Fix fontd being a CPU hog on MacOS

I just saw that there was a runaway fontd process. Fixed it like so:

Most importantly, this has drastically brought down CPU usage overall. Apparently, it impacts a whole lot of applications.

By mnott on 2017/01/13 | Computer | A comment?

“What is your main purpose in life right now?”

As part of my DBA, there is what the university calls a “personal development module.” So people ask me questions that are meant to make you think. The question we got over the holiday period was this: “What is your main purpose in life right now?” I don’t know whether my answer will resonate with you at all, or even is in any way good. I share it anyway.

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Adblock, System-Wide, without Plugins… Pi-Hole!

This is absolutely awesome. I just came across Pi-Hole, a DNS based ad blocker that you can install on a Raspi or just some Linux box you may have around.

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By mnott on 2016/12/14 | Computer, Hacks | A comment?

UnScrivening

I truly think, I just fell in love with a program. I’m talking about Scrivener. Since I’m doing research / academic writing rather than novel writing, I had not really looked at the program after I had bought it and played a bit with it a couple of years ago. Now, I’m starting here a series of blog articles about how to make Scrivener really work for academic writing and research. It’ll go very much in detail.

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By mnott on 2016/11/23 | Research | A comment?

Alternative Scenarios to the new MacBook Pro

I think there’s been enough rant about the new MBP. For me personally, I’ve been waiting patiently, and am always open to be convinced. I’m not this time, and have hence explored, and implemented, some alternatives. They may not be useful for you, but if you use a 2013 MacBook Air, and if you’re running out of disk space, and look moreover for a solution to have versioned backups all the time – this post may be for you.

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By mnott on 2016/11/14 | General | 3 comments

How to stop iTunes from reverting to the local disk

I don’t have enough disk space on my MacBook Air. So specifically I don’t want iTunes to occupy lots of it. I’ve my iTunes library on an external disk, which is fine until I happen to start iTunes without having that disk attached. In that case, iTunes will silently revert to using its default, internal storage location, and next time I import music, I’ll just not notice – and end up with a complete mess. For example, the media library location I am using resides on a server that is also used by my Sonos installation – and I’ve ended up swearing at Apple for making things easier than necessary when importing a CD and then still not seeing it in my Sonos library – because I had really imported it into my local music library which iTunes had reverted to at some point.

So here’s how to fix that.

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Update for the PDFKit Problems (and some other workflow)

While this thing was seriously not working, I have actually found out that I’m going to prefer non-Skim annotations now.

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How to workaround the fucked up PDFKit in Sierra

OK, so it appears that Apple this time really blew it with PDFKit. In Sierra, it appears to be seriously broken, and the most important outcome of that is that Skim no longer appears to work.

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By mnott on 2016/10/28 | Computer, Hacks | 3 comments

Workaround for Lync Issues opening the Skype for Business application on IOS

I’ve been struggling with Lync (Skype for Business) issues this morning. Both iPhone and iPad suddenly no longer opened the Skype for Business application when clicking on a Lync link. So for example, a calendar invite may contain something like this:

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By mnott on 2016/10/26 | Computer, Hacks, SAP | A comment?

How to run a SuperDrive on a USB Hub – MacOS Sierra Version

Over here, I described how to run a SuperDrive on a USB hub. The issue is that Apple normally disallows you to do so since it thinks the SuperDrive needs to be powered – something that a USB hub can perfectly be able to do. Before, it was sufficient to change a system file in order to fix the issue; now, that change is disallowed (actually, since two versions of the operating system, but I don’t use CDs that much, so I didn’t even notice). The fix still works. Here is what you need to do:

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By mnott on 2016/10/06 | Computer, Hacks | 2 comments