Apple, Macs, OS X
I had wget installed a while ago (even after curl replaced it) but then it stopped working. I missed it… like a lot. I finally took the time today to try to get it working. I tried a few things but here’s what worked:
wget for Mac (merenbach.com)
After installing it, I had to remove older versions I had installed. I simply did this command:
and then did a “sudo” to remove those old ones. I restarted Terminal with a new session, too, and then it started working. Happy, happy, joy, joy!
What I use wget for is diagnosing http headers and investigating how website redirects are working. It’s great – it spits out exactly what is going on. What a great tool! I haven’t seen curl do that.Related Search Terms:
For some reason, I thought it was a good idea to clear out a lot of the email filters I had set up for filtering out what I call “Probably Junk” (all email that can wait until later). I’m spending time setting up the filters again now. I guess I wanted to reorganize them and I thought that some were old.
One other thing I’m doing is unsubscribing to a lot of these lists that I was on. So that part feels good, at least.
In the end, I’ll have less email to deal with, so I suppose it’s a good thing to go through this now. It’ll save me time in the long run. Also, my filters will be more organized in case I need to find a filter and adjust it – that will be easier.
Spam and Junk Email Filtering
I’m using Apple Mail on a Mac (of course). It’s a good program and works well along with SpamSieve. If you get a lot of spam and use a Mac, definitely get SpamSieve! It’s relatively easy to set up – just follow their instructions or get your local geek to help you (it’s not too bad at all). They even have a free trial, so give it a try.
I get people asking my opinion about what kind of computer to get sometimes. They think that because I have a company that makes websites, I know the ins and outs of everything having to do with computers. Honestly, I think I’ve “checked out” of that game by getting a Mac. I no longer have to worry about drivers and cumbersome updates and all that jazz. I live by what Forrest Gump said, “One less thing.”
More on all of that in a minute.
Windows 8 Issues
I found this article that’s worth sharing. It seems that with Windows 8 (you know, all those commercials that you keep seeing), there are some problems. Upgrading to Windows 8 might not be the best move for you.
Big Compatibility Issues With Windows 8 (xnas.net)
Experiences of those who are using Windows 8 are not uniform as it has come up with some big compatibility issues. For instance; one of the users with a brand new laptop tried the new operating system but the result was disastrous. A log discussion with Microsoft people finally resulted in the conclusion that the features of the laptop, though brand new, is not compatible with the features of Windows 8, and it virtually killed the laptop.
I just thought people should know about this.
My take is that Microsoft is finally trying to get a piece of the mobile phone operating system and tablet market but their foundation is poor. They maybe had dollar signs in their eyes and were shortsighted or something and then turned out something pretty half assed.
Why Apple Works
I can sum up why Apple products work so well pretty easily: it’s their software running on their hardware. Bam! That says a lot right there. With Windows, you’re running Microsoft’s software on who knows what hardware. Right there, you’re at a huge disadvantage. You’ll have driver issues and all kinds of things go wrong. It’s a poor system.
Second, I heard once that the Windows kernel (which is the core of the operating system) was 1 GB in size. Since that was too large for mobile phones (at one point), they had to create a separate operating system for phones. Contrast that with Apple’s kernel, which is like 1 MB. You can move that anywhere. With Apple/Mac, you’re getting the same, exact operating system everywhere. Yes, Apple strayed slightly with the iPhone interface, but they’re actually going to be bringing that all back together with iOS – and, from what I know, it still is the same kernel everywhere.
It’s Not Too Late to Switch
Make the switch to a Mac and you won’t regret it. It’s not that difficult to pick up and learn – in fact, it’s very intuitive. You really don’t know how good it is until you get there. You don’t know what you’re missing and you’ll probably wish you had done it a long time ago.
What I’m learning more and more is that life is short. Remove all that you can from the equation so that it balances. If something’s giving you trouble in life, then fix it. Why struggle through things? Much of your life is within your control. For the rest, go to God. Put God first and the rest just falls in line. Doing that is within your control.
And “one less thing” is what I strive for. I love that with Forrest, that had to do with the need to have an income. He made his money work for him.
I’ve heard that, on average, millionaires have 7 streams of income. How many do you have? Just one or two? Get at least 7 assets in your life that bring in some money for you. It’ll take work but it can be done. The key is to only work on things that have your money work for you – versus you working for money. More on this when I write future posts.
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How to Change the Apple Mail Default Account
I just learned how to do this and thought I’d share it. What happened was, I added a new account to Apple Mail and it appeared first in the Accounts list and started becoming the default account I was sending from and I didn’t want that. The fix is easy.
Go to Apple Mail > Preferences
Then to go the Composing panel.
Where it says “Send new messages from:” choose the correct account. By default, it says “Account of selected mailbox”
Here’s a screen shot (I highlighted the area to change):
So it was supposed to arrive tomorrow, the 24th and I was all set to wait at home that morning for it but then I got all these emails saying it’ll arrive on the 23rd instead – by 10:30am. It’s now 11:15 and no sign of FedEx. What’s the deal?
And on the tracking page, it somehow made it from Indianapolis to Madison in 17 minutes but can’t make it to my place in 6 hours. Weird.
Update: And then as I was leaving it noon, it shows up!