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"max sparky" Discussed on Coaching for Leaders

Coaching for Leaders

04:35 min | 4 months ago

"max sparky" Discussed on Coaching for Leaders

"Leaders need to have a broad skill set in order to do their jobs. Well and that means the people skills we talk about on the show. It means being effective coaches. It means being able to give feedback and yes. It also means being able to handle technology. Well and technology is something that is a part of all of our work these days and being able to handle our papers the information coming at us and being able to access it when we need it and share it with others is so critical to our success as leaders. Today i'm glad to welcome an expert back to the show who's going to help us to really get more effective at managing our papers but not only just managing them helping them to really work for us. I'm so pleased to welcome back. David sparks to the show. He speaks and writes about how to use technology to be more productive. David is a pass speaker at macworld and a regular faculty member for the american bar. Association's tech show. David has published numerous books and videos on how to use technology. Including the max sparky field guide series includes videos and books on managing email going paperless and how to make a winning presentation. David is also the co host of the popular mac. Power users automakers and focused podcasts. When not speaking and writing about technology he is a business attorney. Right here in my backyard and orange county california david. Welcome back to the show thanks. It's real nice coming back. I have been learning from you so much over the years which maybe say more about in a bit but before we get into some of the practical things we can do around managing her papers. I i'm sort of curious. What got you started down this journey. Because you've been writing and teaching people about managing their papers well for almost a decade. Now i you know. I have always been a nerd. I mean it just. I remember so. I'm in my fifties now. I remember when as a kid getting a mechanical calculator you would stick a pin in it and slide the numbers and it would have little tumblers in it and i mean so from the beginning. I've anything technology related has fascinated me. And that's just always been a running through my life and i'm a small firm attorney but i did a lot of cases or do a lot of the big firms and the advantage have i've always felt like was the tactical use of technology understanding how it works making it work for me can allow me to be way more productive. So that's just always been a thing for me. And you know. I just kind of stumbled into mac. Sparky it it..

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"max sparky" Discussed on Mac Power Users

Mac Power Users

03:19 min | 7 months ago

"max sparky" Discussed on Mac Power Users

"I think this is really useful matter what you do on the internet. You always want to be the first person to know if something breaks. Thanks to peanut from solar winds for their support of this show and overland him so you mentioned bringing this to the desktop and this was a time in preparing for this episode. Where oh this is some stuff that i'm already doing. Especially from the angle of cutting down on distractions where i have anything remotely social shoved off onto its own virtual desktop. You know in spaces with the mac. And so i don't see twitter or discord or Messages most of the time. Unless i go them down and it's just been a small change. I've made this past year. That has really helped me kind of hone in on whatever task him actually working on. Yeah and it's not that difficult This one in particular lends itself to keyboard maestro because you can set a open a specific output it in this location on the screen and take for their actions. You can also use any one of the many desktop management programs but i feel like keyboard. Mastro's canada the best way to do this. I also think this is just a natural outgrowth of buying a stream dick now if you own a stream dhec and we mentioned it earlier but all the contextual competing you can trigger with stream deck because stream debt can start a keyboard. My script or better touched tool for that matter. Yeah exactly but you can run it off the touch. Barring your mac they everybody wants to make fun of but can be really powerful So you get you set up one of these scripts and as an example. Like when i'm doing planning work. I have omni focus open on the left side of the screen and fantastic l. on the right side and that's the starting point right but because i'm doing contextual computing. I've broken it down. To planning for max sparky versus planning for the legal practice and calendars that. Show up and the list show on me. Focus change depending on. Which when i pick. But that's a desktop setup in its context. You'll desktop it. Gives me exactly what i need. Nothing more to do that planning work. How do you manage what. I have dubbed app creep especially on the mac where i'll open application for something and then i don't necessarily close it and still kind of hanging out a bit still getting notifications or stuff going on in the background. A no keyboard my can hide and even quit applications after a certain time. Is that something that that you utilize a magic button. If i hit control option command x. On my computer. Minimizes every window on the screen. Nice so And then i've got all the context built already so occasionally as app creep occurs in sunlight realize that my desktop is turned into a big mess. I hit the nuclear button. I don't quit the apps because a lot of times the apps maybe doing some activity that i want it to continue to do So i hit the big acts and everything minimize. I see my desktop picture again. And then i hit the context button for whatever was i was doing and it resets so use the planning example earlier If i sound..

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"max sparky" Discussed on Mac Power Users

