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Student Advice

A student asked me for advice for what to focus on getting into the compsci field. Here’s what I said.

December 18, 2020 - 3 minute read - unix linux networking

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March 24, 2020 - 1 minute read - tweet unix mac

How Long Will macOS Be Unix?

March 16, 2020 - 3 minute read - mac unix

Install Gems Without sudo in macOS

I came across a neat little command line tool via Rob Griffiths’ Robservatory this morning, a Ruby gem named iStats1. Install is easy enough in Rob’s example, sudo gem install iStats, except that when you use sudo to install gems you are using the default macOS Ruby, and installing to system paths.

  1. As Rob points out, this is apparently not associated with iStat Menus

April 26, 2017 - 2 minute read - mac unix ruby

Mac Power Tools

My brief experiment with mutt ended mostly how I expected it would. With me turning on my email in Mail.app again and carrying on as normal. I try to understand the draw to using such an archaic tool as mutt, but there’s simply nothing about it that appeals to me. Not at this stage of my life anyway.

January 26, 2016 - 3 minute read - unix hci mac

Power Tools

After reading through Matt Gemmell’s latest post on mutt and the good doctor’s response, I fired up my old mutt config and gave it another run through. Well, after being a bit snarky on Twitter, of course.

January 24, 2016 - 3 minute read - unix hci

New Mac Essentials - 2014 Edition

It appears I’ll be getting a new Mac soon, which means it’s time to take inventory of what I need. I’ve written about this a couple of times before, and it’s interesting to look back and see what apps stick, and which have gone by the wayside.

November 24, 2014 - 4 minute read - software unix mac

The Apple I Knew

As usual, John Gruber has the best take on the Apple Watch that I’ve read, and one sentence in particular stood out.

Rather, I think Apple Watch is the first product from an Apple that has outgrown the computer industry.

September 16, 2014 - 3 minute read - apple unix