Creating AOL-style “You’ve got mail!” system alerts on OS X

America OnlineOkay, it’s fair to say that I was struggling to fill my lunch hour yesterday, and one thing that I’ve wanted to do for a number of years was trigger the awesomely-cool “You’ve got mail” voice when I get new emails on my computer. If, like me, you were never one who actually used AOL as a service provider (and why would you), then your best bet is to think of the film of the same name starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.

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Listing All Subdirectories With File Sizes in Linux

I recently had to add a new site to a repository, and was appalled to see that the site came to 2.2G! This wouldn’t ordinarily be an issue if I or one of my colleagues had developed the site as I’d know which directories to set ignore rules for etc. and be able to whittle it right down very quickly. Not in this case – we were taking on a site for someone else so I’d have to look into which files and folders were causing such hefty disk usage. Continue reading Listing All Subdirectories With File Sizes in Linux