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A few new tools.

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Here a few new tools.

Google Keep

This tool is google’s latest note tool.¬† It is very similar to Apple Notes or a simplified Evernote, except Free ūüôā I’m just starting to use it for note taking.¬† It does have an iOS and Android app.¬† It is a rich text editor, which makes things a little messing for pasting in code, and almost a complete turn off.¬† It also does not support markdown without installing a chrome plugin.


A neat little password manage that looks to encrypt a text file that is essentially a password.¬† It then uses the standard folder structure to help with navigation.¬† It is written is shell, and seems easy to install.¬† Then encryption is done through GPG.¬† It looks kinds of neat a small, but it does have a lot of¬† dependencies. Hmmm…I wonder if it could be modified to use open ssh which comes with most machines.

Fish Shell

Fish shell, is a simplified shell that seems to have a some tools, man autocomplete, a browser based color settings??, lots of colors!  To be honest not my choice of shells, might be good for someone just starting out using shell.  I prefer oh-my-zsh.


This is my preferred shell, it is simply zsh with a LOT of really useful tools.¬† It’s really easy to install and get started.¬† I would highly recommend it.

Bash Delete Method

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

I recently permanently delete some files because of habit using, rm -fr ./file.txt, ops.  So I looked into creating a bash function to delete files and just move them into a system temporary folder for auto delayed deletion.

There are multiply system temporary location on a mac,

/tmp РUsed for short temp files.  This directory is available on system startup.  Some system are setup to use this directory in memory storage only.

/var/temp РUsed for bigger files.  Because this is in the VAR directory it needs to be mounted and thus not available until then(after startup).

$TMPDIR – Is a temp directory variable, this is the recommended location to store temp files on OSX.

These directories are cleaned up differently on different systems.

Below is the line I added to my ~/.bash_profile
del() { mv $1 $TMPDIR; };

This will add a function called del that will move a file into the $TMPDIR.  This will allow the file to be queried for deletion, but also allows for a short recovery time.

View my sample .bash_profile:


Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

MCrypt is a library for C that contains a bunch of helpers for encryption and decryption.

Here is a sample project,