A little story about brew, Firefox 47, Selenium and Capybara

I am quite a big fan of brew and brew cask. I switched from Linux to OSX less than a year ago and both of them gave me immediately the feel of being at home with a “standardized” way to handle the installation of applications on my system.

Yes, I know there are different conflicting opinions regarding how brew works under the hood like where it puts the installed applications, how it symlinks them and how it handles different app versions. Sincerely I never paid much attention to these discussions (my bad). For me it works quite well as it gives me the feel to have an organized and clean system.

Personally I also like to have my system steadily up-to-date and to achieve this goal I constantly use a brew update everything command that I built (or found?…sorry, I don’t remember XD) which automatically updates all the applications, “CLI and GUI based”, I’ve installed:

brew update && brew upgrade && brew cask list | xargs brew cask install --force && brew cleanup --force && brew cask cleanup --force

What it does is to update both brew and brew cask repositories, upgrade the installed applications (again, “CLI and GUI based”) and then do a cleanup by removing the old version of the applications.

Launching this command is quite disruptive considering that it forces the removal of the old version of the apps. So I do not feel like recommend it unless you’re able to handle some occasional problems.

A few days ago I ran indeed in one of these problems.

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Screensavers, black screens and power management

“Oh nice, for today I’m done! Now lets watch a movie before going to sleep!”

This could be considered a justified desire right? After a day of work why not enjoy a movie?

Unfortunately, if you are running a Linux distro you may encouter some problems depending on the Desktop Environment (DE) and the power management system you are relying on.

Those problems can all be summarized in more or less random screensavers activations and/or consequent screens blanking.

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Chrome why don’t u default?!

Every distro hopper ends up from time to time on Ubuntu or on its derivatives to check how things goes.

Actually I’m a little bit of a distro hopper, at least in this period, and the distro on which I “hopped” on this time is Xubuntu 14.04 (yep, the LTS).

Now, there are many blog posts and articles that focus on the after installation steps and explain how to setup a productive desktop with all the bells and whistles.

I really like those articles but there are some little things that they don’t (can’t) consider (explain).

One of these things is a strange behavior of XFCE regarding Google Chrome.

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