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Thanks for stopping by! This is where I write about my experiences with the technology and tech techniques I use, my hobbies & pasttimes, and my life in Japan.

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
—Robert A. Heinlein

I've been helping businesses and visitors in Japan since 1987, and am the co-founder and CEO of eSolia Inc, my IT management firm. I like to create, manage, negotiate, drum, run, cycle and pay attention to the details. More oversharing on my , if you're so inclined.

I hope you'll find something informative in my content.

The Latest, & Freshest

Fix Apple OS X Mail Crashing and Hanging

Have you been frustrated by Mac OS X Mail.app crashing or hanging? This happens to me from time to time, even though I keep OS X updated to the latest version. Well, I found a fix that works for me anyway, and you might try it.

By Rick Cogley,
on 15-Jul-2016
In Software Tips Productivity SysAdmin

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Github Pricing Change

Github recently updated their pricing structure to a model that allows unlimited private repositories, but is based on a per-person pricing model. This increases some users’ bills significantly.

By Rick Cogley,
on 16-May-2016

Setup a SmartHost in Linux Sendmail

Sendmail is a notoriously finicky piece of software, with an arcane settings syntax and methodology. Here’s a problem I ran into, and what I did to fix it.

By Rick Cogley,
on 12-Apr-2016

Use Homebrew zsh Instead of the OS X Default

If the zsh shell that Apple provides in OS X is out of date, it’s trivial to install the latest version, available on homebrew. Here’s a couple of steps you need to do to make that your default. Read on for the how.

By Rick Cogley,
on 9-Apr-2016

Install Hubot Chatbot on Webfaction

If you’re looking for a good way to run your Node.js-based Hubot chatbot, you can host it on Webfaction, a rock-solid hosting service. Read this post to find out how to do it.

By Rick Cogley,
on 29-Mar-2016

So, What's a Text Editor?

Have you just become aware of text editors and are starting to understand why you’d need one? This article is intended for readers who need a text editor, and a helpful basic overview about them to get started.

By Rick Cogley,
on 27-Mar-2016

View Source in Mail.app

Want an easy way to see mail headers in Mail.app? Try this trick and they’ll pop right up. I promise you’ll like it.

By Rick Cogley,
on 27-Mar-2016