This page lists every article in the “tech” category.
The story of one of the most thoughtful and moving gifts I've ever received.
Creating a home office for myself in our new house.
On the joy and percussiveness of typing on a noisy mechanical keyboard.
My iPad-only workflow for creating ebook novels.
My iPad-only workflow for making autographed ebooks, customised for each reader.
With the help of iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, I can now offer autographed ebooks.
I upgraded to the 2018 model 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
I'm selling my nearly-new iPad Pro 10.5", with Apple Pencil, Magic Keyboard, cases and accessories.
The iPad is a larger version of everyone's main computer.
I added a Nintendo Switch play area in my home office.
My thoughts on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
On what the Nintendo Switch is for me, and why I love it.
On frisbees and coffee makers, and companies choosing their desired customers. Subscription software versus license ownership.
About software as a service, or app subscriptions.
On the preoccupation with laptop-tablet equivalence.
My wife surprised me with a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro.
I'm selling my nearly-new iPad Pro 9.7", with Smart Connector keyboard case and accessories.
I'm selling my nearly-new iPad Pro 9.7", with Smart Connector keyboard case and accessories.
On Apple's recommitment to the iPad with iOS 11.
Redesigning my home office to suit my new style of working.
Apple's destruction of the value of software, and the sustainability of indie developer businesses.
My iPad-only workflow for taking notes, planning, and replacing a paper notebook.
Thoughts for iOS app developers who want to cater to iPad power users.
I'm selling my Apple Watch, along with several bands and accessories.
I'm getting rid of my Apple Watch. Here's why.
My reflections on the two premier writing studios on the Apple platforms.
I have some beta invitations for Setapp, the Mac multi-vendor software subscription service.
The Logitech Create keyboard case with Smart Connector, for the 9.7" iPad Pro.
I've been iPad-only for a month.
How and where I work with my iPad, and details of my current accessories.
My iPad-only workflow for writing long-form fiction.
My iPad-only workflow for web development.
Reflections on the role of the iPad, and why it holds such an attraction for a jaded user of computers.
My iPad-only workflow for blogging with the Jekyll static site generator.
My iPad-only workflow for weekly membership newsletters.
After several years without a tablet, I'm going iPad-only.
I'm selling my iOS/Mac development workstation iMac, with peripherals and extras.
I'm selling my various old iOS test/development devices.
On a downturn in Apple's software quality.
My new mini-ebook, Writing in Markdown.
When you use little of what you have, you could get by with less.
Setting up a family info server cheaply, with encryption.
The most useful thing I ever learned in tech.
Allowing software to auto-update is a gesture of trust. Don’t squander it.
We're still abusing people's patience with needlessly bloated, sluggish web pages.
For Mac developers, there are more arguments than ever for staying outside the App Store.
Respectful discourse addresses one pain-point of online comments, but I still have doubts.
The time to backup your data is now.
Cryptographic backdoors are vulnerabilities to any malefactor.
Using a command-line computer interface to quieten and focus the mind.
On the flaws in the ethical argument against ad-blocking.
I've limited social media to my phone, to boost my productivity on the laptop.
The new 2015 MacBook is the ideal laptop for a very specific type of user.
Create web sites that respect readers above all else.
My first week with Apple Watch, and how it changed my behaviour.
How the Apple Watch changed my relationship with other devices.
For men, colour choices are often monochromatic - but they don't have to be.
An overview of Windows Phone, from a long-time iOS user.
I'm ready for the file system to go away.
The ultra-portable laptop for regular users is now a perfected device.
The Incipio Feather case for iPhone 6.
Thoughts on the Apple Watch, and where it fits into the market.
I've simplified my set of computing devices, to help clear my mind and let me move.
The day I learned that the world isn't optimal, and it's OK to be unhappy about that.
Some of my macros for Keyboard Maestro on Mac OS X.
Thoughts on the software industry, now that I'm no longer a developer.
Some details on my data backup strategy, and the tools I use.
Thoughts on preserving our digital legacy.
How I use Finder tags on OS X.
Some of the Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts I use most often.
