Quickly snooze all notifications in Mac OS

Been on a conference call and heard notifications going off, or ever been giving a demo of something via screen share and had notifications popping up on the screen? Or even have your next meeting notifications keep popping up from your calendar application. Yep! It’s pretty annoying. I find it more annoying from the receiving end, and very embarrassing from the person who is creating them or having to dismiss them during calls.

It’s so simple to avoid it’s a quick keyboard and mouse click shortcut. ⌥ + Click the Notifications icon in the top right of you Mac and you will snooze all notification on your Mac.

Mac OS Notifications Snooze

Better.fyi

Two months I’ve been using Better.fyi for iOS and it’s been a better two months with it. Just noticed they even have an extension for Safari on the Mac which I use as my browser for general browsing.

I recommend you install them both if you are running iOS or Mac, not just for less ads on sites, but also for a safer online experience. All round it’s better!

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Photo taken at: Ae Forest

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Cookies and Cream

Santa

What password would you like to use?

As the move towards using the internet has increased over the last few years, people are creating more and more accounts. Accounts for this credit card, accounts for this store card, you’re mobile phone account, you’re bank account, and all the rest. The accounts I just mentioned there are one’s a lot of people will have, and more than likely you will have an account that you are able to sign into on the internet. The reason I mentioned those types of accounts is because a majority of the time these accounts are opened in person in a shop or bank.

In the past six months I’ve have witnessed someone or created, opened one myself, and on each occasion when it came to the part of creating the online part of the account it goes something like this:

Shop: First Name?

Customer: Matthew

Shop: Last Name?

Customer: Roach

Shop: Email address?

Customer: matthew@mydomain.com

Shop: What password would you like to use for this account?

Customer: Umm…..

Shop: Can be something simple, I’ll type it in

 

Each time this has occurred I’ve requested that I enter the password myself, on one occasion the shop assistant in this case reply’s:

“I’ve never had anyone ask to enter it themselves”.

That is astounding that no-one else requested to enter their own password, even more astounding that the shop assistant found it ok for them to be asking the customer a password to enter for their account. Wether this be a temporary password you intend on changing when you get home it does not matter, you should never be giving a password to a random person!

A non recruiter, recruitment agency

 

RESPECTFULLY, NO RECRUITMENT AGENCIES PLEASE

No recruitment agencies.

How many job ads do you see with this words at the bottom? or at the top? I don’t have actually figures but it’s a LOT!

Yes, recruiters get a bad name. I can imagine a lot of you if not all of you have had some experience with a recruiter, be it good or bad. Some will have gotten jobs from them and others may have just got annoyed at them.

After Matt published the article Jobs boards wish list, it reminded me of something I had been think of for a while. Matt makes some great points about job boards, and while there are a lot of job boards around that are aimed for developers, like Authentic JobsStack Overflow, and more niche ones aimed at remote working for working for example We Work Remotely  then there are the ones I refer to as your more standard ones line Indeed, Monster, and the rest.

Matt makes a great point about trawling the various boards each weeks, and he is not even on the hunt for a new job. Just imagine if you were looking for a great new role, similar to the ones that Matt is highlighting each week. The effort and time it would take would soon tire the best.

Back to the recruiter part, yes, yes they have a bad reputation. But what if a new type of recruiter was to be born. One that’s not from the recruiter background but more a developer background, one who can vet the job’s and the applicant’s applying. Just like current recruiters try to do now, but the biggest issue I’ve seen in the past is recruiters seem to be after filling the roles and collecting their money.

Is it possible that a developer or someone working in the trenches could turn into a recruiter?

The new MacBook Pro’s

It appears the dust has started to settle after Apple’s latest event where they released new MacBook Pro’s. After posting some initial reactions from their announcement to Twitter I’ve sat back and had a little think of the announcement from a new techie point of view.

