Nick Padley

October 18, 2016

I tried an experiement out today to see if it was possible to get Spinrite running on my Mac. Surprisingly, I was able to do it. If you want to give it a try, this article will walk you through it. Click on each link below to head to that section.

Prerequisite: You need to be familiar with using the terminal program on your Mac. As an owner of Spinrite, I’m presuming that you are.

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April 21, 2016

I recently started using Beyond Compare on my Mac and have found it to be a really useful utility. The one thing I couldn’t find, however, was any way of linking the program with Sublime Text.

What I wanted was to be able to have two files open in Sublime and be able to pass those files to BeyondCompare so that I can get a nice graphical comparison tool.

As a result, I found and modified a quick plugin to make this happen. You can find the repository on Github, and it is available to install via package control.

October 13, 2015

I can never remember the terminal command to clear my DNS cache, so I’m posting it here. If you need to flush the DNS in OSX 10.11, use the following command on the terminal:

sudo dscacheutil -flushcache;sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder;say "cache flushed"

January 28, 2015

Over the past few months, I’ve been working on changing my habits and adopting a healthier diet. It all started with watching a documentary called Hungry for Change. Up until the middle of October 2014, I had really been eating all sorts of junk and causing myself to grow - not in the vertical sense, though!

Part of the documentary really concentrated on using juicing as a way to change a person’s diet. Note that it’s not a way of dieting, but a method to positively change what sort of food that the body desires. I had been interested in trying it given all the time it has been given, so I got out our juicer, which had been sitting under the counter for a year and a half and started buying some produce.

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January 17, 2014

I recently switched my text editor of 5+ years to Sublime Text from Espresso. I’ve been learning the interface for the new editor and really like it. Listed below are a few reasons that compelled me to switch:

  • Better plugin integration (Espresso sugars are neat, but support and configuration is limited)
  • More plugins
  • Better documentation
  • Faster performance
  • More configuration options
  • Better support for file formats (It always was a pain to have to associate additional file formats in Espresso)
  • Multiple cursors (I love the ability to select multiple locations in a doc and simultaneously update them)

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