tips and tools on using a Mac
I use what works for me, I adapt quickly, and I’d prefer not to pay for it.
Most of these tools are open-source. Advice is gratis 😉
You get a scratchpad stuck on the top toolbar. Perfect for quick notes and ideas.
Download the MenubarNotes app here.
Code is here. Made by my friend David Bui.
This makes me feel like a wizard. Custom shortcuts to resize and move windows.
First, download the Hammerspoon app here.
After you launch and start the program, press ⌘-O (Cmd-O) and copy-paste this config file.
All of the commands use a “mash” (Ctrl-Option-⌘) plus one letter:
I recommend opening Hammerspoon, clicking on Preferences (light switch icon), and checking “Launch Hammerspoon at startup”.
You can write your own commands too! More about Hammerspoon here.
Don’t know what this is? Try this tutorial or read about it on Wikipedia.
I use the default
Terminal app and use the built-in shell. I get good mileage out of my shortcuts in
Don’t know what this is? Try this brief article or read about it on Wikipedia.
For prototyping new ideas, I love Project Jupyter. I find interactive notebooks good environments to play and create. I’m also enjoying the new JupyterLab interface.
I like Visual Studio Code for text and smaller projects:
For Java projects, I’ve used Eclipse IDE but more recently IntelliJ Community Edition.
For bigger Python projects, I’m trying (and liking) PyCharm Community Edition.
For writing, I am starting to use (gratis but not open source) Typora. I love that I can write in Markdown, and immediately read the same words in generated Markdown.
I try to remove new features I don’t like:
I try not to keep strong opinions. This list may evolve over time.
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