More useful tools to help make your job just a little bit easier

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Homebrew logo of apple in mug of beer with text “Homebrew: the missing package for macOS or Linux part two”
Better late than never… I guess

Considering my last article was so popular, I felt it was only just to provide a follow-up to what some of my favorite Homebrew packages have been in the second half of 2020.

In my previous article on Homebrew, I highlighted some of my favorite packages such as htop, tldr, jq, ncdu, taskwarrior, and tmux.

In this article I’ll be highlighting some new packages released since my last published article, and also some hidden gems I may have glossed over or missed. So without further ado, here’s Part 2 of my list of top Homebrew packages of 2020.

AWS CLI

The AWS CLI package is exactly what it sounds like, a CLI tool administrators and engineers can use to manage their cloud infrastructure. Using API commands, you can automate and batch process tedious tasks such as starting and stopping instances or managing data in your S3 buckets. …


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Automate your finances with the help of two popular investing apps

Robinhood and M1 Finance Automation

Earlier this year I wrote about the 3 main disruptive trading platforms most Millenials are using. You can learn more about those platforms by reading the earlier post. What I want to focus on here are the major changes Robinhood has implemented since my last post, and where Robinhood stacks up against M1 Finance and WeBull amongst my favorite brokers.

For this particular topic, WeBull is, unfortunately, lacking in both automated investments and fractional shares. If your goal is for automated investments, then don’t bother. …


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“Take a look, to the sky, just before you die, it’s the last time you will” — Metallica

The State of the Cloud is Strong

The year is 2020 and the State of the Cloud is strong. Some might say not only is the state of the cloud strong, but it’s also more present and critical than ever before.

Thanks to the Coronavirus, the world has seen a massive shift to adopting SaaS and Cloud services overnight. Many companies who took the initial steps earlier to adopt the cloud last decade have a leg up on their competition, while the laggards who continued to rely on their on-premise infrastructure are struggling to find ways to connect their employees to their company resources.

Why move to the cloud?

Moving to the cloud gives access to enterprise-class technology, for everyone. It also allows smaller businesses to act faster than big, established competitors. Pay-as-you-go service and cloud business applications mean small outfits can run with the big boys and disrupt the market while remaining lean and nimble. …


Leverage your bash profile: practical tips for macOS and Linux users

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Build shortcuts and functions to boost your work efficiency

If you’ve read any of my prior pieces, it’s not news how much I despise using GUIs of any kind. I advocate anyone who wants to improve productivity to lay off GUIs and start utilizing CLI utilities as much as possible.

Most Mac and Ubuntu users understand the power of utilizing tools such as Terminal to perform batch operations in quick and efficient commands, such as move, copy, delete, and transfer.

Those are useful, but what if you want to go to the … next level?

Leveraging Your Bash Profile

In the most simple terms, a user’s .bash_profile is a placeholder for commands that are to be executed when a new Terminal window opens and bash is invoked. …


Things I learned so you don’t have to

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If I Knew Back Then What I Know Now …

Hindsight is 20/20, and it’s always easy to look back and think about what you’d do differently. If I can do anything, I’d love to help anyone learning to code by gently guiding them on a path to success.

I know everyone has their own style or way of doing things, and the idea anyone can follow your path and have the same results is silly. But many people can learn from others who’ve already experienced a path, so I often like to share my experiences for others to learn from.

You Don’t Need to Go to School

Tech is one of those industries where many professionals have taken nontraditional routes. …


Become a power user and improve your productivity

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Homebrew… or as some call it Apple Cider

UPDATE: Part 2 of My Top Homebrew Packages for 2020 can be found here!

One of the main reasons I love and continue to stick with macOS is because it’s based on Unix. Having macOS run on Unix has made the transition to Linux much more seamless and I also just find the Unix filesystem more intuitive over Windows and PowerShell.

With that being said, macOS’s version of Unix (Darwin) doesn’t come without its flaws. For instance, where the heck is the package manager?

Well, this is where Homebrew comes in, but before we go down that rabbit hole, let’s have a package manager primer 101. …


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Investing has never been easier than in 2020

The year is 2020 and there’s never been a better time than right now to get ahold of your financial future and begin investing.

In this post, I’ll help you earn 3 free stock shares as well as $20 in cash by opening these three stock brokerage accounts. And while not every brokerage may be a good fit, they’re all offering free money or stocks so might as well get that money!

Thanks to technology, smartphones, and the cloud, almost anyone from anywhere, can invest in markets. Whether it’s trading stocks, hopping into crypto, or robo-investing, the fintech market has completely revolutionized how Wall Street works. …


Leveraging free online resources to accelerate your career

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Welcome to YouTube University for Techies

Hello and thanks for joining me in part 2 of Breaking Into IT and Tech With No Experience.

In part 1, we discussed how I changed careers, learned new habits, and developed a new learning mindset and philosophy.

In part 2 of Breaking Into IT and Tech With No Experience, I’ll be highlighting my top five YouTube channels when it comes to tech.

While we all learn in different ways, it’s hard to deny the value of a good YouTube playlist. …


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Amazon Simple Storage Service, widely known as Amazon S3, is a highly scalable, fast, and durable solution for object-level storage of any data type. Unlike the operating systems we are all used to, Amazon S3 does not store files in a file system, instead it stores files as objects. Object Storage allows users to upload files, videos, and documents like you were to upload files, videos, and documents to popular cloud storage products like Dropbox and Google Drive. This makes Amazon S3 very flexible and platform agnostic.

Objects also hold and store metadata which we will cover in detail later.

What is the difference between Amazon S3 and EC2?

To someone who’s never used AWS services, trying to understand their various products may be difficult the first time around. …


Switch careers and land a job in IT without experience

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Photo by Alejandro Escamilla on Unsplash

I recently wrote about my experience going from IT to DevOps. After sharing that post, I got a bunch of requests to share how I broke into IT with little to no experience.

It’s great that so many people want to be involved in tech and with coding, but with so much information out there it’s easy to get lost in a sea of information.

  • In part 1 of this 3-part series, I’ll focus on making the jump, having the right mindset, and learning how to learn.
  • Part 2 will cover resources and educational tools for learning how to code and breaking into tech. …

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