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macOS: Notes app tips that may improve your daily workflow

After switching from Windows to macOS in 2019 I also changed my default note-taking app from OneNote to macOS build-in Notes.app. I wasn’t sure this is the right move, so I switched gradually with carefully selected topics only. But after several weeks of using both OneNote and Notes app, I switched fully, and after using Notes for several months now ...

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macOS: sync files between two volumes using launchd and rsync

Backing up and syncing files and directories between drives is pretty common use case for many users. In this quick tutorial you will learn how to use launchd and rsync to synchronize files between different volumnes in macOS. Problem Synchronize a (KeePass) file between two drives in macOS in both directions. Solution Watch for file changes in both locationsSynchronize the file between locations and ...

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macOS: essential tools for (Java) developer

Are you considering macOS as your next operating system? Are switching from Windows or Linux to macOS? Do you want to develop in Java on macOS? Or maybe you are looking for tools to help you being more productive? Read about tools that are essential to me (after switching from Windows to macOS). Development Homebrew iTerm2 SDKMAN! Git Docker IntelliJ ...

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Synchronising two external hard drives with rsync on a mac

This is more of a reminder for myself so I don’t need to keep googling or looking at man when I need to look up the syntax. Let’s assume you have two hard drives, ones called PHOTOS the other other PHOTOS_BACKUP. You can use the following command to sychronise photos (including removing all files that were deleted on PHOTOS to ...

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Changing Mac’s Default Location for Screenshots

For pedantic people like myself, who like to keep their Desktop tidy, I came across this tip to save screenshots to a different location automatically. Create a folder (mine is called Screenshots)Open a Terminal windowType the following: defaults write com.apple.screencapture locationDrag and drop the folder into terminal. You’ll end up something like the following: defaults write com.apple.screencapture location /Users/pkua/Desktop/ScreenshotsHit enter! ...

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Annotate – simple yet productive screenshots tool for macOS

After switching from Windows to macOS I was looking for a simple screenshots taking tool to support my daily workflow. The built-in tools offered by macOS are not sufficient for me, mainly because of the image annotating tools and limited keyboard shortcuts support. For couple of days I used Skitch, but then I found Annotate, a light-weight and simple app ...

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