Adding and Removing “Spaces” in High Sierra

Uncategorized — Jeff Eske on March 15, 2018 at 8:51 am

For those looking for the short answer to adding/removing Spaces in High Sierra – press the Control Key and the Up arrow and you’ll get the Spaces Bar across the top of the screen.  From there, you can click the + in the right corner to Add a Space or click on an existing Space and hit the little x in the top-left corner of the little window to remove it.


The longer version –

I’m generally a Windows, Linux, and Android Guy, although I have used and supported Macs and iOS devices in past tech lives.  I’ve mainly not really been a fan of the way they’ve chosen to handle navigation on their devices.  Anyway, I’ve just been given a new MacBook Pro at work, ostensibly to use for development on some new projects that I’ll be participating in.  Even though I’m not a big fan, I’m also not one to turn down new tech, especially shiny, expensive tech, so I accepted it!

In addition to mainly using non-Mac tech, I also prefer only a single monitor.  I’ve tried multiple-monitor setups in the past, but have found that I’m actually less efficient with multiple monitors, rather than more efficient.  The extra monitor(s) just cause extra distraction for me.  What I have found to help is multiple desktops within that one monitor.  My preferred xfce desktop manager makes that easy to accomplish on linux and VirtuaWin works as an excellent choice on Windows.  Fortunately, the Mac OS comes with that baked right in too.  Apple refers to their version as Spaces, but whatever.

The thing that I was having problems with was figuring out how to get the Spaces bar to show up so that I could add and remove Spaces.  I finally figured out that if you simply press the Control Key and the Up arrow and it will pop the Spaces bar up along the top of the screen.  Easy Peasy.  That now allows me to have different applications and Remote Desktop windows open in different Spaces, and then just switch between them.  That way, I can concentrate on one task at a time, with less distractions, but switch between applications when necessary.


OpenShift Client Tool(s)

Uncategorized — Jeff Eske on February 28, 2018 at 11:06 am

Just setup a free, personal OpenShift account, so that I can begin exploring that more.  Online, they only offer the web console, of course, but I wanted to use the CLI.  Within the web console, they give you links to download the oc executable for Linux, Windows, and Mac.  I downloaded the Windows one, and it worked with no issues on Windows 10.  I tried downloading the Linux version, but it wouldn’t work.

I did some looking and found out that there are other versions of the client tools available at:



Homemade Leather Wallet – A Few Years In

General — Jeff Eske on February 8, 2018 at 10:28 am

I’ve been using my homemade leather wallet for a few years now and decided that it would be a good time to post some pics of how it’s held up over time.  Since making it, I haven’t fixed any stitching or re-sewn any edges.  It’s held up exceptionally well.

Front View –

The front pocket was a pre-finished piece from a kit that I found in an old box of junk.  It’s actually what started the whole thing.  I decided that I wanted to create a small, minimal wallet with that as the single pocket on it.  If you look at the picture in the original post, you can see that it’s lighter than the rest of the wallet.  Over time now, it’s darkened up to match the rest of the leather nicely…


Back view – The light spot is white paint that made it on there years ago, during some home remodeling project.


Inside View – Nice patina, IMO.

I just really like the look of well-worn leather…


Standing Desk Update – 6 and half years in…

General — Jeff Eske on February 6, 2018 at 2:44 pm

I’ve been doing the Standing Desk Thing for some time now and haven’t posted an update about it recently.  OK, I haven’t written an update in a long time.  Obviously, I haven’t written ANYTHING on here recently…

I’m still standing for most of the workday.  I do sit down for phone conversations and lunch, but that’s about it.  I’ve kept a low profile and so far have been able to continue using my standing desk with no interference from my employer.  I DID just hear someone else asking about getting a standing desk yesterday and they were told they need a doctor’s note, then a desk will be ordered for them.  I’ll just keep on keepin’ on with my original, illegal $18 one.  🙂


New Stuff!

Programming — Jeff Eske on February 6, 2018 at 12:45 pm

I’m starting in on a new project at work.  It’s going to be learning all new stuff!  We’re in the nebulous stages of looking into DevOps in general and containerization in particular.  I’m getting a chance to get in on the ground floor of the research and implementation.  I’m hoping to use this space to record my observations along the way.

Crazy Like A Fox?

