Syncing OSX app preferences and dot files

I've started using a command line tool called mackup to back up and sync many of my dot files and application settings on OS X. You can install the tool via pip or homebrew. I installed it via homebrew and set it up as follows: brew install mackup mackup backup…

Update OS X from the command line

If you don't want to bother dealing with the Mac App Store you can check for any recent updates for OS X from the command: sudo softwareupdate -i -a You can also combine this with commands to run Homebrew and Cask updates (allowing you to quickly update things quickly and…

Scriptable Backups with Arq

I've been using Arq for my backups for several months now and have regular backups being pushed to both Amazon Cloud Drive and AWS. A big part of Arq's appeal is it's flexibility, configurability and the wide array of backup destinations it supports. In short, it allows you to own…

Using server alerts to generate Todoist tasks

I manage a few different servers (including this one) for several different friends and clients. As part of managing each server and site hosted on it, I’ll typically receive alerts for errors, common tasks or downtime. For a while I had settled on filing these alerts into a separate…

Automatic Feedbin subscription backups

A few weeks ago I switched from Fever. to Feedbin. I had been using Fever on a shared hosting account and, over the long term, was proving to be slower than I had expected it to be. So far Feedbin has proven to be considerably faster than my old Fever…

Automating package tracking on iOS

I try to do as much shopping as I can online and a lot of the shopping I end up doing is through Amazon. This means I end up with quite a few order and shipping confirmation emails in my inbox. In an effort to cut down on manually managing…