I kinda of understand why Apple decided to hide the ~/Library folder when using Finder: they probably noticed how much user support they were wasting because people end up deleting the Library folder from their user account.
Anyway, it’s nice to have a way to get it back visible in Finder in Lion:
chflags nohidden ~/Library
This command can be used to hide/unhide any folder. Neat.
In case you use Omnifocus (I totally dependent on this piece of software to put some order in my life and actually GTD ;-)), it’s nice to know that there are some beta revisions released quite often by the Omni developer team that may fix some issues with the most current stable release.
I’ve just “fixed” some annoying bugs in the most recent stable version (19.2.) in Lion, and got some new Lion specific features (e.g full screen). I’m probably getting some brand new bugs too, but so far, I like living on the bleeding edge 😉
Neat infographic on the tools most used by start-ups.
Ok, so the latest and greatest OS from Apple, codenamed Lion OSX 10.7, introduced some radical changes of paradigm in the way we have been used to interact with a computer over the years (previous OSX incarnations included).
Some may be good, some may be weird till you grow accustomed to them and some may be just simply stupid. Anyway, your mileage may vary, and I will not go into a flame war on that topic. I’m just collecting in this post some links to modify some of Lion’s strange behaviors into some more mundane settings (if that’s what you want to do). So hang on, and give these a try 🙂
The strange case of key-repeat in Lion
Just open TextEdit and press and don’t release the key “a” and see what you get… Yeap, a plain, single, “a”. Not “aaaaaaaaaaa”. If you try with “*”, Lion will now happily repeat that for you. Some say there’s a reason for this behavior, and if you really care about the why, just google it.
If you want to force the key-repeat, and disable the “Press and Hold” for additional characters, here is the terminal command:
defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false
Then restart the computer. Via Seriously no key repeat in Lion?: Apple Support Communities.
Change Mac OS X 10.7 Lion iCal and Address Book Skins from Leather to Aluminum
I’m really not a fan of the ugly and non-sense iCal and Address Book GUIs, which follow a skeuomorphic paradigm for user interface. In fact, there is a nice discussion on this take from Apple in John Siracusa review of Lion.
But there seems to exist a way to get back to more clean and lean GUI for iCal and Address Book: I haven’t tested it yet, but here it is, in case you want to give it a try: Change Mac OS X 10.7 Lion iCal and Address Book Skins from Leather to Aluminum.
Additional tricks to revert some of the weirdnesses of Lion to some more usual behaviours
I’m pretty sure that in the following days/weeks/months people will eventually get used to the way Lion ticks, or just find some clever/hacky ways to revert it back to some more usual settings, and all of those will start be gathered in blogs (like this one), pages, forums and assorted resources (or people will start moving back to Wind… oh, never mind 😉 – personally, I would probably move to some flavor of Linux, but I diverge.). Meanwhile, here is a quite complete list of some tricks to make Lion a bit more like Snow Leopard 😉
Some under-the-radar Lion features you might have missed
And in case you start feeling that Lion is all about weirdness, there are actually some quite nice features in it. Check some of the not so well known ones here.
Excellent and in-depth review of the brand new 10.7 Lion OSX version, by John Siracusa (whose OSX reviews are by now legendary).
Since I’ve bought a brand new Apple MacBook Pro after June 6th, I’m entitled to a free Lion Upgrade. Neat 😉
By the way, for you programmers out there, Apple just released XCode 4.1 as a free download for anyone running Lion (not available for Snow Leopard, though).
UPDATE: some not so well known, but quite interesting, Lion features can be found here.
A great article about George Tzanetakis‘ 10 year work on MIR and software development: A Look at George Tzanetakis’ Innovations in Music Classification.
I feel really lucky (and proud) to know George since the early days of Marsyas (around 2003) and then to actually meet him in person here in Portugal some time later.
I ended up doing 3 research interships under his supervision at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada, during my PhD, and we currently keep a close collaboration in the scope of Marsyas and a R&D project on the topic of CASA (Computational Auditory Scene Analysis).
Congratulations George! And keep up with the good work! 🙂
MySQL has been pushed to its limits in large scale web scenarios, where the load of millions of users concurrently accessing SQL relational databases start to show the huge overheads and subsequent limitation of this type of database. A recent “move” on NoSQL databases appeared, not without their own idiosyncrasies and issues, and more recently a new… er… NewSQL paradigm has been proposed as a scalable, efficient and reliable solution to the problem. Have a look at why Facebook is trapped in MySQL ‘fate worse than death’.