Killing the Dock

There are lots of design decisions made by Apple in OS X (now macOS) one can appreciate. I like the universal menu bar at the top of the screen. Overall it saves on space (assuming you need a menu bar).

One I do not like is the Dock. By default it takes up a lot of space, windows cannot cover it, and it wants your attention often. Application windows behave oddly compared with other Desktop Environments using a similar metaphor.

Kill The Dock (for MacOS) – Michael Rurka — ルデ – Medium

Shrink the Dock with zoom

In the Dock settings, move the Size slider all the way to Small. Select Magnification and set the slider to Max.

Hide the Dock

Select “Automatically hide and show the Dock”.

Increase Hover Time

In the terminal set the delay for the Dock to 5 seconds. Set the number higher if you want.

defaults write autohide-delay -float 5 && killall Dock

Kill the Bouncing Icons

Someday someone will tell me why Apple decided a bouncing icon in the Dock demanding the user’s focus and attention for even the most mundane information is a good idea. I cannot even imagine.

I followed MacWorld’s Rob Griffiths‘ advice from here:

defaults write no-bouncing -bool TRUE && killall Dock

Use Witch, Alfred, & Keyboard Maestro to Improve Things

I use Alfred similar to Michael’s approach. I also use Keyboard Maestro for launching shortcuts to either launch or raise specific apps – for example, Control-Command-S for Slack. Alfred – Productivity App for Mac OS X &

Most important, I use witch to provide Windows-like task switching via Command-tab. Witch · Many Tricks

The Big Rethink

I am recovering from a bout of illness. I will save you, Dear Reader, the gory details.

The event is causing me to re-evaluate my habits, workflows, automation, and outsourcing. My reluctance to call on my friends and co-workers or my building concierges for help caused me more suffering than I should have endured, would have triggered my recovery sooner, and lessened the impact on others – especially at work.

Part of my rethink is my recovery-mandated sobriety. Focus is always a challenge for me after a few beers. Gaining the increased focus, the additional time, and needing the distraction provided time for reflection.

I made notes, rambling fever dreams and otherwise. I also cranked through a bunch of Mac Power Users and similar podcasts. My plans percolate and bounces around my brain.

Look forward to possible new posts about what I am doing and why.

This is some unicode: & ’ “ ” 👺

[sourcecode language=”emacs-lisp” title=”” ]
(setq this-is-some-setting t)

Troubleshooting Emacs Org2blog

Go here: When posting I get ‘Lisp error: (wrong-type-argument listp t)’ #216 for the history on this issue.

For fun, here are some Unicode characters: ” ‘ & 🗾 😄

Here is my current slim emacs config to get org2blog working:

(setq load-prefer-newer t)

(add-to-list 'package-archives
             '("gnu" . ""))
(add-to-list 'package-archives
             '("melpa" . "") t)
  (unless (package-installed-p 'package+)
    (package-install 'package+))

(add-to-list 'load-path "~/src/org-mode/lisp")
(add-to-list 'load-path "~/src/metaweblog")
(add-to-list 'load-path "~/src/org2blog")
(add-to-list 'load-path "~/src/xml-rpc-el")
(add-to-list 'load-path "~/src/pretty-mode")
(add-to-list 'load-path "~/src/use-package")

(require 'org)
(global-set-key "\C-cl" 'org-store-link)
(global-set-key "\C-ca" 'org-agenda)
(global-set-key "\C-cc" 'org-capture)
(global-set-key "\C-cb" 'org-iswitchb)

(require 'xml-rpc)

(require 'metaweblog)

(require 'org2blog-autoloads)

(require 'auth-source)

 auth-sources '(
 epa-file-cache-passphrase-for-symmetric-encryption t
 auth-source-debug 'trivia

    :url ""
    :username ,(car (auth-source-user-and-password ""))
    :password ,(cadr (auth-source-user-and-password ""))
    :default-title "Hello, World!"
    :default-categories ("Uncategorized" "org2blog")

(require 'use-package)

(use-package htmlize
             :ensure t)

I created local git clones for xml-rpc-el, org-mode, org2blog, metaweblog, pretty-mode, and use-package.

This is done in order to post a draft of this blog. Then I will publish it.

Wish me good times!

[TokyoGringo] Fun Japan Fact – all cell phones’ cameras have a shutter sound

I tried to get service for my US iPhone 6S+ here in Tokyo. The delightful woman helping me warned me, “You know, if you swap this out you will get a Japan phone with the shutter sound. Are you sure?”

Oh. No. Not sure, and not by a long shot.

I recalled my first US trip with my JP colleagues where their shutter sound constantly disrupted slide presentation after slide presentation. I volunteered my phone for hundreds of silent slide pictures of decks later offered for download.

When I returned to Japan I found the sound ever present. I assumed the shutter sound a cultural choice, what with the Japanese camera stereotype and all. I filled it away as an annoyance like on-line banking and moved on.

I embrace my education. As I stated regularly on the PVC Security podcast, there is a certain freedom in knowing you will screw up at least ten times per day.

It also means I will try to get all my future mobile phones in the US (assuming the shutter sound is my major concern).