Boost your window-moving efficiency with ‘Three finger drag’

If you’re not already addicted to ‘Three Finger Drag’ on the Mac, put aside any stick-in-the-mud ways you might have and give it a try. After a few minutes (worst-case-scenario a few hours) of ‘this feels a bit unnatural’ you may well find moving things around on the screen starts to feel altogether more fluid than ever before*. Could actually pressing down on the trackpad be on its way to becoming a thing of the past?! Continue reading “Boost your window-moving efficiency with ‘Three finger drag’”

How much time do you spend each year waiting for your computer to boot up?

Freelance translators spend a lot of time waiting: waiting for assignments to come through; waiting for a few days to bill a client (to try and disguise how quickly they managed to earn x amount of [insert relevant currency here]); waiting for their full-time friends to finish work at five o’clock… and we’re all quite used to waiting for our computers to do things: like sending emails with large attachments, loading webpages, and, oh yeah, booting up! – a topic that just so happens to lead me (at last!) to the gist of this post: ‘How much time do you spend each year waiting for your computer to boot up?’. Continue reading “How much time do you spend each year waiting for your computer to boot up?”

Ten things to try when you’re completely and utterly stuck

Assuming you’ve tried all the usual things – reading around, umpteen Wikipedia searches, as many dictionaries and thesauruses (online or offline) as you can find – you’ll no doubt begin to worry that you might be getting stuck. However, fear not (yet), because depending on the particular type of ‘stuck’ you’re about to do battle with, there might be a few more things worth trying. Here’s ten of them (feel free to add some more in the comments below): Continue reading “Ten things to try when you’re completely and utterly stuck”

Five lesser-known reasons why translators (who use a mac) should be using Lion

There is an abundance of new features in LionMission Control, Launch Pad, and Full Screen Apps to name but a few of the more prominent ones – and although the upgrade might not suit everyone – particularly those with software that isn’t compatible and those with computers that don’t meet the upgrade requirements – we think that Lion is well worth the thirty dollars (approx) that it costs. Sadly, we don’t have the time (or the interest or the patience) to go into all 250 new features, instead, we’ve picked out just five lesser-known ones – that you might not even have noticed had we not pointed them out – that will almost undoubtedly make the upgrade that little bit more welcome. Continue reading “Five lesser-known reasons why translators (who use a mac) should be using Lion”