Cleanup Downloads Once a Week

Here’s an easy way to keep your Downloads folder clean, just paste these this into your cron file (with the appropriate scheduling):

find ~/Downloads -type f -maxdepth 1 -mtime +7 -exec rm {} \;
find ~/Downloads -type d -maxdepth 1 -mtime +7 -exec rm -r {} \;

Here’s the gist: https://gist.github.com/fergbrain/8ddda2108dbc497e9f6b

I use Cronnix to manage and edit cron jobs on my Mac.

Calendar Invitation Email Gone Awry

Here’s some more details on calendar email issue I noted late Monday. Just after 10pm on Monday, I attempted to migrate my calendar from Google Calendar to Fastmail Calendar1. I did this by exporting my existing calendar from Google (per https://support.google.com/calendar/answer/37111?hl=en) and then re-importing it back into Fastmail using Apple’s Calendar App. During this re-importing…

If you got a calendar Invitation from me1, I am so sorry. I’m switching servers, did an export -> import, and Calendar decided to be helpful and email everyone. Face palm.


  1. or maybe a bazzilion invites 

VMWare and USB 3

It took me a while to figure out why my external Seagate harddrive wasn’t working on Windows 7 and VMware Fusion 5. As it turns out, VMware Fusion 5 does not support USB 3.0 with Windows 71. What is not intuitive — and frankly doesn’t make sense — is that VMware Fusion 5 will not…