Mac Power Users

07:16 min | 7 months ago

"max sparky" Discussed on Mac Power Users

"And that's one of the reasons why these universal applications are more attractive to me than the web based applications 'cause sometimes those links don't work across platforms. Yeah i've been using craft for all of my work notes of moved those Out of apples into craft. And i love it as well. And they're They're shortcut supporters. Really good you can do things like take selection of content or your l. and append it to an existing notes if you have a running log of something you can and just add it on the go again without having to go into the app without having to see everything else in there. It is a very fast and that. That's another part of this that we've talked about not to touch on specifically leaning into this means you can get stuff done especially these little tasks much faster. Not just from the distraction standpoint. But from the i just need to get this piece of data from here to there doing it through shortcuts or keyboard. Master whatever it may be get you back to what you were doing faster that sort of another angle to look this. I think yeah and the next time you use craft rather than make a keyboard trick to note try right clicking on a specific block inside one of your craft notes and copy that deep link and then go pace it somewhere else paste it in your task manager pace it wherever and then the next time you click that lincoln gets you back to that specific block it. It feels like magic. You know Drafts i think is the poster child for this stuff. You can go to a specific draft. You can append was specific draft Greg you know he just did such a good job of getting unique identifiers to all the notes you write. That makes it easy to contextualize computer at it. Notes is not good at this apple. notes doesn't have a unique identifier for each individual apple that the only way to get to an apple via shortcuts is to search your opponents library and The it's such a pain a pain in the neck the because there's like if you search a word that's more than one no you don't know that you're gonna actually contractually compete. You may land in the wrong note so the way i get around that. I don't use apple a lot these days. But when i need to identify a unique note is i have one password generate a password and i pasted the bottom of the apple note and that is basically a poor man's unique identifier so then you have apple notes search for that password. Which isn't a password. Ac- you it's an identifier. It's not going to show up anywhere else and so you have it searched for that always gets you to the right now. It's a dumb thing. And i'm sure there's an easier way to do it but i don't use apple notes enough to bother trying to figure us something easier. Sure but you know Using these notes off and you can also use these no stops as like mission mission control like this new. Get him working on I'd like to share the title. I'm just not there yet. But the guy in it when you open the note. It's got a link to the pages document where i'm assembling the words of ulysses it's got a link to the omni focus project it's got linked to the air table page. Where me and the people that work with me are working on the back you know the backup and the outline and the stuff that we're doing with the field guide. You know the production stuff. It's got a link to the folder. On my mac where i've got the files located you know. It's got a link to the screen flow template file so all this stuff is tied together with these your links so i also kind of use this contextual computing. I turned into kind like mission control document on. Whatever i'm working on and go so deep that i can like i can embed links to email like there's an email i send to somebody about something specific related to this project. I'll just save link to the email in that crash in this case craft but also do it with obsidian document and and i can get to it with one. Click so it's just crazy when it starts adding up and i feel like this is a thing where it starts and you're like oh that's kinda clever that might help me a little bit but then as you go deeper down the rabbit hole. It really Exponentially improves. i guess we should talk about a little bit. it's unavoidable. it's always. I mean this is useful for email to it is there are unique identifiers for emails. And it's really getting an e mail on ios difficult you can copy like you can drag from the apple mail app an email into a thing and it creates linked to it and that can help Contextual computing is limited with apple mail for the longest time with shortcuts. You could have apple mill. Open a specific mailbox. So let's say you've got an f older called max sparky action and you put email in there that you want to take action on later in the day and so you want to create a contextual compute action to open up that specific folder that broke on apple it worked for the longest time and then it just stopped working towards the end of i was thirteen. And it's still working. So i don't know what the deal is with that. I've submitted a ticket on it and hopefully gets fixed but other email applications are working like i know it works with spark I've been experimenting with. Hey and hey great because hey creates a unique. You are l. for every message as well as every message thread. And if you click the link and you're not signed in to your hey account you you get nothing but if you're signed into hey accounted opens it up in the browser for you so that way. If someone else got the link they wouldn't be able to get your email right but you can get to it. And i think it's a good good security model so there's a lot of stuff you can do with email but it kind of depends on which email app you use. Yeah i'm i'm a huge fan of that of in mail of course for me following up on an email so i don't have to keep it in the inbox or i don't have to keep it insane later. I can go ahead and pull the link to it and then this archive email and it's they're connected to the task or like you said in a note where i can get back to it with just a click but i don't have to keep it sort of front and center at the same time so you all this is is actually not that difficult. The trick is the choose from menu command and then just create individual commands and just kind of let your imagination go wild and will build over time and going to open up my contextual computing. Max sparky just here on we talked. So here's examples you know. I've got a specific set of timer in toggle that i can go to with one top Creating and army focused going specific. Email going to specific boxes and an omni focus Post idea which is a specific on me..

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"max sparky" Discussed on Mac Power Users

Mac Power Users

06:15 min | 11 months ago

"max sparky" Discussed on Mac Power Users

"So Stephen, would I'm plane with this month I have been looking into the richest ortmann habit APPs on my iphone. Sussman a little side project I've been working on over the last week. What are some apples like? What's the? What's the habit at yet? Well, I mean I I've been doing that with paper and pen for a couple of years where every month make like a sheet and I have little checks up on it. But I'm I am realizing some of I like using the paper and pen for stuff but I think there's some things I was getting a little too precious about. digital gives me better data in tapping on my phone is just as easy as writing a check in paper except my phone is in my pocket twenty, four seven and can send me reminders. So I realized I I want to do this on there and like just in general in my life like I have like different goals and things i WanNa do and. The Way I complex some of that is through projects like I WANNA be a great at beam experts and I'm making field guides and those are projects but there are other things I wanna do that are more habit based but I still want to consistently do them like you know spend quality time with each of my daughters and things like that, and they don't really lend themselves to an Auntie focus project. So I decided I'm just going to start tracking these habits. And so I downloaded a bunch of them the one that a bunch of friends told me I need to use a streaks. And that's okay. the design is very opinionated and it just didn't really jive with me and it's also I think a limited twelve habits and the way I use. This is actually there's a Lotta stuff in here you know. I take medication twice a day I want to do that I. Know There's you know there's just a lot of things I want to track with this. Because, I'm treating it as part of my overall system. So I wanted something that could track more but also have a nice design and after looking at a bunch of them, the one I ended up with is an APP called productive. Which I know that name come on but either way that's what it's called but it's a very pretty up and it allows you to make multiple habit tracking items and you can be it's got good artwork so. If you feed the dog as a habit like innocence because I forget sometimes after the dog and then she starts biting me and I'm like, Oh, I haven't fed you but the but you have a little dog icon for that or meditation you've got a little meditation icon. So have it look nice the way you want you can have a habit where you run it once a day you can have it where you run it twice a day like in the morning and the afternoon or like there's a certain family member want to check in with every two weeks but I want that to be a habit so I, can have it say you. Know I only need to do this once every two weeks and it can structure it that way. So I can set the timing however I want, but it's still being tracked, and it's still give me one place to go to get a reminder that I still want to do that, and then for instance, with family member once I checked the box that I did I don't see it again for another two weeks and it doesn't Nag. You as much as the do APP does, but I don't really want to be nagged I just want good place that I can check in on a daily basis and make sure I'm keeping up with my habits and. After looking at them productive was the one that was the winner for me and I'm been using that one under fire now for a week, and I'm really happy with it. Yeah I agree with you about streaks Ui. It's a bit much for me. I mean it looks good but it's A. Bit Much and having something that is more flexible than that I think is great. This looks really Nice I. think that the design is nice I've just downloaded it. I've thought about this before for me I, do some daily tracking in my paper notebooks but maybe it would be nice to have some of that stuff on my iphone because again it's everywhere So does productive does it have a watch os APP yet does and I have to admit I've never installed it because I just use it on the phone okay. Is that I see that being cool right you feed the dog in the need tap tap it often your Apple Watch your set I'm going to go ahead and put on my my watch right now I'll report back but the really the thing that kind of clicked for me on this was there I'm trained to always. You know get to my best self right and there are certain things I wanna do but certain areas of my life that problem is solved by projects. As I was saying earlier like Max Sparky, there's a series of projects I'm doing to get to be the best Max bark yet can be to be the best husband I can be. There aren't a lot of projects I mean there are certain sometimes things come up you need to make a little project to do something to help my wife. But really where I win that battle is in the day to day habits. and. I just realized I need a separate place to track and do that stuff and take it more seriously and I don't know this this APP it's in my doc so that you know well, that's something. It's cool although there's no badges because I'm not crazy. You don't don't do that. This would be an option in there to track how many times you open it to clear the badges. That's no fun. It's real metaphor. What about you anything playing with man? I can't believe I'm doing this I. Don't know what you've done to me in the course of almost two years of doing this show. I'm excited. Tell me tell me. So I've spoken about in the past about having. Used head space as a meditation and mindfulness application because I unlike you David, I'm just the beginning of this journey trying to figure this out. It's been very helpful over the course of about nine months. But what I've what I've really found with with head space is that very often a don't want or need the coaching that is sort of the at the heart of a lot of the head space stuff. They have tracks in there that that don't include it. But a lot of it is around leading you through an exercise and that's great and I found it very helpful. But I'm finding that I want another tool when I just have. Three or four minutes and I just want to take that time to breathe before conference call before show..

