Monday, June 22, 2015

★ My first iMac makes my Apple device lineup complete

After months of fighting it I finally gave in and bought a Retina iMac 5K. This purchase makes my lineup of Apple devices complete. In this short post I'd like to share a few thoughts on why I bought the iMac and what each of the Apple devices mean to me:

apple device lineup

  1. Apple Watch - it's a remote control for my iPhone. I love it so far and here's how I've set it up. It's a very natural extension of my smartphone.
  2. iPhone 6 Plus - my main computing device - I'm writing this blog post on it. I'm not iPhone-only apparently but I spend 40-50% time on my iPhone every day.
  3. iPad Air 2 - my main mobile machine. Thanks to switching mainly to iPad and writing the #iPadOnly book I've totally changed the way I use my personal computer. I use it 30-40% of my day.
  4. Macbook PRO - I thought it'd be the last PC I ever buy but eventually I replaced it today with my new iMac. My wife will be getting it so it stays in our household. This way we'll always have a laptop should we need one.
  5. iMac Retina 5k - my new PC. Thanks to the fact that everything I use is in the cloud I now can enjoy an enormous screen if I need one - and it's there in my home office. I'll be using it 20-30% of my day... And I already love looking at this gorgeous screen.

Thanks to the fact that I work mostly on iOS devices I now can easily incorporate my new iMac into my flow.

I guess I'm now a perfect Apple customer with their entire lineup in my household... Well, I'm really happy with my setup now:

productivity on Retina screens :-)

Question: did you get the latest iMac? How do you like it so far?

Sent from my iPhone 6 Plus

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

✔ The story of my first Mac - from Thinkpad to Macbook Air... back in 2008

In January 2008, Steve Jobs presented the thinnest laptop on Earth and called it Macbook Air. Wow. My jaw dropped. I knew it right then that it was going to be my first Mac. And so it was... Althought it wasn't as simple as it might seem. Here is the story of my first Mac and my love for Apple products.

Note: The following article appeared fist in the March issue of iMagazine - the leading lifestyle magazine for Apple enthusiasts in Poland. I'm a regular contributor and write my monthly productivity column there.

My first Mac

I have already been a huge fan of Apple at that time. Mainly theoretically, though. True: I got my first iPhone in September 2007... However my Nokia Communicator had a copy/paste option, GPS navigation and other bells and whistles, so I gave the iPhone to my wife. However, I had been observing carefully Apple's progress and I was excited about each new episode of "I'm a Mac" ads series. Ever since they switched to Intel processors I've started taking their computers into consideration more seriously. The first Macbook Pro made a great impression on me... but it was too heavy and way too big.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

✔ WWDC'14 - iOS8, Mac OSX Yosemite and our Nozbe 2.0 development = my crazy ideas :-)

Yesterday in San Francisco, Apple kicked off WWDC, a developer conference with big announcements regarding both of their operating systems. I watched the live-stream (couldn't attend) and was very impressed. In this post I'd like to share my thoughts on how these announcements will impact our Nozbe apps, and why I'm so excited about it. And there are so many ideas:

WWDC'14 - iOS8, Mac OSX Yosemite and our Nozbe 2.0 development

Note: The above Instagram picture of me installing iOS8 on my iPod touch and later my iPad mini, was the one of the most liked pics in my Instagram history. Being a geek myself, I do appreciate my "geeky" audience :-)

Now back to WWDC. Both of the OSes are impressive. The cloud component even more (something we've been talking about for a long long time), and the interaction between devices and apps on the devices perfectly blends with our "OneNozbe" strategy, so we're definitely on the right track with Nozbe 2.0, but there's more:

Monday, January 31, 2011

Migrating to a new computer is too easy... if it's a Mac

I bought my new Macbook Air two months ago and as you know, I love it. I even showed it to Michael Hyatt and he got one and loves it, too. It's my 3rd Mac... (my 3rd Macbook Air by the way...) and every time I was migrating to a new Mac, the process was very simple... for a geek like me, too easy actually:
Before - the PC/Windows way:

Before I switched to a Mac a little over 2 years ago, I had several Windows laptops and the process of moving between them was very long, but I kinda loved it - I had a chance of installing Windows again from scratch, I had a chance to see what kind of Crapware the laptop manufacturer had installed for me and had to remove most of it. Hell, there was even a special hack to install Windows from scratch on my last PC laptop (Lenovo X60Tablet) because it ran like 2 times faster without the IBM's crapware pre-installed.

