🏡 Return to working remotely

Well, that didn’t last long. Without going into detail for obvious reasons, we are back to working remotely due to a positive Covid test in the office. Without being hysterical, that’s a little too close to home. I don’t feel I’m in any danger, but we’ll scrub that mission. It only lasted a week, but confirms several things. Covid IS a thing. My vision of how things would play was correct. I sat in front of my computer, with headphones on, doing my job in the same way I do it remotely. I did have a revelation of how noisy an office is. There are constant text message dings, people asking where someone is, doors buzzing to let someone in, people talking on speaker phone with the door open, dings from Slack, or Teams, and lots of other distractions. It’s interruptions galore that totally threw off the flow. If you don’t absolutely, positively need to be in an office, don’t […]

👨‍💻 Sticky Password Lifetime AND KeepSolid VPN Lifetime for $30

This is such an incredible deal I thought it was a typo. But, it’s totally legit and goes into the must-have category. If you look around Stacksocial, a Sticky Password Lifetime license is offered for $30 on it’s own. KeepSolid VPN can also be had for $30. That is $30 a piece. This is $30 for the bundle, so it’s buy one, get one free. A password manager is essential these days. You need strong passwords and an easy way to get at them. I’ve just started converting all mine over to Sticky Password. I’ve also got the iOS version. So far it’s turning out to be a nice replacement for Roboform. A VPN isn’t just for connecting to a public WiFi. It’s important to keep your ISP out of your business. $30 for a lifetime license is a shockingly good deal. Both can be had for a limited time at StackSocial. The Lifetime Password Manager & Privacy Subscription Bundle

🏢 Return to Office

It’s merely semantics, but I’m not a fan of the term”Return to work.” I’ve been working for 18 months, not hanging out sipping fruity drinks with umbrellas in them. I think there is an idea that working remotely is some sort of extended vacation with people merely going through the motions. Anyway, the plan is to try a return to office experiment. I’m not in favor of the idea as it doesn’t seem to gain anything. I’ve been working remotely for four month now and as far as I can tell, everything is fine. I’m testing tickets. I’m attending meetings. Code is being written. Releases are going out the door. We’ve done at least two releases with a third in the works. If anything, we’re getting ahead of the curve. I’ve been remote for four months, the rest of the team has been remote since March 2020. The same 18+ months. This seems like one of those, we want you […]

⌘ Using Rsync and Keyboard Maestro to Merge and Purge thousands of redundant files

A perfect example of combining the power of the Shell and Keyboard Maestro. Quite some time ago I removed my individual external drives from their cases and combined them into several multi-unit drive enclosures. This was very convenient, but led to the issue of many, many duplicates across multiple drives. Consolidating all these files has turned out to be more of a chore than I expected. Merging folders is either a foreign concept or a dirty word. Apps have no idea how to handle it. If I have Drive 1 and Drive 2, if files already exist on Drive 1, simply skip them. If there is a new file, copy it over, but don’t waste time copying something that already exists in the destination. At the end, delete all the files off Drive 2 so I can reclaim the space. Don’t leave it 98% full like it was before. For this task, only a handful of files should be copied. […]

⌘ 101 Things to do with Keyboard Maestro

To be fair, I don’t have 101 macros written, yet. But, I’m well on my way. Although, reading the forums, there are others who have done that and more. A few sophisticated users have a couple hundred macros covering dozens of different areas. I have jealousy and hope to be that proficient one day. What I’ve learned is that Keyboard Maestro is far more than a “macro” tool. It’s every bit a development environment. A development environment that with a small time investment and a bit of research, can create custom solutions for all sorts of situations. It’s even possible to replicate the functionality of off the shelf software, or in some cases replace it. It may not be 100% parity, but it will accomplish the core functionality. For example, here’s a few of the applets I’ve created so far. Filter the clipboard to remove extraneous text from Amazon links Rename files as they are added to a folder Move […]