This week’s column is my last Working Mac column for Macworld. You’ll still find me elsewhere on the site, but I want to say thank you for the last two years and for your input and insights each week. Thanks! -Jeff
The quality of your Wi-Fi in every corner of your home or office can be a bit of a sticky wicket: Great in the reception area, not so hot by the copier. Mediocre in the boss’ office and absolutely perfect near the last toilet in the bathroom. The question is, how do you figure out what’s bad where and why so you can make adjustments and guarantee good Wi-Fi in the places you need it most.
With NetSpot, the Wi-Fi network survey tool. The app comes in there expense tiers: free for non-commercial use, $149 for a one-user-per-device license for the Pro version, $499 for a 10- user-per-device license. The free version is sufficient for most small homes and offices, but you’ll want to purchase the profession or enterprise versions if you plan on using NetSpot for anything other than personal use.
I bet you thought we were done, but there are a few more things I can’t live without that didn’t make into the previous twocolumns. So this week, a bonus round of indispensable items I use most every day.
We’re heading into that season where you may be thinking about things you want to give to others or things you need to fill out your own bag of tricks. I have very few wishes for anything new this year, which is to say that my kit is pretty well tricked out. But there are tools that I use on a regular basis that I can’t live without, so for the next two weeks of Working Mac I present to you those things without which I can’t get done what must be done. A collection of hardware and software tools I can’t live without. (Next week: indispensable software.)
Backpack: Ogio Gambit laptop backpack
I travel a ton, both local and long distance, and a good backpack is essential to my travel needs. I require something sturdy, with tons of pockets, that’s well made, doesn’t fray, feels balanced when it’s on my back, and which make’s most everything accessible with a single zip.
I have long been on a search for a good time tracking app that integrates well with a business accounting package. While it’s been quite some time since we’ve taken a look at it, FreshBooks offers excellent built-in time tracking and continues to up its business accounting game.
For my money (For real! I pay for and use) Marketcircle’s Billings Pro is the best time tracking and invoicing software I’ve had the pleasure to use, but it’s not an accounting package, so I still have to pay for QuickBooks Online to track income and expenses. I also have to create duplicate invoices, one that I send from Billings Pro and another for accounting from Quickbooks Online.
I’ve recently had the pleasure of playing with TSheets, an online timecard app that integrates with QuickBooks Online and Xero, and there’s a lot to love. It offers great time tracking and timecard management with a ton of integrations that make it very versatile.
Next up in our series on macOS Sierra’s Server app is the Wiki service. You’re likely familiar with Wikis, especially if you’ve spent any time at Wikipedia, but it’s possible you’ve never thought about using one as a collaborative tool for your company or school.
Server’s Wiki service lets you provide multiple levels of access, giving one user the ability to create a Wiki and allowing that user to determine who will have access to view and/or edit what appears on the Wiki they create.
Server’s Wiki service offers superb editing tools. Wiki creators can add calendars and blogs to their Wikis and editors can add images, video, and other files to the Wiki. Additionally you can view editing history by user and restore changes made be editors. The beauty of a Wiki is that it’s device and OS independent, so you can edit the Wiki with a Mac, PC, iOS, or Android device.