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Hello, I’m Michael Sliwinski, founder of Nozbe - to-do app for teams. I write essays, books, work on projects and I podcast for you using #iPadOnly in #NoOffice as I believe that work is not a place you go to, it’s a thing you do.

🍎 Apple

Commentary on Apple Inc. and their late CEO Steve Jobs. I’m both inspired by their products (see: iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch) and their practices. As a true fan, sometimes I’m also critisizing Apple to hold them accountable.


🍎 💻 📱 7 lives of a decade-old trusty Apple Thunderbolt Display

Wednesday, December 22, 2021 /display/

7 lives of a decade-old trusty Apple Thunderbolt Display

On the last episode of No Office FM podcast my co-host, Rafal, asked me about a lonely display hanging on the wall behind me. He didn’t know why I had this display there. I had no good answer, until the weekend came and I figured it out. I gave my good old trusty, 10-year-old Apple Thunderbolt Display another, actually seventh, life! Just check out its history:

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🍎 🎬 🎥 Trying out YouTube #shorts with: Apple won’t unleash!

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 /shorts-apple/

One of our strategies for promoting Nozbe indirectly is by promoting our Nozbe.Com YouTube Channel - where we post Nozbe product videos, No Office podcast episodes and shorter productivity videos. We have above 4000 subscribers there (and you should totally subscribe!). Last week we decided to try the new YouTube feature - shorts, and here’s my first short commenting on Apple’s MacBook Pro event and my essay on Apple’s reluctance to embrace #NoOffice work:

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🍎 🏝 ☹️ Apple, offices and this new “problematic” flexibility to letting people work from anywhere

Saturday, June 5, 2021 /flexibility/

Apple, offices and this new “problematic” flexibility to letting people work from anywhere

As a business owner of Nozbe I look up to many bigger and more successful companies for guidance, examples and inspiration when running my company. Recently however, leadership of some of them is making decisions I cannot agree with. First it was Basecamp with their “no politics at work” policy that drove 1/3 of their talented employees away. Now it’s Apple, with their questionable attitude towards us, developers on their platforms. And to add insult to injury, recently Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, told their employees to come back to their office, or else! There are fundamentally two things I cannot agree with here:

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🍎 😎 Why I bought the last two remaining Apple HomePods for my living room

Thursday, April 15, 2021 /homepods/

Why I bought the last two remaining Apple HomePods for my living room

Apple discontinued the HomePod and was selling them “until supplies last”. Instead of getting rid of the HomePod I had in the kitchen, I did something completely different. I listened to Marco Arment praise HomePods on ATP here and then here, especially recommending a stereo pair. So I hunted down two white HomePods for my living room and hooked them up:

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🍎 ☹️ Apple used to stand for something. Now they stand for nothing. Where’s Steve Jobs when we need him?

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 /apple-values/

Apple used to stand for something. Now they stand for nothing. Where’s Steve Jobs when we need him?

Recently I wrote this post on Twitter, in reply to Tim Cook visiting Alabama:

Yes, Rosa stood for something. Yet Apple, the company I used to so highly admire… Recently stands for nothing. Videos promoting Trump campaign? Removing Taiwanese emoji? Removing Hong-Kong apps? Putting Crimea in Apple Maps as “Russia”? Yes please, Tim, do learn from Ms Parks

I’m an Apple user myself. I’m #iPadOnly, I buy a new iPhone every year, I love my Apple Watch and I own lots of Apple shares as well… and I’m so invested in this fruit company not just because of the “design is how it works” thing, but mostly because of their values. Here’s why I’m so disappointed in Apple so much recently:

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🍎 💼 Stock market doesn’t make any sense to me as Microsoft is more valuable than Apple…

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 /stock-market/

Stock market doesn’t make any sense to me as Microsoft is more valuable than Apple…

This has been an interesting year. Apple was the first company to break the 1 trillion dollar valuation at one point… but now as they’ve plateaued with iPhone unit sales and announced that they will no longer be publishing the quantity of headsets sold… their stock literally plummeted from above $220 to $169 today and the best part is that now Microsoft is worth more than Apple. Why? Well… I honestly don’t get it…

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🍎 ☑️ How HomePod turned me into a Siri enthusiast - I finally use voice to get stuff done!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 /homepod/

How HomePod turned me into a Siri enthusiast - I finally use voice to get stuff done!

