Nine days ago, I walked out of an animal shelter with a new best friend and I couldn’t be happier about it.
I’m super excited to finally ditch my old blog.michaelarestad.com blog address for something a bit nicer. Thanks to my generous employer, I now am the super proud owner of michael.blog. I went through the process of setting up the domain on get.blog and I have to say, it was pretty dang slick. I moved all my content over via the importer (a little rough) and it’s now ready to go.
But what about old links?
Well, after a bit of googling, I found a plugin call Redirection by Automattic‘s own John Godley (I love it when my coworkers have already made the tool I need). It took some time, but after reading his instructions, I found it to be fairly simple to set up. Now it will redirect any links to my old site right on over to my new site. Pretty spiffy! Thanks John!
In the middle of a Zoom call a couple weeks ago, I got a system notice that I was running out of space on my startup disk. It said I had 1.6 gigabytes free and the number was dropping rapidly.
I did some quick measures to get through the call by deleting some unused virtual machines and unsynched an entire dropbox repo. Boom. Back up to 43.2 gigs. Nice. Good enough for the call.
After the call, I knew something had to be done. It’s not easy to figure out which folders and files are taking up space on a Mac out of the box, so I nabbed a paid app from the app store called DaisyDisk. I had seen it earlier and knew it was semi popular. Might as well take it for a spin.
Immediately after installing it and scanning my hard drive, it made it really easy to dig in and see where my space was going. 67 gigs were used in a folder called MobileSync. It’s the backups folder for devices. I hopped into iTunes and removed all my old backups. 67 GB gained.
I then opened up my applications and started removing ones I hadn’t used in some time as well as ones Apple had replaced like iPhoto and iMovie 9.9.
Removing Adobe apps was a little rougher using the Creative Cloud application. An app has to be updated to uninstall it. Yes, I could have just deleted the files, but I wanted to try the interface. I removed some of my unused Adobe products giving me a bit more space.
Now I’m back up to 128 GB of space. Not bad. I’ll have to do some more digging into Photos and Movies to see if I can kill their cloud caches or something. They add up to around 27 GB of space. Yeesh. I thought the cloud was for keeping stuff off my hard drive.
There are enough WordPress plugin and theme listicles out there to match a single day of Buzzfeed-generated articles (probably not), but I think it’s time we took a good look at some of the truly inspiring plugins out there.
Right now, the WordPress dashboard is my least used and most visited page in the admin. I don’t know the history of why it was made and the decisions about it along the way. It seems like the why might be “because we needed a place for users to go when they logged in” and expanded from there.
George Stephanis and I created a nifty little WordPress plugin over the last couple days for funsies called Hugh.
Hugh allows to add a widget to your site that does one thing and one thing only. Hugh allows anyone on your site to change the color of your blog theme!
Who’s idea was it to go to Montreal in January?
I’ve been asked this question a few times when explaining to friends, coworkers, and my family that I was headed to Montreal in January. The answer was simple: “My team’s idea.”