Sublime Text is the best text editor period

I am using Sublime Text now for years and this is the best text editor to use if you are a developer or just want a reliable text editor. It is easy to use and also very powerful if you want to use all the tools it can provide to make life easy. The best part is you don’t have to keep on saving the file, it does that automatically so even if your PC crashes and restarts you can get your content of the file back.
Sublime Text is available for Mac, Windows and Linux. It is a free editor which you can download it from https://www.sublimetext.com/3 Download it today and check it out, I assure you will not regret it.

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Jumpcut: Make Your Clipboard Dance

Jumpcut is a macOS clipboard manager that provides Mac users with quick, intuitive access to their clipboard history, with an interface that stays out of their way. It’s been around for over fifteen years, saving users time and preventing frustration whenever they need to use a phone number, URL, or code snippet that they had just a minute ago. It’s absolutely free and open-source under the MIT License.

It is one app I cannot live without on Mac. You can download the version of Jumpcut is 0.71 by clicking here.

or install using Homebrew:

brew tap homebrew/cask
brew cask install jumpcut

To get at a clipping, choose one from under the Jumpcut menu item. Or, set a global hotkey (from the Preferences menu) and begin using Jumpcut via keyboard. (The default value for this hotkey is Command + Option + V.)

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Disk Inventory X is a disk usage utility for Mac

If you need an easy way to check your disk usage on Mac. Look no further. Disk Inventory X shows the sizes of files and folders in a special graphical way called treemaps.
If you’ve ever wondered where all your disk space has gone, Disk Inventory X will help you to answer this question.
The best thing is it is totally free.
You can download it from http://www.derlien.com/downloads/index.html

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Unshaky : app to address an issue on the MAC butterfly keyboard

Mac new keyboard is a mess. Sometimes even if you press a key once it registered as more then once key press. Unshaky might save your keyboard by dismissing such as “second key hits”.

How-To

Download Unshaky.app here

First, move the “Unshaky.app” to your “/Applications” folder.

Grant Accessibility Permission

Follow the instruction when you first open Unshaky. If the instruction does not work for you, go to System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> Privacy (Tab) -> Accessibility (Left panel) and add “Unshaky.app.” Make sure it is checked.

Grant Accessibility Permission

Launch at Startup (Optional)

Go to System Preferences -> Users & Groups -> Login Items (Tab) and add “Unshaky.app”.

Grant Accessibility Permission

Configure delays for your defective keys

Click Unshaky icon in the menu bar and select “Configure” to configure delays for the defective keys.

 

Try out it is a really helpful app for the MAC keyboard issues.

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Format your Laptop / PC once a year

As we keep on using our Laptop / PC it tends to slow down also it starts accumulating Apps and lots of files which are not needed. Also, a lot of OS updates and Apps updates tend to accumulate lots of files and logs which are not required anymore, this also tends to slow down the system. Now I am making this habit to just Format my laptops both at home and office once every year. But before doing so make sure you backup all the critical files you need.

Following is the process I follow:

  1. My most critical files are either backed up using Dropbox or Google Drive.
  2. Those files which are residing locally, I go thru them and delete those not needed.
  3. Back up all the files on an external drive.
  4. Make a list of software which I need. I keep installable of them backed on the external drive too.
  5. Next, I just format the drive and install the software. I use Mac so it quite an easy process which you can check out in this video (You have to make sure you can connect to the Internet as Mac reinstall requires internet)
  6.  After reinstall which takes roughly 30 mins or so. Install all the software I need.
  7.  I start putting files which I backed up in organized fashion.

That’s it, You get the feel of a brand new laptop and also clean up your dirt which keeps creeping on by a year of usage. I strongly suggest you do the same and feel the experience of bliss and happiness which I get out of it :). Try out and let me know your experience in the comments below.

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Sejda Productive PDF software that you’ll love to use

Merge files into one PDF
Visually combine and reorder pages, merge multiple PDF files. Alternate and mix odd and even page from separate files.