Back in February when I was visiting the UK I bought the latest and greatest Apple speaker, called the “HomePod”. I bought it out of curiosity as I wanted to find out what these “intelligent speakers” are all about and as I’m all in the Apple’s ecosystem I decided not to invest in the Amazon’s or Google’s ones. What happened was that this speaker not only improved the way we spend our time in the kitchen, but also taught me a new way of using my iPhone! Here goes:

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⌚️ 🍎 My Tech Gadget of 2015: The Apple Watch

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 /watch2015/

My Tech Gadget of 2015: The Apple Watch

Last year brought lots of things from my favorite fruit company (Apple) into my life: iMac 5K, iPad Pro, iPhone 6s Plus, new Apple TV and an Apple Watch. And without a doubt the gadget of the year for me was the small computer on my wrist:

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🍎 iPad Pro. iPhone 6s Plus and other things I’m going to buy this year

Thursday, September 10, 2015 /ipadpro/

iPad Pro. iPhone 6s Plus and other things I’m going to buy this year

Yesterday Apple had its keynote address and instead of doing two events like they did in previous years this time they squeezed everything new into one event and revealed new iPad, new iPhone and new Apple TV. Here’s what I think about all this:

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🍎 👨🏼‍💻 💻 How beauty boosts productivity… or my very biased MacBook One review :-)

Monday, July 6, 2015 /beauty/

How beauty boosts productivity… or my very biased MacBook One review :-)

Last summer, in iMagazine where my column is published every month, we featured a series of articles entitled “My first Mac”. Many of our editors wrote about how they started their adventure with Apple and how they got their first Macs. I shared the story of my first Macbook Air which I also posted on my blog. I switched to the Mac because of various reasons and one of them was… beauty.

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🍎 💻 My first iMac makes my Apple device lineup complete

Monday, June 22, 2015 /lastmac/

🍎 ⌚️ 💻 The polarizing Macbook, tempting Apple Watch and… one more thing.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 /applelive-watch/

🍎 💻 The story of my first Mac - from Thinkpad to Macbook Air… back in 2008

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 /my-first-mac/

🍎 📽 🎬 The power of iOS8 for better productivity - Productive! Show #80

Thursday, September 18, 2014 /ios8/

🍎 ✏️ Apple’s next big thing? iCar. Why Apple buying Tesla actually makes sense.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 /applecar/

🍎 💻 ✏️ Me and Mac. A “love in the air” story

Friday, January 31, 2014 /mac/

📖 🍎 Insanely Simple by Ken Segall - audio book of the week

Thursday, June 21, 2012 /insanely-simple-by-ken-segall-audio-book-of-t/

✅ 🍎 Nozbe means Productivity on the Mac App Store

Sunday, June 3, 2012 /nozbe-means-productivity-on-the-mac-app-store/

🍎 ☑️ Focus like Steve Jobs

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 /focus-like-steve-jobs/

📖 🍎 Thoughts & Quotes from Steve Jobs Biography by Isaacson

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 /thoughts-quotes-from-steve-jobs-biography-by/

🍎 Final Act of Steve Jobs

Thursday, October 6, 2011 /final-act-of-steve-jobs/

🍎 💼 How Steve Jobs inspired me as an entrepreneur

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 /how-steve-jobs-inspired-me-as-an-entrepreneur/

📖 🍎 The Steve Jobs Way: iLeadership for a New Generation - Audiobook of the week

Thursday, July 14, 2011 /the-steve-jobs-way-ileadership-for-a-new-gene/

🍎 💼 Your New Affiliate Partner is Apple thanks to Subscriptions

Thursday, February 17, 2011 /your-new-affiliate-partner-is-apple-thanks-to/

🍎 💼 3 lessons learned from Steve Jobs coming back to Apple

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 /3-lessons-learned-from-steve-jobs-coming-back/

🍎 💻 📱 Dear Apple - iPad is NOT a personal device like iPhone

Monday, November 15, 2010 /dear-apple-ipad-is-not-a-personal-device-like/

🍎 💻 New Macbook Air seduces me again…

Thursday, October 21, 2010 /new-macbook-air-seduces-me-again/

📲 ✈️ 🍎 Apple Store “Waiting in line for iPhone 4” experience

Wednesday, September 8, 2010 /apple-store-waiting-in-line-for-iphone-4-expe/

🍎 📲 💼 Thoughts on iPhone 4 - Apple simply ships

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 /thoughts-on-iphone-4-apple-simply-ships/

🍎 📱 💻 I have to admit this - 5 reasons why iPad is the future of computing

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 /i-have-to-admit-this-5-reasons-why-ipad-is-th/

🍎 📱 7 ways the new Apple iPad will increase your productivity

Tuesday, February 2, 2010 /7-ways-the-new-apple-ipad-will-increase-your/

🍎 On stage like Apple’s Steve Jobs: 3 Mistakes to avoid when presenting

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 /on-stage-like-apples-steve-jobs-3-mistakes-to/

📲 🍎 UX Confessions of an iPhone and Mac paranoid fanatic

Thursday, December 17, 2009 /ux-confessions-of-an-iphone-and-mac-paranoid/

🍎 Removing features, noise and buttons to make your product perfect - like Apple Mighty Mouse

Saturday, October 31, 2009 /removing-features-noise-and-buttons-to-make-y/

💻 🍎 Macbook Air rocks. 5 things PC notebook manufacturers will never understand.

Saturday, December 27, 2008 /macbook-air/