Welcome to my blog! Based in Bournemouth since 2015, a full-stack web developer for a digital agency. In my spare time I work as a freelancer and love playing around with new and exciting web stuff.

Ruben Lavooij



On this blog I happily talk about techy, geeky and (for me) fun stuff. I will be talking about all the problems / challenges I find in my day to day job, with examples, and how I have fixed those things. And maybe some of my 3D printing projects.

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The right tools for the job...

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I have always worked on a Windows machine. But since I have been forced to work on a Mac at work two and a half years back, I know I don't ever want to go back for work.
So this is more a post for myself, if it ever happens that this thing breaks I can get back to work in no time.

My main pile of tools is the following:

Code editors

  • Visual Studio Code
    • Addons: (i removed a bunch as im writing this, some became redundant as VS has it now by default)
      -Git history
      -Rainbow CSV
      -TODO Highlight

Webdev related tools

  • FTP: Transmit
  • SSH: iTerm
  • GIT: GitKraken
  • WEB: Chrome and Firefox Developer edition
  • LOCAL: AMPSS - I need to replace this for docker
  • DESIGN: Adobe Cloud package

Other handy tools that make my life easier

  • Numi amazing calculator, that can do literally everything.
  • Bear quick, or long notes.
  • Mac2imgur Screenshot uploader to imgur, deprecated but still works.
  • BeardedSpice use keyboard shortcuts to skip songs on websites like Soundcloud or Spotify
  • CoinTick Crypto in the menu bar.
  • Windscribe Easy go-to VPN.
  • Eqmac2 I have bass heavy headphones, remove it with this easy equalizer. crashes sometimes though.
  • Slack Slack chat.
  • Fusion 360 Autodesk's 3d tool. Bit iffy with a magic mouse, but my go-to tool for my 3d printer models.

My bash_profile:

#AMPPS php version fix, change for version needed

export PATH=/Applications/AMPPS/php-7.0/bin:$PATH

#fastboot & adb
export PATH=${PATH}:/Applications/Android

#timestamp this
export PS1="\[\033[38;5;8m\]\t\[$(tput sgr0)\]\[\033[38;5;15m\] \h[\[$(tput sgr0)\]\[\033[38;5;14m\]\w\[$(tput sgr0)\]\[\033[38;5;15m\]]: \[$(tput sgr0)\]"

###to do the below run following commands:
##install brew (if you dont have it already, try by typing "brew" in commandline)
#/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"
#Then install sshpass with brew:
#brew install
#more info:
NC='\033[0m' # No Color
function title {
    echo -ne "\033]0;"$*"\007"

##YES I know this is not super secure, thats why i only use it for development environments, never for live.
sshlm () {
    echo -e "${RED}connecting to Lavooij Media Development [USER]@[IP]${NC}"
    echo -e "\033];Lavooij Media\007"
    say connecting to Lavooij Media Development
    sshpass -p "PASSWORD" ssh -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no [USER]@[IP]

#folder alias
alias www="cd /Applications/AMPPS/www"

#helpful alias
alias hosts="sudo nano /private/etc/hosts"
alias code='open -a "Visual Studio Code"'
alias ..="cd .."
alias bash="code ~/.bash_profile"
alias bashr=". ~/.bash_profile"
alias hs='history | grep'

#show external ip
alias myip="curl; echo"

#magento commands
alias upgrade="php bin/magento setup:upgrade"
alias compile="php bin/magento setup:di:compile"
alias static="php bin/magento setup:static-content:deploy en_GB en_US"
alias cclean="php bin/magento cache:clean"
alias cflush="php bin/magento cache:flush"
alias reindex="php bin/magento indexer:reindex"

# Setting PATH for Python 3.6
# The original version is saved in .bash_profile.pysave
export PATH

export NVM_DIR=~/.nvm
source $(brew --prefix nvm)/

If you have any good tools I should add to my belt, add them in the comments below!


Ruben Lavooij