Posts tagged ‘Mac’

Fix keyboard mapping mixup on OSX

I dock my Mac laptop and use an external keyboard.  I map my dell keyboard so that the command key is in the same place as on the laptop.  This lets me use the alt key as command and the windows key as the alt/option key.   I had a problem when I undocked, the laptop mixed up the key mapping and the alt and command keys were reversed.  I used the keyboard setting tab multiple times to reset the keys do default without any success. To fix the problem I plugged in  both keyboards and selected the all option from the keyboard drop down list.  Then I deleted /Library/Preferences/ and reconfigured both keyboards. I spend weeks trying to figure out why my keyboard mapping was wrong on my laptop.

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A new program for my Mac

I just discovered a new program for the Mac called Gowl.  It was a piggy back program installed with drop box.   The name is cheesy but I like what the program does.   As your working throughout the day you have emails, updates from Skype, and updates from Tweetdeck.  There are many different programs that present messages. I don’t want to cmd tab to all of the different programs to see if the status of a new message is important.  Growl lets me look in the top right corner of my screen to get messages from a number of different programs.  Growl also interfaces with rubymine and firefox.