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Hosted by David Sparks and Katie Floyd.

#43: Back to Backup (Live from Macworld 2011)

February 13, 2011 at 9:19AM • 46 minutes

This episode was recorded live on the Macworld Expo show floor. In it, David and Katie go back to backup and talk about their favorite strategies and tactics for backing up your Mac. Unfortunately, there was a problem with the live stream video so we don’t have the full session video but show friend, Steven [...]

#42: Contacts and Calendars

January 22, 2011 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 18 minutes

In this episode, Katie and David tackle managing contacts and calendars on your Mac and iOS Devices. Apple Address Book iCal ABContacts Dialvetica Calvetica BusyCal BusySync BusyToDo 37signals Highrise iCalShare iCal Calendars Downloads Setup Google Sync on an iDevice Sync Yahoo Contacts with iDevice Sync Yahoo Contacts with Address Book Enable Google Calendar in iCal.

#41: Writing “Mac at Work”

January 9, 2011 at 1:20PM • 60 minutes

In this episode David and Katie talk about David’s book, Mac at Work. David explains how he bumbled his way through the publishing process and the tools he used to write the book. The Tools: OmniOutliner iThoughtsHD Scrivener SimpleNote Microsoft Word Motivation Rands in Repose Article Macworld Katie’s Session David’s Syncing Session Mac Power Users [...]

#40: Choosing The Right Mac

December 26, 2010 at 5:00AM • 1 hour 24 minutes

In this episode Katie and David discuss the differences among the Apple computers to help listeners choose the right Mac for themselves or when assisting others. We discuss buying a laptop vs desktop, power vs price and upgrade and expansion options. The Notebooks: MacBook MacBook Pro MacBook Air The Desktops Mac Mini iMac Mac Pro.

#39: Workflows with Paul Kent and Macworld 2011

December 12, 2010 at 4:43PM • 1 hour 9 minutes

In this episode, Katie and David interview IDG executive Paul Kent about how he uses Apple technology to organize and run the Macworld Conference and Expo. Paul also previews some of developments surrounding Macworld 2011. Links of Interest Skype iChat Numbers Pages Outlook for Mac 2Do (iApp) ToodleDo PDFPen TextExpander YouSendIt Dropbox iPad Music Developers.

#38: iTunes Intensive

November 28, 2010 at 9:57AM • 1 hour 27 minutes

In this episode, Katie and David dig deep on iTunes including Library management, playlists, sharing, and network attached storage. Links of Interest iTunes Song Genie AudioBook Builder Doug’s AppleScripts Dupin – Remove Duplicate Tracks Floppy Poster iFlicks TuneRanger Sync your iTunes Library with Dropbox Moving your iTunes Folder The Apple Chap article on ripping [...]

#37: Markdown and MultiMarkdown

November 13, 2010 at 6:24PM • 1 hour 7 minutes

Katie and David tackle the use of Markdown and MultiMarkdown to write for the Web and more. This episode also includes an interview with Fletcher Penney, author of MultiMarkdown. Links of Interest Markdown John Gruber, Markdown Author Aaron Swartz, Markdown Author Markdown Syntax Guide MultiMarkdown MultiMarkdown User Guide MultiMarkdown Download TextMate MultiMarkdown Bundle Scrivener SquareSpace.

#36: Traveling with the iPad

October 24, 2010 at 3:35PM • 1 hour 19 minutes

In this episode Katie and David talk about their recent travels with the iPad and discuss when the iPad can serve as a notebook replacement and when it can’t. We’ll share some of our favorite apps for getting things done one the road and our workflows for staying productive and connected while on the go..

#35: Money Managers, Task Management on the iPad, Car Stereos and the Book

October 3, 2010 at 8:27PM • 1 hour 7 minutes

In this episode, Katie and David catch up with listener questions and cover a few common questions including money management and iPad task management. David also spills the beans on his new book. This is a new show format for us so we appreciate your feedback. Links of Interest Money Management Quicken Katie’s Quicken Review.

#34: Keynote

September 20, 2010 at 10:06AM • 1 hour 22 minutes

In this episode, David and Katie talk about Keynote and share their presentation mojo. Links of Interest Keynote Keynote Tutorials ScreenCastsOnline – Keynote Tutorials KeynoteUser Keynote Themepark Timeline 3d OmniGraffle Mac Box Set Forever Save MacUpdate Bundle (September 2010 includes MindNode Pro) David’s Keynote Remote Follow-up: The Turning Gate Pukka Please support our sponsors: Smile.