Hide Recent & Suggested Apps from iPad Dock in iOS 11

One of the things that I like about iOS 11 on my new iPad is the ability to add up to 13 apps to the dock. By default, the dock also has a Suggested and Recent apps section at the right end of the dock. This shows my 3 most recently used apps, not including apps that are already in the doc.

This is probably handy for most folks but I would rather not see the Suggested and Recent apps. After doing some poking around I found that this can be turned off in settings. Here’s how to turn it off. Go to Settings > General > Multitasking & Dock > Show Suggested and Recent Apps and toggle it off.

Modifier key order

I’ve learned a lot about the Mac from following Dr. Drang’s blog. A lot of what he talks about is over my head but some I’m able to pick up on and use in my daily workflow.

Did you know that there’s a proper order for stating the modifier keys in a keyboard shortcut? I didn’t. But I do now.

Dr. Drang explains the the proper modifier key order in stating a keyboard shortcut:

Control (⌃), Option (⌥), and Command (⌘) always go in that order. The oddball is the Shift(⇧) key, which sneaks in just in front of Command.

If you write about Mac keyboard shortcuts, as I did yesterday, you should know how to do it right. Just as there’s a proper order for adjectives in English, there’s a proper order for listing the modifier keys in a shortcut.

The order is similar to how you see them down at the bottom left of your keyboard.

The last bit of standard syntax is that the letter key in the shortcut (if there is a letter) is always presented as a capital, even when the Shift key isn’t used.

​When entering a keyboard shortcut, you’re not typing a letter, you’re pressing a set of physical keys on the keyboard in front of you. The symbols on the letter keys are capitals, so that’s the appropriate way to identify those keys.

How I organize my Mac menu bar apps

I have collected my share of menu bar utility apps on my Macs. Some of them I like to see all the time and others I only need to see occasionally or not at all. Bartender 3 lets me organize my menu bar apps by hiding them, rearranging them, or moving them to the Bartender Bar.

I also like that I can place an app in the Bartender Bar but any time the app updates the icon will appear in the main menu bar. An example this would be the way I’ve configured Dropbox. I have it set to be in the Bartender Bar but anytime it updates the icon will show in the main menu bar for 15 seconds.

If you want to cleanup your menu bar give Bartender a try. You can download a 4 week trial here.

Checking out the new Firefox Quantum browser for Mac

Back in my PC days, Firefox was my browser of choice. So when I moved to the Mac I installed Firefox because that was what I was used to. After a month or so of using Firefox, I tried Safari and have never looked back until today.

I noticed a couple of articles about Firefox Quantum in my newsfeed yesterday. I thought I would check it out.

Here’s my quick takeaway:

It’s fast. Really fast! The speed increase comes from the completely overhauled core engine with new technology. I like the new look and feel. But I’m most impressed with how fast it is.

I’m going to run it as my default browser for a few days as a test. I doubt that it can replace Safari. It will definitely replace Chrome as my backup browser though.

If you’re already a Firefox user you should receive an automatic update otherwise you can download it here.

MacRumors has a good review of Firefox Quantum for Mac which you can read here.

iPhone X notch remover

I haven’t purchased the iPhone 10. Yet? I have read and listened to a lot of reviews on it though. One of the most controversial things about it is the notch at the top of the screen. Some people hate it, others are okay with it and some tolerate it.

Here’s a way to get rid of it. In the App Store, today there’s a new app Notch Remover. Notch Remover lets you remove the notch from the status bar. It modifies your wallpaper to adjust for the notch. You can check out some of the amazing results in the screenshots on the App Store.

I’ve also heard that using the black wallpaper that’s part of iOS 11 does a pretty good job of disguising it.

My new favorite podcast

My favorite podcast is Lance Armstrong’s The Forward. I listened to my first episode in July of 2016. At the time, I wasn’t all that impressed and didn’t listen to any more episodes.