Most people shouldn't need to see or think about URLs.
Screen size isn't a limiting factor for productivity, with the right tools.
Regarding Twitter's recent change (then reversion) of the block function.
It's a lie that one device fits all. Instead, use the right tool for the job.
How to connect and sync Newton devices with Mac OS X.
My continuing journey to find and filter prejudice, and my good fortune in having strong female role models.
Version 1.0.3 of my Mac app Sticky Notifications, for quick notes and reminders.
Version 1.0.1 of my Mac app Sticky Notifications, for quick notes and reminders.
How to release Mac apps outside the App Store, complete with updates, licenses and payments.
Introducing Sticky Notifications, an OS X app for quick notes and reminders.
Your fancy email-filing system won't work. Be ruthless instead.
A condemnation of our continuing discrimination and sexism towards women.
A discussion of an increasingly-prevalent UX aesthetic that appeals to me on touch-screen devices.
Using a 3rd generation iPad as a Mac HiDPI Retina Display, via Air Display
Thoughts on the Appsterdam initiative, as its founder steps back to pursue new ventures.
A template for an iPad 3 Lock Screen image, showing your contact information.
A brief review of Sony's new PlayStation Vita portable gaming system, with screenshots.
Microsoft Stores will sell demo/crapware-free PCs, calling the process 'Signature'.
A review of the Nintendo 3DS (and Ocarina of Time) after owning one for a week.
The importance of expressing an opinion in tech journalism and blogging.
The dishonest, sleazy tactics of AllThis, falsely implying endorsement by others.
A set of best practices for releasing open source code, to maximise its usefulness.
A list of recommended speakers for technical conferences, who happen to be women.
A letter to a formerly beloved OS X text editor, upon bumping into its long-awaited 2.0.
Why HP making webOS open source probably spells the death of the platform.
On the low expectations of the PC industry press regarding hardware quality.
The search for simplicity, elegance and focus in my life, both online and offline.
User experience issues with On/Off switch implementations.
A progressive set of UI/UX mockups of my iPhone speed-dial app, Favorites.
Why dishonest Search Engine Optimization tactics are self-defeating. Instead, focus on creating trustworthy, genuine, relevant content repeatedly.
How to install and run Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, and Windows 8, in VMware Fusion 4. Includes screenshots.
How to migrate from WordPress to Octopress, for static 'baked' blogging. Tips for configuring Octopress and Apache for the best performance.
Pie (circular, radial) menus implemented on iOS, for the iPad. A touch screen user experience concept implemented, with screenshot and video.
Using keyboard shortcuts and the Favorites Bar in Mail on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion to quickly and easily open mailboxes and move messages.
My dislike of collections of links without any editorial contribution, as exemplified by paper.li.
How to restore most of Mac OS X Snow Leopard's Spaces functionality on 10.7 Lion, including keyboard shortcuts, multiple Spaces and pinned apps.
How to simulate various network conditions using Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.
Using the new regular expressions based Find Patterns in TextEdit on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.
Using Quick Look previews in the Spotlight menu in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.
The difference between native mobile apps and web apps, and the additional user experience cost of not being native.
How to rename the color flags in Mail on Mac OS X Lion.
How to use Mac OS X with a dual drive, hard disk (HDD) plus solid state (SSD) configuration, booting from SSD. Keeping large files on another drive.
Migrating to a new Mac without using Time Machine or updating. Which files to copy, and what to keep from the old machine. A checklist.
The importance of contributing to your field of interest with new work and ideas, rather than simply extracting money from the system.
An essay on the desire to keep a system as close to its factory specification as possible, and which apps demand too much compromise.
How to implement VoiceOver accessibility support in iPhone and iPad apps to help visually impaired users. The importance of accessible technology.
A multi-touch user experience and user interface concept for tools attached to each finger of the hand, for painting and other canvas apps.
Open source iPad split view replacement for iOS, including portrait and landscape configurations, draggable splitters, and much more.
The theory, design concepts and metaphors behind iPad user interface and user experience. How to look and behave like a proper iOS application.