Arrange files and folder by name in Mac

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Mac by default does not sort files by Name, this might make it difficult to find files and folder if you come from other OS environments like Windows or Linux(depends on the file manager default sorting).

It is very easy to sort files and folders by name and set it as a default sorting type.

Open Finder, then press COMMAND+J, this will open a window.

The window will offer you to “Sort By:”, the option will provide you with a dropdown menu which contains “Name” and other various types of sorting types.

To set this as the default sorting order press the “Use as Defaults” button, this will turn your local folder setting to a global setting, global settings will be applied to Finder, this means all the files and folder will be now sorted by “Name”.

Thank you for reading, if you have any question leave a comment below.

Custom shelf in Maya

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Maya by default comes with shelves that contain various tools for different divisions of works like Animating and Modeling.

If you prefer to have your own shelf with the tools you prefer, that are not already part of any of the shelves, you can add tools with a simple keyboard shortcut or by using MEL scripting.

Adding custom shelves lets you add tools that you prefer, in a place where you can access them faster, it saves time and helps in being more productive by reducing the number of times you have to get into the menu and navigate across the tool.

I personally recommend using custom shelves as it lets you have your own personal and preferred toolset, that does not disturb existing Maya workflow and interface setup.

You need to click on the gear icon to the left of the shelves panel.

Click on the <code class="highlighter-rouge">Shelf Editor, this will give you the shelf editor window that lets you manage the shelves.

You can rename the shelf to whatever you like.

After typing the name you like all you have to do is hit Enter

Adding new tools to the newly created shelf is really easy, all you need to do is go to the menu you want to and press CTRL+SHIFT and click on the tool you want to add, your cursor will have a small plus icon, that will let you know that you can add this tool to the shelf.

It should look something like this.

The cursor does not appear in the screenshot because the native OS X screen capturing module does not capture the cursor.

Once you have followed these steps you should see the newly added tool in your newly created shelf.

Thank you for reading, if you have any questions leave a comment below.

Tricks to get good at things

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I spend most of my time, trying to learn new things and try to improve on things I already know, it might be a skill a technique, theory or practical task.

Its nice to know things, knowing a lot of things is also a good thing, but having the right knowledge, that can be applied correctly and can be used efficiently is very important.

If you know something, but you don’t know how to apply it correctly, it just means you don’t know enough of it, that does not mean that its end of the world, the belief, that you can’t get better is the end of you’re learning the world and lowering your self-esteem.

Sometimes, you might know something, but you find a struggle trying it practically, thinking of it theoretically is very easy, but doing it practically might not be as easy.

The answer to this problem is simple, you need to repeat it over and over till you feel it’s something you know and you can do it, doing it over and over will automatically fuel your self-confidence because now you are doing something you already know and you are already good at.

Let me explain how this worked for me

I had difficulty reading and I would get stuck on every second word of a sentence, people hearing me would get fed up and give up on listening to me, just because the sentences did not have that smooth flow, I was so bad at reading that even person stammering could read faster than me and was smoother than how would read.

I knew that it needs to be fixed, but I was not sure how.

So one day, I realised that I am interested in cars and the only way know more was by reading magazines that contained that latest information about cars and the automotive industry, so I finally got my first magazine, it was the AutoCar India 2005 November edition, I started reading it, I read it to myself and liked the magazine so much that, I read every issue of this magazine, I started having information about a lot of vehicles and how they were built, I could remember 60 pages of price list of cars and automotive parts.

I now had read over 24 magazines in a span of two years and now I had the knowledge, that I used to suggest people over what car they should buy and what would fit their needs.

I never realized this improvement in my reading skills, until my mother told me one day that I don’t struggle any more reading, I started laughing hearing that and finally felt that I did it.

I realized that the will for learning something I wanted to learn about helped me improve my skill of reading. The magazines were a map to the woods, but it also let me learn how to get into the woods.

The simple trick to get good at things is to simply start it and be persistent at learning it, keep going it over and over and at some point it is something you have done so many times, that it will make you feel, doing it this time will be no different, you will realize that.

This also gave you the self-confidence, will fuel your journey of learning something new.

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Keep learning, never give up, believe in yourself and thank you for reading.

Synaptic on Ubuntu

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Synaptic is a package manager with the features given below, it lets you manage your system by offering a safe and easy to use front-end (Graphical Interface).

Features

  • Install, remove, upgrade and downgrade single and multiple packages
  • System-wide upgrade
  • Package search utility
  • Manage package repositories
  • Find packages by name, description, and several other attributes
  • Select packages by status, section, name or a custom filter
  • Sort packages by name, status, size or version
  • Browse available online documentation related to a package
  • Download the latest changelog of a package
  • Lock packages to the current version
  • Force the installation of a specific package version
  • Undo/Redo of selections
  • Built-in terminal emulator for the package manager

It also has the following features for Debian and Ubuntu and Linux Mint only:

  • Configure packages through the debconf system
  • Xapian-based fast search
  • Get screenshots from screenshots.debian.net

Installing with software-center

You can install it by searching in the software-center for synaptic and clicking on Synaptic Package Manager

Installing with CLI

Or, alternatively, open a terminal, and enter:

“`
sudo apt-get install synaptic
“`

To launch Synaptic, choose System > Administration > “Synaptic Package Manager” Or if you are using the Unity interface, open the dash and search for synaptic. Enjoy!!!

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