When this year’s Tour de France was approaching I was looking for a way to follow the race. I’m a cord cutter so TV was out. I could follow VeloNews on Twitter but that wasn’t the kind of coverage I was looking for. Then I learned Lance Armstrong had a podcast called Stages.

Lance Armstrong shares his incisive perspective on the 2017 TDF with a new daily podcast, Stages. Co-hosted by longtime Austin radio personality JB Hager, Stages airs about an hour after each stage finish, from July 1-23.

The podcast features special guest appearances, insightful course previews and race analysis from Armstrong’s distinct point of view, which takes listeners deep inside the world’s most iconic cycling race. In addition to a daily recap of all the action, Armstrong, who also hosts The Forward podcast, shares anecdotes from his years racing Le Tour.

Followers can watch this year’s race unfold through the lens of someone who knows the suffering and splendor like no one else.

Stages was what I was looking for. Lance and his co-host JB Hager gave excellent coverage of each stage of the TDF. In fact, it was so good I thought I would check out The Forward podcast again.

I don’t recall which episode of The Forward I listened to first but I came away thinking Lance had become a great interviewer and was interviewing some really interesting people. I’ve since gone back and listened to almost every episode.

The Forward Podcast with Lance Armstrong gives the audience a rare and revealing listen into Armstrong’s conversations with some of the most interesting people he’s met through the years. Guests of the weekly podcast include an eclectic range of personalities—some well-known, others simply with intriguing stories to tell—from the world of politics, entertainment, art, business, sport and more. The podcast, which often touches on current events, is also a community forum where the audience is encouraged to send questions, comments and any feedback directly to Armstrong. Above all, The Forward Podcast is a personal, honest, engaging and always entertaining dialogue that leaves the listener with new insights and information every week.

I know folks have strong opinions about Lance. Love him or hate him The Forward podcast has some amazing interviews with some great life lessons.

If you like podcasts you should definitely check The Forward out. Here are some of my favorite episodes: Michael Morton, Becky Hammon, Rahm Emanuel, Shep Gordon, John Paul DeJoria, Jimmie Johnson, Troy Aikman, and Roy Spence.

Listen on iTunes here: iTunes
Listen on Soundcloud here: Soundcloud
Listen on Google Play here: Google Play

Thinking about the apps and web services I’ll be using in 2018

I’ll be writing my article about the apps and web services I’ll be using in 2018 soon. Between now and then I’ll be choosing those apps and web services.

I have some prerequisites for next year:

  1. The apps I’ll be using must be cross-platform. That means there must be a Mac, iPhone and iPad app.
  2. I don’t want to manage files anymore. I want to use apps that have an app-based organization.
  3. And lastly, I want to keep subscription-based apps and services to a minimum.

That means there will be some departures from what I’ve done in the past. I’m excited about sharing my must-have apps and web services for 2018 with you.

Web Finds for November 5, 2017

Web Finds are from my web surfing travels. You’ll find some unique, informative, and some of the coolest websites and apps that you may have never known existed. Enjoy!

How to Hide Recent & Suggested Apps from iPad Dock in iOS 11
One of the various new features introduced to iPad with modern iOS is a revamped Dock, complete with a new Recent and Suggested Apps section that appears on the far right side of the iPad Dock, delineated by a faint separator line.

Cardhop
Cardhop for Mac is a new way to deal with contacts. The magical parsing engine is incredibly intuitive, letting you search, add, edit, and interact with your contacts using a simple sentence!

Path Finder 7
Path Finder is a Mac Finder replacement with power user file management features. Path Finder is designed to work with a variety of different workflows. Whether you’re a power user who accesses, manages, and manipulates a bunch of files a day, or just a casual user who loves being on top of everything.

Affirm: Easy monthly payments
With Affirm iOS app, you can split almost any online purchase into easy monthly payments. Unlike a credit card, there are no hidden fees and no surprises. Just enter a few pieces of information for a real-time decision, then choose the payment schedule that works for you!

Previous Web Finds are here.