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This week on Mac Geek Gab 1035, dive into a treasure trove of quick tips and cool finds with your favorite tech trio, Pilot Pete, Adam Christianson, and Dave Hamilton. Discover how to leverage Siri to unearth unread messages or take hands-free notes—even with paint on your hands! Learn how to utilize smart plugs for automating troublesome tech at home, like that stubborn old Sonos or garage door opener. Did you know that bright LED bulbs could be interfering with your Wi-Fi? Keep this in mind to avoid tech hiccups. And remember, don’t get caught with your tech down on Email Debt Forgiveness Day!

In the Cool Stuff Found segment, explore the potential of iOS’s ChatGPT app’s voice interaction, and consider Pandoc for effortless format conversions. Curious about running your 2019 iMac from an external USB SSD? There’s a tip for that too. Syncing issues between Mac and iPhone? Get the fix here. And don’t miss the scoop on eero’s latest networking solutions. Make your digital life smoother and stay ahead—after all, “Don’t Get Caught” means being prepared with the right knowledge from Mac Geek Gab.

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Dave Hamilton

Dave Hamilton is a podcaster, a publisher, and a nerd who has spent the past three decades of his career educating thousands of computer users. In addition to Mac Geek Gab podcast (now in its 19th year!), Dave is co-host of Business Brain and Gig Gab, two other shows to check out! Dave is also the co-founder and CEO of BackBeat Media, a boutique network of podcasts and websites that represents fiercely-independent publishers, of which Dave considers himself one. He has been involved in online publishing since 1998, when he co-founded The Mac Observer, a popular Apple news site which was acquired in 2021. Technology isn't the only thing Dave's a nerd about: he's also a drummer, playing in Bitter Pill, Fling, and various other projects in and around the New Hampshire seacoast where he and his wife, Lisa, live and raised their two children. Dave's reachable for a limited amount of paid consulting at DaveTheNerd.com and you can find to him on Mastodon, Bluesky, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, too!


BernSh · June 3, 2024 at 8:40 am EDT

A little past the halfway mark, you rift on the issue of memory. Part of that was noting the useful memory our devices have. I want to point out a dimension of that memory in the notion of an “Incidental Diary” where rather than making deliberate diary entries, the various digital traces we leave in our wake form a diary. The Apple journal app’s prime feature is its design to leverage that. I maintain a subscription to the Timing app for that diary function as well. For me, having these traces or breadcrumbs to the past satisfies whatever thoughts I have about needing to keep a diary.

    Dave Hamilton · June 3, 2024 at 8:52 am EDT

    Thanks for this, @BernSh! Makes perfect sense, and now you’re making me think I need to re-dig into the Journal app for just this reason.

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