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"max sparky" Discussed on Mac Power Users

Mac Power Users

12:19 min | 1 year ago

"max sparky" Discussed on Mac Power Users

"There's still the apple. Id My wife. And I used to purchase things Yeah I'm sure there's a lot of listeners can relate it's like you know prime a Mac dot com email address out of my cold dead hands right. That's a mobile is really interesting chapter. Mcgary the article. I wrote a couple of years ago but it was a big move apple really a framed. It as an exchange for the rest of you'd have contacts calendars and email sinking between all your devices is the kind of the first time the iphone sort of stepped out on its own away from. I tunes right before this to sink your mail settings from a macro. Pc's set it on the phone and it just does these things and it was really bad if I a lot of people. I'm those a genius at the time. A lot of people had a lot of issues. They eventually got that sorted mostly but the damage was done and they've rebranded it and rebuilt it as I cloud actually in what was Steve Jobs last public. He was the keynote. And it's amazing even cloud. We're talk about it. What has been add to that over time? It's way bigger than it was then just going back to that. Mobile ME FIASCO I. It's a remarkable. How a bad launch can just ruin a product and in that case it absolutely did there was at the time that it launched and this was one of the mistakes. They made that launch. Mobile me the same day they released new IOS update and they didn't like phase it out over time so their servers blew up and somebody wrote. Maybe it was you. I don't remember who was. But they wrote that they had this vision of Steve. Jobs wandering the hallways at Cupertino with a flame thrower. Wish I'd written that. That's really good and it was like do you work on mobile me as he's standing there with a flame thrower and apparently there was this famous meeting where he said you know he got in there and he said mobile people. What is the job of mobile me in someone stands up and says it's GonNa data and then he says why the bleep doesn't do that and that was the then he walks out of the room so I don't know how much their truth there is to that but they. They really did a poor job of getting themselves. Out of this cloud thing and it's still to this day. I think a reputation apple has. Is that these guys. Don't know what they're doing with the cloud services. Steve Jobs makes a note in the. I call keynote about. Why would you trust us where the people who brought you mobile me like they were? He was fully aware of the situation. They were in and I think as we get into this there are still some public perception about I cloud and its quality But really the the the point to me is is just that they have continued to evolve this over time that cloud as what it was in twenty ten twenty eleven is drastically different than it is now and if you look at. Apple's system status page if you haven't seen this Lincoln the show notes. It is a dashboard of all of apple's online systems. And not just things like I cloud but maps routing navigation map searched maps. Traffic maps display four different services. And you can see if they're having issue so I've used before it's like oh I can't you know my safari bookmarks aren't thinking or whatever and I can go in here and say oh well they're having issues with with this or that and it's a it's a very helpful tool if you run into issues and even keep a little history on there so like we could see record this right now. There was a apple music issue a couple of days ago. It's really cool and Apple. This is like a a new apple thing apple in the mobile me days would have never had this because it would all just been read. I think but there's a handy tool if you're experiencing issues with a with a service. Yeah I was just looking at. I think I've written probably multiple times at Max sparky back in those days about apple learning to walk and Chew Gum. It's like okay. You make great hardware. You've got to get this cloud thing figured out and I think as we sit here. Today they are a company that is good at the cloud. But it's not their central focus like the way hardware and software if that makes sense and and and and to flip it to Google the obvious inverse of this is Google Very good at the cloud. But they're that's their focus whereas they're getting good at making hardware and software but clearly Google's all about the cloud and the best world apple would have both skills mastered that they would be really good at making software and hardware and they would be bring equal expertise to the cloud but that doesn't happen overnight. It doesn't it has been a a real dedicated effort on their part. And I think I think there's a lot of effort in on the user side to trust the stuff and you know I think I just think about you and your journey with cloud drive you know takes work on both sides both apple and its customers to to make this stuff successful right like if a service is launched in the woods and no one hears it like did it really fall or whatever the saying is that really fell apart me but you know what. I'm saying like to see what customers want. They've got a bill that customers have to actually trust it and it's this cycle. They've been in for several years now and I think it's really beginning to pay off for him. Yeah I agree. And and honestly to a large extent there are reliable cloud data service now and and there's plenty of normal users using it with no problems whatsoever and there's a lot of cranky nerds like us that are afraid of it but at the same times it you know they. I think they have mastered some of this and I think one of the things in this. We're GONNA talk about some of this later in the show too but I do think at the bars lower now. I mean I think the first time someone wanted to make a textile sync across multiple platforms. You're starting from scratch. And now there's a lot of knowledge out there and there are a lot of people that have worked with synchronizing stuff. I mean I think about companies like the Omni Group. They run their own sink in for their software because they wanted to be responsible to their customers. You know they said we don't want to say it's apples fault you give it to us. We'll make sure it works. But that's not a very big company and when I was up there in Seattle last year conference I got the opportunity to go see their server room. And it's you know there's there's a stack of servers in there that are running sync for all of their users and Grad. You know granted. Apple's a much bigger user base much more data but companies that are not in. Google can now master. This and the knowledge is out. There and apple has a lot of money to hire the right people and build the server farms. They need so you know I. Obviously they have room to grow with this. But I think they're making the necessary investments. Yeah you don't build data centers around the world if you're not serious about it. I can't imagine what those things cost apple. And they've done a good job of making them green and all that stuff but just the the outlay of funding to build a staff those things and it can do to improve them. It's a big deal you know. And it's it's weird for us as people who mostly focus on hardware and software but I called in particular but apple services in general have their fingers in all sorts of different parts of the ecosystem. Right I cloud is the glue that holds hardware and software and your data together for Apple. Like you can use an iphone without a cloud account but the experience is worse. And there's pros and cons of that which we'll talk about but it's just so interesting to me that even our conversations of hardware and software. We have to talk about services too because they really are three pieces of the puzzle that go together and at this point services are so integrated that it changes the hardware experience. I mean we want iphones IPADS and MACs and we want them to talk to each other if you go back to the NPR is one of the very first episodes. Katie and I record. Ten years ago was how to sink data. An apple wasn't worried about it. At that point we had to do it on our own. We had all these goofy things we do with applications to copy dated it drives and you know and users don't want that. I mean we just want to turn the thing on and have it work and this is a very necessary part of the apple business at this point. So you WanNa get started yes. Let's let's talk about cloud I cloud. What a word right. It's a huge umbrella term that covers all sorts of different features. Are we're GONNA walk through the major ones? I will say quickly that on. Mp Five twenty two which recorded back. At the beginning of the year we spoke about the The family sharing aspects of all of this. We're not really GONNA touch on that today but if you if you are in a family you've got a significant other or kids or whatever and you wouldn't have multiple share of cloud stuff goes into the episode because we talk all about it. We walk you through how to set it up some of the pitfalls both David night or using it to success in our household. But if you want to learn more about that go check out. Mp Five twenty two. Yeah we will do that and I cloud other than family sharing. It's still means a ton of things. I feel like Apple. Just as if anything involves data on a server somewhere or you're just gonNA call it cloud. Yeah it's everything from you know like you were saying like you put a picture in a folder and it syncs to data. That's in your address book and your with your contacts in an email and calendar so anything that is information that you want on other devices that you own that are in the apple ecosystem. I cloud is the bucket that is going to end up in. Yeah one of my gripes. Honestly is when people generalize the term cloud with a judgment. I cloud sucks. I cloud is great. That's not really I think Good way to think about it. I think I cloud drive versus. I cloud backup. Services versus cloud context. You know they're all very different animals and we just need to figure out. I think you're better kind of being more specific when you have this conversation. Yeah absolutely so. Do you WanNa start with cloud drive under. This is an area. You have really spent a lot of time with. Yeah IT IS I. I was an early adopter because I like using the ipad remotely so much and because it certainly is a more favored file sharing platform for the device and and frankly increasing frustration with dropbox. I wanted to use cloud drive in two or three years ago now at least two years ago. I just moved all my data. I drive and it's largely been a good experiment. I haven't had a problem at all. I had a late last quarter I had won the first time ever found a sinking problem. There was some files in my action folder. That didn't make it onto the laptop and so I turned off. I cloud drive on the laptop and turn it back on and it restored them but the fact that for some reason it wasn't getting them was of concern to me but I guess I kind of got into the weeds too quickly. The idea by Claude drivers. You've got a folder full of documents or or files that just show up everywhere. Yeah not unlike dropbox right into a job stories this. There's a story from drew Houston. Who's the founder of dropbox? And he said that they had a meeting with Steve Jobs and jobs called dropbox. Very kind of famously. That it was a feature not a product and it is just a feature of I cloud right. It's not a separate thing but dropbox still around box is still around. There's lots of competing services I think partially because I cloud drive has been slow to adopt new features recording this just very recently have been able to share folders between users right so you and I could move our shared folder to if we wanted to but the issue I have with that is not everybody I.

