Time for a clean install

Since updating OS X from Mavericks to Yosemite, I’ve noticed that my laptop will randomly:

  • Not go to sleep when plugged into my Thunderbolt Display; the laptop display and Apple logo will remain illuminated.
  • Restart after a few minutes if a bunch of apps are open and my computer is locked.

Lame.

I spent about two hours trying several of the suggestions in the support guide, “When your Mac doesn’t sleep or wake“. After the point of trying to reset the SMC and NVRAM, I feel I’ve put off a clean install long enough.

I’ve backed up my SSH keys for work, ran Time Machine and SuperDuper, and gathered the following articles for reference saved in Simplenote (from newest to oldest):

I promise to track my progress carefully, because I’d love to share it with you after I get to the other side.

If you have any relevant suggestions or links regarding this process, please leave a comment. I can use all the help I can get. :)

Quick capture with Drafts 4

I heard Merlin Mann and Mike Vardy mention Drafts for iOS on a few podcasts, and Drafts 4 was released a few days ago. It’s an endless notepad with the ability to “move” the text into other apps with ease.

Drafts swiftly gets my thoughts out of my head. It’s in my dock, so I’m more likely to write.1 I’ve also added it to my Today menu. (e.g. Swipe down from the top.)

Start in Drafts and decide where to save (publish) later.

  • Workflows are magical. If I start writing a (rare) tweet, morphing that into a full blog post is easy. Drafts can turn a few words into a task in Things, or save a random observation to Day One.
  • Cool feature: When you open an existing note, the cursor is set at its previous location.
  • I love Markdown Preview for longer posts when I’m away from my laptop. I want to quickly confirm any linked text is correct, and I copy my draft from Simplenote.

The app is $4.99, and totally worth it! :)

Here are some workflows I use:

Do you have any Draft 4 workflows or tips to share?


  1. I type faster than I write. 

Another chance, Asus RT-N16 Wireless-N Gigabit Router

For a little over two years, I’ve been using an Apple Airport Express because my Asus RT-N16 needed to be replaced. After I got the replacement, I never opened the box — until today.

Charter Communications sent a contractor this morning to our new place in Temple City to setup our internet connection (which went smoothly, by the way). After they left, I removed the shrink wrap and installed DD-WRT on my Asus router without a hitch.

For now, I look forward to proper bandwidth monitoring at home, especially since we have a 250 GB/month threshold for Charter’s Internet Plus plan.

Write a post on your TV

I can comfortably write in Simplenote, WordPress, or Day One apps on our TV. If I don’t want my laptop on my lap, or my iPhone in my hands, this is another option.

I starting writing instructions, but realized Apple has solid support documents. :)

  • About AirPlay Mirroring in OS X — AirPlay Mirroring lets you send what’s on your Mac screen to an HDTV wirelessly with Apple TV.
  • iOS: Use AirPlay Mirroring — You can use AirPlay Mirroring to mirror exactly what’s on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your HDTV via Apple TV.