Category Archives: Just Tech Things

A daily diary about the funny, sad, depressing or frustrating tech related events happening to us every day. With this section we’re going back to the early days of Joomla & More where it was still a personal blog which happened to talk about technology.

My iPhone “Coding” Setup

Us IT guys, we all have our preferred setups. Software, tools, operating systems, keyboards, prefered browsers… We could fight unholy wars about them.

I consider myself to be a pretty flexible guy, myself. I don’t really worry about IDE’s, mostly because I can’t remember what IDE stands for and because I use Coda 2 for 90% of the things I do.

Coda 2 is a Mac app, and while I’m a Mac user at work my Mac(s) aren’t always in use. I usually use my Windows 10 laptop, but that means I’m struggling when the time comes to write some code or SSH into a server.

In that case, I could whip out my Macbook and find a way to make it work on my desk, or I could whip out my iPad / iPhone. They both also have a version of Coda installed. It’s a bit more limited in its features but it can access the credentials Coda2 stores in the cloud, and it’s got an easy to use SSH client. The only downside is that you’d be typing on an on-screen keyboard.

But today, I found what might be the ideal setup when I’m in a literal tight spot and need to use Coda for a bit. I present to you, my iPhone-As-A-Coding-Device setup

SetupIPhone

This setup leaves me with plenty of room for my notebooks and the likes, while still giving me a good programming experience. Here’s what my setup looks like:

  • iPhone 6 Plus with Coda installed
  • Apple keyboard, connected through bluetooth

That’s pretty basic so far. But take a look at my screen. I am streaming my iPhone to my PC, so I’m able to work in a big, easy to use window!

That’s because I’ve got 5kplayer installed, a tool that allows you to use Airplay to stream your iPad / iPhone to your Windows machine (if they’re on the same network). The configuration couldn’t be easier. Just install the software, and your iDevice will recognize the PC and it’ll be able to stream both sound and video.

You can resize the window, and up until 1920×1080 and even a bit higher, the content looks pretty great. Perfect when you need to do 15-20 minutes of programming. Or, in my case, when I need to stream a video from my iPhone to my Windows PC because my PC refuses to play the file. Long story, don’t ask.

How about you guys? Do any of you have particular or unusual setups or hacks? Let us know in the comments!

 

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The hills are alive with the sound of EDM

In our new section “Just Tech Things” we’ll be sharing the funny, sad, depressing, frustrating or just interesting “Tech Things” that happen in our daily lives. With this new section, we’re going back to our roots when Joomla & More was a personal venting place which happened to be about technology.

Friday morning in the office. I’m about to start cracking down on work, but I’m missing something. I need my music. So I go to Youtube, find a mix I like, and play it. Headphones on, of course. Everyone has a different taste in music, after all. Plus, it’s a nice excuse for not having to listen to the nagging of some / all people, right?

Anyway, the music is playing. But I don’t hear anything. Nothing. Nada. Zip.

So I decide to check if my headphones are plugged in or not. Being considerate (again), I turn the volume of my music all the way off. Not everyone can handle the bass in the morning.

Well, that didn’t quite turn out the way I planned it. As soon as I remove the headphone jack (it’s a fancy pink headset, by the way) the music starts thundering through the room. VERY LOUDLY. As in, “everyone heard it” loud.

Today, I learned two things about the volume control of my iMac:

  • Apparently, my beloved iMac has separate volume settings for different output (headphones vs built-in speakers)
  • You can’t change those volume settings at the same time.

Soon after I discovered the source of my music-free start of the day. I had plugged in the speaker jack instead of the audio jack.  Not a good day to work on cables on the likes, right?