Bakari Chavanu

Joined October 2009

Bakari is a freelance writer and photographer. He‘s a long-time Mac user, jazz music fan, and family man. Bakari‘s Business Blog; Twitterme: @bakarichavanu; Google+

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4 Resources to Become a Backup Master with Time Machine [Mac]

4 Resources to Become a Backup Master with Time Machine [Mac]

12th April, 2010

In a recent MakeUseOf article, Apple’s Time Machine was listed as one of the top free applications for Mac users. Not only is it free, but it’s probably one of the best and easiest methods for backing up data on your Mac. While the ultimate free backup tool for Mac backup is an application like […]


The 10 Top Free Apps For The iPad

10th April, 2010

In this article I’m going to cover some of the top free iPad apps. Most people say that the iPad is nothing more than a large iPod touch. And you know, they’re absolutely right. And that’s what makes the iPad better. With the large 9.5″ screen, apps optimized for the iPad look awesome. Many leading […]


The iPad – The Best Device For Photographers [Mac]

7th April, 2010

Those of us who purchased an iPad or who have read reviews know that it does not include a camera, but for professional photographers and serious shutterbugs it’s what the iPad can do for your photography that counts. Even before I purchased the iPad, I knew the device would automatically replace my laptop as my […]


How To Edit RAW Photos in Adobe Camera Raw

5th April, 2010

In this article I’m going to cover how to edit photos in Adobe Camera Raw. If you ask most professional photographers these days, they (and I) will tell you that shooting in RAW mode is the best option for serious digital photography. Why this mode? Well, because it provides better options for editing images outside […]


6 Resources a Jazz Fan Needs to Find The Best Jazz Music

3rd April, 2010

While jazz is not a dying art form, it’s not always a part of mainstream music radio stations. But the legacy of jazz giants like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and Dave Brubeck are still thriving and finding new generations of audiences. And contemporary artists like Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Terrance Blanchard, […]


Three Free Yahoo Search Apps For The iPhone/iPod Touch

31st March, 2010

There are plenty of Internet search apps for iPhone and iPod touch users (if you’re looking for an interesting search app, check out my previous article Dragon: Two Free Voice Recognition Software For The iPhone), but if Yahoo happens to be one of your favorite search engines, the company offers three Yahoo iphone apps that […]


How To Read Your Camera’s Histogram And Take Perfectly Balanced Images

29th March, 2010

Digital photography provides us with a variety of tools to help make better photos. Unlike the old film days, we now have ways to review how well exposed or metered our shots are before actually printing them. Most photographers contend with reviewing images on the back of the LCD screen to assess how well exposed […]


10 Things To Know About Digital Camera Memory Cards

26th March, 2010

Over the past ten years of the digital photography revolution, digital camera memory cards have become increasingly more affordable and larger. They are the film of digital photography, but thankfully a lot less expensive. So what is the least you should know about digital camera memory cards? Here are my recommendations.


Learn Digital Camera Exposure Settings Using Your iPhone

24th March, 2010

If you want to get serious about digital photography, you will eventually need to learn about how to shoot beyond Automatic mode on your camera, and understand how to meter your shots using various camera exposure settings. I’ll be honest and say that it took me a while to really understand the triangular relationship between […]


The Kindle Reader For Mac Has Arrived [Mac]

20th March, 2010

A few weeks before the release of Apple”˜s free e-reader, iBooks, Amazon has released Kindle Reader for Mac. It comes about four months after the Kindle reader was made available to PC users. We reviewed that version here. Back in December, I wrote an MUO how-to article on Kindle for the iPhone, and for the […]


10 Automator Apps You Can Create in Under 5 Minutes [Mac]

19th March, 2010

Most of us don’t have the skills or the time to create our own custom Mac apps or plug-ins, but when Apple produced Automator, a program installed in the latest versions of Mac OS X, it enabled users to create little time saving applications and Mac Automator workflows that can be customized for personal user […]


How To Use The Character Panel In Photoshop

17th March, 2010

If you admire the professional type designs on the titles of books and magazine covers, gift cards, product packages, and posters, and you wanted to learn how it’s done, well you might try learning some of the tools in the Character Panel of Photoshop (or Adobe InDesign). What you will learn in this article won’t […]


The Commentor- A Visual Online Collaboration & Annotation Tool

15th March, 2010

There are several tools on the net for written online collaboration. For example, MUO recently published an article about for writing collaboration. But for those working on and seeking feedback on visual media projects, The Commentor might be a useful online collaboration tool. This site is useful for web designers, photographers, advertising agencies, and […]


How To Create Essential Smart Albums for Your iPhoto Library

12th March, 2010

One of the best features of Mac OS X applications is the smart folder technology found in the Finder, iTunes, iPhoto, Mail, and Address Book. Smart folders collect files based on rules you set for them. In many cases, smart albums can be the most useful ways to manage your computer content, saving you the […]


Share Your Media and Screen Sessions with Screencast

10th March, 2010

A few of us writers here at MUO are pretty fond of the free screen capture application, Jing, because of its practical and time saving features and because, if you haven’t noticed, we use lots of screenshots in our articles. MUO has already published a few articles about how to use Jing for both image […]