My thoughts on Apple’s 2016 WWDC news

Apple WWDC 2016

On Monday, Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address announcing various Apple software news. I’ll give my thoughts on each major news item below. For details on all of the WWDC news, see Lifehacker and TechCrunch. Apple Watch Apple Watch got some incremental updates. Of interest for this blog’s animation fans is … Read more

Anthony’s recommended free software

MacBook Air on a table

As a companion to my previous post on recommended Chromebook apps and my Linux Mint post-installation guide, I thought I’d write a post on free software alternatives to commercial software. This list is regardless whether the programs are free as in “free and open source” (FOSS) or merely free-as-in-cost (freeware), but most of the choices will fall … Read more

10 years with Linux, and how my usage has changed

Screenshot of Xubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS

It’s been 10 years since I started using Linux as an operating system for my home PCs. A decade ago, I’d grown interested in using Linux for various reasons, including: A free (as in cost) operating system, as well as free (as in cost) software. I didn’t have much money to spend on an office … Read more

Apple announces next version of OS X, Apple Music streaming service

El Capitan

On Monday, Apple held its World Wide Developers’ Conference (WWDC), where it announced an assortment of new software features. While there’s more details here, I thought I’d throw in my two cents below on the most interesting highlights. The next version of OS X: El Capitan The next version of OS X, OS X 10.11, … Read more

Anthony’s data backup strategy

Time Machine backup

Earlier this week was “World Backup Day,” a day that we were supposed to think about how we backup our computers’ data. Of course, one shouldn’t need a special day just for that, as it’s an ongoing concern. Case in point: I needed to reinstall OS X last week on my Mac Mini, and that … Read more

My favorite digital comic readers by operating system

Comixology Unlimited

Given my cross-platform and multiple operating system device usage, I have a fair amount of interest in software that’s compatible across multiple “eco-systems,” or “walled gardens” if you prefer. When this isn’t possible, I’ll just use the best native software available for each device. With that in mind, here’s a look at the best digital … Read more