GIMP annoyances on Mac High Sierra

Following the death of my old MacBook which ran Yosemite and ran GIMP without any problems, I had to purchase a new MacBook, and this one came with the High… More »

Resolving permissions issues in XAMPP on Mac High Sierra

As a WordPress developer I run a webserver on my main development system (a MacBook) so that I can develop and test in a private environment before deploying sites to… More »

Using a Digital Ocean droplet as a VPN with static IP

Not strictly WordPress-related, this is nonetheless an issue that faces many web developers: how to access your client’s hosting when the client needs you to have a static IP address… More »

Speed up your browsing with help from your hosts file

Web pages these days are so full of advertisements, trackers, counters, hidden pixels, it’s a wonder they load at all. And who knows what information you’re revealing about your browsing… More »

Connecting to Let’s Encrypt SSL sites via cURL from MAMP

This is a brief lesson in diagnostics that some may find helpful. The Scenario I develop websites on a Mac running MAMP. On my Mac I have an installation of… More »

Folders on top with El Capitan

For the last three years I’ve been happily seeing folders at the top of all file lists in my Mac’s Finder windows, thanks to a wonderful little free utility called… More »

Why I’m ditching Evernote for Simplenote

For the last three years (ever since I switched from PC to Mac in fact) I’ve used Evernote as my personal notes repository, using mainly the Mac application and Android… More »

Tip for Calibre Companion and FBReader

This isn’t a WordPress related post, or even a Mac or web development post – but it’s something I’ve been wrestling with for hours and hopefully by the magic of… More »

Has your Apple Mac external USB keyboard stopped working?

This is a very brief post, offered in the hope that it may help someone save the time that I wasted trying to get my Apple USB keyboard to work… More »

Run shell scripts from the OSX desktop

A quick Mac-related post to share some software I recently discovered and will be using a lot. Recently I’ve been writing some shell scripts to backup a group of MySQL… More »