TCPFlow – When you just want to see what’s going on, now.

Use Wireshark, they said, it’s awesome, they said.

Sure, ok but what if I just want to see what’s going on?  Enter TCPFlow. No, not as full featured as Wireshark, but neither is my brain when I’m in a hurry.

What’s the benefit? Follow along:

  • Download TCPFlow – there’s a prepackaged copy here
  • Figure out which network-interface has the interesting traffic (en0, etc)
  • Follow one of these examples:
    • sudo /usr/local/bin/tcpflow -c -i en0 host - Watches all traffic to
    • sudo /usr/local/bin/tcpflow -c -i en1 tcp port 80 - Watches all traffic on port 80

This is especially handy when troubleshooting smtp process, or directory server setup (before enabling ssl)

Learn more at:

The Chrome user switcher is dead. Long live the Chrome user switcher!

I’m a fan of Google Chrome.. it is, in fact, the only browser I recommend.

However, not everything is rosy in version 40/41- the new application switcher may look great, but it takes far more effort to use.

Thankfully, the hook is still there to bring back the old, fast switching via Command Shift M. Just click here and choose Enabled, then restart Chrome.




Update – April 20, 2015 – you can give the new Bookmarks view a similar treatment with:


Thanks LeRoy Dennison!

Browser windows distract me – JoinTabs helps


BOOO too much going on – can’t think straight










ok, well, anything could get me distracted… but too many browser windows do for sure.

Given that I’m a chrome user, and have 4-5 profiles going, it gets hard sometimes to regain traction between open windows and tabs.

You’ve looked at this before, trying to regain ground against too many tabs…

Here’s one solution – JoinTabs (That’s for Chrome users only… if you have another solution, post it the comments?)









Wow how I miss Eudora, still (QuicKeys to the rescue)

Back in the day, not only did I have a configurable 6 minute delay on sending emails, but the keystroke to send email was Command E.

When I first looked at, I saw that the command to send email (Command Shift D) could have different meanings at different times, and decided right off that this was unacceptable.

QuicKeys is mapped to the menu command – Message Send, which means the only time I ever have to use Command Shift D is to resend a message from my sent folder.

The attached shows that I’ve done this 54,000 times since 2008 (on my primary computer) – I don’t think I could survive without QuicKeys, and am thankful for all the drama it seems I’ve missed.

Use QuicKeys?  Snag this shortcut here: Mail Send Command E

The next step would be to have a quickey disable Command Shift D totally – it can do that too.



Mailhub is an extension to Apple’s built in mail application ( )

This plugin was written by the fine folks at Dervish Software.  Once installed, it is configured via Mail’s Preferences

Mailhub has become one of the most important pieces of software on our computers.

  • Send and File: Every time a message is sent, Mailhub offers to auto-file the message and it’s reply into its proper folder
  • Typing Command Return can file a message where it belongs without any mouse action.
  • Quickly file all messages from a given sender or thread in one mouse action.
  • Displays who sent messages were sent to, regardless of which folder the message is stored.

There are more features, of course, as the project is being actively developed by the developers.


Thank you Dervish Software, I simply love easily filing messages in Apple’s Mail application!


PS If you used to use Eudora for your mail client, welcome home.
Mailhub is a great replacement for such a fine email application.