Tag Archives: utilities

colout

colout is an interesting tool: like grep but different. The idea is to highlight lines (or parts of lines) that match a particular pattern. Sadly, it won’t build in my environment, and I don’t understand python well enough to figure … Continue reading

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Useful mac utilities

Amphetamine is an improvement on caffeinate, and it’s free, too. Rocket lets you type :emoji using colon. 👽💚🐠 Also by the same developer, Vanilla simplifies your status bar.

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Setting Up a Mac

Fixing mouse scroll direction, key bindings, setting up Exposé spaces, etc. Installing Keynote, Numbers, and Pages plus any software previously purchased from the App Store. Installing replacement browsers: Chrome, Firefox, and Brave, along with Xee and iTerm2 and Skim. Installing … Continue reading

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Setting Up Homebrew on my New Old Mac

I set up Homebrew on my iMac. (If you go to their site, the Homebrew project has documentation there, which explains the whole not-use-sudo philosophy and using /usr/local now that Apple makes it hard not to, but I don’t understand it, so it … Continue reading

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Useful system monitoring tools

$ sudo apt install sysstat nmon htop $ iostat $ vmstat $ htop $ nmon Via.

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MacPorts tip

I started getting messages when I tried to update my MacPorts tools. I can’t say when it started, because I don’t do it very often. (Like maybe once a month. Bad me.) But it would bomb out, telling me Error: … Continue reading

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Diff Tools

My favorite diff tool is FileMerge, one of Apple’s developer tools, which can be accessed from the command line as opendiff. But from the command line, my (next most) favorite diff tool is colordiff. It’s called that because it color-codes … Continue reading

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