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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. More…

💻 Computers

Computing platforms and all the types of computers I used to use… together with geeky gadgets I happen to test and buy. I also write more specifically on iPads, iPhones and Apple Watches.


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

Wednesday, December 22, 2021 /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:

7 lives of a decade-old trusty Apple Thunderbolt Display

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👨🏼‍💻 ☑️ 💻 How wireless headphones improve my productivity… and take me into the future!

Monday, November 20, 2017 /headphones/

This article was inspired by questions from readers and my discussion with Radek in the 95th episode of “ThePodcast.fm.” In that episode, we were chatting about our new wireless headphones and discussing how they make us feel like we’re living in the future. On top of that, I also believe wireless headphones significantly improve productivity. So, if you’re still using wired headphones, then, to quote Steve Jobs: “you’re doing it wrong.” Read on to find out why.

How wireless headphones improve my productivity… and take me into the future!

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📱 💻 Can the iPad Pro substitute a laptop? Well… Yes. And No.

Monday, November 23, 2015 /ipadpromac/

Now that the iPad Pro is out and I’ve been using it for the last week or so, many people have been asking if it can finally be a laptop replacement. If people can now finally ditch their Macbooks and embrace the new era of touch-devices for most of their computing needs. Well, it depends who you ask:

Can the iPad Pro substitute a laptop? Well… Yes. And No.

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💻 📽 🎬 Unboxing of iMac 5K. Retina desktop, baby! - Productive! Show #95

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 /imac/

I’m on an Unboxing spree recently. After my recent Apple Watch it’s time for my new desktop computer. As an iPhone and iPad user I’m spoiled by the retina screens so it was time for me to also make my desktop screen full retina. In this video recorded on Periscope I explain why I chose this computer and how it looks like in and out of the box. Question: Do you use a desktop computer or do you prefer a laptop?

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

Monday, July 6, 2015 /beauty/

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.

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

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🍎 💻 My first iMac makes my Apple device lineup complete

Monday, June 22, 2015 /lastmac/

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:

My first iMac makes my Apple device lineup complete

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

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 /applelive-watch/

Yesterday was a big day, the “Apple Watch” day… Apple finally explained a little more the new “wearable iDevice” concept so that I think I know what and why I’m going to buy. Today, I would like to discuss with you the Apple Watch and the new Macbook and something more, here goes:

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

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

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

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.

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

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📱 💻 👨🏼‍💻 ✏️ iPad Pro? No, we don’t need a hybrid but better processes and apps (and more RAM)

Monday, May 26, 2014 /ipad-pro/

We’re almost there with WWDC (Apple’s World Wide Develoeprs Conference) where they’ll probably announce iOS8. Along with that the rumors start showing up of a a mysterious iPad Pro to be introduced later this year. As the big iPad’s name has been changed to iPad Air it is very much likely Apple will release third iPad - by analogy to the Mac series. There are several theories circulating in the media. As I am writing this text on the iPad and as I use it for work almost all the time, I would like to organize my thoughts on the topic and encourage you to discuss this with me. Let’s see what we’ll come up with.

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.

iPad Pro? No, we don’t need a hybrid but better processes and apps (and more RAM)

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💻 👨🏼‍💻 ✏️ Why my Macbook Pro is the last PC I’ll ever buy or need

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 /my-last-pc/

I got myself a great gift last Christmas - a brand new Macbook Pro 13” with Retina display. It replaced my Mac Mini as the main home & office PC now. I use it whenever something needs to be done on “a real computer”. As it is turned on all the time, I can always connect my iPad to it with LogMeIn. This Macbook is perhaps the last computer I’ll ever buy. Here’s why:

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

Why my Macbook Pro is the last PC I’ll ever buy or need

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

Friday, January 31, 2014 /mac/

💻 Time Machine Backup with Size Limit on Mac OSX Mountain Lion

Saturday, February 16, 2013 /secure-time-machine-backup-limit/

📱 💻 ✏️ Part 16 - why I (still need a Mac Mini - iPad as my main computer

Monday, October 22, 2012 /part-16-why-i-still-need-a-mac-mini-ipad-as-m/

💻 📽 🎬 Dual-monitor setup for twice the productivity - Productive! Show #43

Saturday, April 14, 2012 /dual-monitor-setup-for-twice-the-productivity-43-productive-magazine-show/

💻 21 must-have gadgets of a road-warrior

Sunday, December 18, 2011 /21-must-have-gadgets-of-a-road-warrior/

💻 Mac OSX Lion Secure Backup to Time Capsule with size limit

Monday, July 25, 2011 /mac-osx-lion-secure-backup-to-time-capsule-wi/

☑️ 💻 Multiple Monitors boost productivity… a lot

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 /multiple-monitors-boost-productivity-a-lot/

💻 Cloud storage approach… my recommendations?

Monday, February 21, 2011 /cloud-storage-approach-my-recommendations/

💻 Migrating to a new computer is too easy… if it’s a Mac

Monday, January 31, 2011 /migrating-to-a-new-computer-is-too-easy-if-it/

💻 Finally Macbook Air done right. The 2010 model rocks

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 /finally-macbook-air-done-right-the-2010-model/

☑️ 💻 Single-tasking is good for you!

Monday, November 22, 2010 /single-tasking-is-good-for-you/

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

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

💻 📽 🎬 Office in a Bag - Macbook Air & Accessories for Road Warrior - Episode #26

Thursday, October 21, 2010 /office-in-a-bag-macbook-air-accessories-for-road-warrior-episode-26/

🍎 💻 New Macbook Air seduces me again…

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

🍎 📱 💻 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/

📱 💻 IMDB - how Apple’s iPhone or iPad interface makes ugly web site beautiful

Tuesday, April 6, 2010 /imdb-how-apples-iphone-or-ipad-interface-make/

💻 Simple camcoders help me simply record stuff. In HD, too.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 /simple-camcoders-help-me-simply-record-stuff/

💻 📽 🎬 Double-backup Luggage in Airplanes

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 /double-backup-luggage-in-airplanes/

☑️ 💻 Productivity tip: Online screen sharing and collaboration with Skype

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 /productivity-tip-online-screen-sharing-and-co/

💻 Google Chrome OS - 7 seconds to internet - doesn’t look for floppy - promotes the Cloud

Monday, November 23, 2009 /google-chrome-os-7-seconds-to-internet-doesnt/

💻 Is Google Wave an Email 2.0 service? What about Inbox Zero?

Thursday, November 5, 2009 /is-google-wave-an-email-20-service-what-about/

💻 📽 🎬 My Productive Computer - Unboxing Apple Macbook Air 2.13 SSD

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 /my-productive-computer-unboxing-apple-macbook-air-2-13-ssd/

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

Saturday, December 27, 2008 /macbook-air/