Category: Tools

  • TLDR pages – Simplified man pages with practical examples. Probably covers 80% of your daily use cases. Looks super cool.

  • Fixing “Media kit reports not enough space on device” error in Disk Utility

    I got this error today when trying to partition a Western Digital My Passport 4TB: Volume erase failed: Media kit reports not enough space on device Nothing I could do inside Disk Utility worked. Thanks to some kind soul on Reddit, here is how I solved the issue from the command line: $ diskutil list […]

  • Inhibiting Email Tracking

    A lot of email services track you by putting a tiny transparent image in your email and logging when you load it. You can prevent this by turning off autoloading of remote images in your favorite email app’s settings. If your app doesn’t have that setting, consider switching. I’m currently using Airmail across all of […]

  • My Inbox Clearing Method

    Like many, I’m all about that Inbox Zero life. I’m not going to preach here about it. You’ve heard enough of that elsewhere. I’m going to show you how I get it done. Winning Before Starting I like to set myself up for success whenever possible. What that looks like here is severely limiting the […]

  • How to turn off curly quotes in iOS 11

    If you write any sort of code or markup in iOS 11, constantly getting curly quotes out of your keyboard will drive you crazy. The feature is called Smart Punctuation and here is how to turn it off: Go to Settings > General > Keyboard. Toggle off Smart Punctuation.

    How to turn off curly quotes in iOS 11
  • Notes on how React and Angular work

    I got this question from a Praxis participant last night: “Hey Chuck quick general question: do frameworks like angular and react compile to JS? How exactly do they work?” Here is my response: This took me a little research because I didn’t quite know. Here is what I found: First, React is a library and […]

  • A Week with AirPods

    I’ve had Apple’s AirPods for a week. Here are my impressions so far: Getting them The back order is a real bummer. I bought these the same day I bought the 10.5” iPad Pro, but I had to wait a month and a half to get them. Two days after getting them, Amanda tried them […]

    A Week with AirPods
  • Three Weeks with the 10.5” iPad Pro

    I bought the 10.5” iPad Pro the day it was announced and received it the following Monday. My old Gen 3 iPad didn’t support multitasking, Touch ID, iOS 10, or True Tone. Basically nothing that makes an iPad awesome for work. It was getting pretty slow and desperately needed an upgrade. I’m super happy with […]

  • Trying out Things 3. I really like the hierarchy: Areas > Projects > Sub headings/groupings > To do items > Checklists. Exactly what I’ve wanted. Goes 1-2 levels deeper than most to-do apps.

  • Freeter looks like a good app for gathering various project tools in one place. I’ve spent some time setting up my own automations with TextExpander, AppleScript, Automator, and Keyboard Maestro, but I’m going to try making dashboards for a few of my projects in Freeter to bring everything under one roof.

  • How to clean up text pasted from Google Docs with Atom and Regular Expressions

    Have you ever pasted text from Google Docs onto your blog (WordPress or otherwise) and had to fix wacky formatting? Here is how to quickly strip out all those extra HTML tags using regular expressions with Atom.io, a free text editor. Links: Atom, a free text editor available on Windows, Mac, and Linux: http://atom.io Regular […]

  • Documenting the Process of Data Visualizations

    The DataSketch.es project has awesome process documentation for how Nadieh and Shirley go about making their incredible visualizations each month. This is a treasure trove of valuable insights for how they approach projects, how the projects evolve, and how they overcome issues they run in to.

  • After 10 years of knowing about Pixelmator for the last 10 years, I finally dumped Adobe Photoshop and made the switch last month. The hardest part has been relearning how to do certain tasks, but the tutorials and documentation are great. I don’t see myself going back any time soon.

  • Get the Most out of Your Kindle with These 4 Tools

    Take screenshots, get reading statistics, export your highlights, and remove the ads from your Kindle 1. Screenshots Did you know that you can take screenshots on most recent Kindles? This is useful for quickly sharing a passage, showing an editor or developer a display issue, and sharing tips in an article like this one. To take […]