Hooking up the Mac

This morning I connected my MacBook Pro to the new 4K monitor for the first time, but all remained lights-out. I was connecting using HDMI with an adaptor I’ve used on an older Samsung monitor, albeit at considerably lower resolution. Clearly this adaptor did not like all the pixels it was being asked to churn, queue vision of child dropping to the floor in K-Mart with arms and legs being thrown up and down seeking attention.

I hadn’t expected this, for had I have know I would have grabbed a USB-C to DisplayPort cable earlier in the morning when at OfficeWorks; I was desperately seeking a matt for my new desk which after one week was wearing away at my hands like sandpaper. So, back to the shops where I was fortunate to discover this and another cable I could use for my other monitor.

Plugging things in all initially remained dark, I was not confident here. My late-2015 MacBook Pro should be capable of running the 4K screen, so I was unsure what the problem was, but after pulling the cable out and plugging back in I saw a flicker and hope was again restored.

Is there a Fancy Zones equivalent?

On my work PC I have installed Microsoft’s Windows 10 PowerToys, this includes a very useful windows management utility called Fancy Zones that allows dragging your windows and having them snap quickly to that region. One this I have loved about this tool is that it leaves a nice gap between the windows, appealing to my slight OCD here.

Thus, hooking up my MacBook Pro today I was keen to check out whether there was a macOS equivalent app. I had forgotten I’d previously installed an app Magnet, this provides basic functionality allowing you to use key combinations or menu options to position windows into regions. Unfortunately all windows butt up against one another, so I was really looking for an option more like Fancy Zones.

I’m currently trying out the paid app BetterSnapTool, avail from the macOS App Store for AUS$4.49. This provides greater customisation over Magnet in that it allows you to specify your zones and can memorise per-screen app sizes. Mind you, it’s not perfect and documentation is a little scant, but the ability to define your pick-up zones is cool.

Now, if I could only find my wireless keyboard. Where did I put it again? All these wires everywhere is KILLING me.

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