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FREE Apps that I NEED on my MacOS computers — January 26, 2018

FREE Apps that I NEED on my MacOS computers


Chrome

Google ChromeIt’s my go-to browser. I can publicly confirm that I don’t have love for Safari (#DieSafariDie) or Opera (#OperaWho?). I use Google’s Chrome as my personal browser and I use Firefox for work. Yes I keep my personal and work life separate and you should too. However Chrome is far from perfect, so I always add the following extensions:

  • UBlock Origin – To get rid of all the ads on all pages including ads on YouTube.
  • Ghostery – disable trackers, analytics, chats and other stuff and be ghost online.

>> DOWNLOAD CHROME NOW <<

KeePass

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As an IT Professional & SysAdmin, I do have to login to several services, servers, and its not SECURE to use the same password for EVERYTHING, nor to write them down on notepads or post-its.

I use KeePass as my centralized password manager, it allows you to create groups with icons, and it can help you generate secure passwords and even copy them securely and remove it from the clipboard as soon as you used them. And yes its FREE!

>> DOWNLOAD KEEPASS NOW <<

MonoSnap

Working on support you are in constant need of sharing screenshots or capture part of your screen to point out specific parts either by highlighting. It also includes a useful feature to record a video of the your screen or partial regions of it.

It also comes with keys shortcuts for easier use and it comes with a free service that uploads them to a website and creates a short URL that you can share via email or social media.

>> DOWNLOAD MONOSNAP NOW <<

Spectacle

One of the things I was missing from Windows & Gnome when I migrated to MacOS a few years back, was the ability to resize the windows of the apps and move them either to the sides or the top or even doing a maximize screen which MacOS was lacking. I found Spectacle and it solved my problem right away.

Managing the windows becomes as easy as if you were using Windows or Gnome. Try it out TODAY!

>> DOWNLOAD SPECTACLE NOW <<

DropBox

Keeping my documents and important information backed up and available on any computer makes me able to work from any computer or any place in the world. That is what I love about Dropbox.

>> DOWNLOAD DROPBOX NOW <<

iTerm2

The built-in terminal app that comes with MacOS is not bad, however iTerm2 brings many features that will make it way better, you will love the split panes, the search, paste history and much more.

Try it out  and you will never go back to the default terminal app.

>> DOWNLOAD ITERM2 NOW <<

FileZilla

Its a vital part if you work on the web, a FTP/sFTP client. The most used client in the world and that is FREE.

Saving different sites, credentials and different authentication methods. It’s a no brainer!

>> DOWNLOAD FILEZILLA NOW <<

 

VLC

Resultado de imagen para vlcThe multimedia swiss knife app that you need to have to be able to see almost any video format and other types of media. It can even allow you to change media formats.

VLC is the the only video player and media player that you will ever need.

>> DOWNLOAD VLC NOW <<

SublimeText

The last text editor you’ll ever need. It just… works. It has support for several programming languages and has tons of plugins that can enhances the functions of the site, such as git and other features.

It’s FREE so give it a try right away!

>> DOWNLOAD SUBLIMETEXT NOW <<

Caffeine

If you want to prevent your computer from going into screensaver mode or prevent the monitor from shutting down when you are away from it, then Caffeine is your solution.

It runs on the top bar of your MacOS and is ready to help you when you need!

>> DOWNLOAD CAFFEINE NOW <<

Typinator

In support jobs that I’ve held in KOM-1, Site5.com, Sucuri.net & Kinsta.com you need to share the same instructions to customers or same greetings. This is where Typinator comes into play. 

It’s a text expander that optimizes the time you spend repeating similar replies to customers. You set short codes for sentences or paragraphs and avoid typing and Typinator replaces them with the entire values that you previously setup.

>> DOWNLOAD TYPINATOR NOW <<

Slack

Resultado de imagen para slackThe modern communication tool to get rid of 200 emails a day. Slack is a super powered IRC platform, with tons of integration into the most popular platform like DropBox, Google Drive, New Relic, GitHub, BitBucket, etc.

It has clients that can run on web, Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS & Android. They do have a FREE TIER and other PAID plans that offer extra options.

>> DOWNLOAD SLACK NOW <<

What about you guys? What app am I missing from this list?

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MacOS Improvements: Homebrew — November 13, 2017

MacOS Improvements: Homebrew


For those who have used any Linux distro like Debian or CentOS, you are pretty familiar with packet managers. But this is also for all those Mac newbies out there, basically a packet manager is:

… a collection of software tools that automates the process of installing, upgrading, configuring, and removing computer programs for a computer‘s operating system in a consistent manner.

On Debian has APT and CentOS comes with YUM. Every IT Pro, SysAdmin or Dev knows how lovely packet managers are, and well since Apple never made one for MacOS, some one did and its amazing.

It’s called HOMEBREW and it brings the sweetness and ease of installing packages just like APT or YUM does on Linux.

How do you install HOMEBREW?

Open your favorite terminal app, either the one that comes with MacOS or my favorite iTerm2 and execute this command:

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
 And that’s it. YES, IT’S THAT SIMPLE!

Now What?

Now you should update Homebrew and you do it with this command:

brew update

And you can install any program/software. On this example I’m going to install Apache, PHP 7, MySQL:

brew install apache2 php70 mysql

This will proceed to install all the required dependencies for each of the software we are installing and that are NOT currently installed on the server.

After it is installed all software is saved the following directory:

/usr/local/Cellar

Below is a snapshot of how my HomeBrew directory is currently:

1. salvador@RipeR81-MBP: :usr:local:Cellar (zsh) 2017-11-09 21-27-20

So start experimenting with HomeBrew today, and let me know if you need a hand!