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"max sparky" Discussed on How I Built It

How I Built It

05:15 min | 1 year ago

"max sparky" Discussed on How I Built It

"And then put out more of my own quality content namely that means more courses more videos for my youtube channel and I wanted to write a new book. Okay I started getting the edge of my last book came out six years ago and so I want to write a new one. So how did I do well. Let's start start with consuming different content. I read twenty seven books. My goal was eighteen. The twenty thousand and I think I read twelve or less. Maybe maybe ten so. That's a big win. I read twenty seven books. I read I hit my goal by think July or August and I slowed down a little bit since then but I've started to pick back up again. So that's a big win. I also watched two new. TV shows the handmaid's tale. And the men delorean. I still ended up watching a lot of friends scrubs and how I met your mother but since two new shows is two more new shows than usual in a year. I'm counting counting that as a win. Honestly the ones that I watch on heavy rotation are are ones are just kind of background noise. I had a long day. No one have to think about something and and So I have those on with the newer shows. I do like to be engaged and think. Oh I should also say also started watching the morning morning show. I need to finish that one but watching the morning show to you so there we go. That is three new shows on three different streaming services so again counting. Uh Win and movies too. I didn't see probably as many as I might have liked but I did watch a bunch of new movies. I usually watch them on flights of of which I had many and I saw a couple of theater so I saw like the live action. Aladdin and Mary poppins returns which I think came out in two thousand eighteen but I ended up watching in twenty nineteen and a few other ones Vice Andy yesterday that that movie about if everybody in the world except for like one guy forgot the Beatles existed and as I record this it's been a couple of days since I've seen star wars the rise of skywalker which I loved for many reasons linked to my tweet storm. And then you can kind of. It's a non spoiler general thoughts so I loved it so I'm counting that as a win to consume different content. I think I did a good job. Twenty any seven bucks. A few audio books are thrown in there three new TV shows and several different movies. So what about recommitting committing to my learning plan well admittedly. I didn't take as many online courses as I hoped I would. I have a membership to master class. I have a membership to Lynton winton learning. Because I'm an instructor there more on that later and I I was really hoping I do like one online course a month. That said I did take two that were hugely helpful to me. the first was the Max sparky Omni Focus Field Guide which I started in two thousand eighteen but I really started implementing that stuff in early two thousand nineteen and that was really helpful. Change My workflow and Pat Flynn's amped up podcasting I. This was a seven seven hundred dollar course. I had never paid that much for course before even though I make my own courses but I've gotta say I was unsure if this was going to be you're worth the money and it is super worth the money and hopefully you will start to see that in the next season which is starting in in January of twenty twenty So I think that Pat Flynn's empty podcasting course was hugely helpful to me. If you are an established podcast adjuster or you. You have the basics down on you're ready to take it to the next level. I would strongly recommend this course. I think it's changing how I built it it for the better. So both of those changed my workflows for the better so again. Not As many as I wanted to take. But I'm going to count this as a win. Because in the courses I did take had a very positive impact on my general workflow and my mindset and stuff I've learned and then putting out more content so first let's start with the missiles I wanted to launch my podcast course podcast liftoff and I wanted to release an update of my beaver builder. Course this year I did neither of those the podcast lift off course because I decided I'd like halfway through the year that it was it needed a major revamp need to include more information and I've been dragging my feet a little bit and you'll see why in a minute but I. I missed the those goals I didn't put out the courses. I was hoping to put out this year. I also wanted to do one youtube video per week and I missed that goal to however her. I did blog more and I put a lot more. I posted more than the previous year on my youtube channel. I grew my subscriber base by twenty five percent. And I'm really happy about that. 'CAUSE I didn't start actively doing that until about halfway through the year so Not Perfect as far as stats from my own personal properties goes but improvements fitting.

