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Fixing distortion and red lines when moving items in Diablo III on a MacBook Pro

For season 19 of Diablo III, the wife and I decided that we were not only going to play the season, but actually set out to complete all of the objectives for the season. As we’re pretty much filthy casuals when it comes to Diablo, we did both accomplish what […]

The problem with dark mode in macOS Mojave

If I still used MacOS as my daily driver, I’d be absolutely over the moon about dark mode being announced for Apple’s next macOS release, Mojave. It’s great that this feature is finally being added, but it’s very much “too little too late” if you ask me. For those unaware, […]

The death of the headphone jack

Apple had #courage and Google is proving they can imitate just as well as they can innovate. The headphone jack is effectively dead on cell phones as I suspect other manufacturers will start to implement this “me too” design philosophy. For me personally, I’m heavily invested in a set of […]

Switching from Mac OS X back to Linux, Part 5: The Conclusion

If you’re like me, you enjoy the journey more than the destination. If you’re just tuning in, you should probably catch up. Part 1: The Motive Part 2: The Distro Part 3: The Desktop Environment Part 4: The Development Environment On this fifth week of writing about my transition back […]

Switching from Mac OS X back to Linux, Part 4: The Development Environment

New around here? You may want to catch up: Part 1: The Motive Part 2: The Distro Part 3: The Desktop Environment Before switching to OS X, I was running Ubuntu codename whatever and had my local system built out as close to my production environment as possible. I would […]

Switching from Mac OS X back to Linux, Part 3: The Desktop Environment

In case you missed it, here’s the story thus far: Part 1: The Motive Part 2: The Distro Before I discuss my current desktop environment, let’s rewind to 2012 before I had switched to OS X. At the time, I was running xmonad as my primary desktop environment and was […]

Switching from Mac OS X back to Linux, Part 1: The Motive

This post is half a decade in the making. On June 15th, 2012 I took the plunge and switched from Linux to Mac OS X. 1,585 days later, I am writing to let you know that I have seen the error in my ways and I am back home, running […]

Leveraging the power of the right-command key in OS X

Not too long ago I was singing the praises of creating hotkeys to switch between apps, a method I consider to be far superior to using CMD+TAB and having to cycle through open apps. I mentioned taking things a step further by utilizing the right-command (and/or right-option) key to reduce […]

Fastest way to switch between apps

I am on an eternal quest to optimize the way I work with the computer. I do things like jacking my mouse/tracking speed all of the way up (thanks Noah). I am trying to use Zapier more because “you should never do something twice on a computer” (thanks Nat). I […]

Switching from iTerm2 to Terminal

iTerm2 has been a mandatory install for me since switching back to OS X a few years ago. At that time it was superior to Terminal for my usage. Recently I asked myself, “what value does iTerm2 add can’t be accomplished with Terminal? Turns out, not enough to keep using […]

Using an 11” MacBook Air for development

I do it, and I do it well. In fact, I’ve built an iOS game on it and used one exclusively without an external display while working at Sumo HQ in Austin, TX this past week. The 11” MacBook Air is a decent machine, even if you think the screen […]

Switching from Spotify to Apple Music and back again

Frustrated with recent playback issues with the Spotify desktop app, I engaged in a brief love affair with Apple Music. For me, Apple Music has a ton going for it. Out of the gate, the music selection seemed more robust than Spotify. I don’t consider myself much of an audiophile […]

First impressions of the new Apple TV

I’ve been a fan of the Apple TV for quite a while now. I was a bit late to the game as I only picked up a third generation unit in 2013. The unit that I am replacing today has consistently beat out the “smart” functionality of my Samsung television. […]

CSS `:not` issue in Safari on iOS9

Seems that every time that Apple releases a new version of iOS I encounter some weird rendering issue. This time around with iOS9 I encountered an issue where the full / desktop version of the site looked like it still using some of the mobile / smaller device stylings. After […]

Safari bug when signing up for Twitter

Wasn’t entirely sure what I was going to blog about today when a stroke of inspiration occurred after the wife was strugglging to create a new Twitter account for an upcoming adventure. I tried it from her computer and everything seemed fine. She said it was because I type faster […]

Android Pros and Cons after 2 years with an iPhone

I recently discussed migrating to cross-platform apps in an attempt to break away from the Apple Ecosystem which was a precursor to me swapping my iPhone 4S for a Nexus 5. Now it’s time to talk about the pros and cons that I ran into by making the move. PRO: […]

Breaking away from the Apple Ecosystem

I’ve recently come to a crossroad with Apple and it’s ecosystem. I’ve had an iPhone 4S for the last 2 years and I was itching for a new device. Giving the current iPhone lifecycle, it makes more sense to hold out for the next iteration of the iPhone than jump […]

Using Keyring Access on the OSX Command-line

If you’re like me, you probably have a private dotfiles that supplements your public dotfiles repository. It contains private values like API keys and [hopefully not] plaintext passwords. There’s even a good chance you’re using git submodules or a setup script to manage the inclusion of the private stuff. Well […]

Apple iOS 7 Beta Review

Like many people, I went ahead and upgraded my phone to the Developer Preview of Apple’s latest iOS, version 7. Days later, I’m wondering if I will be downgrading next week because of a handful of issues that I would consider to be critical defects for my own usage. It’s […]

Command line website uptime checker using the OS X Notification Center

Honestly, the title of this post covers all the bases of my pre-Turkey consumption proof of concept turned full on project. Just a simple Ruby script that parses a configuration file and checks to see if the site is up (returning 2xx or 3xx code). If the site appears down […]

Apple Fanboy-dom - 3 month recap

Been exclusively using Apple products for my computing needs for 3 months now and figured it was time for a recap to discuss what I’ve liked and disliked thus far. Likes I’m still loving the ease of use and especially loving the way all of the devices work together and […]

All it took was owning an iPhone for a week …

… to completely sway my opinion of the brand. The Friday before Father’s Day I broke down and bought a 27” iMac to replace my 4 year old Dell PC with absolutely no intention of running Linux on it. Since then, I coerced my employer to upgrade the dev team […]

Dumping Android for an iPhone

This should probably be accompanied by a formal press release, but I’ve dumped my Android phone for an iPhone 4S. As of late, I’ve been comparing Android to Linux in the mid-to-late 90s. It’s great if you like to fight with your system and constantly deal with adapting to it’s […]

My Search for the Perfect Desktop Environment Part 2: How I spent 2 weeks attempting to be an Apple Fanboy

In case you missed it, here’s part 1 of this series. So earlier this year I got my hands on an 11” Macbook Air that we had laying around the office. This was around the same time my 14” Dell “Black Friday” laptop starting giving me shit (cheap system, over […]

Spell & Speak

One thing that I really enjoy about OSX (possibly the only thing) is the text to speech capabilities. The command line application say sounds good and doesn’t seem nearly as buggy as some of the open source counterparts. Now what I’ve been doing recently to help get my daughter acclimated […]