My Guides

The guides below are were published over ten years ago, but much of the content is still relevant. The are free for download.

Learning Markdown: Free PDF Guide

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Guide to Online Meetings


My free PDF guide to preparing and holding online (e.g. videoconferences) meetings is available through It covers popular online meeting websites, tools, and iPad apps, and it provides strategies for making the best use of online resources. It also cover the basics for creating a meeting agenda and how to establish roles for effective meetings. You can download the guide as a PDF or read it online.


The Essential Guide to Digital Photography

If you’re a beginning or intermediate photographer, I invite you to download a copy of my free e-book, The Essential Guide to Digital Photography.

Inside, you will find information about:

  • The different types of digital cameras to choose from
  • What digital camera is right for you
  • What to look for when buying your digital camera
  • Accessories that you should have for your digital camera
  • Features that you should know about your camera

But wait, there’s more. There are also 5 beginner exercises for you to complete to help you become a professional photographer, and helpful instructions and information about editing your photo’s to make them even more magical.

The guide is a sort of a labor of love for me because I wanted it to be a resource that I wish I had when I first started out in digital photography. So I tried to answer many of the questions I had when I first purchased my first digital camera. I tried to write it as clearly and concisely as possible. So enjoy, and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to write me.

The Awesome Automation Guide for Mac OS X Users

Work smart, not hard. That’s the idea behind Mac Automation, a technology built into Apple’s OS X but frequently underutilized.

Whether its sorting your email, searching your documents or building a playlist, you’d be amazed how many tasks can be done automatic instead of manually–if only you knew how to get started.

Lucky for you, MakeUseOf is offering a free ebook covering just that: The Awesome Automation Guide for Macs. This guide explains everything you need to stop clicking your mouse so often and start letting your computer do the boring stuff for you, no programming skills required. Take full advantage of the most powerful operating system on the planet and save yourself from time.


Every Mac user should read this guide, which is made up of easy-to-understand demonstrations and screenshots. Among other things you’ll learn how to:

  • Use smart folders to manage your files and folders
  • Using iTunes’ smart playlists to organize your music
  • Find the photo your looking for with iPhoto
  • Sort your email without any effort, using’s smart filters and folders
  • Using Automator to script without any programming knowledge