Essential Applications for macOS

macOS Working Environment (Sierra, El Capitan)

Updated: 25 Sep 2016 @ 14 h(if you are a regular visitor, click the link to see recent changes)

This list once started out as my personal check list for setting-up a fresh Mac (and it still serves that purpose). Due to its nature the list is continuously evolving. So don’t forget to check back from time to time.  Continue reading Essential Applications for macOS

Alternatives to the Jetpack Plugin for WordPress

Jetpack is Automattic’s widely used mega plugin for standalone WordPress installations. Amongst others it brings features from wordpress.com to wordpress.org installations. Currently it comprises 36(!) modules that can individually be activated or deactivated.

You can see Jetpack either as an ample extension of WordPress, or simply as an example of pure bloat.  Continue reading Alternatives to the Jetpack Plugin for WordPress

Thoughts on the New Version of ‘Day One’ (Journaling App)

Bloom Built’s Day One for iOS and OS X was a very good and polished journaling (diary) application that I used with pleasure.

Now they’ve come up with the successor Day One 2 Journal + Notes. Despite some positive reviews (1, 2) this is a huge deception:

Continue reading Thoughts on the New Version of ‘Day One’ (Journaling App)

‘Delete Immediately…’ in OS X El Capitan

With OS X El Capitan (10.11) the Finder has gained a handy new feature, called Delete Immediately… .

To immediately delete one or more files or folders select them in the Finder, then hold down the Option and Command key and press Backspace. (⌥⌘⌫)  Continue reading ‘Delete Immediately…’ in OS X El Capitan

Timestamp Macros for Keyboard Maestro

These are macros for the magnificent OS X macro environment Keyboard Maestro 7, a highly recommendable program.

Basically the macros were just an experiment to see how well Keyboard Maestro works with Swift scripts. (Running Swift scripts is a new feature of Keyboard Maestro 7.) And it works quite well, I find.

The first macro gives also a nice example of conditional and value-remembering pop-up menus in the user prompt. (I discovered this only recently.)  Continue reading Timestamp Macros for Keyboard Maestro