Benedikt Meurer JavaScript Engine Hacker and Programming Language Enthusiast.


So I'm trying to get used to OS X Lion now. One of the first things I noticed was that the Library folder does no longer show up in Finder by default. Of course that was rather trivial to fix using the following command:

chflags nohidden ~/Library

One really nice feature in Lion is that new tabs in now inherit the current working directory from the tab from which they were opened - something I implemented in Xfce's Terminal seven years ago, BTW. Looks like this is implemented by parsing the path displayed in the title bar, which can have unexpected results when combined with ssh sessions, since the path in the title is actually set via the (remote) shell. In addition the title bar of Terminal windows now provides the same handles as the title bar in Finder windows, which is pretty handy.

Unfortunately Apple decided to kick Spaces and replace it with Mission Control. This by itself is not necessarily bad, but now there's no way to get that two dimensional workspace layout back, at least until Apple decides to fix that shortcoming. I've also noticed that the order of the workspaces seems to change under some (obscure) conditions, which is even worse. Maybe I'm just getting old, but until now I was unable to figure out what triggers this rearrangement - not what I'd call intuitive.

Update 1: Lion also says bye bye to Microsoft Office for Mac 2004, since Rosetta is not available for Mac OS X 10.7.

Update 2: Make sure you don't miss the Mac OS X 10.7 Lion review by ars technica's John Siracusa.

Update 3: Well, I am old... the fix for that Mission Control feature that drove me nuts is obvious. In the Mission Control preference pane, disable the Automatically rearrange spaces based on most recent use option. Even if I was too blind to discover this earlier, it's nevertheless a really bad default. Out of 100 Mac users, how many would their workspaces to rearrange magically?