Sketchnoting Challenge: David Allen on Mac Power Users

Back on episodes 120 and 223 we featured Mike Rhode to talk about Sketchnoting. If you’re interested in practicing your sketch noting skills, Mike has issued a challenge to the Sketchnoting Army, to sketch note a podcast. In this case, they’ve picked one of ours, MPU episode 219 featuring David Allen

If you’re interested in participating, listen to the episode and sketch note the things that stand out to you and submit them to the Sketchnote Army. There are some great prizes.

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235: Workflows with Stephen Hackett | Mac Power Users

This week on Mac Power Users David and I are joined by Stephen Hackett of to discuss his previous life as an Apple Genius, how he juggles a day job, and being Editor-in-Chief of the Sweet setup with his family life, his love of old Macs and more.

You can find the show on the MPU site or subscribe in iTunes or via RSS.

234: MPU Live: Control-Space is Wrong | Mac Power Users

Last Saturday was the first Saturday of the month which means it’s time for our monthly MPU-Live episode. This month David and I talk about auditing your accounts with guest Bradley Chambers, quitting Family Sharing, follow-up on PDFs, discuss applications for money management, and share tips for managing RSS feeds on the go, sharing an iTunes library, managing photos and videos, preserving two-factor authentication codes, discuss the Evernote Stylus, family journaling options and more.

You can find the show on the MPU site or subscribe in iTunes or via RSS.

One Step Closer to Ala Carte TV?

Today at CES, Dish Networks announced SlingTV, a $20 monthly internet TV service that will be coming to Roku, Amazon Fire TV, iOS and Android in the “coming weeks”.

From cnet’s coverage: 

The $20 Sling TV base package includes ESPN, ESPN2, Disney Channel, ABC Family, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, TNT, CNN, TBS, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and the “best of Internet video” with Maker Studios. Add-on packs with additional kids and news programming will be available for $5 each.

[Roger] Lynch [CEO of Sling TV] said the launch channel lineup was set but the lineup would evolve with time and that other channels would be added. No DVR capabilities or local channels would be available to Sling TV subscribers, but they’d be able to access plenty of on-demand content, he added.

While I’m not sure I’m ready to open my wallet to subscribe just yet, I think this is an interesting development for a couple of reasons. First, it shows that networks are willing to make these types of content deals for non-cable TV subscribers. I’ve long said I’d pay a reasonable monthly subscription to access networks like CNN or HGTV on my Apple TV if that subscription allowed me to have access to their live stream and previous shows. Currently I can access some of this content through their iOS apps, but most of it is locked down unless you’re a cable TV subscriber, which I’m not.

This newly announced Sing TV package offers a nice collection networks that has a little something that will appeal to most households. What’s notable is the inclusion of the sports channels. Access to sports coverage has been one of the biggest reasons for keeping a cable or satellite TV package. ESPN and ESPN2 will alleviate that concern for many. 

While Sling TV isn’t perfect, it’s a start. No mention of availability for Apple TV and we’ll have to wait and see if or how the program lineup grows or can be customized. But I’m excited about the possibilities. Ok Apple now it’s your turn…

ScreenCasts Online Monthly Magazine: Technology Resolutions

This month’s issue of ScreenCasts Online Monthly Magazine is now available in Apple’s Newsstand App. In the January issue you’ll find an article from me about Technology Resolutions for 2015 

The monthly magazine is packed with streamable versions of Don’s excellent video tutorials as well as articles, reviews and tips from authors including David SparksAllison SheridanWally Cherwinski and more. The magazine is free for ScreenCasts online Premium Members or available as a separate subscription or you can pickup individual issues. You can download it in the AppStore or find more info at

232: 2014: Looking Back, Looking Forward | Mac Power Users

This week on Mac Power Users David and I look back on the tech related events of 2014 along with our favorite apps and workflows of the year. We also talk about the things we’re most looking forward to in 2015.

You can find the show on the MPU site or subscribe in iTunes or via RSS.