Split PDF files
Split documents by pages. Extract separate documents. Split by size, bookmarks or text occurrences. Divide two page layout scans

Convert PDF files to Office and image formats
Convert PDF files to Word, Excel and to image. Convert images to PDF file

Compress PDF
Reduce the size of PDF files. Optimize images and other resources

Edit PDF files
Add, edit or move text in your PDF. Change the font type, size and style. Insert, reorder, move or delete pages.
Add signature, highlight text and shapes

Apply PDF passwords and restrictions
Add copy and edit protection to a PDF. Include a password to protect your PDF from unapproved access

Watermark PDF
Add image or text watermark to PDF documents

Grayscale PDF
Convert PDF text and images to grayscale

Crop PDF
Trim PDF margins, adjust visible page area, change PDF page size

Its free but come with some restrictions like Docs up to 50Mb and 200 pages, Compress files up to 100Mb and Images up to 5Mb still it is worth it. Download it from https://www.sejda.com/desktop. It is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux

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How to always keep Touch Bar in Mac to standard setting

Touch Bar in Mac is either loved or hated as of now. I am not totally sold on Touch Bar idea and don’t like it keeps on changing as per App you are using. I love the normal Mac bar which used to exist before. So there is a way by which you can get it back.

    1. Go to the  Apple menu and choose “System Preferences”
    2. Choose the “Keyboard” preference panel and then select the “Keyboard” tab of the control panel
    3. Look for “Touch Bar shows:” and pull down the dropdown menu alongside that, choosing “Expanded Control Strip”

  1. Confirm the Touch Bar screen is now showing the touch buttons for escape key, brightness, Mission Control, sound, etc, then exit out of System Preferences as usual

Effectively you’re stopping the little Touch Bar screen from changing appearance and functionality constantly with each app and depending on what’s going on on screen, so the Touch Bar remains consistent and behaves slightly more like a regular keyboard function row, except it’s still a tiny touch screen of course.

If you don’t like the Touch Bar, then disabling Touch Bar functionality this way is about as close to a normal keyboard experience you can get on the current MacBook Pro lineup.

Of course, disabling the Touch Bar is not going to magically give you back a physical Escape key or the other physical buttons that are missing, but it may help you to use the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar keyboard if you’ve found yourself frustrated with it’s behavior, and thus some MacBook Pro with Touch Bar users may appreciate this option.

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Mac application that displays all open files and sockets

Sloth is a Mac application that displays all open files and sockets in use by all running processes on your system. This makes it easy to inspect which apps are using which files and sockets.

View all open files, directories, IP sockets, devices, Unix domain sockets and pipes
Filter by name, access mode, volume, type, location, or using regular expressions
Sort by name, process ID, user etc.
View IP socket status, protocol and version
View sockets and pipes established between processes
Inspection window with detailed macOS and Unix file/socket/process info
Powerful contextual menu for file operations
In-app authentication to run with root privileges
Sloth is essentially a friendly, exploratory graphical user interface built on top of the lsof command line tool. The output of lsof is parsed and shown in a searchable, filterable outline view with all sorts of convenient additional functionality.

Sloth can also be installed via Homebrew:

$ brew cask install sloth

For more check out https://github.com/sveinbjornt/Sloth

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How to Install VirtualBox in MacOS Mojave

If you have attempted to install VirtualBox in macOS Mojave you may have noticed the installation sometimes fails with a generic “The installation failed” error message. Then, when trying to run VirtualBox you may experience another error saying “Kernel driver not installed” and VirtualBox fails to function.

The reason for the installation failure and the inability for the kernel module to load successfully is due to security restrictions in MacOS Mojave, and thus to be able to successfully install VirtualBox and run the app you will need to make a relatively simple bypass of those aforementioned security restrictions.

Follow this steps:
1.Assuming you have already downloaded VirtualBox onto the Mac (it’s free to download here), here is how you can successfully install and run VirtualBox in MacOS Mojave:

  1. Run the VirtualBox installer as usual, you’ll eventually see the “Installation Failed” message. VirtualBox install fails Quit out of the VirtualBox installer after it fails
  2. Pull down the  Apple menu and open System Preferences
  3. Choose “Security & Privacy” and go to the ‘General’ tab within Security preference panel, then click the lock button and enter the administrator password
  4. At the bottom of the Security General section, look for the message stating “System software from developer ‘Oracle America, Inc’ was blocked from loading” and click the “Allow” button.
  5. Relaunch the VirtualBox installer and proceed through the installation as usual, it should now succeed as expected

Go ahead and run VirtualBox as usual, it should load fine without any further kernel driver error messages. Enjoy 🙂

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How to change the name of your Mac

It seems trivial but many people don’t know how to change the Mac name. It is quite simple but not so straight forward. Do Follow these steps:

Step 1: In the Menu bar, go to  > System Preferences…

Step 2: Click on Sharing.

system preferences sharing

Step 3: In the Computer Name box, type in the name you want to use for your computer.

change name of mac

Step 4: Close the window, and you’re done.

And its done, it is as simple as it gets ;).

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