🌍 Fix Google Chrome prioritizing search words over visited sites in address bar

June 10, 2019

Since the last update of Google Chrome (Version 74) the browser started to prioritizing previous Google searches over already visited websites.

This is especially irritating if someone - like myself - are using the searchbar to quickly switch to other websites by entering the first few characters of the URL.

To restore the previous behaviour it is just required to change one internal setting:

Open chrome://flags/#omnibox-drive-suggestions (you need to manually copy the URL to the address bar). This is a special site where Chrome stores many special settings for various use cases.

Now just switch the setting “Omnibox Google Drive Document suggestions” to disabled. After a browser restart everything should be the same as with previous versions.

Chrome Flags: Omnibox drive suggestions

🌀 Introducing: Troposphere - Weather forecasts

January 12, 2019

Troposphere banner

For over the last few months I am working from time to time on a side project, which is now ready enough to be released to the public πŸ™‚

The project is called Troposphere and is a weather forecast website with an minimalistic design approach.

Other than many other weather sites and apps I don’t use an existing 3rd party API, but built my own API with the data provided by the open data project of the German Weather Service.

Main intention to build this project was, that the app of the German Weather Service (WarnWetter) provide their great forecasts only for Germany. Other alternatives either have a bad data basis (I’m looking at you iOS default weather app πŸ‘€) or are just filled up with ads and tons of tracking scripts.

So jump right to https://www.troposphere.io and test it out. If there are any bugs or feature requests hit me up on Twitter or just write an good old mail πŸ™ƒ

Troposphere page screenshot

πŸ–₯ macOS Mojave: Reactivate font smoothing

October 15, 2018

macOS Mojave

With the update to macOS Mojave, Apple disabled the default subpixel rendering, which smoothed fonts on not so high resolution displays.

Even on my 27” monitor at work with a resolution of 2560x1440 font looked very thin and somehow broken.

Solution to fix this was pretty easy. With the following command entered in a shell (and a reboot afterwards) it is possible to reactivate the font smoothing πŸ˜„

defaults write -g CGFontRenderingFontSmoothingDisabled -bool NO

πŸ›  Visual Studio Code: Improve editor performance on Macbooks with dedicated Nvidia graphics

April 13, 2018


It seems that Visual Studio Code (and maybe other Electron based applications) have problems with the dedicated Nvidia graphics. Tab switching and general editing performance is very laggy (especially it is “just” a text editor πŸ™ˆ).

Specs of the Macbook with that problem:

MacBook Pro (Retina, 15", Late 2013)
Intel Iris Pro
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M

A way to solve this problem is to start the editor without GPU acceleration:

 open -a Visual\ Studio\ Code --args --disable-gpu

With this parameter the editor gains a lot of performance back.

Sadly there is till today no option inside VS Code to disable GPU acceleration as default. (But there is a open Github issue: https://github.com/Microsoft/vscode/issues/15211 πŸ˜‰).

πŸ‹ Docker: Remove stopped containers and unused images

February 21, 2018

Docker version 1.25 introduced a new command to clean up stopped containers, unused images and more.

With one command it is possible to reclaimed unnecessary space occupied by docker.

docker system prune

Additional, if all unused images should be removed just execute with parameter -a for a full cleanup.

docker system prune -a

Example output:

~ $ docker system prune
WARNING! This will remove:
        - all stopped containers
        - all networks not used by at least one container
        - all dangling images
        - all build cache
Are you sure you want to continue? [y/N] y
Deleted Containers:

Deleted Images:
deleted: sha256:0f40fc30c84e2b5a9fab7c4e670051329058d9fb4018aed8576baa73cf5b9eba
deleted: sha256:febd1d83846cfe3337d53a87db593fbbfe163b2005d9080af8689a0345ae2118
deleted: sha256:a8870dddb45305f418a33e6db5f4c656d6dcb0ebf7486d826c5ab17684f4a36e
deleted: sha256:ff9155f21b3220d70cdcf875438cae1901ff465814a55235584fb7ed260a4ed8
deleted: sha256:deee6e7002dc92e3814bb4f86ee8980a83f565a62fb68cbb68bf2713ca1cd55a
deleted: sha256:ec52cc138bd37187a6cd7060176f243f471e7ffc3cd74ef74df5746ebc529fe0
deleted: sha256:4c8a4f89ad51b755da8707efded8aa4ead100506d124f6a3733b6f04b748c851
deleted: sha256:bcc02f13f98cf24d711d5179f9c2abefcd47df2281cab336ada189f90837ad8b
deleted: sha256:dca4b87255c2fa63de08593fa760b56b9b72f79d9537d61d92e548ea79fe2a01
deleted: sha256:e1fb0a312663b26c36b705c95058b88859fcc738d534c5701908866947f6133b
deleted: sha256:9e8bbe5798a72f9356700e7ea8eb380f063c3842f469c7e76a7ffa67de41d005
deleted: sha256:05693bfc7a1fe53d88ea4717c976ea0769a95931d8a13bb19183284f0abc1243
deleted: sha256:04f146b3df036148964510c274a97f8f09a29ecfbad0ba3be9941d3f238158a5
deleted: sha256:a13a0071d69e643f415c573da7c2b5065ae49b31ee1b5c7401ef50484fceec00
deleted: sha256:4c06c631c5016fc20b0ff277725d29fef533d6b87d19978a6c2f36f1822b3ad7
deleted: sha256:5e5e2ff761eb39e6199a12d1ed0ac04d85c1dc566b75a0f2b9a38f7a314bef62
deleted: sha256:84954f02381b75bf230a4177634ec73d9ee10dca743100407a80c1c5f62faed4

Total reclaimed space: 509.4MB

πŸ–₯ macOS: Boot failed after update installation

January 15, 2018

My Mac refused today to boot because of this message:

macOS could not be installed on your computer

The path /System/Installation/Packages/OSInstall.mpkg appears to be missing or damaged. Quit the installer to restart your computer and try again.

Screenshot macOS update failed

After several restarts the problem persisted and the update won’t install correctly 🀨


To persuade your Mac to boot again correct, just press the start the options (or alt) key during startup.

There should be displayed at least two boot drives:

  • macOS installer

  • Macintosh HD

  • There can be more like externals drives, Bootcamp, etc.

After a click on “Macintosh HD” the OS should load normal and will be useable again πŸ™‚Β 

To trigger an re-download of the failed update, just enter this command inside a shell:

sudo softwareupdate --install --all

πŸ›  Cleanup disk space used by XcodeΒ 

December 26, 2017

Some commands to clean up space occupied by Xcode.

In my case I cleaned up approx. 50 GB of space.

Remove old simulator images

xcrun simctl delete unavailable

Delete old iOS versions inside this folder

~/Library/Developer/Xcode/iOS DeviceSupport

Time for a new blog 😁

November 21, 2017

It’s time to try something new. I replaced my old “just contact page” with a blog (and a about page). Maybe i post more stuff then πŸ€”

Let’s see what happen :)

It could easily happen that this blog will be abandoned after this post πŸ˜…

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