutes

David and Katie discuss Smart Folders with guest Joel Anderson. We also follow-up on texting workflows, managing large scans and OCR quality, journaling, compare Launch Center Pro and Workflow, talk about monitoring your home network usage, debate smart lighting, help a listener assemble media for a family legacy project and discuss the Apple Watch.


#244: When Bad Things Happen

March 8, 2015 at 8:00PM • 1 hour 36 minutes

David and Katie discuss what to do when the worst things happen to your tech. We'll discuss malware, compromised passwords, stolen devices and more and what what you can do to prepare now to be ready when disaster strikes.