General — Jeff Eske on January 31, 2017 at 5:13 pm

It’s highly unlikely, but maybe Trump and his cronies know exactly what they’re doing here.  Maybe they are banking on the travel ban and other extreme measures making the U.S. more vulnerable to attack.  By making groups more hostile towards the U.S., it strengthens their argument that we need to tighten things down more.  It’s kind of like a self-fulfilling prophecy.

As things seem to get more and more dangerous for the U.S. and its citizens, the administration will insist that the only way to address it is through more military spending and more Orwellian oversight.  They’ll scare U.S. citizens into agreeing to letting Big Brother take care of them.

I personally think that the ban is “anti-American” seeing as how welcoming immigrants is how the country was built.  I think it does nothing but makes us more vulnerable.

Excellent RSS News Reader – GreatNews

General,Web Stuff — Jeff Eske on July 8, 2014 at 10:29 am

I’ve been using a fantastic RSS news reader for a while now and decided I should mention it.  I have a number of sites that I like to track and have been trying for some time to find a news reader that does what I’d like it to.  I’ve tried several to-date, and for one reason or another, they just haven’t panned out.  To this point, GreatNews is the best reader that I’ve found.  It’s fast and compact and does everything that I need.  And, just so you know, I’m not being compensated, etc. for posting this.  I just simply really like this program.

I’m not going to go into detail about how to use it, etc., since that’s available other places.   What I am going to tell you about is the one, totally unexpected feature that I found by accident – I can scroll my way through ALL of my feeds without stopping.  Basically, to go from page to page of articles, as well as from one folder/category to the next, all I have to do is “scroll down”.  As it jumps from page to page and section to section, it sets all of the previous articles to a “read” status. What this means for me is that I can start at the top of my news feeds and simply scroll and scroll and scroll, ’til I’m through all of them.  It seems like a really basic feature, but man is it handy.  And speedy.

Another nice thing about this reader is that it’s “portable”.  You can actually run it from a USB drive, no problem.  Just drag the GreatNews folder to your USB drive and you’re good-to-go.  One problem that I ran into when running from the USB though, was that the cleanup wizard seemed to hang sometimes.  When run from a local drive, the cleanup wizard works quickly, with no problem.  This could just be a function of the old, crappy USB drive that I’m running it from.

Anyway, if you still use an RSS reader and are looking for a fast, compact one, I’d recommend that you try out GreatNews.


Oh No. All 400 people still using AOL need to change their passwords.

Uncategorized — Jeff Eske on April 29, 2014 at 1:33 pm

ArsTechnica: You’ve got pwned: AOL reports e-mail breach as bigger than thought




Sometimes The Smallest Things…

Uncategorized — Jeff Eske on April 9, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Sometimes, the smallest things can make the biggest difference.  I’m currently working as a developer, helping to implement a web-based case management system.  When I first started, during some of our meetings, the end users were talking about some of their frustrations with the system.  One of the things that bothered them was that when you performed a search, you had to click the Search button; you couldn’t just simply hit the Enter key.

Their biggest gripe was that to find a client, you had to search for them, using the Search page.  It seems like a small inconvenience, but their reasoning was that when using other search resources (Google, Bing, Yahoo), you just simply typed in a term and hit Enter.  On top of that, some of them were searching dozens of times a day.  They had brought it up with the previous developer, but he simply told them, “Sorry, it can’t be done.”

Well, I went back to my desk and did a little investigation.  It was actually a pretty straightforward form, so there didn’t appear to be any reason that I couldn’t add that functionality in.  I went out to the Interwebs and found some sample javascript code that watches for the Enter key to be pressed, then performs some function.  I modified it to meet my needs and added it to the Search page.  As soon as I did, I started receiving hearty thank yous from all kinds of people.   Turns out that there were a lot more frustrated users out there than I knew.

To this day, people still comment on little things that they’d like to see fixed, “like the Enter key”.

Like I said, sometimes the smallest things make the biggest difference.


Standing Desk Update – Two Years In

Uncategorized — Jeff Eske on February 13, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Well now, isn’t this special?  I’ve just found out, after  6 months working here, that I supposedly can’t use my current standing desk because I brought it in from home.  What?  After using and tweaking this particular setup for two years – two years – I’m not supposed to use it.  Someone on the “Safety Committee”, that probably hasn’t even heard of a standing desk prior to mine coming to their attention, thinks they have a better idea of what I should or shouldn’t do than me, the person that’s studied the subject and actually been using it steadily for two years now…


Maybe I can get them to buy me a $1500 electric one to replace my “inappropriate” $18 one…


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