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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.

Tags: crome-plated macos

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.

Tags: crome-plated linux ubuntu apple macos dell

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.

Tags: crome-plated email thunderbird windows macos linux

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.

Tags: crome-plated vim linux macos

Upgrading rsync on macOS

Posted 2017-02-08 21:00:37 GMT

As it would turn out, the rsync that ships with macOS is ancient and slow. Thankfully, if you're a homebrew user, this is easy to fix:

brew tap homebrew/dupes
brew install rsync

(thanks, Bruce Gulke!)

Tags: crome-plated macos rsync