I bought a brand new 13 inch MacBook Pro for work purposes at the start of August, it was not a stock model I added extra RAM, bumping it up to a nice 16gb. After three months of using it, it’s been perfect everything I need and more. Everything I do on a daily basis it handles with no problem and then some. The MacBook Pro being my daily and only machine, but I don’t use it that often as a laptop, it’s generally docked in a Vertical Henge Dock with a nice 4k Dell Monitor connected and a wireless mouse and keyboard. Being sat at a desk all day I prefer ergonomic’s over anything else. Having the laptop gives me the ability to travel around and be free when needed, and it’s provided that ability on enough occasions already. From a user’s perspective who is after a computer that offers the portability of a laptop and the ability to work with my external peripherals and meet all my daily needs the laptop does that and some. It also has the added benefits of being made from aluminum which I hope makes it more stronger than plastic laptop cases, it’s light (enough), keyboard and trackpad are better than non Apple laptops I’ve used, and they do all I need when I use it as a laptop. To that note the laptop serves it purpose.

Back to the new MacBook Pro’s…

Would I buy one today if I was due and upgrade or looking for a new computer? Yes.

Would I buy one today to just upgrade due them being new? No.

But, what about X, Y and Z (replace these with anything you have seen other’s discuss, like Graphic card, ports, touch bar, etc) – I trust Apple have our best interests at heart when they are choosing what to put inside their products. Do I know about what graphics card is better than the next, No and neither do I want to. It might sound a little bad – But I have a use case for my machine that is more than likely different to yours. I would expect that the new laptop is better than my current one and my current one meets my needs so why wouldn’t the new one?

What about all the peripherals you have and use on a daily basis, you will have to buy all new ones or have a ton of different adapters? No, I won’t need to buy new devices, but yes I would have to buy some adapters to adjust my current setup, but as already mentioned I have it docked, so would be a case of adjusting my dock setup, not too bad, and from what I’ve seen in the past third-party solutions don’t take long to appear and are generally very nice and fit with the Apple aesthetics. I would hope over time the adapters that would be needed would reduce as newer peripherals are bought and use the new technology.

What about other operating systems or computer manufactures? What about them? I have used Windows and Ubuntu as primary machines over the past five years each as primary OS’s for long periods of time, and I enjoyed them in different ways, I’ve not used Windows 10, I switched to Ubuntu about six months before they released it. If I had to I could easy any of the three OS’s as my primary each have their pro’s and con’s based on what I need, but I prefer Mac OS over the others, it does all I need with little issue, has all the Applications I need and some, sure the others have Applications I can use but I find that the Mac eco system is much nicer.
As for computer manufactures if you are after a Linux or Ubuntu based machine there are a couple of option these days for getting your hands on hardware that has it already installed out of the box and I really like the look of Purism machines. When I used Ubuntu as my main machine I was using a Lenovo T440s, the build quality of the machine was not great, but the size and weight of the machine was the main factor for picking that one, and pretty much all Windows based laptops of 15inch monitor come with a keypad on the laptop keyboard which I did not want. For Windows based hardware you have a huge range to pick from, from super cheap up to “business” grade, with so much choice it can be hard to work out which is the best, and now Microsoft now getting into the hardware more with the surface range it’s growing even more. Over the past 12 months or so the style of the hardware for Windows based machines has got much better too.

So you’ve ditched your Mac in favor of something else, 18 months down the line you want to upgrade as Microsoft or some other manufacture has released some new shiny laptop you want to get. Do you think you will get a good return on your initial investment? I believe not. This is another great thing with Mac’s the ability to sell them second hand is very easy and they hold their value very well. I’ve had a few in the past that have made me good money long after I’ve had them. I have yet to see this sort of second hand eco system with non Mac computers. I may be wrong or I am not looking in the right places, but I will be keeping an eye on this in the coming months.

After reading this article a couple weeks back about IBM workforce switching to be more Apple based, I’ll be interested to see in 12 to 24 months if this is still true.