One of the features of the Mac that I’ve come to love is the ability to override/customize the keyboard shortcut of any menu-accessible command:
Go to System Preferences, search for “Keyboard shortcuts”, select “Application Shortcuts” then click the +. Now you can specify any menu item and keyboard shortcut for the app you select.
Storing these commandline shell shortcuts here mostly for my own benefit.
Ctrl-l: clear the screen
Ctrl-a: move caret to beginning of the line
Ctrl-e: move caret to end of line
Ctrl-k: delete everything from caret to the end of line
If you’re on the Mac, you should be using ClipMenu. ClipMenu is a small statusbar app that remembers your clipboard history.
ALT + V for invoking my clipboard history menu.
Point of note, if you’re a Chrome user, you’ll probably want to unmap ClipMenus
CMD + Shift + B shortcut, otherwise you won’t be able to easily show/hide the Chrome bookmarks bar.
I need to commucate better through text. This is what I will work towards:
- I will use inline-posting and/or bottom posting in emails.
- I will write less text, be more concise.
- If I can’t be brief, I will try and write summaries.
- I will try and use bullets and make text more skimmable.
- I will try and end emails and text-communications with next action points.
That ends todays manifesto for growth.
If you need to secure your Macbook from prying eyes, you can enable the screensaver and require a password to unlock. The usual way to go about this is using a hot corner to activate the screensaver. But if you, like me, are all over the place with your mouse, you might want to create a screensaver shortcut in your dock. Here’s how:
- Open Finder, navigate to
ScreenSaverEngine to dock
It won’t be long until I switch to The Mac now, but appreciating many aspects of the Windows platform still, it’s nice to see one of the best Mac apps — CloudApp — get a Windows port, even if it is an unofficial port.
FluffyApp — like CloudApp — is a tiny icon sitting in your appplication tray. Drag a file onto the icon, and it’s immediately uploaded and the URL to the uploaded file magically appears in your clipboard. Want to share a screenshot? Drop it on the icon and paste the URL. Awesome.
When inside Gmail, try pressing
Shift + ?, and you’ll be shown a convenient keyboard shortcut cheat sheet. Nice eh?