Aug 20

Have you ever wondered which application is using up all your internet data? We live out-of-town on a rural property and I’m on a plan that only has 60GB per month. Sometimes I am tracking along fine when overnight my data usage spikes and I lose 10GB. Where has it all gone? After trying out various Apps that monitor and track your internet usage I have found TripMode to be great for tracking my usage. 

TripMode is a little menu bar application that monitors every application on your computer and it’s internet use per application. For example here is a display of my usage in one day:

As well as keeping track of how much data each application is using, you can manually enable or disable the internet for each application. For example, in the screenshot above I have disabled internet access for the ‘Slack’  \application. This is handy if you are low on internet allowance and what to control what each application uses.

Tripmode will also let you choose whether to view the data for a day, a week, or the entire month.

 

Tripmode costs $10, but there were no free alternatives that I could find, so after running the trial for 7 days I decided to purchase it.

I use it a lot.

  • It gives me a general feel for where my internet usage is going.
  • It allows me to see when new apps are trying to access the internet.
  • It allows me to see how much data the Apple software updates are using.
  • It allows me to see how much data I am using in Safari or Chrome when I access a youtube video.
  • When travelling I can control which apps I want to have access to the web. I can turn off apps off (eg software update) and only let the important apps (eg mail) access the internet.

I have no relationship with Tripmode, but I love it!  I purchased it for $10 and I think it’s well worth the price. You can download it here.

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Aug 09

Here’s a screenshot of my OS X menu bar.  I thought I’d walk you through them one by one in case you find any of them useful.  If you would like more information on one in particular let me know and I can write an article on it.

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Dec 03

This post if for WordPress users. In this post I reviewed several blogging apps and found them all lacking. Since then Blogo has had a few updates and it’s evolving into a very useful app! You can check it out here.

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May 19

Google pixel phone

Over the past 3 months I have been trialling a Google Pixel Phone. I’m not sure why.  I started getting attracted to the Google apps on my iPhone.  I found myself using Google Inbox for my email, Google Play for my music,  and the Google calendar app instead of Apple’s calendar app. So when Google released their Pixel phone I took the plunge and purchased one to see if it would play nicely with Apple. It’s been a challenging a few months because I can’t get myself back onto my iPhone.  I’ve tried three times and  I simply cannot go back to the iPhone. The Pixel is a great phone and it works very well with OS X. Google have really nailed the cross-platform syncing.  In fact,  when it comes to music and photos it syncs more easily with OS X than the iPhone does.  So this article is not really a review of the Pixel phone. This my experience transitioning from iPhone to  Pixel phone. Continue reading ⟩

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Dec 03

Apple TV

I’m a great fan of the Apple TV so I’ve been waiting a while for the release of the new model. The day it arrived I went to the Apple store but just as I was about to add one to my cart, I had to choose between a 32GB or  64GB model. (Apple’s first mistake. This is way over complicating things).  So I went to check out the tech specs and it was there that I noticed something so stupid that it is giving me flashbacks of  1985-97 apple years…  The Apple TV has no audio out.  No I am not making this up. The new Apple TV has no audio output.  No line out. No optical out. The audio signal comes only on the HDMI cable to your TV.

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Sep 02

dragon for mac

Looking for a review of Version 6? Click here!

Today Dragon Dictate Version 5 (renamed “Dragon for Mac”) was released. It’s a major upgrade from Nuance who are the creators of Dragon Naturally Speaking. They have flagged the importance of this release with the name change from ‘Dragon Dictate’ to simply ‘Dragon for Mac’. It looks different and it feels different, my overall my initial response is… it’s the best and worst version of Dragon so far. Worst because it crashes a lot. The best because of the design and accuracy.

SUMMARY: 

The Good: Incredibly accurate. Fast. Looks great. Does not require significant time to be trained.

The Bad: Slow to Load. Problems with capitalisation and spacing.

The Ugly: Crashes a lot. Unstable. Does not work with Microsoft Office 2016.

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Sep 01

Regular readers of Macintoshhowto.com will know that one of my favourite pieces of software is Dragon Dictate for Macintosh. Well the latest version, ‘Dragon for Mac’, appeared today at nuance.com. Check out my review of  here.

I just purchased it but  there are a few different prices around!

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Aug 25

looqdg

I was skiing last week and noticed quite a few people using ‘selfie sticks’. You may love selfies, you may hate selfies, but these selfie sticks are actually quite a cool piece of hardware. They plug into your iPhone headphone socket and the button on the selfie stick acts as the shutter button for the iPhone camera. They work on Android phones as well.

The winner is the Looq DG ($20 from Amazon). Continue reading to find out why.

I’m giving one away so if you’d like to be in the chance to win your own Looq DG selfie stick just leave a comment below letting me know where I’ve hidden a picture of a green looq DG selfie stick. (It’s hidden in an old article!) The first person to find it will win it.

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