Tweet at me @RipeR81

Paypal finally opens in Nicaragua — May 5, 2015

Paypal finally opens in Nicaragua


Paypal lands in Nicaragua

Yes, finally!!! Well sort off!

Paypal arrived to Nicaragua two weeks ago, it launched quietly but it was here. My friends from Pragmaz.com and Danfer Habed with whom I am working on a personal project that will launch soon, started making some tests with it. I was able to integrate it using the classic API with Express Checkout on a test OpenCart installation I made. Success!

Invoicing, Request Payments, Classic API, Rest API and other features are working now for Nicaraguan accounts.

What is the catch?

Well, to start off you are unable to transfer your money to a Nicaragua bank account. Before the only thing you could do is to link a US based bank account so you can cash out your money there. But that will only work for some folks, not for the vast majority.

Some interesting discussions were given on my 2 favorite Facebook groups: Desarrolladores Nicaragua & Marketing Digital Nicaragua. And we all started making tests and interacting with Paypal and their support staff. Unfortunately we can’t move money to local banks, or any other card or anything. Local bank clerks were even confused when we asked them if we could move money from Paypal to their account. They were thinking that it was about a Wire transfer from an external bank, which for me it is consequence of the low technical skills we have in Nicaragua.

We tried to use services like Payoneer, where they give you a US Based bank account so you can get payments done to that account and they provide a Mastercard Debit Card that you can use here in Nicaragua. Sad enough that does not work.

Some folks like Juan Jose from primitivista.org and Manuel Diaz from ListoMarketing.com; who also have online business gave their opinions and we all agree that even though this is a small step, we have still a long way go.

On a personal note, I believe that this is not Paypal‘s fault but our very own. Our laws or lack of them for electronic transactions is a leaving us behind. Paypal would need to sign agreements with local banks in order to reduce the transfer fees, but I do not see that happening soon. I believe Paypal needs to work with “Super Intendencia de Bancos y Otras Instituciones Financieras” or SIBOIF in order to be compliant and open locally as a financial institution so it can lower the fees when transferring money to local banks.

I will try to talk to someone from the Banking industry and will provide further feedback here when I get it. But in the mean time you can donate to this blog by sending money to sal.aguilar81@gmail.com via Paypal.

My favorite Hacker Movies — March 17, 2015

My favorite Hacker Movies


I know I did a post some time ago about My 3 most hated IT related movies. Well now its the counter part. This are my 2 favorite IT related & Hacker Movies.

Hackers 2: Takedown


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This movie is about one of my heroes, Kevin Mitnick. It tells the story of his computer hacking, social engineering and phreaking. That was really sweet to type and brings memories back while using mi 56K modem to connect to the internet via dialup. How can I forget that sweet baud noise of two machines doing a handshake to connect me to another world. This movie is a must see if you want to be a decent IT professional.

Antitrust


IMDB Profile

This is indeed my favorite movie, you can see the Bill Gates look a like. Also you can see Linux on and real world hacking. It’s also interesting on the things they do. Its a really really good movie.

I can take a few suggestions. So hit me up on the comments.

Cool WiFi Network names — February 6, 2015

Cool WiFi Network names


Hey, the fact that I live in Nicaragua, which is a 3rd world country and the 2nd poorest country on the continent doesn’t means we don’t have WiFi hotspots all over the city. We definitely have many but it’s sad that people don’t either know how to change the name of their SSID, or don’t have a sense of humor.

Below is a compilation of the ones that I like the most:

  • virus.exe
  • trade beer for wifi
  • bring beer and women
  • NoFreeInternetHere
  • My neighbors are thiefs
  • $10 an hour of internet
  • FBI Surveillance
  • NSA Listening Station
  • Pretty fly for a Wifi
  • Drop it like its hotspot
  • NoWifiForYou
  • Wifi causes Cancer
  • Hide Yo Kids Hide Yo Wifi
  • Pay and Use
  • BUY YOURS MADAFAKA
  • Drop it like its hotspot

What about you guys any suggestion that should make this list?

6 months working for WWWH — January 7, 2015

6 months working for WWWH


It seems really fast how this 6 months flied by. Before joining the amazing, 100% remote team of WWWH, I was working for a pretty fast paced web development firm based out from Monterrey, Mexico called Iliux. I made the switch since I have been wanting to work for WWWH for about two years but timing was never there.

WWWH

I had been using their reseller services and shared hosting services of one of their brands, Site5.com, for the past 6 years and I was really in love with their service and their support. Its was thru them that I met cPanel, and learned how to use it and started providing support for other customers when I became I reseller with a venture I started named Top Host LLC.

I can say now after some months I have learned a lot from how cPanel infrastructure work and I have improved my troubleshooting skills for web errors (Apache, PHP, WordPress, etc) and usual errors that Site5.com customers face on a daily basis.

What the future holds ? Well I’m really looking forward to my 6 months performance review to set a road map so I can keep growing within the company while keep providing awesome support to all of WWWH & Site5.com customers.

Site5

The company is so incredibly growing that we are always looking for staff members to join this 100% remote workforce company, so if you’d like to work from home, this is your opportunity be sure to visit our careers page.

So what can you expect of my blog and my posts? Well I will be posting some cPanel information based on my experience with customers, will be creating small tutorials on how to fix things with WordPress, Google Apps, git, ruby, etc.

If you’d like me to post something specific, be sure to drop me a note via my contact me page.

That is all for now folks!

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