Gists & Tricks


A simple local HTTP server that auto-reloads AND makes it available on mobile. A critical tool for html/css design work. The gist also has instructions for a more advanced setup with sass compiling using foreman.

Bash/zsh Autocomplete

The BEST thing I’ve ever done to my bash/zsh.


Everyone has their own dotfiles. My way is simple - just a couple of symlinks from a github repo.


From the development server, open the current page on the production - and vice versa. Useful for comparing css or functionality changes quickly.

Slack Emoticon Extraction

One of your Slacks has a ton of emoticons that your others don’t? Download them all at once with this tool ✨

Push To Talk in a Google Hangout (Meet)

Hold spacebar to talk; otherwise you’re muted.

Darken PDFs

A pdf that’s been copied & scanned too many times ends up with illegible grey ink. Make grays black again!


For a given pivotal card that’s open, create an appropriate github branch name for it - including the id and ticket title.

Screen Record Hangouts using Quicktime Player + soundflower

OSX can’t record both outputs natively. Here’s how to capture both your mic and the other person's audio during a Hangouts call / quicktime screen recording.

Make gifs via Quicktime

Quicktime records .mp4 files. You can turn that into a gif using ffmpeg.

Mediawiki on Heroku

Mediawiki can be challenging to set up. One of the most cost-effective setups you can do uses Heroku and ClearDB.

Pixlr Bookmarklet

Open the current image (opened in a tab) in pixlr express. To easily put a overlay of text over something, etc.

Autorefresh Terminal History

Useful for presentations where you want to show the audience what commands you’ve typed.

Params to Form Input

Easily fill out web forms using data from a spreadsheet using this bookmarklet.