If you updated your Mac to MacOS Sierra and you use an old version of Lightroom you may get a shock when you try to import anything.
The destination and rename panels are missing from the sidebar! Luckily there’s an easy way to fix it, at least temporarily, thanks to The Lightroom Queen who figured out how. Right click on one of the panel headers and you can enable the missing panels again in the menu that appears!
Unfortunately the change doesn’t stick and the next time you import photos you’ll have to enable those panels again if you want to check those settings.
I can’t imagine Adobe will update LR5. I didn’t think Lightroom would start to break down so quickly after an OS upgrade as the app isn’t that old but I guess we’ll all have to jump on the Creative Cloud bandwagon sooner or later.
In the past I’ve used FSLint or even some BASH magic to find duplicate files but I have a huge archive of photos and videos, some of which were renamed during import, and some were accidentally imported more than once, or moved about. It’s somewhat chaotic
So I was very glad to find dupeGuru! It’s a powerful application for MacsOS and Linux that allows you to scan one directory or more for duplicate files. It can search by content, or match filenames. It has modes for music and pictures, but I’ve stuck with the standard search as I want to only look for files that are 100% the same.
It found several gigabytes of duplicates for me, and it has a useful feature that symlinks duplicates to their parent. Even though the dupes still exist, they’re not taking up any space.
The developer is looking for help to maintain the project. You can find more information and source code too on the dupeGuru GH page.
Just in case this happens to anyone else who upgrades to OS X El Capitan 10.11.15, another reboot of a Macbook Pro will fix the crackling sound that starts after music has been playing for about two minutes.
The best thing may well be the Bash command prompt and MacPorts.*
* most Mac owners probably won’t agree with me.
Making the switch from Windows or Linux to Mac OS X is not without pain. The extra CMD key plays havoc with muscle memory, and the “Windows Explorer” of Mac OS X, Finder, is quite a different beast to what you might be used to in the Windows or Linux worlds.
About two weeks ago I decided to make the switch again to Mac OS X and I lamented the difficulty in using Finder to do simple tasks. I’m still not 100% happy with Mac OS X it but the tips on the following pages made things easier:
- Home and End keys work on a line, not a document, silly.
- Disable natural scrolling.
- Switch CMD and ALT if you’re using a PC keyboard. I have a lovely split keyboard but the default configuration hurt my fingers.
- Change the keyboard layout if your keyboard doesn’t work the way you’re used to. I still haven’t got this set up exactly as I want it to. In my terminal some keys act differently I think but I haven’t set aside time to work out which. I need to swap ” (shift-2) with @ (key to the top/left of right-shift). My muscle memory gets them mixed up all the time.
- Automount SMB drives automatically. I haven’t been able to get the fstab method to work yet because my password has spaces but the “User Login” one works well enough.
- Change Finder search so it searches the current directory by default.
- Type the path into Finder.
- 9 tips to improve Finder.
- Sorting and arranging in Finder.
- Right click on the directory name in Finder and show a dropdown of the path to that directory.
- Install Mac Ports to get a working copy of Rsync and a better ls that lets me put parameters after the filename.
There are still oddities. When Mac OS X mounts an SMB share it does so with permissions that only allows the current user to edit files in the share. That’s perfectly understandable but it messes things up for Rsync when I’m syncing directories with a remote host. I’ve had to resort to using the “–size-only” parameter of Rsync so it won’t attempt to sync every file each time. I need to figure out if that can be fixed somehow.
I’ll update this post from time to time as I come across more oddities.
In Unix based systems like Linux and Mac OS X there are a number of ways of comparing two directories. The simplest way is to use diff:
diff –brief -rb directory_1 directory_2
This command compares each file and reports if they differ. You can find the meanings of the options in man diff.
Diff is fine if you’re on a fast drive, if there aren’t many files or the files aren’t big. The command compares the contents of each file so it can take quite some time on a slow external drive.
If you just want to know which files are in one directory and not in the other directory it’s overkill. This little bit of Bash scripting does that however:
diff <(cd dir1 && find | sort) <(cd dir2 && find | sort)
It still uses diff, but compares the file listing of each directory instead of the files. It’s much faster and perfect for figuring out what files are out of place on my 2 relatively slow USB drives. (source)
I’m sure I’ve heard this before but the video is new to me. Enjoy!
Odd that their C64 isn’t plugged in. The power cable went in at the side. The joystick ports are strangely blacked out too. Gosh, might it not be a real Commodore 64? (via)