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"max sparky" Discussed on The MacCast

The MacCast

01:58 min | 2 years ago

"max sparky" Discussed on The MacCast

"Keep that for safekeeping. And I figured Dan, you probably could do something with automated. Set something up that way, sort of watching the folders that are in there inside the iphoto library package. But I think another good option would be to use a software application like Hazel from noodle soft. If you don't know Hazel Hazel is an apt for automatic -ly, organizing folders and files on your MAC can sit there and watch folders and files and locations, and it can do stuff when there are changes to those folders or files or certain events happen and stuff like that. It can basically manipulate manipulate those files and then organize them for you. It can even do things like add tags rename files. It consort move copy them in a whole lot more, and it does have support for photos, and I tunes for importing. So for on imports. You can actually get notifications, and you can integrate with apple scripts and do automate our actions and all sorts of things. With hazel. And I knew it's something that my friend. Dave sparks max sparky really likes and enjoys. I think he's done a number of tutorials and has articles and stuff on his website at mar MAC, sparky dot com all about using Hazel. So you might want to search over there. Then see what he has. If you wanna learn a little bit more about it. But in this case, I think you can actually build a Hazel script than actually no you can do this because I tried it myself to watch that masters folder inside the photos dot photo library. Package and watch it for changes and then copy those new files out to new location. So in my case when I set up as well, I told to watch that folder anytime a file came in. That was created in the last five minutes. So I was looking at the created at time stamp..

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"max sparky" Discussed on Mac Power Users

Mac Power Users

03:12 min | 2 years ago

"max sparky" Discussed on Mac Power Users

"And thanks gazelle for your continued support of the show. I wish gazelle supported the Sonos play five because I had a Katy Floyd experience trying to sell through EBay, no about a second home pot for the downstairs because we're all getting into it now. And so I had an extra five, and I also it on EBay. It was such a so much misery. I sent a took the first all the time. It takes to get it done. Then you send it out there. And then the person says, it doesn't work, and I was just thinking about your experience how you know. The kind of screwed you over with the oh, it doesn't work after work fine when I shipped it. But I was smart. I took pictures of the serial number and everything and so I- authorized return they sent it back to me. I getting charged between postage and like EBay fees paid like fifty dollars for something that just got shipped to the country and back to me now it's back to my garage. So. Katie and EBay won't refund. You that if you said, no it worked, and it was wrong. I don't know. I don't I don't even you know. It's like probably I dunno. I guess I've got to figure that out now to you think it was just someone who changed their mind, or do you think it was someone who was trying to scam you or someone who just didn't know how it worked somebody who was incompetent? I don't know. But either way, I don't know. But it's just like. Anyway, we there's got to be a better way to sell the stuff. But the that's not what I wanted to talk about. I'm like that's not in our outline. Komo's we just got me thinking, you know, anyway, the so I have been spending a lot more time thinking about my home screen than I had an very long time. I mentioned this a little bit in the last episode, but I got a bunch of Email feedback on it. And I wanted to follow up on that. So it all started with CGP gray on an episode of cortex where he was talking about how he's making these home screen apps out of Syria shortcuts 'cause Syria shortcuts can launch up. So in essence, he was making them into launchers. So he would push button for you know, audio and then that would open up podcasts and audible all the various things that are related to audio. And I thought that was a great idea. So I started playing around with it, and I made a little screen casts. I'll put it in the show notes. I did this last week where I made a bunch of apps this way. But ultimately, I wasn't really that happy with it. Because in order to make these things run from your home screen. They actually have to launch the series shortcuts up. So it just feels wonky when you tap an icon on your home screen, and it launches another apt to give you a menu. But I really like this idea of contextual combining not only apps, but tasks like for instance, I have one for mex- barky, and I talked about this a little bit last week. But it's got like it gets me into the outline of the field gun. I'm working on in my note. And it gets me into it can open up on the outline or and it can start a timer. And it can take me into the max sparky perspective in Omni, focus, and it can take me to the MEC sparky inbox in apple mail. So you just think about all the things you do in one phase of your life, and you combine it into one button..

