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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

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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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Apple Mail deletes mails – How to fix it.

When you configure a POP account in Apple, and then later login at your web mail account, you might see that mails are deleted from your inbox. Before you scream “hacked”, you should know that the problem might be simpler – the default Apple Mail option is to delete e-mail in your POP account after a week. This post explains how to check / avoid this. Continue reading Apple Mail deletes mails – How to fix it.

How to: Delete Windows from your Mac

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Is there anything Mac’s can’t do these days?  You can even install Windows on those darn machines!  Ideally, I’d now explain you how to install Windows (XP / Vista / 7) on your Mac.  But let’s talk about something different. 

If you’ve managed to install Windows on your Mac, using bootcamp, it’s there to stay.  Right?  Well, no.  There could be many reasons why you want to get rid of Microsoft’s operating systems.  You’ve finally seen the light (kidding, I like MS and Apple equally), your OS is performing poorly, or you’ve decided that windows + your Mac = not a good marriage.

Whatever your reason might be, this post will explain you how to delete Windows and win back the precious GB’s for your Mac OSX. 

I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but my reason to delete Windows (In this case, Windows 7) from a Mac was because the entire Mac was in a pretty bad state.  So, before we sent it back to our supplier, we wanted to set it back to it’s original (a.k.a “There is only one OS on this machine”) state. 

How you do it.

First of all, find your installation DVD of Mac OSX, and put it in your Mac.

Then, start your Mac.  While booting, there’s two options which will lead to the same result.

  • Hold down the “C” key
  • Hold down the “Option key”, and select the DVD as boot device.  In case you’re using a non-Mac keyboard, hold down Alt Gr instead. 

Once you’ve booted from the DVD, you’ll end up with an environment which looks like Mac OSX.  From the top menu, choose “Utilities”.   Then, choose “Disk Utilities” from the dropdown menu. 

In the new window, check the Disk on which Windows is installed.  In  case of doubt: it’s the one formatted in NTFS.  Don’t select the disk of which the name appears when using Mac OSX (Sorry, I wish I could be more specific).  Click on the tab “Partition”  and click the button “Delete this partition” (or something similar). 

Next, select the main partition (The only one left); and simply expand it by dragging at one of the corners. 

Your Mac OSX will now be able to use the full disk again.  Your Mac is now liberated from the chains of Microsoft!  (I stole this from GNU.  But, from their view, Mac OSX is just as “evil”.)