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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


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.




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!



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.



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!



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.



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.



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!




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.



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!



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!



In support jobs that I’ve held in KOM-1,, & 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.



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.


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

FileZilla and cPanel based servers – the issue and solution — January 24, 2015

FileZilla and cPanel based servers – the issue and solution

As I have shared in past blog posts, I currently work for and as part of my job I help customers from the over 6 million websites hosted to solve some issues. Recently one of the most used FTP applications, FileZilla, was updated. Unfortunately this new version literally broke the ability to connect to their FTP for many users of cPanel based hosting such as So I am doing this post as a tutorial to try to help all those people who are facing this exact same issue with their providers and FileZilla.

What is the error?

After connecting to the FTP server the connection times out. So you can’t get the directory listing no matter if you are on passive or normal mode.

Status: Connected
Status: Retrieving directory listing...
Command: PWD
Response: 257 "/" is your current location
Command: TYPE I
Response: 200 TYPE is now 8-bit binary
Command: PASV
Response: 227 Entering Passive Mode (xxx,xxx,xxx,xxx)
Command: MLSD
Error: Connection timed out
Error: Failed to retrieve directory listing

What the hell caused this error?

Hey, Don’t look at me! It’s FileZilla‘s fault. Starting on version 3.10 (read filezilla realease notes), FTP over TLS is now used by default way of connecting. So… what is FTP over TLS you might be asking yourself while scratching your head. Well you are in luck that I’m going to briefly explain it for you. FTP over TLS, or FTP Secure or FTPS, is nothing more than FTP with encryption that uses Transport Layer Security (TLS) to protect the communication between you and the FTP server. This way even if you are in your favorite coffee shop transferring files to your website, the hacker that is there for the past 4 hours scanning & snooping the WiFi network for passwords, will not be able to easily see which username/password you are using, since all the communication between you and the server is encrypted. But for some reason up this moment, unknown for me, the connection times out when trying to setup the communication between both parties. Sorry folks!

How can I solve this?

The solution is ridiculously simple, and it was given on the release notes for that same FileZilla release which states this (literally):

FTP over TLS is now used by default if the server supports it. Use of plain FTP can be enforced for a server in the Site Manager

So this means that you need to:

  1. Go to your FileZilla client
  2. Go to Site Manager
  3. And setup your connection to your FTP following the example below:

FileZilla - SiteManager Where you will replace with the actual domain or hostname or IP of the server that you are trying to connect to. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you set Encryption to ONLY USE PLAIN FTP (INSECURE), other wise it will not work. The username name should be following that pattern ONLY if its a FTP username created on your cPanel’s FTP Account module. If the username that you have is the cPanel username, then you can only use the username without the part. Setting up your FileZilla this way will guarantee that you connect without issues to the server and it will also save the configuration for the next time that you want to connect. It’s easy, go ahead and try it yourself! If you guys need further assistance, feel free to comment below or use my contact page to drop me a note. Have a great FTP UPLOADING experience!

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