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"max sparky" Discussed on Mac Power Users

Mac Power Users

01:42 min | 3 years ago

"max sparky" Discussed on Mac Power Users

"It works now fine with Omni focused, three over on your list of ICES and it's not. Only just got the tanks. It's got all the classical stuff you like with Omni focus as well. For instance, it's got that review system built in and it's got, you know, the the, the project management and it's just got all the features that you love. But they've added this multidimensional tags and I'm so happy that they were able to release it. They also get a nice redesign. The application looks new and modern. The perspectives are better than ever because you've got all these tanks. They've upgraded the entire perspective system. So now you can say, I want to work on max sparky stuff while I'm at Starbucks that I can get done within fifteen minutes. And it gives me a list. It's that granular and and it's up to you decide how deep down that stack you wanna go. Sinking is always worked great. It's even better than ever now they've just got the whole thing covered. I'm so happy for these guys. They've been working on this update for very long time and it just came out amazing. So you. You can get it over at the Omni group dot com. Slash Omni focus. They've got it for the MAC now with the standard or pro version. And like I said, it's just a really great improvement. I use Omni focus every day to get my work done. It's the only way I was able to ship to field guides in one month was having Omni focus to help me figure it out. I, I talked in the field guide about this, but I really feel like if you want to be creative in life, you have to have someone helping you manage things. So you don't let anything drop to the ground in my life. My managers on me focus. So go check it out. Like I said, I'm going to on the group dot com. Slash Omni focus..

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"max sparky" Discussed on Mac Power Users

Mac Power Users

02:23 min | 3 years ago

"max sparky" Discussed on Mac Power Users

"Yeah. I mean, I was thinking about my sister who had a big heart attack in hill could have killed her, but it was the got it in time and everything with all this heart stuff, you know, I was thinking, wouldn't it be nice if she had that on in? She had the warning signs before she almost lost her life. So I think Apple's really done something special here with this new watch. I mean, it's not just the sexy, new tech features. They're there is legitimate health benefits to this watch. So that's what I'm interested. And you know whether it's enough to make me upgrade this year or, you know, wait and see what the new apple watches. You know, next year we'll see. I, I do think this is a two big upgrades for, well, I guess the series, the series to apple watch was at the big upgrade the series. There was the series zero series one series too. So the third year of the apple watch was really the series to apple watch. That was a pretty big upgrade. The series. Three was a nice upgrade and the the series. Four seems to have been another big jump. Yeah, we're, we're still trying to time the how this works. A couple of things stand out for me. I, I am more likely than not going to get one because you know, max sparky, but the I, I need to find a way to sell my old one to make enough money off because I I, you know, there's a limit right? But the but I do like this. I do like the the bigger size. See, I am actually at the point in life where I squint at the watch. Sometimes I think a little more screen real estate actually would be beneficial to me. I really like this. This is totally vein, but I really liked that the crown now is no longer solid red. You know. I never liked that red crown sticker to put they sell sticker. She can put on, I know. But that's just seems so we don't know. But so the new one is just got a little red band on which is not nearly as much of a problem. We'll we'll see. I, I haven't made up my mind. I'm definitely going to get new. I'm probably going to watch I with the watch. I am going to look into seeing what I can get for the old one because if I had to pay out of pocket with, no, you know decent offset for the old watch. I'm not sure I could afford the new watch right now. So we'll see. But the I, I like it. I think that the increased size is I'm for it in another two millimeters, I think would be helpful. So I, I'm the opposite of you on that problem. So this episode of.

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"max sparky" Discussed on Mac Power Users

Mac Power Users

03:30 min | 3 years ago

"max sparky" Discussed on Mac Power Users

"Website called learn dot max, sparky dot com. And we had a ton of new people sign up after Lascaux published. Thank you. Everybody who did if you haven't, I recommend going and checking it out because there's a bunch of free stuff there, but I also paint courses and as soon as series shortcuts came out, I knew I wanted to do a course on Syria shortcut. I did the markdown. I'm sorry, I did the. Workflow field guide years ago, and I felt like in hindsight it wasn't enough. You know, it was only an hour long and there was just a lot that it was fairly soon after workflow release in. There's been so many changes to it, so I wanted to really cover it. Right. And the brand new field guide is called the series shortcut field guide, and it is three hours and it's got forty videos in it in whether you've never used it before or whether you're already appraiser. I think there's something in there for you. I'm very excited about learning all about the series shortcuts. I have been on the the standard beta, the public beta. I know you've herb developers. You've had access to Siri shortcuts longer than I have. So I'm very excited. I've been in deep and the nice thing about the series shortcut field guide is with this new platform. I have the ability to give the the readers or viewers. I guess you'd call downloadable content so everything I build and I build a lot of. Shortcuts through the three hours of this course is downloadable so you can watch the video. And then if you're on your iphone ipad, you just push the button and it downloads the series shortcut right to your series shortcut app. So you can, you know, basically cheat, take home the tests and and work from there, or you can build it yourself. I recommend you build some of them yourself. I think that's how you learn to do this stuff, but it's a great course. It's got real basic stuff, but then it kinda goes through each category. Like if you want to make calendar automation, these are the best tools for that. If you wanna make map automation, if you wanna do music automation, I've got a separate video for each category of thing you want to do, and then I've got advanced stuff like programming, concepts like variables in magic variables, and if statements. And then at the end I take on some really cool kind of longer workflows, and I build them for you from scratch and show you why do every step of it, and those are close. You can just download news yourself. But if you watch me make them, you'll probably come up with somebody. Ideas how to make your own. I don't know. I, I'm I know I'm, I guess self promoting the LA, but I actually truly excited about this this thing, and I really hope a lot of people use shortcuts. 'cause I feel like the more of is that use it, apple will pay attention that was told to me by some people in the shortcut team. By the way, Apple's looking to see how many people use this stuff and the more people that use it, the more resources they get to make it better going forward. Well, I'm excited to see what you've done and so that's available now that people can go check out, right? Yeah, it's the pricing has changed a little bit. It was quite expensive and everything to get all this video stuff setup, but so the pricing is twenty nine dollars, but there's an introductory price of twenty four dollars. So and I definitely keep an open for the MAC power users listeners to get that twenty four dollar price. It's going to be open for a little while. I don't wanna say out long because I'm not sure exactly gotta figure that out as we record this, having decided, but the Lille open long enough for you to get it at the twenty four dollar price and. So just head over to learn dot max park dot com. It's right there. It's the first course now more. If you want to go directly to the your l..

