Roland Wadddilove

Roland WaddiloveRoland Waddilove is a freelance writer for print and the web covering Apple Mac, Windows PC, iOS and Android phones and tablets. He writes reviews, how-to guides, solutions to problems and features.

See more of his articles at: RAW Computing and RAW Apps.


Too many menu bar icons on your MacBook? Hide the unused ones

How to hide menu bar icons you do not need to see on the Apple Mac. Free up space on the menu bar if it is full.

The menu bar on a MacBook, especially one of the smaller models ones, has a very limited amount of space. It is easily filled, but you can reduce the overcrowding by hiding the unused icons.

How to create application shortcuts to save time and effort in macOS

A step by step guide to defining keyboard shortcuts on the Apple Mac to save time and effort. Add shortcuts to your favourite apps.

Everyone knows the Command+Q keyboard shortcut used to quit an app on the Apple Mac and it saves fiddling with menus. Here’s how to create your own shortcuts to carry out actions in apps.

Momentum makes new tabs in Chrome more useful and beautiful

Momentum Chrome extension beautifies the new tab page and also adds some useful new features, such as a to-do list manager.

Safari is a fine web browser on the Apple Mac, but it cannot compete with Chrome when it comes to extensions. Momentum gives Chrome tabs beautiful makeover and adds productivity features.

Be Focused is a task and time manager to make you more productive

Manage your time and tasks while working on your Apple Mac more efficiently with the Be Focused app. It uses the Pomodoro technique.

Be Focused is what might be called the offspring of the Pomodoro technique and a To-Do list manager. It enables you to work more efficiently and make better use of your time, while tracking tasks.

Great apps to monitor your MacBook’s battery charge and condition

Monitor the battery on an Apple MacBook and reduce the battery drain so it lasts longer. See the health of the battery

How is your MacBook’s battery? Is it healthy and holding its charge or fading too fast? If you think there may be a problem, these two battery apps help you monitor it and get more from it.

How to schedule your Mac to automatically shut down and wake up

Configure the Mac to automatically shut down or enter sleep mode on a schedule. Set it to wake and start up on a schedule too.

With a few simple commands you can schedule your Apple Mac to automatically shut down at night and wake in the morning ready to work. Save power and make your Mac envonmentally friendly.

Brilliant ways to find files on a Mac with Spotlight and search

How to find files on the Mac by using Spotlight tricks that are not well known. Learn the secrets of successful searching.

Spotlight is an excellent tool for finding files and there is a search box in Finder windows too. However, there are some clever, non-obvious ways to search for things, as outlined here.

Get amazing live wallpaper and screensavers for your Mac desktop

Two free screensavers and live desktop wallpaper for the Apple Mac reviewed. They will bright up your Mac and add fun to your day!

Are you still using the default desktop image and screen saver on your Apple Mac? If you are getting tired of them, here are a couple of free tools that will brighten up your desktop.

How to sync bookmarks between Chrome and Safari on the Mac

If you use Safari and Chrome on the Apple Mac, how do you keep the bookmarks in Sync? Here are the best ways to do this.

In a recent survey more people use Chrome for browsing the web on the Apple Mac than Safari. So how do you transfer bookmarks or, better still, sync them between browsers? Here is the solution.

Use iTunes to upload CDs to Google Play Music on the Apple Mac

Store your music CDs online and stream them to any device. Here's how to use iTunes and Chrome on the Apple Mac to upload your CDs.

If you have lots of old CDs lying around gathering dust, why not store them online? Google lets you stream them to any computer, phone or tablet. Here’s how to do it on your Mac with iTunes.

How to access secret menus and functions in Safari on the Apple Mac

There are hidden menus in Safari that you cannot normally access. They enable Safari to emulate iPhones and iPads and block video ads.

Safari has two menus that contain main useful functions, but they are hidden by default. Here’s how to make them visible and use them to emulate devices, stop video ads playing and more.

Schedule social shares from Safari on the Mac with extensions

Great Safari extension on the Apple Mac for posting to social networks. Share any web page you find when browsing the web.

Whether it is for fun or for your business, blog, or website, sharing great online content on social media is made easier with these extensions to Safari on the Apple Mac. They are free!

Why you need to create a new user account on your Mac today!

Create multiple user accounts on the Apple Mac for extra security and for backup purposes in case there is a problem.

How many user accounts do you have on your Apple Mac? Just one? This is risky and there are potential pitfalls to beware of when there is just one user. Here’s how many you should have.

Create fun photos and collages with Composure editor on the Mac

Composure is a free app for the Apple Mac for creating fun photo collages that contains images, text, stickers and frames. App review

Composure is a free photo editor for macOS that enables you to create attractive collages and have fun with your photos by adding text and stickers. Print or share them online. App review.

Access hidden Disk Utility commands using Terminal in macOS

How to use the diskutil command from the Terminal in macOS on the Apple Mac. Use it to format disks, mount and unmount them, erase them and more.

Disk Utility on the Apple Mac is a useful tool for formatting disks, partitioning them, and so on. However, there are many more features available from the command line. Learn the secrets!

Monitor the battery in your iPhone and iPad remotely on your Mac

iBetterCharge app for the Apple Mac monitors the battery level in your iPhone and iPad remotely over the Wi-Fi network. See when they need charging.

Do you often find the battery in your iPhone or iPad really low just when you need it most? Add a free menu bar widget to your Mac to alert you whenever they need charging. It works wirelessly.

How to tune in to internet radio on your Mac with iTunes and VLC

How to listen to streaming internet radio stations using iTunes and VLC media player on the Apple Mac. Listen to talk shows, sport, news and music.

Streaming video services on the internet seem to get the most attention these days, but video never killed radio and there are some great stations. Tune in and listen on your Apple Mac.

Automatically move and resize windows on the Apple Mac desktop

Review: Free utility to create keyboard shortcuts to organise the windows and apps on the desktop on the Apple Mac.

One of the great advances in operating systems was enabling apps to run in overlapping windows. It is also a source of irritation too. Spectacle is a free app that makes it work beautifully.

Upgrade Google Drive to Google Backup and Sync on Apple Mac

Google Drive was great, but its replacement, Google Backup adn Sync is even better. Here is how to install it on the Apple Mac

If you use Google Drive on a Mac, here’s how to upgrade it to Google Backup and Sync. There are new features in the updated app that make the online storage even more useful than before.

The best video players for the Apple Mac for watching movies

The best video players and media players for the Apple Mac and they are all free. If you can't play a video, these free tools for macOS can help

The Mac can play common video file formats, but it cannot play everything and if you have clips that won’t play, here are some alternative video players that will do the job.

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