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

Happy Birthday iMac

20 years ago – some of us took a chance on a translucent Bondi Blue new computer called the iMac. IT is hard to believe it was 20 years ago – but I have enjoyed watching it change shape. Thank you Apple!

20 Years of the iMac

From the original to the latest – it is hard to believe the iMac has been out there for 20 years. I decided to retire my Mac Mini today after needing some faster processing power.

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.

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:

Mac OS 10.2.2 SSH Keys Passphrase Help

If you are like me and a few days ago – noticed that you were getting prompted for your passphrase when using your SSH keys (instead of using the keychain) – here is how you can make a small change to no longer enter your password each time: http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/254468/macos-sierra-doesn-t-seem-to-remember-ssh-keys-between-reboots/264974#264974