Make text lower case

Sometimes you paste a text from somewhere, and it’s all upper case, and you want to make it normal case. Few people know that changing text case is a built-in feature of every text field on a Mac, like cut, copy and paste.

Edit → Transformations → Make Lower Case:

Make text lower case

See also: Quickly convert any text to plain text.

2017   lifehack   Mac

How to un-hang a hung app on a Mac

In some cases an app on your Mac would hang: the mouse cursor would turn into a spinning beach ball, and the app would ignore all clicks and key presses. If this doesn’t cure itself in a couple of seconds, there’s not much you can do other than to force quit the app and re-launch it.

Except that sometimes you can. Open Activity Monitor and select the hung app in the list. It’s shown in red as “not responding”. Then click the gear icon and select “Sample Process”:

How to un-hang a hung app on a Mac

If you are lucky, the app would just magically un-hang!

I have no idea what this feature is for, and it doesn’t always work. But if the app’s data is very valuable to you, you don’t just want to give up and force quit it. So you can try this. I’ve saved a couple of Photoshop files this way.

2017   lifehack   Mac   software

Reminders app is so buggy

Reminders is one of buggiest apps Apple has ever made. Sometimes it forgets to remind, sometimes it reminds twice. It cannot sync anything between Macs, iOS devices and the watch. And now, it decided to remind me of five things:

Reminders app

Thanks, I guess.

2016   bugs   iPhone   Mac   software
2016   Mac

Spacing separates, lines join

People often draw lines to separate things. They should, instead, move the things apart.

Here is the Mac menu bar:

If you “separate” the items with lines, the effect will be the opposite:

2014   design   Mac   user interface

The stupid “Compose New Message” menu item

Let’s say you’ve right-clicked the’s dock icon and want to write a new mail:

Why, why is the menu item called “Compose New Message”? Why does it say “Compose”? No sane person would ever say: “Honey, I need to compose a message”.

In every other app on Earth there is no verb before “New”. Just “New Window” in Safari. Just “New Event” in Calendar. Heck, in iMessage it is just “New Message”. Who does Apple make me spend several seconds trying to find the line I need in This is one of those things you cannot get used to.

2014   Mac   rants   text   user interface

Steve Jobs demos the Mac in 1984

Watch this video. I am almost as excited about the stuff they show as the audience:

I think the 2007 iPhone demo will look impressive even in thirty years.

2014   Apple   iPhone   Mac   video

Fix sudo on a Mac

Sometimes the sudo command stops working for reasons beyond human understanding. When you try to sudo anything, it says: “no valid sudoers sources found”.

It happened to me twice. The first time it happened to a MacBook. I tried to make some changes to the sudoers file, but it didn’t help, and I gave up. After adding an SSD drive to my Mac Pro and moving the system to it, it happened again. Mac Pro is my main working machine, so I had to fix it this time.

Turned out the problem was with the permissions on the root directory. Presumably I’ve somehow broken them while moving my system.

I found a working solution on MacRumors forum. Here’s what you do:

  1. Restart your Mac is a single-user mode (press and hold ⌘+S during boot until you see command prompt).
  2. /sbin/fsck -fy
    check the filesystem integrity (not sure it’s necessary, but I did it anyway).
  3. /sbin/mount -wu /
    mount the root filesystem.
  4. /bin/chmod 1775 /
    fix the permissions.
  5. /bin/sync
    commit the changes to filesystem.
  6. exit

After booting to the normal Mac environment, you may also need to repair permissions with the Disk Utility.

2012   Mac   solution

Some details in Mountain Lion

  1. Launchpad no longer displays all the Adobe’s crap “apps” (the likes of “Uninstall Adobe Flash Extension Manager Help Center Updater”). Somehow it learned to distinguish between real apps and this useless stuff.
  2. Apple for some reason decided that Launchpad should have not eight, but seven icons in a row, which broke all my logical page arrangements. Oh well. Had to reorganize it. I hope in ML it will at least remember the positions well and don’t shuffle them unexpectedly. By the way, search in Launchpad is great.
  3. When you delete a file in Finder, it no longer moves selection to parent directory. Huge win (via Aleksander Karpinsky).
  4. Many have already pointer out that the battery icon in the main menu no longer has an option to display time remaining, only the percentage. But what’s more important, when you ask it to display percentage, it now displays it to the left of the icon (iOS style) and doesn’t enclose it in the stupid, useless and noisy parentheses. I wonder what made them use those parentheses in the first place. Anyway, I don’t want to see the percentage anyway.
  5. In Calendars, when some of the day’s events are out of view (i. e. you are viewing a schedule from noon to midnight, but you have an event in 9 am), they are still shown as small “tails” on the edges, so while you don’t see what event or events are there, you least know that there is something.
  6. In Mail, if you put a folder (e. g. “Projects”) in the bookmarks bar, it no longer behaves like a pull-down menu. Instead, it takes the name of the form “Projects — The TTP Project” using the name of the subfolder you last opened and opens that folder immediately. To see the whole list of subfolders, you need to click the little triangle on the right.
  7. When you right click a mail and select “Move To”, Mail no longer displays the whole mailbox hierarchy for you to pick a folder. Instead, it shows just the top-level folders, any of which you can hover to reveal a submenu of its subfolders and so on. This made the “Move To” command almost impossible to use, because the menu structure is just too fragile to use confidently. This turned out not to be true. In reality Mail displays each folder as a menu of its own if it is collapsed in the mailbox sidebar and as a list of subfolders if it is not. And it does the same in Lion. The reason for my experience is that in Lion I had all my hierarchy expanded and in ML it was not.
  8. You can now drag a file from somewhere to an app icon in Launchpad to open with. Start dragging, then press your Launchpad hotkey (it’s ⌘Esc for me) and drop a file on an any icon that would accept it. Cool.

What else?

2012   Mac

Button text in Mountain Lion

John Siracusa in the review:

Creating a new document and then immediately closing without saving now shows a dialog box whose far-left button is labeled “Delete” rather than the milder “Don’t Save”. The same button in the dialog that appears after selecting the “Duplicate…” command and then immediately closing the duplicate window is now labeled “Delete Copy” instead of “Don’t Save”.

Nice touch.

2012   Mac   user interface
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