When I open https://www.cbsnews.com/live/ to live stream CBS News, I found the CPU usage is nearly 100% and there are about 50 threads running at the same time for this process. You can find the URL address of the video source by checking the source code of the webpage. In my case, the video URL is something like the following, and open it in the browser.

https://dai.google.com/linear/hls/p/event/(SOME ID)/stream/(SOME ID):MRN/variant/(SOME ID)/bandwidth/3009600.m3u8

One additional benefit of directly using the video URL is, in Safari, it enables “Picture in Picture”.

I understand free softwares such as FileZilla need money to sustain, but it’s annoying for FileZilla to pin Opera on the dock of my MacBook (after I forgot to uncheck the “option” to install Opera). More annoying is I can’t find the Opera app in the /Applications folder. After searching for a few minutes, I found the Opera app was in

~/Applications

So just delete “Opera.app” and remove its icon from the dock.

(Some other words: Opera browser is partly owned by QiHoo 360, a Chinese company notorious for its difficult-to-uninstall and hijack-your-browser “anti-virus” softwares for Windows. Hey 360, leave Mac alone!)

Using the default Elsevier latex template, there is a URL in each bibliography reference with “Bdsk-Url” fields. To remove this URL,
1. Open the BTS (bibliography style) file being used (by default “els article-num.bst”).
2. For each BibTeX item type (e.g. “inproceedings”), find the corresponding function in the above BST file (e.g. “FUNCTION {inproceedings}”), then comment out “write.url” in the end of this function (i.e. change it to “%write.url”).

(To remove such URLs for IEEE template, please refer to http://writebuffer.com/remove-url-in-ieeetran-bibliography-on-mac-os/)

If you have better solutions, please let me know. Thanks.

I installed the NVIDIA Web Driver on my MacBook Pro (Mid 2014 w/ GT750M) due to sluggish High Sierra. At first, it seemed to improve the graphics performance a bit. However, when I tried to restart the MacBook later, it just stuck on Apple logo with progress bar not finishing moving.

In Safe Boot, I can’t access the NVIDIA Driver Manager. Right now my solution is to clear the Macbook’s NVRAM (nonvolatile random-access memory). Caution: it will also reset several other settings. The method is: press Option, Command, P, and R together, and then start the computer.

If you have better solutions, please leave your comments. Thanks.

Several times after I force-restart my Mac (recently in High Sierra), I found Safari lost all its saved passwords. It seems the Mac loses the keychain containing these passwords. The solution may be simple:
Go to System Preferences -> iCloud, if “Keychain” is unchecked, check it. Then all passwords should be accessible in Safari again.

  1. Download intellij-java-google-style.xml from GitHub: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/google/styleguide/gh-pages/intellij-java-google-style.xml
  2. On Mac, IntelliJ Preferences -> Editor -> Code Style -> Java -> (Click “Gear” icon) -> Import Scheme -> Import IDEA code style XML

  1. Disable “duplicated code” detection
    • Settings → Editor → Inspections → General → Duplicated Code
    • (Or better) in the source code, use @SuppressWarnings(“Duplicates”)
    • Ref.: stackoverflow
  2. Show source file structure
    1. From menu: “View” -> “Tool Windows” -> “Structure”
    2. Quick key: CMD + 7
  3. Reformat all codes under a folder: in Project view, select the folder, then Code -> Reformat Code