Top Tips number 46b

This might class as terrible whinging, but this author has decided to rail against all those little things that irritate. Poor grammar, incorrect use of apostrophes, the current vogue for using adjectives as adverbs ("Cooked slow, eat quick" — for the love of Mike!): you name it, I'm going to shout about it.

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A lovely double whammy of odd Capitalisation and language mangling.

Latest on the list of minor irritations that add up to a major bugbear is the tendency for some Mac applications to start bouncing their icon in the Dock to show that in some way they need your immediate attention. I'm not pointing any fingers here, but one such application is one that features quite heavily on this site. Answers on a postcard to the usual address.

When icons bounce, they're effectively saying that the application in question is so desperate for attention that you must, whatever you're doing and no matter how important that thing is, switch your attention and respond to it.

Why is that so annoying? Well, I think back to why I started using Macs. One reason Macs are great is that they let you work. They don't keep showing you dialogue boxes for spurious reasons such as when you insert a USB device or telling you that you need to update your software, for instance. So, you spend your time working (fairly) productively, not being interrupted by the operating system and any other bit of software that feels like it.

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No fingers were pointed during the writing of this blog post.

So, bouncing Dock icons must die. And here's how:

Open the application called Terminal. Then paste in the following:

defaults write no-bouncing -bool TRUE; killall Dock

Press Enter. Your Dock will disappear momentarily, then reappear. And that's it. One fewer irritation. Not one less. One fewer. I'm just sayin'.

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