I’ve been wanting to learn Bash for a while so I’m taking advantage of the fact that we’re all quarantined to get started with that.
I’m using the following two courses from Lynda:
The first thing I did was update Bash on my Mac using this method.
Every now and then, I have the need to transfer emails from one account to another. I mostly use Gmail, but sometimes I have to deal with other systems, such as a recent case involving my dad’s email, where he was using another system and wanted to move to Gmail.
Such moves typically involve thousands of emails, so the easiest way for me to do it is to load up the two or more accounts in an email client, then drag and drop emails between them. Before I do so, I typically make sure that everything is backed up.
See my other posts on backups:
I’ve tried out several clients and found that Mail on Mac and Outlook on Windows work best for this use case. I’d originally tried using Thunderbird but last time round I ran into a problem where if you select more than a 100 or so emails it never completes the transfer, so it was taking me ages and was very unreliable.
Thought I’d put this out there in case anyone runs into this use case and problem.
When you buy products online, especially from Chinese websites like Aliexpress or Gearbest, you might be a bit doubtful of whether the products they sell are original.
This is especially the case for small electronic goods like camera batteries. The best way to determine whether a good is fake or not is to do the following.
First, before buying, closely inspect the wording of the seller’s description. Sometimes they will write the model number in the title and use the wording “original”, but in the finer print details further down below they will not include the brand or the words “genuine” and “original”. This would usually mean it’s not an original item.
After buying, closely inspect the packaging and item and compare it to the originals. If that seems to be the same (any differences should make you seriously doubt the authenticity of the product), you can check the weight of the product. This is usually a clear giveaway. For example, I have some original Sony and Canon camera batteries, and the fake ones I bought are just a few grames lighter, while all the originals are exactly the same weight.
If you ever had the misfortune of having a disk corrupted you know how bad it feels to lose your files. Here are some tips on recovering files on a Mac.
First, a word of advice. Before using your cards on photographic equipment, always format them so you make sure that you’re starting from a clean and well-structured drive. Failure to do so increases the chances of corrupted data and makes it messier to recover files later.
If you’re already in possession of a disk with corrupted data, you need a fix. I analyzed the following software packages in my evaluation:
The first three are premium software packages, while the last-one is open source and is a command-line utility, so it might look a bit harder to use. If you have the patience to learn how to run software from the command line and you have time to read the manual, then you’ll be fine.
In fact, this is my favorite software for recovering files and fixing otherwise broken file systems.
From the other three software packages, only Easeus Data Recovery got me results as good as the PhotoRec and TestDisk combo. I would, therefore, recommend it if you want software that is user-friendly and does the job. I wasn’t impressed with the other two as they were either not that straightforward to use or didn’t recover files as well as my favorite picks.