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Bakari Chavanu
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Attended California State University, Sacramento
Lives in Elk Grove
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I’ve never been a fan of Apple’s Application Switcher, mainly because it requires holding down the Command+Tab keys in order to use it. Instead, I use the Keyboard Maestro’s powerful Active Application Switcher. When you have several applications open at the same time, it can sometimes be a hassle to locate and switch between applications buried behind one another. …
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Yeah, a better UI would appeal to a wider audience. Wonder how difficult it would be to make those changes. 
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The granddaddy of all Mac automation programs, Keyboard Maestro has just released a new 7.0 upgrade that includes powerful new triggers and actions, and additional ways to filter your macros. Today’s 7.0 upgrade comes with a list of over a hundred new actions, macro additions, editor improvements, Engine additions, and minor changes and improvements. And for a program as powerful …
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Though the Apple Watch went on sale just a little over two months ago, Apple is set to release the next major update to the watchOS software that powers the device in the Fall. I have had my Apple Watch for a few weeks now, and I've learned to use it for its most distinctive purposes, like providing access to data beyond the iPhone. I've…
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A quick video I made addressing some of the Apple Watch hate.


Addressing Apple Watch hate: https://youtu.be/52iCzx1sDU8
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The Safari web browser is probably the most used application on the Mac, but it can be a waste of time when when you have to click buttons or keyboard shortcuts when your hand is already on the trackpad or MagicMouse in order to navigate the browser. The finger gesture application, BetterTouchTool (free) can make navigating Safari or any web browser faster, …
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My take on the Apple Watch and sales.
We won't know the true number of sales of the Apple Watch until Apple releases official data in the Fall, but even if recent poor sales figures are correct; the Apple Watch is far from a flop. Earlier this month MarketWatch reported that sales of the new Apple Watch have plunged by 90% since the opening week. This report was based on…
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The granddaddy of all Mac automation programs, Keyboard Maestro has just released a new 7.0 upgrade that includes powerful new triggers and actions, and additional ways to filter your macros. Today’s 7.0 upgrade comes with a list of over a hundred new actions, macro additions, editor improvements, Engine additions, and minor changes and improvements. And for a program as powerful …
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NaJoWriMo started yesterday. It's not too late to get this started for this month. Happy journaling.
Get your pen and notebook or digital journal ready for the next National Journal Writing Month (NaJoWriMo) starting July 1st. The theme for the month-long journal writing challenge will be Travel: Places and Journeys. This theme and journaling prompts will focus on two types of travel: writing about places we have traveled or plan to travel, and…
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Cycling has never been so cool. Whether you're doing it for fitness, to beat the traffic on your daily commute, or simply because you love exploring the world on two pedal-powered wheels, your smartphone is the new number one cycling accessory. Some apps provide more in-depth information than a Tour de France drug test, others can help you find…
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My Leather Loop band arrived Thursday evening. I'm glad I got it, because the band adds character to the watch, and is useful for different occasions. I probably won’t use my black sports band at all until I actually go to the gym.

So I'm pleased with the design of the new band, but I can’t quite say it’s more comfortable. I still find myself adjusting the band on my wrist throughout the day, because it’s either a little too tight, too loose, or a little sweaty. Also, the magnets jiggle a little sometimes, and they almost feel like I'm getting a haptic notification on my wrist.

I didn’t want to pay $150 for the leather loop, but I just wasn't satisfied with the design of the sports band. 
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Yeah, that's odd that it doesn't come in the smaller size. 
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  • California State University, Sacramento
    American Literature, 1985 - 1990
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Bakari Chavanu: Freelance Writer, Apple, Techie, Jazz, Productivity Hacks
Introduction
Bakari Chavanu is professional writer, with a focus on software and Internet-based services. He is a staff writer for the leading web technology blog magazine MakeUseOf.com, in which publishes six  articles per week on range of topics, including how-to articles using Apple software and mobile devices, Internet technology and services, and digital photography. Bakari also writes related content for AppleMatters.com.  He has written other publications including Apple Magazine, O’Reilly Media’s Inside Aperture, Photo.net, MyMac.com, Rethinking Schools and English Journal. He is the author of the Make Use of Guide to Digital Photography and The Awesome Automation Guide for Mac Users. Bakari also ghost writes documents and other related resources for paying(!) clients. He infrequently maintains a few other blogs that you will definitely learn something from : Mac Automation Tips and Mac Photography Tips. Bakari was an wedding and event photographer and videographer for nearly eight years, and an high school English teacher for fifteen years. In his spare time, Bakari reads most nonfiction political books, dabs in a little graphic design and program coding, listens to lots of jazz, and helps plan non-violent political rallies and protests on a local level. He's a devout humanist, and he kicks out of seeing the world slowly change for the better.
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Can do kickass facilitation of any meeting—large or small.
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    Freelance Writer, present
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    Staff Writer, present
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