Saturday, August 06, 2011

Mac OS X annoyances and fixes.

Indeed, no matter what OS you use, there are annoyances that come with them.
On Mac OS, there isn't always an easy fix (as in, something that can be fixed in the System Preferences) for these minor annoyances so they require some commands to be run in the terminal. I will list these annoyances I encountered along with the terminal commands to fix them.

"Key repeat is broken!" "Key repeat doesn't work!" You will actually find that there are some keys that you can repeat and other keys that you can't. It's a new thing in Lion. The vowels, punctuation marks along with some other keys can be repeated, while some other keys can't. I personally don't see the utility of this. When is the last time you ssssaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww ssssomeooonee ttttyyyppee liiiikkkee thiiiiss because they couldn't control their hands or sucked at typing? Yeah me too.
Fix : defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false
This will enable key repetition for ALL keys.
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"Where is xxx folder?" Some things require me to play with files and folders that Mac OS hides by default. It's rather annoying that there is no way to access them besides the terminal or Go > Go to Folder... in Finder because unlike Windows or Linux, Finder doesn't feature an address bar where you can manually enter the name of a hidden folder to go to it. >:|
Fix : defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES
This will show the hidden folders and files. To revert it, run the same command replacing YES with NO.
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  1. I don't understand much the Fix part. But thanks for this review (if that's how we can call it!)
    I have always used windows, and got so many problems with it and thinking of switching to Mac since a lot of my friends who has Mac said they never had any problems with it. But since OSX Lion came out, a lot of people don't really like it! So I pretty much don't know what to do now!

  2. You have to go to Applications > Utilities and open terminal. Then you paste the command in there.