Collin Donnell

April 6, 2021

Running the current file in Nova

In my previous post on Mac code editors, Nova did pretty well-fitting some of my criteria, but a big one that it didn't was that I couldn't find a way to hit Command+R and run whatever script I'm currently editing. It turns out I was partially wrong, and this is sort of doable in Nova right now. If you open a file in Nova directly, I c...
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April 3, 2021

Useful Shell Aliases

Like any good computer person, I maintain a collection of dotfiles. Mine is pretty basic. I don’t use any crazy zsh package manager framework thing or external dependencies. I do have a bunch of aliases, however, that I think are pretty helpful. I’m sharing them here. I hope some of these are useful to other people. If they are, or you...
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March 29, 2021

The state of Mac code editors

I like to think of myself as a typist who doesn’t ask for much. The last thing I ever wanted to be was another programmer, dissatisfied with the state of text editors for macOS in 2021, writing yet another article comparing code editors. Regardless of my best intentions, however, here we are. My short answer is this: it’s pretty bleak ...
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March 29, 2021

NetNewsWire 6 for Mac

NetNewsWire — my RSS reader of choice — and possibly the most Mac-assed app there is, just released version 6. It's a big update, with the two most visible things being iCloud sync and a UI refresh to match Big Sur. I even contributed a bug fix to the release, which I hope to do more of in the future. Go read Brent's post about it.
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March 28, 2021

On missing out

Until pretty recently, whenever some new social networking thing would come along, I would go and sign up. I wanted to see what everyone was on about or, at the very least, make sure I got my name. Not so much lately, though. The realization was that these services aren't here to, well, serve me. They're here to monetize me or add me a...
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