Introducing Techie Scheky

As part of the new direction for this site, I want to introduce Techie Scheky, a new series that offers tips and tactics for being more productive and creative with a Mac. Before I dig in, I want to be clear about one thing: I am the farthest thing from a productivity guru. In fact, organization has been a lifelong struggle for me. This is a byproduct of my ADHD nature1 and a lifetime of cultivating bad habits.

Over the past two years, I’ve been spending significant time trying to attack my organizational challenges with my passion for technology. I’ve wanted to accomplish more professionally while trying to tap into some (hopefully) dormant creativity. It’s been an interesting ride and I’ve learned a lot, both about myself and about the glowing box I am typing this post on. I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned and hope that it will be useful for you.

There are already some seriously smart people talking about this2, but I think I have something to add for those of you, who like me, do not know a lick of computer code. Much of what I share will come from the lessons learned from these fine folks3, I hope to boil things down a bit for the less technically inclined. Some of it will be fairly geeky, but I promise to keep things accessible for anyone looking to learn.

This series will be most helpful to those using a Mac4, because I have never found the right recipe for the PC. However, much of it can be applied to either platform. Stay tuned for a healthy balance of how-to and why-to posts on using all of the technology at our disposal to get things done5.

We are going to start out with the basics, but I promise, things will get geeky fast! Check back tomorrow as I kick off the series with the first How-To post on the single most essential application of all: Dropbox.


  1. The real, diagnosed version, not the “he’s hyper” type.  

  2. e.g Merlin Mann, Ben Brooks, Shawn Blanc, David Sparks, Marco Arment, Brett Terpstra, Dr. Dang to name a few.  

  3. And through my own trial and error  

  4. Not because I like you better (even though I totally do).  

  5. Without having to get all GTD… those people scare the hell out of me.  

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