OSX, Software

EtreCheck is a simple little app to display the important details of your system configuration and allow you to copy that information to the Clipboard. It is meant to be used with Apple Support Communities to help people help you with your Mac.

EtreCheck automatically removes any personally identifiable information from the output. EtreCheck does not need super-user privileges to run. It will also never ask for your password. It is signed with my Developer ID issued by Apple so it can be installed on systems protected by Apple’s Gatekeeper system.

EtreCheck version 2.1.2 (105)

Discovered by chance thanks to Tevac’s forum user Tsem, EtreCheck is the newest tool in my arsenal of resident sysadmin… check it out!

LINGO, a free IRC client for OS X


Thanks to the article My Favorite Things: Mac apps by Jason Snell I’ve discovered a real nice, and free as in beer, IRC client which I’m enjoying.

It has been called Lingo by the developer Johnathan Clough [the link takes you to the download page on the Mac AppStore].


Lingo – an IRC client (2014-12-10) alle 15.59.28Lingo – screenshot del dark mode

As of today my preferred IRC client on OS X has been Colloquy, an old acquaintance of mine after my X-Chat day ended switching to Mac in 2006. Colloquy has been a reliable, open source project that never failed me (almost) in these 8 years.

More recently I’ve had the chance to also evaluate Textual… which I did not like at all!!! Being a paid app my expectations were probably a bit too high… Both the gratis apps Colloquy and Lingo – to my usage – have proved to be more feature rich, both in terms of customization and offered functionalities.

Lingo, since my epiphany of it last monday, has been running smoothly and without a single hitch on two of my Mac connected on the FreeNode servers and logged on seven channels (a couple with a discrete amount of daily traffic). So here I am singing its praises!

living a freelance life


Freelancing: How to talk yourself into charging more →

Andy Adams wrote that piece above on how to price your own job when you’re living your working life as a freelance. While in theory I agree on everything, in practice – at least in Italy and also in Europe, as far as I’ve seen – I am not sold. I mean: one has to know the bare minimum monthly/yearly income to pair expenses … including the home’s commodities and everyday meals.

But then you have to face the “market” … which at the moment is like the wild west. I have seen jobs accounted for 1/10 of the actual value. Where the employer counts the money BEFORE the result, leaving the problems from poor results for subsequent disputes…

Cryptography For Dummies

on the Web

TradePub today sent me an email (as one of their subscribers’ list) telling me of the availability of the e-book “Criptography for Dummies” by Chey Cobb for free (normally it’s priced at nearly 24$). So I thought pointing you to the download page where – after a registration or an authentication via LinkedIn –you can grab it…


Happy download!

So, I just want to model for them what “good work” looks like, get paid modestly for it, and help them see that it’s quite possible to live a very honorable and respectable life doing things that you love.

There’s no lofty goal here. Live simply, do work that matters, and love deeply.

John Saddington Thoughts on Black Friday, Cyber Monday Sales

on honest work