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Screen Locking in High Sierra
Posted 2017-10-15 21:59:14 GMT
Did you know macOS High Sierra has a shortcut for locking your screen? You can change the shortcut to something more agreeable to you. I used to use Padlock for this functionality, but now it is completely baked into the OS.
Now developing on Linux!
Posted 2017-05-09 18:27:57 GMT
"Dude, you got a Dell." Please, don't snicker.
No, I haven't given up on Apple. I am still heavily entrenched in the Apple infrastructure, and have no intent of changing that. I still do lots of development on macOS, and will continue to do so for some time. But my next gig is heavily ops oriented, and I want to develop on something as close to what I will deploying on as possible. And you get a lot more hardware for your money at the expense of some quality and good looks when you buy non-Apple.
I settled on a Dell Precision 5520. It runs Ubuntu 16.04 LTS out of the box - no driver woes! The Unity desktop sucks, so I went and grabbed the latest Cinnamon desktop from the Mint project. Now, it's much more usable!
There are three minor problems that plagued me that took me a bit to figure out:
- VirtualBox on Linux: When you have a Windows 10 virtual machine, make sure you don't shut the VM down when it is maximized - there seems to be a driver issue that makes it difficult - if not impossible - to boot successfully again.
- CrashPlan: I love CrashPlan, and it is my backup system of choice for everything, except Linux apparently. I am not sure if it misconfigures dnsmasq or does some other networking magic, but it completely hosed my networking stack. It took a bit of time to unravel this, but disabling the CrashPlan service was the easiest fix. I am hoping this will get resolved at some point.
- Trackpad sensitivity: The trackpad is overly-sensitive under Linux (and that is a huge understatement!). Thankfully, I was able to find a good page to help get the settings straightened out.
And that's it! Happy hacking to me! I'll be sure to report any other issues I encounter along the way.
It's a cold day in hell...
Posted 2017-04-05 04:39:04 GMT
When Thunderbird is the solution to my email woes.
That being said, it's pretty awesome on Linux. Less than impressed on Windows. Even less so on macOS.
Hacking my keyboard layout
Posted 2017-02-16 22:00:01 GMT
I am a vim user (neovim, actually, but that is a post for another day), and since it relies entirely on keymappings to perform specific editing functions, anything I can do to help my fingers travel a little less on the keyboard means huge productivity gains over time.
While this is not a new hack, it is certainly my favorite. I don't use the caps lock key for anything, so I have made it more useful by remapping two other keys to it: when I tap caps lock, it functions as the escape key, and when I hold it, it acts as control.
For a guide on how to set this up on multiple OSes, check out Economy of Effort.
Upgrading rsync on macOS
Posted 2017-02-08 21:00:37 GMT
brew tap homebrew/dupes
brew install rsync
(thanks, Bruce Gulke!)