Although awesome, keyboard shortcuts will only get you so far. If you truly want to harness the real power of your computer you need to take it to the command line. This week, learn to use it like a master.
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We’ve talked about some quick little hacks for macOS screenshots before—and, yes, I always have to look up which keyboard shortcut lets you capture windows with and without the fancy borders and drop shadows. But resident Lifehacker finance queen-turned-screenshot-master Lisa Rowan recently tipped me off to a little screen hack in macOS that I hadn’t previously know about. I now share this with you.
When it’s time to install a new version of macOS or download a new update, nearly everyone turns to the Mac App Store to start the process. While the App Store makes OS installations easy and relatively painless, it doesn’t always work—and it might be time to turn to Terminal (and a little creativity) instead.
Mac: Recently we told you how to clear off your cluttered Mac desktop. But if you just want your Mac to stop saving your screenshots to your desktop, commenter Jägs has a solution. Just enter a couple of commands into your Mac's Terminal app, and your computer will create those images in a different folder.
The command line (or Terminal for you Mac fans) is a throwback to a simpler age of computing, before mouse pointers and application windows and desktop wallpaper. Back when it was just you and a window full of text. Operating systems have long since evolved beyond the humble command line interface, but there's still no better tool for quickly disseminating complex information in your operating system -- and you can actually do some other pretty cool stuff with them, too.
While the Raspberry Pi's operating system is Linux, that doesn't necessarily mean you should go out and memorise every Linux command. The Pi is a different type of computer that's used for different kinds of projects, so the most useful commands differ from what you'd use on an everyday Linux machine. Over at Circuit Basics, they tallied up their 42 most used commands.
Mac: If you tend to run the same Terminal command pretty often, then it makes sense to do one of two things: Create a text expander snippet or turn it into a keyboard shortcut. How-To Geek shows you how to do the latter using Apple's built-in Automator tool.
Typically, if you wanted to control your Raspberry Pi from outside your network, you'd need to go through and set up your router to allow access from the internet, install some software on your Pi, set up a DNS server, and cross your fingers you're doing that all securely. Dataplicity makes this a heck of a lot easier.
iOS: A terminal emulator on your iPhone might sound a little silly for most of us, but SSH can come in pretty handy sometimes. For a while, one the best apps for doing so was Panic's Prompt 2, but Blink Shell is an option that's worth a look too.