Around the Web for April 17th through April 21st

These are my Around the Web links for April 17th through April 21st:

Deckset on Show

I’m a big fan of markdown as a way of writing. I generate most of my content in Markdown using Byword for Mac[1] and Byword for iOS, supported by tools like Editorial, MultiMarkdown Composer, nvAlt and Marked.

These tools allow me to put together blog posts, as well as write articles, reports, training programs and even books. The cool thing is that with Markdown I can write once and then reuse the same content easily in multiple formats.

Now I can use Markdown to create brilliant presentations using a new Mac app called Deckset (available in the Mac App Store). The following Slideshare presentation—created in Deckset and embedded here[2]—is my review of Deckset.

The short version—Deckset for Mac is great. Go get it.


  1. This and other links to the Mac or iOS App stores are affiliate links. Thanks in advance ;-)  ↩

  2. Here is the original Markdown file for the Deckset On Show presentation so you can see how it was constructed.  ↩

Around the Web for April 10th through April 15th

These are my Around the Web links for April 10th through April 15th:

Grant W Graves—the guru of Soggy Science

My friend and mentor Grant W Graves is not only a diving guru[1] but is also a degree qualified marine scientist. In the diving world, Grant is one of the foremost connectors in the industry. He literally knows everyone in diving.

Last December Grant launched a new initiative—Soggy Science. Soggy Science is a weekly video roundup of news about the aquatic world.

Divers everywhere will enjoy the way he makes nerdy topics fun and approachable.


  1. Grant is a PADI Course Director; a Technical Diving Instructor-Trainer with PADI and TDI; a DAN Examiner; and is President of the US Freediving Association among other qualifications.  ↩

Around the Web for April 1st through April 10th

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Around the Web for March 28th through March 31st

These are my Around the Web links for March 28th through March 31st:

Around the Web for March 25th through March 27th

These are my Around the Web links for March 25th through March 27th:

Around the Web for March 24th through March 25th

These are my Around the Web links for March 24th through March 25th:

  • Want to be anonymous? Now you have a right to be – "Australian citizens now have the right to remain anonymous or use a pseudonym when interacting with government agencies, private health service providers, and large organisations under new privacy laws."
  • Tumblr Staff – Following on from my previous link, its also good to see Tumblr adding 2 factor authentication.
  • Turning Two-Step Verification On and Off | LinkedIn Help Center – Glad to see LinkedIn offering 2 factor authentication. I'd prefer they didn't use the mobile number approach and that they would instead use an Authenticator app (like Authy or Google products). But its good to see them recognising the importance of additional security.
  • Wireless Backlit Keyboard for Mac, iPad, iPhone + Apple TV – Logitech – Keeping on with the multi-screen thread. As I stated, I have a preference to full screen displays, and use the iPad (and sometimes iPhone) as my second screen. My Logitech KB811 Easy-Switch keyboard is an important part of that approach for me.
  • ∞ The Multi-Screen Debate – Further to the previous link about Multiscreen—wherein I mentioned that I prefer a single screen for minimising distraction—comes this piece from Ben Brooks about the Multi-Screen Debate.

    I have to say that I agree with his point that the iPad is my second screen of choice.

Around the Web for March 21st through March 24th

These are my Around the Web links for March 21st through March 24th:

  • Microsoft Office on the iPad, Really? – Personally I am not a fan of Microsoft Office, and for several years did not use it on my own computers. I use it in a limited way now due to professional/academic requirements, and those of some consulting customers I work with. In particular some templates and macros just require it.

    I prefer Markdown for writing and Keynote for presenting.

    But I probably will load up Office on the iPad. Especially if it supports templates.

  • Two computer screens aren’t better than one – Personally I never really found that having 2 (or more) screens was good for productivity. If anything it causes distraction and confusion.

    I'm more a fan of a single screen with apps in full-screen mode. I can easily swipe to other apps if needed, and have various automations setup to allow quick access to apps I regularly need—such as Calendar (Fantastical), Contacts, etc.

  • Home | the groundsthe grounds – Had a great lunch at The Grounds at Alexandria. This venue is not just a restaurant or coffee shop. Its a true experience—a must do for Sydney-siders and those visiting!
  • Command-C Updated with Clipboard History, Mac to Mac Sharing, Connection Improvements
  • Acer | Application – AcerCloud looks like a cloud service with the architecture of BitTorrent Sync combined with some of the features of DropBox, Google Drive, etc

Around the Web for March 20th through March 21st

These are my Around the Web links for March 20th through March 21st: