Hiding a user’s posts in Slack

Needless to say, I haven’t been updating this blog for a while now – I’ve been pre-occupied with my new job for the past year and am now getting to a point to where I feel like I have my feet on the ground again, so I’m looking forward to posting some new tips here going forward…

Amongst other things, the new job has thrown me head-first in to Slack, a tool I’ve long been aware of but haven’t had any practical need to use before now. It’s a great tool that can be a bear to manage and, in my opinion, has a long way to go to provide all of the message management tools one needs. The good news is that they, as an organization, are good listeners and and are working quickly to improve their toolset.

One of the things I’ve found myself wishing for was the ability to block posts from particular users – when you’re a member of a large(-ish) Slack team, you inevitably have one or two users who post to your channels who, frankly, post nothing of any value. While Slack does not offer this ability, I found something on GitHub that works like a champ: Happy Slack! is a Chrome extension that, with a little data digging, acts similarly to an ad blocker and will auto-remove posts from specified users.

It should go without saying that this only works if you’re using Slack via a web browser (as opposed to using the desktop client). If you aren’t doing this already, give it a go – the web interface is excellent and 95% of what’s offered by the desktop client.

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Determine which installed apps are from the Mac App Store

Been a while, hasn’t it? I started a new job about five months ago that has me doing all sorts of new things, so I’ve been pretty busy. The good part is that I’m starting to develop a few little goodies and tricks to help me do this new job, like this one:

Need to figure out what apps in macOS’ /Applications directory were installed using the Mac App Store? Try this:

sudo find / -name _MASReceipt

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Heads-on with Microsoft’s Hololens

b-1024x768Microsoft is in the midst of doing a demo tour of their HoloLens device and I went to check it out this past Saturday. As I’ve written before, I’m a big fan of the Hololens and its augmented reality (MS refers to it as “mixed reality”) capabilities, so I was excited to actually get to try one.

The headset itself, in its current state, looks pretty much like what we’ve seen in promo shots:

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