Desktop Wallpaper

It has just dawned on me, I have been using the “Aqua Blue” variation of wallpapers which stated shiping with MacOS X since I got my first iMac G3 in 2001. There have been a few variations of it, however the one I have settled on is the one with came with MacOS X 10.4 Tiger. It has been the first thing I have installed on every Mac, Linux and even Windows machine I have run since 2005....

March 15, 2015 · 1 min · Russ Mckendrick

Day To Day Tools

I am currently using most of these tools day to day … Desktop Apps SublimeText — Still the best text editor around Dashline — Cross device password manager Desk — Great editor for writting blog posts Photoshop — For ermmmmm Photos OmniGraffle — For diagrams and stuff Reeder 2 — For reading all the feeds GitHub Mac Client — The Mac GitHub client Commandline Apps Home Brew — Install “missing” stuff on macs Cask — Install Mac Apps using the command line using Brew StormSSH — Key & hosts management known_hosts — A simple cli known hosts manager Packer — Build machine images Z — Jump around the CLI Vagrant — Run machines built with Packer Services Digital Ocean — Server Hosting AWS — Server Hosting CloudFlare — CDN & Stuff Github — Code Hosting Pinboard — Bookmarks Evernote — Note taking RememberTheMilk — Task management Feedly — For managing all the newsfeeds Pocket — For reading articles later Toggl — Time tracking Authy — A nice Two Factor Authentication tool Plex — An impressive cross device media centre … so not much in the way of changes since I last wrote about the tools I use....

March 9, 2015 · 1 min · Russ Mckendrick

Backups

In my line of work one of the things you learn quickly is that there is no such thing as too many backups. Call me paranoid, but I would rather be spoilt for choice should the worst happen. So what backups do I have in place? Website While this website is nothing more than a place for me to dump my thoughts and various tech ramblings it does generate a small amount of traffic....

February 8, 2015 · 2 min · Russ Mckendrick

Yosemite Installation

This could be the most straight forward MacOS update I have ever performed (I have been doing them since System 7.5). This time all three machines (iMac, MBP and MBA) worked first time with no dramas. As always the first thing I did was a full TimeMachine back-up (I have been burnt before) and then downloaded a copy of the Yosemite install from the AppStore. Rather than do an in-place upgrade I always do a clean installation, for the last three releases I have used the excellent DiskMaker X (or Lion Disk Maker as it used to be known)....

October 20, 2014 · 2 min · Russ Mckendrick

Dotfiles

For the last few years I have been grabbing some we documented dotfiles from GitHub but most of them have either ended up reconfigured my Mac to the point of it being unrecognisable or they have just been a collection of useful aliases. The I came across Bashstrap, it was close enough to what I wanted so I forked it …. You can install them using the following commands; git clone [email protected]

August 10, 2014 · 1 min · Russ Mckendrick

What’s in the toolbox?

It’s been a while since I listed what I am using day-to-day so I thought I would do a quick update; Desktop Apps SublimeText — Text Editor GitHub Mac Client — The Mac GitHub client Marked2 — Preview Markdown in real-time Photoshop — For ermmmmm Photos OmniGraffle — For diagrams and stuff 1Password — Locking all my passwords away Reeder 2 — For reading all my newsfeeds Commandline Apps Home Brew — Install “missing” stuff on macs Cask — Install Mac Apps using the command line using Brew StormSSH — Key & hosts management known_hosts — A simple cli known hosts manager Packer — Build machine images Z — Jump around the CLI Jekyll — What this blog is published with Server Stack CentOS 7 — The Base OS Puppet — Configuration Management SaltStack — Infrastructure management Docker — Run Linux containers New Relic — Server Monitoring Services Digital Ocean — Server Hosting AWS — Server Hosting CloudFlare — CDN & Stuff Github — Code Hosting Pinboard — Bookmarks EverNote — Note taking RememberTheMilk — Task management Feedly — For managing all the newsfeeds Pocket — For reading articles later The biggest change since the last update is …....

July 27, 2014 · 2 min · Russ Mckendrick

Cask

I did a clean installation of my laptop this weekend, rather than go through the list of apps I had installed and do a manual installation of each one using the “Download and drag” method I decided to use Cask. Cask is a Homebrew package which automates to the download and install part. Here is pretty much my entire installation process …. ruby -e “$(curl -fsSL https://raw.github.com/Homebrew/homebrew/go/install)" brew doctor brew install caskroom/cask/brew-cask brew cask install google-chrome brew cask install dropbox brew cask install google-drive brew cask install sublime-text brew cask install github brew cask install spotify brew cask install libreoffice brew cask install virtualbox brew cask install skype The only downside is that it installs the packages into the users Application directory which set my OCD off, it was quickly remedied though by simply moving the link once I had installed everything I needed....

May 26, 2014 · 1 min · Russ Mckendrick

Stuff I use

I am trying to streamline my workflow at the moment. Currently on the Mac these are; StormSSH — Key Managment Vagrant — Local Server testing Packer — Build Machine Images SublimeText — Text Editor Z — Jump around the CLI Le-git — Adds some GIT features Git Tower — GUI for GIT Home Brew — Install “missing” stuff and on my servers; CentOS 6.x — The Base OS Puppet — Configuration Managment SaltStack — Infrastructure management along with these other services;...

November 17, 2013 · 1 min · Russ Mckendrick