Category: HOWTOs

Step by step guides to help with technical issues that I have worked on over the years.

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Find Large Files in *NIX

I recently ran into an issue where backups for a project were taking much more space than I thought they should. I figured there was a large error log somewhere – and sure enough I was able to easily find it with the following command:


#1 Rule for Being Productive

Focus on what is really important. It is that simple. I was reminded this morning that a lot of people are not very productive and overwhelmed because they fail to focus on what is really important. Instead they waste a lot of time and effort on what is not important.

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How to Empty Trash with Google Drive

Over the last week – I have been trying to clean up my files and delete any non-essential email in order to tidy everything up. After deleting a number of files – I noticed my quota within Google Drive was still showing the same percent full before and after I deleted the files.


HOWTO: Change Filenames to be Lowercase Using Bash

I recently needed to convert all file names from something like this: IMG_3034.JPG to img_3034.jpg. I had a ton of these files and changing them manually was not something I wanted to do. The solution was easy. I use Mac OS X – so in the terminal – I simply used: for i in *; […]


Find Largest Files (UNIX)

Ever need to find which files are taking up the most room on your server in a particular directory? If so – you can easily find the largest files by running the following command: find -type f | xargs -I{} du -s “{}” | sort -rn | head -10 | cut -f2 | xargs -I{} […]


Transfer Backups to New Drive with Time Machine

A great article on how to properly move your Time Machine backups to a new drive: (You will need to follow the directions or you will get errors simply trying to move the files.)