Manipulate Audio/Video/Image on Mac M1 Command-Line!

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I am a beginning-level YouTuber and an expert-level software engineer with 18+ years of software design, development, and management experience. I have recently launched a few YouTube channels — a first-gen immigrant lifestyle channel, a macOS user group channel, and two more channels on the way. Having to deal with a lot of video files on my shiny Mac Mini M1 system is fun as it is an awesome machine for dealing with H.265 (HEVC) videos that are spet out by the newer camera gears like the Go Pro. …


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I purchased the M1 Mac Mini a week ago and enjoyed the video editing performance along with the super quiet nature of the beast! I upgraded from a 2015 15" Macbook Pro, which struggled to deal with HEVC (H.265) encoded videos that are now more common than ever before. My Go Pro 9 produces H.265 videos, and it was becoming unbearable to use the 2015 Macbook Pro. So I purchased an eGPU to help, and it did. But then I upgraded the MBP to Big Sur, and eGPU support became unstable. …


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Copyright © 2020 — Kabir Mohammed

This year has been stranger than Stranger Things! We’ve binge-watched more TV shows, opened and closed our refrigerators more than the manufacturer’s recommendations, virtually zoomed in and out of people’s dining rooms and home offices at alarming frequencies, missed all coffee shop adventures, forgotten how waiting for appetizers feels in our favorite busy restaurants, and many more routines that we now crave to have back in our lives.

If our lives were a movie, 2020 is the slow-motion shot that reminds the audience how the mundane that we take for guaranteed is not!

We are not in control of our journey; we are just riding shotgun while <insert your favorite dogma> is in control. But as a person who sees the glass as half full, I hope that humanity unconsciously learned a few lessons in 2020. We are a single race of human beings. We need to think of earth-scale for health, the environment, and human security. I hope you all see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We have all shared a global experience, unlike ever before, and we are still moving forward. …


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I manage a small team that manages an e-commerce infrastructure and software for over a decade. Here are five of my lessons learned that works for us very well. Your mileage may vary!

I don’t have an MBA. Just an entrepreneur at heart who runs a successful e-commerce solutions for mid-size enterprises over a dozen years. This is actually our 18th year in business! As the owner and chief software and solutions architect, I learned to practice the following management techniques.

Shrink the TODO List!

Typical managers like to grow the to do list for the team in every meeting. I learned that if I help reduce the to do list for my team Instead then the morale becomes stronger and their confidence in my Leader ship becomes stronger as well. …


I tried every todo app under the sun! I get excited about their simplicity and download, install, buy, and use’em for a few months and then I can’t even remember their names! Done with TODO lists! I came up with a new way to finish my todos and goals! You can do it for free!

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I love being organized but I crave simplicity. So my teams have gone through a ton of apps and SaaS solutions over the years. The honeymoon period of a new TODO app or SaaS is about three months. After that, they are chores for me! I end up going back to a post-it note task board or a plain Google doc! Yes, I am terrible at this! …


Here is how I read and digested TESLA ecosystem news, data, and made (non)sense for myself. Read at your own risk! Not financial advice, so please do your own research!

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I don’t pick stocks myself. I leave that job to the professionals like Morgan Stanley. I usually get 9–12% returns by giving them a 1% fee for their knowledge, modeling, and timely executions of trades. But my reality is that I live in Northern California and own and operate a small e-commerce solutions service for mid-tier enterprises and hang out with Directors to Vice Presidents to Senior Engineers in public and private technology companies. In this reality, there is no escaping discussion of stocks, technology, and trends. The following notes are based on my understanding of Tesla technology, Tesla, the company, and Tesla stock trends. …


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The Bluetooth support in Big Sur is so flakey! I had to reset Bluetooth settings a few times so thought I share how things get fixed for a while and then bad again! Hopefully, Apple will fix this issue soon. My experience is limited to running Big Sur on old hardware such as Macbook Pros 2015.

If your Bluetooth mice or keyboard is acting funny in the morning and you’re finding yourself looking for an old fashion USB keyboard or mice like me a few times a week, I understand your pain.

I am running Big Sur on a MacBook Pro 15" mid-2015 hardware and it has been the worst macOS update ever! So many things broke!

The built-in VPN client won’t work with our company VPN server thanks to Apple updating the client to require an upgrade for the other side (the VPN server)! Yikes!

Then my precious eGPU setup was completely busted thanks to the changes in the Apple System Integrity Protection (SIP). Now the kernel extensions that I was using to make eGPU work with my old hardware, isn’t working for me. Although, some other people on the Internet have reported that they got it working but I have yet to get the SIP disabled using the following…


Google’s way of managing employee burnout in stressful December to January 2021 is simply brilliant! Copy it for your team!

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Meetings for the sake of keeping in touch with remote employees — specially engineering types — is always a dumb idea. I manage a very small team of engineers and operations teams for my tiny software company and have never called a meeting for the sake of touching base or managing them.

I have called a 15–30 min zoom meeting without video to help my teams solve potentially difficult problems so that they don’t get stuck with an email thread from hell from internal and external parties. These short meetings serve as a helping hand in decision making for potentially hard problems. …

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