Then when Windows was installed and crapware was gone, I had to spend my time installing my favorite apps from scratch. Office and other usual suspects take time to install... so the whole process took at least half a day, if not more. Usually a day and a few days to tweak my settings in all of these apps.

Let's re-cap: New laptop, 1 day to install what i need, a few more days to configure and be up and running. Sad but true.

Don't get me wrong. I am a geek and I love tweaking my new laptop, but it all took just too much time. I didn't know there was a better way.

After - Migration Assistant and Time Machine:

When I was buying my newest Mac, I was on a business trip in Chicago. I didn't have "all my home gear" with me to help me transfer my files or my installation disks, or any of that stuff. I didn't even need that. All I did was this:
- I did a regular Time Machine backup of my old Mac to an external USB Hard Disk
- I unpacked my new Mac and plugged it in, set up a temporary user on the new Mac
- I connected the USB Hard Disk to the new Mac, ran an app called "Migration Assistant" and asked it to transfer my original user from the Time Machine backup.

That's it! After 45 minutes my new Mac had everything installed - my apps, my settings, my life... everything. I was up and running on my new toy and could actually enjoy it even more... not to mention I was productive right off the bat with the new laptop.

Before: A few days, After: 45 minutes.

This is Mac-powered productivity at its best. Thanks Apple for figuring out a way to make this usually painful process such a breeze.
--> me I'm Michael Sliwinski and I'm an entrepreneur who's also the...
.. Founder of - a time and project management web application
.. Editor of Productive! Magazine - a global PDF publication on productivity
.. and a blogger as well as a producer of a weekly 2-minute Productive! show.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

UX Confessions of an iPhone and Mac paranoid fanatic

In the Mac and iPhone community recently there was much a debate whether we (iPhone users) are delusional liars and paranoids - according to a report by a consulting firm from Denmark. Well, let me address these allegations and admit... that I might be a little paranoid... and I'm pretty happy with that:


iPhone lacks features and iPhone users are defending it

It's a fact that iPhone lacked lots of features when it launched (just look at the chart above to compare first iPhone 2G with Nokia N95 at the time of iPhone launched) - let me address the most important issues with the first iPhone and why I think these were really wins by Apple:

No 3G - big deal. But Internet is REALLY built in.

Other phones had 3G, so what? You still couldn't use the Internet in a convenient way. These had some strange WAP or other crappy browser. With iPhone you could really touch the Internet - browse web sites and use it perfectly. What's more lots of web-apps (with Javascript and AJAX, including iNozbe) popped up so you could use the Internet in a totally different way. Fantastic.

Apple cannot multitask, can you?

The idea of iPhone not multitasking (although you can call people and run apps in the meantime) is a really good decision - you open app, you close it, you know where you are, you don't have to open "Task manager" to kill some apps that drain your battery (Windows, anyone?) Face it - to be productive we really cannot multitask anyway, right?

Apple controls the Appstore... really? Did we have Appstore before?

iPhone introduced the Appstore - first time in history my mum has a an iPhone (smartphone) and she installs apps by herself. I mean really - this is breakthrough - my mum is installing apps on the phone! Before the iPhone there were some Java apps you could install on some phones if you were a geek. Apple made it so simple and we blamed them for it.

No physical keyboard - but a virtual one that works like a bliss instead.

Especially when iPhone 3.0 software update introduced the horizontal keyboard across almost all the apps now, writing emails and SMS messages is really fun and fast! Why would I want a physical keyboard that can break down, with really tiny buttons? The virtual keyboard is a lot bigger and better.

Changing the industry with User experience not features.

To all the startup owners, founders, entrepreneurs - just look at the iPhone's success - it's not about the features, Nokie with more features lost it. It's about the User Experience. Apple decided to reinvent the user experience of the mobile phone. They made us love our phones again and made people use a lot more of their phones capabilities (did I mention my mum uses iPhone to check Email?)

Do you like your current mobile phone? Are you iPhone paranoid? Which features you'd like iPhone to have?

--> me I'm Michael Sliwinski and I'm an entrepreneur who's also the...
.. Founder of - a time and project management web application
.. Editor of Productive! Magazine - a global PDF publication on productivity
.. and a blogger as well as a producer of a weekly 2-minute Productive! show.