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Bakari Chavanu
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Attended California State University, Sacramento
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Just discovered the Five Finger Swipe Right in BTT. I'm using it to move a frontmost window without having to make a right-click and hold. With this BTT action, I just put five fingers on the  trackpad and then left four of them to drag the window. I drag with the my right index finger.

This means I don't have to move the cursor to the toolbar of an application and the click and drag to move it. This is faster and more pleasurable than clicking. Wish I had found it sooner. 
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Even though I’ve been an avid journal writer for over 25 years, I still turn to other journal writing coaches and bloggers for inspiration and guidance for journal writing. The following is my Twitter list of journal writing coaches and bloggers.  I…
Even though I’ve been an avid journal writer for over 25 years, I still turn to other journal writing coaches and bloggers for inspiration and guidance for journal writing. The following is my Twit...
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A simple journal application for the Mac and iPhone.
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One of the interesting books I read last year was Joel Zaslofsky’s Experience Curating: How to Focus,Increased Influence, and Simplify Your Life. It’s the first time I read a book about something I’ve been doing in my journals for years, which is keeping…
One of the interesting books I read last year was Joel Zaslofsky's Experience Curating: How to Focus,Increased Influence, and Simplify Your Life. It's the first time I read a book about something I...
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The hardest part about writing my new book was the editing and proofreading. There’s no getting around that part of the process. You can’t automate it, you can’t do it in ten easy steps, and you’ll feel like the job is never done. Fortunately I had a few…
The hardest part about writing my new book was the editing and proofreading. There's no getting around that part of the process. You can't automate it, you can't do it in ten easy steps, and you'll...
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There are pros and cons to traditional journal writing with pen and paper, but for me, typing is the fastest and most efficient way to write, and that’s one of the reasons I use the popular iOS and Mac, Day One. I’m also happy to announce that I just…
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Don't forget that dictating with DragonDictate is even faster than typing Bakari.
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Happy to announce that my new book, Starting From Day One: Using the Day One Journaling App to Record and Enrich Your Life is finally available in the iTunes Book Store.  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/starting-from-day-one/id966988852?mt=11 
This book was a labor of love. I hope others find useful for using Day One and digital journaling.
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I'm always trying out new clipboard managers, and this one, Copy 'em Paste, is pretty cool. It's similar to iClip, but it has the advantage of a floating clipboard, and the ability to quickly paste a designated clip by selecting a number. I've been able to map Copy 'em Paste to a Dragon Dictate voice command so I can also paste clippings without having to use the keyboard.
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I'm always trying out new clipboard managers, and this one, Copy 'em Paste, is pretty cool. It's similar to iClip, but it has the advantage of a floating clipboard, and the ability to quickly paste a designated clip by selecting a number. I've been able to map Copy 'em Paste to a Dragon Dictate voice command so I can also paste clippings without having to use the keyboard.
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Since David and Katy have talked about the journal writing app, Day One, I thought I'd share my recently published book about the application, which also includes 5 chapters of journal writing strategies and prompts.

Here's the iTunes link to the book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/starting-from-day-one/id966988852?mt=11

Here's a little more information about the book: http://booklaunch.io/bakari45/startingfromdayone
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Oh awesome. You'll really like Day One, and I'm sure there are journal prompts and strategies in my book that you will find useful. Let me know if you have any questions. 
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The next National Journal Writing Month will begin April 1st. In the meantime, I encourage you to keep journaling. I will continue to post resources for journal writing and pass along updates about related journal writing activities and events.
The next National Journal Writing Month will begin April 1st. In the meantime, I encourage you to keep journaling. I will continue to post resources for journal writing and pass along updates about...
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Happy to announce that my new book, Starting From Day One: Using the Day One Journaling App to Record and Enrich Your Life is finally available in the iTunes Book Store.  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/starting-from-day-one/id966988852?mt=11 
This book was a labor of love. I hope others find useful for using Day One and digital journaling.
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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
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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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