Shortcuts where there were none

Posted Sunday October 8th, 2017

Have you ever been using your Mac and kept needing to click through multiple menus in order to keep activating a menu item that doesn't have a shortcut? Click, no longer. Today you'll learn how to set up custom shortcuts for anything (and the best part is, it's built in).

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Australian Banks Password policies

Posted Tuesday April 11th, 2017

Note: This is turning into a bigger post than I anticipated, including giving some background on passwords, etc. Stay tuned for the updated version

tl;dr: Longer passwords from the same character set are better than shorter passwords from the same character set. A larger character set is also better than a smaller character set. The larger these are the more potential combinations of characters can make up a password. Computers can process password attempts much quicker than humans.

I like security, especially passwords. They are one part of how I keep unauthorised people from accessing my data, so they're kind of a big deal.

If you thought that you'd be able to have a secure password to protect all of your finances, that situation is actually a bit bleak (at least if you're using one of the "big four" banks here in Australia).

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How well did I avoid The Force Awakens?

Posted Thursday February 23rd, 2017

Obviously there are going to be spoilers in this, but no more than what has been in trailers, posters, and images released online to news publications. If you don’t mind this, read on. Otherwise, bookmark this and come back to it after you’ve seen the film. This is not a review of the film.


Firstly, I’m a huge Star Wars fan. I knew it was going to be a challenge to avoid as many of the images, trailers, previews and spoilers that were bound to be splashed across the internet. I managed to succeed, for the most part. Here’s how it went for me.

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git rebasing an already pushed commit (Are you crazy?!)

Posted Saturday January 7th, 2017

I love git rebasing. The default behaviour of git is to not allow you to rebase if you've already pushed to your origin, which makes sense because it could then make an alternate timeline for someone who has pulled your changes in the meantime.

But what if you really wanted to rebase it, and you're certain that no-one has pulled the changes? Maybe you're working on a personal project but you're also pushing it to a remote server.

Thankfully there is a way to do it, and it's pretty easy too.

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Stop macOS repeatedly displaying a firewall prompt

Posted Monday November 7th, 2016

If you've enabled the built in firewall in macOS, the system can sometimes ask if you would like to allow an application to accept incoming connections. Usually this is simply a matter of choosing "Allow" or "Deny" and the system will remember your selection. However, certain apps may show this dialog every time they're launched. Let's look at how to fix that.

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Shut Up

Posted Wednesday June 8th, 2016

Ah, internet comments... They never cease to amaze me, but rarely in a positive way. From comments about Naziism, blatant spam, or people happy that something failed (and these examples are just from one Taylor Swift video I've taken a look at for this post). Wouldn't it be nice to not have to see these comments? Thankfully, two people have done the work to make it simple for you!

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Why I want to delete my Facebook account (but probably won't)

Posted Saturday April 20th, 2013

With over half a billion active users, and ranking as the second most visited website in the world, Facebook is arguably the most popular social networking website. When it feels like everyone and their dog has a Facebook account, it can only be a good way to stay in touch with people, right? While the obvious answer would be yes, I'm inclined to disagree.

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