Mac : Storage Management

Mac has a built in Storage manager which not many people know about it. To access it open spotlight and type Storage Management click on the app. You should see the screen below:

Click on the Review Files and you will be able to see Large files, Unsupported Apps, which folder is using how much space etc.

It is quite a handy tool, so check out and use it today to clean up your hard disk.

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GoatCounter: Lightweight alternatives to Google Analytics

GoatCounter is one of the more recent web-analytics tools. Created by Martin Tournoij, it has more of a “made by a single developer” feel than other tools; it’s a little less slick-looking than some, but it is also developer-friendly and simple to set up.

The tool supports all of the basic analytics: page views and visits by URL, browser and operating system statistics, device screen sizes, locations, and referrer information. By default, GoatCounter shows the last seven days with counts broken down by hour, but site owners can adjust the date span with simple controls.

GoatCounter is written in Go, and uses vanilla JavaScript in its UI for some lightweight interactivity. In addition to counting page views, GoatCounter tracks sessions using a hash of the browser’s user agent and IP address to identify the client without storing any personal information.

For more visit https://www.goatcounter.com.

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Star Map in your Chrome

Check out this cool experiment developed in Google Chrome by which you can visit any stars in the universe. This is amazing. Definitely, something I will look at to relax when I feel stressed. Click on take a tour button on the top left and enjoy the travel with the stars. Check out http://stars.chromeexperiments.com

It works in Chrome on mobile too.

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Take a Screenshot by Tapping the Back of Your iPhone

If you own an iPhone 8 or later running iOS 14 or later, you can now take a screenshot just by tapping its back thanks to a new accessibility feature called Back Tap, which you’ll have to configure for the task.
Here’s how to set it up:
1. In Settings, tap “Accessibility.”
2. On the next screen, tap “Touch.”
3. On the “Touch Settings” screen, scroll down until you see the “Back Tap” option, then tap it.
4. In “Back Tap” settings, you have a choice of assigning the screenshot action to either two taps (“Double Tap”) or three taps (“Triple Tap”) on the back of the case. Select the option you’d like.
5. In the menu that pops up, scroll down the list until you locate “Screenshot,” then select it.
6.After that, go back one menu level to make sure your selection is saved, then exit Settings.
That is it now next time you tap two or three times (depending on which setting you chose) on the back of your iPhone, iOS will capture an image of your iPhone’s current screen and save it to an image file. The screenshot images you take will be saved in your photo album as usual, and they can be viewed later in the Photos app. Have fun!

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speedtest – from command line

This one is pretty straightforward. If you want to see how fast your internet is without having to open up Chrome, speed-test is for you.

This is a tool I use quite frequently and always like to have in my back pocket just so that I don’t have to chew up additional resources from Chrome. Also, it’s pretty cool to do it in the terminal.

How to install

If you haven’t already got Node.js, then download that first, then run:

npm install --global speed-test

Running

This is pretty simple too.

speed-test
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The Silver Searcher – A Code Searching Tool for Programmers

The Silver Searcher is a free and open source, cross platform source code searching tool similar to ack (a grep-like tool for programmers) but faster. It runs on Mac, Linux and Windows operating systems.
The major difference between the silver searcher and ack is that the former is designed for speed, and benchmark tests prove that it is indeed faster.
If you spend a lot of time reading and searching through your code, then you need this tool. It aims at being fast and ignoring files that you don’t want to be searched.
Visit https://github.com/ggreer/the_silver_searcher to see how to install and use the tool.
Usage:

ag test /Dropbox/code
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vtop – A Terminal Activity Monitor

Command-line tools like “top” make it difficult to see CPU usage across multi-process applications (like Apache and Chrome), spikes over time, and memory usage. Vtop is a free and open-source activity monitor for the command line. It’s written in node.js and can be easily extended.

How to install

If you haven’t already got Node.js, then download that first, then run:

sudo npm install -g vtop

Running

This is pretty simple too.

vtop

It is quite a cool application to have in our tool chest.

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Download any video from Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, and even Instagram

You-Get is a tiny command-line utility to download media contents (videos, audios, images) from the Web. Download videos / audios from popular websites such as YouTube, Youku, Niconico, and a bunch more. (See the full list of supported sites).
Install it using pip or brew for Mac:

pip3 install you-get
brew install you-get

Simple Usage to download file from youtube:

you-get 'https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNQXAC9IVRw'

Try it out I am sure you will love it. It has been a live saver for me.

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Google Camera Port for non Pixel phone

Google Camera Port is one of the best in industry standard. Officially it is available only for Pixel phones. Only way to install it on your device is by side loading it.
Visit https://www.celsoazevedo.com/files/android/google-camera/dev-bsg/#apk1622 and try out which mod works best for your mobile. Let me know your feedback in comments below.

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Best ROM for Mi8 and other older Android Phones

After using MIUI12, which is quite sluggish.  There are many custom ROMs with many features inbuilt. Was looking around for a snappier ROM. Finally found a god send ROM RevengeOS. RevengeOS is an AOSP based custom ROM with a focus on performance and stability. There are not many features in this ROM but features are not the aim of RevengeOS, it focuses more on a snappy performance and by product of it is a good battery life on this ROM along with good performance. Earlier I was getting approx 4 to 5 hrs screen time on my phone which has now increased to 7 to 8 hrs. And I am happy :). It has breath a new life in my mobile and I don’t feel need to buy a new phone. Also all the banking apps are working on this ROM.
To download your copy for Mi8 visit: https://osdn.net/projects/revengeos/storage/dipper/
for other ROMs check out https://osdn.net/projects/revengeos/
Process to Install ROM:
Download the ROM
– Backup each and every partition from TWRP Recovery(optional)
– Make a full wipe (system, vendor, data, cache, dalvik)
– Flash RevengeOS Package
– Flash gapps
– Wipe cache! -And at last Reboot!
[First boot will take few minutes! Have patience]
Clean Flash is always recommended!

 

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