Email Etiquette: Style, form and convention has gone

Posted on by Mike Evans

Dear Reader - The other day I read a little piece by Derwent May on email etiquette. This is a subject that has troubled me for a long time. As we make more and more use of emails, both business and personal, the angst of knowing how to lay them out gets greater. Hi, Dear, Yo and others vie for the salutation while we have a wide choice of sign offs, including Regards, Kind Regards, Good Wishes, Speak Later, Yrs, Mxx, luv and a dozen others. There is simply no accepted fixed rule that really would be useful.

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Drafts: The perfect note taker for iPhone and iPad

Posted on by Mike Evans

xThere are dozens if not hundreds of text applications for the the iPhone or iPad. Most are simple text editors with zero frills. Some synchronise with sister apps on other devices, including the Mac. Others offer clever editing, including Markdown, and full integration with other apps. I've tried most of them.

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Apple to introduce new wireless keyboard and Magic Mouse 2

Posted on by Mike Evans

There have been strong rumours of a new Apple wireless keyboard for some months but confirmation comes by way of FCC filings disclosed by 9to5mac.com. There's also an improved Magic Mouse to look forward to. Both new devices will feature low-energy Bluetooth 4.2 for greater reliability and improved battery life. I am hoping that the improvement to the Magic Mouse will go beyond the electronics. All the Magic Mouses I've used have an annoying tendency to lose their bottoms frequently. It is one of the few misses by Jony Ive and his design team, an apparent inability to incorporate a bottom that stays in place. So, a faster and more economical Magic Mouse 2 will be welcomed, especially with a secure bottom.

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MacBook Pro v MacBook: The decision is made

Posted on by Mike Evans

After spending months vacillating between the tiny new MacBook and the more traditional and speedy 13in MacBook Pro with retina screen, I have reached a conclusion. Last week I bought the MacBook for test purposes, confident that if I didn't like it I could return it for cash or part exchange.

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Mac Menu bar: Cut out the clutter, restore your sanity

Posted on by Mike Evans

This week I have spent a couple of days setting up a new 12in retina-screen MacBook. I bought it with the intention of trying it and then swapping it for a more powerful 13in MacBook Pro if I don't like it. So far, though, the omens are good. I do like it; and above all I love the lightness and thinness. This is one gorgeous little laptop that, frankly, makes the iPad Air redundant.

The problem with small screens is menu-bar creep. The utilities you add, the longer becomes the right-hand platoon of icons. It soon threatens to engulf the lefthand application menu bar and it can be difficult to see the wood for the trees.

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