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"max sparky" Discussed on Mac Power Users

Mac Power Users

04:03 min | 3 years ago

"max sparky" Discussed on Mac Power Users

"Hello, everyone. This is David Sparkes along with my pal Katie Floyd. How are you today? Katy? I'm great, David. How're you? Excellent. We have a guest today welcomed the show alcohol hall. Hazara Zach is one of my favorite ink-stained wretches in the apple writing. You know, racket is, is that a compliment? Is that I think so. Okay. Just checking. I'll take it or not. He's over at nine to five. MAC. Where he is the lead editor and also the host of the nine to five MAC, happy hour podcast, Zach, and I spent a little time together WWE see this year. I don't know how he did it because the guy gets on many stories out. I don't. I figured he'd just say, I can't talk to you. I have to go. But we did talk a little bit. We had a good time and we're going to talk to him today about the work he does. And as this show publishes just a few days before the apple event, we're going to have a little bit of final prognostication. I need to have a conversation with Zach since he totally scooped MAC power user and the rest of the internet this week with the picture found, but we're gonna talk about that later before we do. So just a quick check in the the the, I just looked the number of people logging into talk dot, Macau dot com is is insane. I'm so happy. Thank you. Everybody for joining on the forums. I think it's been a successful transition and if you haven't done it yet, you should have overtalked Mak power users dot com and sign up. And also I just want to thank everybody that went and signed up for the courses over at learn dot max sparky. It's just really humbling to see how many listeners went over and signed up. I know a bunch of you came from the show because we've talked about on the show before I put the fish oil newsletter out. I really appreciate all the support if you haven't yet. There's a lot of free courses there. So sign up in, check out some of the free stuff including the workflow, and but enough self promotion and aggrandizement. Let's talk Zach. Hey, hey, Hazak what? How did you get into this gig? 'cause I, I had, I have to admit, I just started reading your byline at nine to five MAC a few years ago, and now I just your prolific now. So I started in twenty thirteen and and this is the longest job of had so twenty thirteen to twenty eighteen. Now I'm twenty seven before this job. I worked in an apple store for a couple of years, and my first job in high school was was at Sears. So a short resume. But this is this is the thing I wanted to do what the permanence here's electron IX. Okay. I sold TV's and learned at the time. It was, you know, flat-panel c. d.'s and then LED came out. Out, and then it gets along the difference in seven, twenty p and ten DP at the time and refresh rates and and really all stuff eventually comes back to be relevant, but you know, kind of the fitting job for where he ended up. Yeah, so busy leverage that into apple indeed. Yeah, just always kind of follow my interest in having a little bit of luck, get me where I wanna be, but just just doing what I'm interested in and talking about it with people like you guys and you know, just building relationships that way. And one thing leads to another. I I went to actually I went to school for one year at the university of southern Mississippi and ended up moving and then working at the apple store for a couple of years. But I went to school for journalism and took a few journalism classes, but ultimately I wanted to write write the news in a way that I am, but it was the the two thousand eight election that really got me interested in majoring in journalism in the first place which I didn't finish doing, but then doing a job like this. And you know, and I kind of attribute that to growing up my my grandparents watch the evening news regularly a group watch and Dan rather, and so also fascination for the news and telling stories about what's going on. But for that. For that major, you needed to have a map book pro for a few classes that required movie and growing up..

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"max sparky" Discussed on Mac Power Users

Mac Power Users

02:23 min | 3 years ago

"max sparky" Discussed on Mac Power Users

"Welcome back to another upset of the MAC power users podcast. I'm Katie Floyd alongside with David Sparkes say David Katie Floyd. How are you? I'm good. It is September and it's no, that means it's time to get some new apple stuff. It's time to clear out the Bank account, prepare your significant other whole lot of stuff. I, you know, I I, we're gonna talk about this later, but I I may not by anything. We'll see. Okay. Well, we, we're gonna talk that we're going to a rare show. We do talk about some of the rumors, but I guess before we get to that, there's another thing in September and August, it's the anniversary of really FM. So we, we've got a special show. We talked about a little bit before and we were here. It's getting ready to release so you should get in there become a really FM member. There's a lot of reasons to be really a member one of which is you help support Katie me. We spend a lot of time making the show. We really love making it, but it does cost us money. You know, we, we have to give up other stuff to do this. And we do appreciate the support. You can sign up over really him, but you can also get a newsletter. You can get access to all of the other exclusive shows for the membership month. And there are a lot of fun. Not only do you get the current ones. You get all the old ones too. So you can hear Katie me debate, Star Wars, and star track. And some of the other fund shows we've done over the years and we really appreciate if you could support us. So go ahead and click out box, check it out. You can either support. You start show. You can support the whole network. We appreciate it either way and go download the what you want. You subscribe code download the bonus episode this year which we had a lot of fun recording and I'm kind of proud of it. I think the bonus episode is going to be released. I think they're, they're staggering them a little bit. Ours is going to be released mid-september. So a couple of weeks from now, but you can still listen to the ones from last last couple of years. So it's good. So we've got a couple of things going on your. You've got in addition to the max sparky publishing empire, you're, you're doing some new things with with video. We're actually gonna get to see max sparky is that I heard a rumor is that I mean lots of rivers, September as Rimmer month. So you never know what to believe. I have not been very secretive about this. I've talked about a little bit on NPR a lot more on free agents because it's kind of a thing, you know, business models and all that. But I have just kind of moving away from making electronic books..

