How to speed up macOS Time Machine backups

Timo Geusch from The Lone C++ Coder's Blog

macOS Time Machine is usually set up to work in the background and not overly affect anything that’s going on in the foreground while the user is working. Under normal circumstances, this is desirable behaviour. It is not desirable when you try to take one last backup of a failing SSD before it keels over […]

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Wrapping up the Emacs on Mac OS X saga

Timo Geusch from The Lone C++ Coder's Blog

In a previous post I mentioned that I upgraded my homebrew install of Emacs after Emacs 26.2 was released, and noticed that I had lost its GUI functionality. That’s a pretty serious restriction for me as I usually end up with multiple frames across my desktop. I did end up installing the homebrew Emacs for […]

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Unwelcome surprise ā€“ homebrew Emacs has no GUI after OS X Mojave update

Timo Geusch from The Lone C++ Coder's Blog

I finally got around to upgrading my OS X installation from Mojave to High Sierra – my OS update schedule is usually based on the old pilot wisdom of “don’t fly the A model of anything”. As part of the upgrade, I ended up reinstalling all homebrew packages including Emacs to make sure I was […]

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I thought this was going to be a long post about upgrading the graphics card in my Mac Pro

Timo Geusch from The Lone C++ Coder's Blog

As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I still have one of the “cheese grater” Mac Pros around. It’s a 2009 that I upgraded somewhat with SSD, 6 core Xeon and a few other small goodies. As I split my time between Linux, Windows and OS X, I like having it around but can’t really […]

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Installing specific major Java JDK versions on OS X via Homebrew

Timo Geusch from The Lone C++ Coder's Blog

In an earlier post, I described how to install the latest version of the Oracle Java JDK using homebrew. What hadn’t been completely obvious to me when I wrote the original blog post is that the ‘java’ cask will install the latest major version of the JDK. As a result, when I upgraded my JDK […]

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