It’s summer in Berlin! And Berlin during summer is just awesome! <3
The previous winter was a very intense time for me. Mostly of course because of my new job. – Meeting new people, answering new questions and starting new routines often made my head swirl, I had to constantly regain my focus and was “distracted” from a lot of other things. But I have the feeling that I’m gaining back a lot of the control again and have even made some plans for a few side projects…
And I’ve been reading a book with the correspondence and love letters between Paul Celan and Ingeborg Bachmann. Reading intimate love letters while sitting in a Berlin UBahn is a weird thing. My mind is in this very private, sensitive and fuzzy and cosy place, while my ass is sitting on a warm spot from somebody else’s ass, my nose is inhaling millions of different smells and my ears are hearing Justin Bieber from my neighbour’s earpods…
My current favorite podcast: Methodisch Inkorrekt! It has been my go-to podcast for almost a year now, but I just can’t get enough of those two physicists, who talk about topics from the science world and about various others things. – They. Are. Hilarious!
Oh… and favourite song this week: TILTED by Christine and the Queens (the french version is actually better, but I like the dancing part in this version, because it’s not too polished):
After using TotalTerminal for years, I eventually had to give it up, because it no longer works in MacOS 10.11 (El Capitan) due to the System Integrity Protection. I’ve wanted to try out iTerm2 for a while now, this just gave me the final kick to actually do it!
Setup the Visor
What I really liked about TotalTerminal was the hotkey, which fires up the visor. In order to set that up in iTerm, goto iTerm2 > Preferences… > Keys and check Show/hide iTerm2 with a sytem-wide hotkey. [Source]
Now we have to prevent iTerm to open a window on startup, because it blocks the visor when using the hotkey. [Source]
Make it pretty & even more powerful
I really don’t like staring at a white terminal with black outputs all the time. After a bit of research & a bit of back and forth I decided to install Pretzo. The GitHub readme of Prezto describes itself as
… the configuration framework for Zsh; it enriches the command line interface environment with sane defaults, aliases, functions, auto completion, and prompt themes.
After setting Prezo up, I went through the very well written instructions from Mike Buss and customized the hell out of the terminal. And this is how it ended up look like:
A more review will follow.