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"max sparky" Discussed on Mac Power Users

Mac Power Users

03:30 min | 3 years ago

"max sparky" Discussed on Mac Power Users

"Were in an area that has particularly bad coverage it can be easier to get out an sms message or a text message that it can be to get out data to do an i message so there's an option within settings and messages to fall back to an sms message if it can't get an i message out i never use this i've never used that i've used it a couple of times again because i live in an area with with kinda bad coverage something i think people get confused about is how to make what are the recipient addresses for these messages because over the time apple's blur the lines i mean initially it was always tied to a telephone number you know you would get messages attached your felon that was whole system but as apple has expanded the service and built up this message is service you don't just need a telephone burt like you can also use your email address i i have an old mac address in the amac dot com address because i've been using this stuff and the and that is a recipient for messages for me so someone can send it to that email address just as easily as they can to a phone number and i think you should spend some time thinking about that because that makes it easier for people to find you but you don't necessarily want everyone to be a text message you like i have a public email address associated with max sparky that doesn't it's not a text message recipient for me i've never signed that up to the messages service because i don't want anybody that gets my public email address to be able to start sending me text messages so he's going to give it some thought couple of reasons that you you can also set where you send messages from by default i believe you send messages from your phone number but you can also set your send from address as your email address i have intentionally tried to keep all of my message is going to my phone number for a few reasons number one i think it's more privacy fewer people have my phone number then you you can find my email address if you go looking so i i just don't want random messages from people who may be able to find my phone number the the other reason is i think it can lead to confusion for people if you don't know if you're not expecting an i message or if you don't have if you don't have my that particular email address in in your messages and you get an i message from me from my email address than it can cause confusion i had this problem i there's some reasons that you may want to move it over to your you may want to move it over to your email address i temporarily when i was in europe moved my send from address to my email address because i did not want to be sending things as text messages i only wanted to be sending them as i messages and i wanted people to be replying as i messages and i forgot to change this when i got back and i sent a work colleague a message and it came from my email address and i got a very weird response from them well it's i'd rather forget the change it when you come back then forget it change it before you go and find out that you just paid for a bunch of expensive text messages what about text spam and text messaging we're starting to see that now yeah there are few things you can do with this as we said there are some third party apps that claimed that they will help with us but but it's hit or miss i did not really like some.

"max sparky" Discussed on Mac Power Users

Mac Power Users

01:57 min | 3 years ago

"max sparky" Discussed on Mac Power Users

"To a usb hub the one that was recommended by wire cutter a good usb hub that's velcro to the bottom of my desk and attached to that i have one of these little seagate five terabyte drives in i was looking at it and it's great you know it doesn't make any noise it's super quiet i've i've got a bunch of extra data safe there and i realized that even with the other thing i do on that backup drivers i actually make a copy of the key data off my i'm like my photo library and like my max sparky field guide stuff by the way disa quick interruption thank you buddy for all the support with the iphone field got up in hearing from you guys that are buying it really appreciate it love hearing the stories you guys are enjoying the book thank you anyway so but all that date is getting backed up to this little seagate and i like it so much i did the katie floyd thing i put it into camel that camel camel thing and and told me hey it's on sale so i went and i bought two more and so now i have three of these five terabyte seagate drives with all these terms so i touched one i just i'm just using them as as basically offsite backups so i i've got a omni focus task once a month and i go and i just tach one and copy everything off the archive drive and the i mac into it i'm using kronos inc with a little script that does it for me and i've got one hidden in the house like hidden somewhere where you probably wouldn't find it and i'm giving the other one to sisterinlaw the hold from me and i still got the backups that i do with the online the online backup i still got a bunch of other backups but i do like the idea that i've got this very simple kind of sneaker net style extra backup system that i've added and it only costs me a couple of hundred bucks to do it so i feel pretty good while my backup situation.

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"max sparky" Discussed on The MacCast

The MacCast

01:55 min | 3 years ago

"max sparky" Discussed on The MacCast

"Right you know it's funny i i've heard from a lot of listeners that have been buying it for like parents and siblings and and you know i'm getting emails from people who never heard of max barky or podcast but they they really liked the power the book is given them to to get better at their iphone so i you know it feels good i mean when you do this stuff the reason you make your podcast reason i write these books is it feels so good when someone writes you and you know you made a little difference in their life and the this books working absolutely so so people can get it now it's out on on the bookstore and remind me the title again it's in your field guide series it's the iphone field guide and how you go to the bookstore and search me or search i phone field guide you'll find it if you go to the web at max sparky dot com slash iphone you'll get it there as well i'm getting ready i'm i mean go ahead and get it if you don't want to use ibooks although i would recommend this that's the best format for this and i'll have a pdf version out in a couple of weeks i'm just finishing that up now but honestly even though i make less money when you buy it from the bookstore but by from the bookstore because i it it just worked so well everything is hyperlinked everything is embedded in the one file it's a really great experience and i really went out of my way to make this a book that you can also read on the iphone most of my books don't read that while on the iphone because just the way they're made but this one has a whole separate format built into may just with the iphone so you can turn up the font size and you can get like scrolling text vote mode and you can still watch the screen cast screen has are all shot in a format that they'll play on the iphone and be viewable and there's even a screen cast in the book about how to watch it on the iphone how to read the book on the iphone so if you need help it'll help you along with that.

"max sparky" Discussed on MacCast - For Mac Geeks, by Mac Geeks

MacCast - For Mac Geeks, by Mac Geeks

01:55 min | 3 years ago

"max sparky" Discussed on MacCast - For Mac Geeks, by Mac Geeks

"Right you know it's funny i i've heard from a lot of listeners that have been buying it for like parents and siblings and and you know i'm getting emails from people who never heard of max barky or podcast but they they really liked the power the book is given them to to get better at their iphone so i you know it feels good i mean when you do this stuff the reason you make your podcast reason i write these books is it feels so good when someone writes you and you know you made a little difference in their life and the this books working absolutely so so people can get it now it's out on on the bookstore and remind me the title again it's in your field guide series it's the iphone field guide and how you go to the bookstore and search me or search i phone field guide you'll find it if you go to the web at max sparky dot com slash iphone you'll get it there as well i'm getting ready i'm i mean go ahead and get it if you don't want to use ibooks although i would recommend this that's the best format for this and i'll have a pdf version out in a couple of weeks i'm just finishing that up now but honestly even though i make less money when you buy it from the bookstore but by from the bookstore because i it it just worked so well everything is hyperlinked everything is embedded in the one file it's a really great experience and i really went out of my way to make this a book that you can also read on the iphone most of my books don't read that while on the iphone because just the way they're made but this one has a whole separate format built into may just with the iphone so you can turn up the font size and you can get like scrolling text vote mode and you can still watch the screen cast screen has are all shot in a format that they'll play on the iphone and be viewable and there's even a screen cast in the book about how to watch it on the iphone how to read the book on the iphone so if you need help it'll help you along with that.