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Hello, I’m Michael Sliwinski, founder of Nozbe - to-do app for business owners and their 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.

💻 ⭐️ History of my 10 laptops - from 2000 and Compaq, Fujitsu, Toshiba, ThinkPad through 2008 with Apple MacBooks until now!

Thursday, November 23, 2023 /laptop/

One of the recent ATP podcast member-special episodes was about laptops and it drove me down the memory lane of my own history with laptops. I currently own an M1 MacBook Air in my home office but my main computer is the most versatile one ever - 13” iPad Pro. My journey with laptops started back in 2000 when I earned some money as a PHP developer and bought myself a first laptop:

History of my 10 laptops - from 2000 and Compaq, Fujitsu, Toshiba, ThinkPad through 2008 with Apple MacBooks until now!


💻 🤖 Logitech ERGO K860 keyboard review with a custom-made LEGO stand for Apple Trackpad

Thursday, June 22, 2023 /ergo/

I’ve always liked ergonomic keyboards. I’ve been an early user of the first model of Microsoft’s “Natural Keyboard” in my Windows years and later also had the Sculpt Ergonomic keyboard but it stopped working after only 2 years and wasn’t well suited for the Mac. So I just kept using my solar-powered K760 Logitech keyboard which I bought in… December of 2012 - over 10 years ago! However, I missed the “natural/ergonomic” keyboard layout and decided to try the Logitech ERGO K860 and as I kept using it I also decided to “integrate it” with the Apple Trackpad in my home office. Here’s my review:

Logitech ERGO K860 keyboard review with a custom-made LEGO stand for Apple Trackpad


📱 🏠 💻 ⭐️ Why I need a Mac when I’m working mostly on my iPad?

Monday, January 16, 2023 /ipadmac/

Recently I wrote about my new 2023 home office setup where the key part of it is the M1 MacBook Air. Some people reading that article got a wrong impression that I’m no longer #iPadOnly. They thought I ditched my beloved 13” iPad Pro. That’s not true. Quite the contrary, the iPad is still my main computer. In fact, I’m writing these words on my iPad. I’m doing most of my creative work on the iPad. But… the M1 MacBook Air is an important back-stage/secondary computer and that’s why I need it in my home office:

Why I need a Mac when I’m working mostly on my iPad?


🍎 💻 📱 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


👨🏼‍💻 ✔️ 💻 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!


📱 💻 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.


💻 📽 🎬 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?


🍎 👨🏼‍💻 💻 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 :-)


🍎 💻 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


🍎 ⌚️ 💻 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.


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

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

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

Monday, May 26, 2014 /ipad-pro/

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

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

🍎 💻 ✏️ 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/