Use the Tab key for dialogs on a Mac

One thing that I’ve always found annoying on the Mac is that by default it’s not possible to “tab” between the different buttons in a dialog window.

This is possible but it requires finding this bizarre setting in the keyboard settings. To get this go to System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts, then click the All Controls radio button.

Happy Tabbing!

Install ALL Google fonts on your Mac

Lately, I’ve been designing a lot of blog post images and finding a good font from the list of defaults is sometimes hard. I came across the Web Font Load project by Quinton Pike that allows you to install all of the Google Web Fonts onto your local machine.

The only downside is it’s a ton of fonts, 1660+. Wading through all of them in a graphics app can be time-consuming, however, since many blog posts have been written on font pairings and you can easily find the best ones by doing a quick web search.

How to set up your Mac for local PHP Development

As a developer I spend countless hours on the computer. Over time I accumulate a ton of cruft. Everything from old forgotten files, unused apps, and worst of all hidden junk that has been installed by following some random tutorial.

This past weekend I decided it was finally time to wipe my Macbook’s hard drive and start fresh. I have used it daily for several years now and still had artifacts from when I used Mamp. Since then Vagrant has turned to my local server of choice and one of the reasons is how clean you can keep your machine by utilizing it.

After finishing the new Mac OS X install it felt like a new beginning. So clean, so minimal. I’ve missed that.

This go around I wanted to keep it as minimal as possible and only install things I know I need and use. This tutorial covers how I set up my Mac for local PHP Development. Continue reading How to set up your Mac for local PHP Development

Gamification of Todos

Ever since a man came down the mountain carrying the first todo list, we have been in search of finding the perfect system for keeping up with our todos. In modern times we have calendars, pencil and paper systems, and more digital todo apps than stars.

I think I’ve tried them all. From the minimal with clear, to wunderlist, to the super advanced of Omnifocus. Nothing is perfect. Continue reading Gamification of Todos

Shuttle – A simple SSH shortcut menu for OS X

Shuttle is a simple SSH shortcut menu for Mac. It’s designed to take the pain away from remembering all your SSH shortcuts and directly from your menu bar you can visually see all the SSH connections you have available.

I’ve been using it and love the simplicity of the app. Adding new shortcuts is easy and defined in a JSON file. However, if you already have connections defined in ~/.ssh/config it will automatically pull those in.

The project is open source and created by Trevor Fitzgerald and inspired from SSHMenu from Linux. If you have trouble remembering your connections or shortcuts definitely give this little app a try.