Have You Tried Vivaldi?

A few weeks ago I was introduced to a new browser I had never heard of before: Vivaldi. I have been known to like alternative browsers (iCab, Flock) and was excited to see what this new browser was all about.

Within a few moments – I was sold. Without any extensions – I could capture entire page and is something that instantly saves time. I also use that functionality when helping clients debug an issue or show them some new development. So far – so good!

Next Up – the ability to view tabs in splitscreen. Wait a second – I just did the capture screen again – in a matter of moments! The split screen comes in handy when working on a few different projects or doing any sort of comparison.

If you are not sold yet…Vivaldi is fast, can use any Chrome extension, is completely customizable, and has a number of other great tools/options developers. If you have not done so already – check out Vivaldi

My Latest Favorite Song

Every once and awhile you find that one song you cannot seem to hear enough. For me –
“Dream With Somebody” by Tinlicker is that song and has been on repeat in my house/car for the last 5 days straight.

Check it out…

Awesome Shirts!


A few weeks ago I was looking for some fun shirts for my son who loves Seinfeld. I stumbled across Famous in Real Life and ordered a few shirts. (Kraymerica and Little Jerry (photo) for Evan – as well as Mandlebaum Gym and The Jerk Store for me.

Not only are the shirts great – they also have great customer service. After a wash – one of Evan’s shirts lost some of the ink – but with a simple email to the store owner – I quickly got a replacement. If you are a Seinfeld, Christmas Vacation, The Office fan – check these shirts out.

Google Drive: View Files Largest to Smallest

While doing some spring cleaning (mentioned yesterday) – I decided I needed to go through my files on my Google Drive™.

One of the most helpful things: listing all my files from largest to smallest. I found I had some really old (And large) files that I will never need again.

How to list files from largest to smallest:

  1. Log into your Google account
  2. Go to this URL: https://drive.google.com/drive/quota

Remember – if you decided to delete your files – make sure you empty your trash to ensure they are truly gone.

Follow-up

Having the ability to see the size of the files allowed me to easily go from:

to:

Don’t be a tech hoarder!

Spring cleaning is not only for your home and garage. Every once and awhile I try and do some tech spring cleaning in order to keep things as organized and simple as possible. I highly recommend you do the same.

So what all goes into my spring cleaning?

  1. Applications: There was that one application you needed to open that one file from your friend…now that you have not touched it in months or years – get rid of it.
  2. Email: Do you hang on to all those flyers that show up in your physical mailbox? Exactly. Make searching easier by getting rid of these sorts of email messages. The chances of you caring about the big sale at Old Navy 3 months ago is slim to none. At the end of the day – I try and go back to my mantra – do, delegate, or delete.
  3. Accounts: I use 1Password to manage all my accounts (user names/passwords). At least once – go through and delete any old or unused.
  4. Photos: Let’s face it – we all take photos of the floor, blurry images, or something we only needed to reference once. Keep your image library trim by only saving the photos that are good and have meaning.
  5. Text Messages: Here is another place we tend to hoard information for no real reason. There is no reason to hold onto all those “ok” or “thanks” text messages. Delete them and save yourself the space.
    1. Don’t be a tech hoarder – take some time to save what is important and get rid of the rest. You will be surprised what you find (I just found a recipe I completely forgot I asked for), hw much more efficient your searches will be, and how much more room you will have on your phone/computer and not to mention – more peace of mind.

Easily Find Font Information For Any Web Site

Ever go to a site and really like the font but too lazy or not sure how to see what font they are using? Perhaps you are a developer and need to know the exact font size, color, and font family your developer is using so you can make sure everything is pixel perfect. Both of these tasks become quick and painless with the “WhatTheFont!” Chrome extension.

After you have installed it – you will then see a little “f?” icon at the top of your browser. By clicking on this icon – you are then able to click anywhere on a web page and see the font information.

This extension takes all the guesswork out of fonts for technical and non-technical people alike.

Spring 2018 Playlist

While at the gym or teaching boxing – I like to make sure I not only put together a custom workout – but also a custom playlist to showcase my latest favorites. Here is my Spring 2018 playlist:

  1. Empyrean (Extended Mix) – Daun Giventi
  2. Bend Ova (feat. Tyga) – Lil Jon
  3. ALL THE TIME (TOVE LO FLIP) – Keys N Krates
  4. The Rhythm Of The Night (R.B.X. Euro Mix) – Corona
  5. Automatic (Marc Stout & Scott Svejda Remix) – ZHU & AlunaGeorge
  6. Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds
  7. Cheap Thrills ft. Sean Paul (Henry Fong x MEGAMAOR Remix) – Sia
  8. My Cloud – Grabbitz
  9. OMG (feat. will.i.am) – Usher
  10. Broken – Paul Oakenfold
  11. Boneless – Steve Aoki, Chris Lake & Tujamo
  12. 4 Minutes (feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland) [Peter Saves New York Edit] – Madonna
  13. Missing (Todd Terry Club Mix) – Everything But The Girl
  14. Good Vibes (Original Mix) – Kryder, The Wulf
  15. New Rules – Dua Lipa
  16. This Girl (feat. Eva Simons & T.I.) – Stafford Brothers
  17. What It Feels Like For a Girl (Above & Beyond 12″ Club Mix) – Madonna

I like to add a little new (My Cloud, Broken) with a few of my all time favorites (ALL THE TIME (TOVE LO FLIP), Good Vibes (Original Mix), with some songs that have stayed with me over the years (The Rhythm Of The Night (R.B.X. Euro Mix), Don’t You (Forget About Me). Regardless – if you are looking for something a little different – this is a good one.

Most Preferred Network on Your iPhone

I recently ran into an issue where my iPhone would seem to always try and connect to the one network I did not want to use anytime I left the house/came back. After I had enough manual switching – I finally took a look and learned how Apple orders the networks to join: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202831 and then looked at my settings. I noticed that my preferred network had “Auto Join” set to “no” and “Auto Join” set to “yes” for the slow network I had grown to hate.

If you have the same issue – go to your WiFi settings on your iPhone and click on the info icon for that connection. You will then see a screen like this:

From there – if you want your iPhone to prefer/join the network – make sure the Auto Join setting is turned on. If you want to not join it – simply make sure Auto Join is turned off. Makes sense and is super easy and no more manually changing the network every time you leave/come back. Simplify your life and make sure any non-used networks have Auto Join = off.

Disable the Cache in Safari 11

With Safari 11 – we lost the “Disable Cache” in the Safari Developer menu. If you are a developer – you know this comes in handy when debugging any CSS/JS changes.

After spending a few days frustrated – it was time to find a solution so I could disable the cache (permanently). If you are looking for the same solution – look no further.

Using the command line:

rm -rf ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.Safari ; echo > ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.Safari

That will remove the current cache forever and replace it with a file (not used to do any caching).

You are welcome.

Fix for Bold Fonts Looking Bolder in Chrome

If you noticed your fonts in Chrome looking more bold in Chrome than Safari – there is an easy fix. Add this in to your stylesheet (body or specific CSS class/ID):

Example:

h1 {-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased;}

You can see the difference:

Before:

After: