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Joshua Lowcock sometimes blogs on non-work-related topics, most of which are posted below. For the more technically-skewed posts, you can find a list of those here. Separate from the blog, there is also a list of handy websites, lifehacks, and other useful tips here. For tips specific to macOS, you can find macOS tips here.

Joshua previously published a weekly email, called Last Week in Digital Media. The newsletter summarizes the latest news in digital media, marketing, and technology of the week. The email newsletter was published for several years and was available as both a (limited) free or paid subscription. The archive is still available.

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Recent Blog Posts

Answer: Do Kindle Scribe Nibs/Tips work with the Remarkable Tablet?

Short answer: Yes, so if you want, grab the Kindle Scribe tips here. They are marginally cheaper than the official tips. Long answer: Yes, the Kindle Scribe tips work on the official Remarkable Marker/pen as well as the LAMY pen. I prefer the LAMY pen. Longer answer: Yes, and the Kindle Scribe pen works too!  If you're interested in alternatives to the Remarkable pen, I have written up reviews based on my experience here. Kindle Scribe vs. Remarkable If you're looking for a comparison of the Kindle Scribe vs. the Remarkable Tablet, I wrote my thoughts here ...
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Answer: Do Kindle Scribe Pens work with the Remarkable Tablet?

Short answer: Yes, so if you want, grab the Kindle Scribe pen here. The eraser on the Kindle Scribe premium pen works too with no hack required! It's cheaper than the official Remarkable Premium pen. It does feel lighter and cheaper than the official Remarkable pens. Long answer: Yes, and the Kindle Scribe magnetic attachment will work on your Remarkable. It's can attach a  little offset, but it works. The button on the Kindle Scribe pen doesn't work, but you can "fix" this by using the LAMY pen button hack. Details on how to do that are here. Longer answer: ...
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Lifehack: Disable macOS Emoji Keyboard Shortcut

If you're anything like me, you're getting increasingly frustrated because you somehow trigger the macOS Emoji shortcut. Or this annoying window, you can disable it! It's easy! Stop that annoying emoji window once and for all! If you're wondering how you're triggering it, it's because you're hitting the fn key (it also has the little globe "🌐" icon). In my case, I always keep bumping the fn key when my fingers missed the control key - now it doesn't bother me anymore. It's quick and easy to disable the emoji keyboard in macOS Ventura, just follow these 4 simple steps ...
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Lifehack: Free Remarkable Calendar Template (2023)

If you're after a free Remarkable calendar template for 2023, I recommend ReCalendar.me. This creates a PDF calendar with hyperlinks, that you can use on your Remarkable tablet. You just write on the PDF as you would any other document. It's 100% free and has all the features you need: no hacks needed hyperlink dates multi-language support custom left or right-hand configuration custom special dates (mark birthdays, anniversaries, etc) 100% Free Please note calendar template is a free PDF calendar optimized for the Remarkable tablet. It's easy to use, just upload the PDF file to your Remarkable using the Remarkable ...
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2023: The Best Replacement USB C Laptop Charger (Dell, Lenovo, HP)

If you're like me, you're probably frustrated with the large power brick that ships with your laptop. It takes up too much room in your bag, it's impossible to keep the cables tidy, etc. If you're after a smaller and easy to keep tidy laptop charging setup, then I can help. This is my personal laptop charging setup. I use a Lenovo Laptop which according to the power brick is a 45W charger. Most laptops require at least 45W. You can check what you need on the brick of your original charger but as a word of advice, you're unlikely ...
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Guide: Best MacBook Air MagSafe Continuity Camera Attachment

I have been looking forward to macOS 13.0 or macOS Ventura, as it's also known, mainly to test the continuity camera feature. I own a MacBook Air M2, and the 1080p camera is a step up from the older M1 720p camera, but the thought of being able to use my iPhone camera on my MacBook for proper high-quality videos was something I couldn't wait to use. The best MacBook Air MagSafe Continuity Camera Attachment I have found is this one on Amazon. It's under US$25 and available now. The Belkin continuity camera isn't yet available, and I didn't want ...
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Fix: Microsoft Teams macOS Update Audio Driver

If you're running Microsoft Teams on macOS and get an error message that says: Update driver? Looks like your audio driver is a little out of date. Update to the latest version for the best sound-sharing experience. It's easy to fix and not some Windows-induced bug... I mean who has ever had to update a driver on macOS? It has absolutely nothing to do with the version of Microsoft Teams or macOS you're running, it does require installing a Microsoft Teams driver - but it's easy and takes less than 2 minutes. Here's how to fix the Microsoft Teams macOS ...
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Fix: Google Home “Something went wrong” Error

Recently my Google Home/Google Nest started giving the "Something went wrong. Try again in a few seconds” error. The issue was intermittent, and restarting the device or rebooting my router sometimes worked and sometimes didn't. What fixed it for me was disabling IPv6 on my router. So the simple answer, how to fix the Google Home "Something went wrong" error is to disable IPv6. Yes, this means all your devices at home lose IPv6. I have searched, but there doesn't seem to be any way to disable IPv6 on Google Home devices. There's an old Google support post that suggests ...
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