The Working Smarter Newsletter V2.0
By Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus
Issue 6  •  April 2, 2018

Dear ,

Welcome back my friends to the newsletter (that I hope) never ends... 😜

Coming to you from world-famous LeVitusaurus Studios in the heart of the beautiful Texas Hill Country, I'm proud to present Issue 6 of my Insiders Newsletter.

Before we dive in, I've just gotta say I'm having a blast every week finding interesting things to share with you. But... I wouldn't mind a little feedback...So, please let me know what you like or dislike about this (or any) issue.

Wanna see more hands-on tutorials? Say so! Want more links to good works from the web? Let me know! iPhone tips? I got 'em if you want 'em. Just drop me a note at and I'll do my best to give you more of what you subscribed for (whatever that may be and subject to the editor's—that's me—approval).

Moving right along, here's what's in store for you in this issue:

  • Backup resources
  • A camera comparison of  iPhone X vs Galaxy S9 vs Pixel 2 from
  • A weird column about switching from iOS to Android from
  • How color-coded calendars can make life easier from
  • Yet another inspiring James Clear essay (about Jack LaLanne of all things)
  • A quick reminder that Macstock is just around the corner

You didn't ignore World Backup Day and World Redundant Backup Day—No Foolin', did you?
If you did (ignore World Backup Day and World Redundant Backup Day—No Foolin'), it's not too late to develop and implement a backup strategy.

Here are a couple of resources you may find helpful:

iPhone X vs Galaxy S9 vs Pixel 2: Which camera rules?

I don't write stuff like this. It's too much work for one thing. And frankly, I'm unlikely to switch to an Android device, even if it had a camera that was twice (or even thrice) as good.  

Fortunately, I won't have to make that call. was good enough to publish an excellent comparison article with some of the best illustrations of the differences between the three. I won't spoil it by telling you which phone won, but I will tell you it was very, very close.

A weird column about switching from iOS to Android

I read this column entitled, "Here's what I'll miss most about my iPhone as I transition away from Apple" by Kaylee Fagan over at By the end of the column, I couldn't figure out why she wanted to transition away from iOS. She really loves a lot of the features she's not going to get from Android... And her only argument against the iPhone is the price of the iPhone X.
I usually don't link to obvious clickbait, but this piece was so weird, I thought you might enjoy it in spite of it not making a lot of sense. 😜
How color-coded calendars can make life easier

I've always color-coded my dozen or so calendars... It seems obvious, but then I saw an article about it at that
offered some suggestions I hadn't really considered, primarily the part about "life balance."

So, if you don't already color code your calendars (or even if you do), it's not a long article and it might just enlighten you or give you a new tool for your Working Smarter quiver.

Yet another inspiring James Clear essay (about Jack LaLanne of all things)

I find inspiration inspiring, and, as you've probably realized if you've been reading past issues, James Clear rarely fails to inspire me. Here's another of his essays that I clipped and saved, to look at when I need encouragement to keep doing things I know are good for me.

LaLanne was a big believer in rituals and routines. He realized the power that consistent daily actions could have on his life

Here are a few of the habits that Jack LaLanne did every day for decades…

  • Lift weights and do strength training for 90 minutes.
  • Swim or run for 30 minutes (in addition to his strength training).
  • Eat 10 raw vegetables.
  • Eat two meals: a late breakfast and an early dinner (hmm… that sounds familiar).
  • Wake up at 4am (in his later years, LaLanne "slept in" until 5am).

Look at that list. It's not overly long, but imagine doing those things not just for one day or one week, but for 60 years like Jack LaLanne did.

Even at age 94, LaLanne was still exercising for two hours every day. 90 minutes of strength training. 30 minutes of swimming or walking. 10 raw vegetables. Every. Single. Day. For 60 years.

I don't know about you, but if I live to be 94, I'll be tickled if I can do a tiny fraction of what LaLanne was still doing at 94. That inspires me!

Macstock is coming...

I'm very excited about being the keynote speaker at Macstock this year. It's Macstock's fifth year, and although I've never been before, I've always wanted to. And, everyone I know who went to Macstock 1– 4 had nothing but nice things to say about it. So I'm stoked.

Here's just some of what you'll miss if you don't attend (on top of spending quality time with yours truly, of course...):

  • An amazing lineup of speakers ready to help make you more productive with your Apple gear.
  • The MyMac Quiz featuring 3 Special Guests (shh! I've been sworn to secrecy!)
  • A screening of the newly released documentary, Love Notes to Newton, plus a question and answer session with the film's director.

And if all that isn't enough, there's also:

  • Barry's Midwest Mac Mingle evening events.
  • Lunch both days
  • An exclusive Macstock 2018. T-Shirt (plus bonus swag for weekend pass holders).
  • The return of the popular Macstock Swap Trading Zone.
That's all I've got for you this week, but I'll be back with more soon.

All the best,

P. S. Xxxx.      


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