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Today I wasted some time figuring out how to unbind a keyboard shortcut that was removed in OSX 10.7 (Lion).

In 10.6 and earler, I bound "activate spaces" to ⌃~ (ctrl-tilde). Since I've moved to Lion, I became accustomed to doing the same thing via the trackpad (four-finger swipe) or via the old exposé key (F3), since now spaces and exposé have melded into mission control.

My favorite editor, Sublime Text 2, uses ⌃~ to activate the console. I figured I'd spend 2 minutes freeing up the shortcut in System Preferences and get on with life.

Bzzt. Lion didn't unbind the key combination, but since there is no Spaces in Lion, I can't see the bound keyboard shortcut there anymore.

Now imagine a montage of googling and head-scratching.

Eventually I hit on the right combination of search terms and found this:

http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20110721132409362

Do it and save yourself some pain.
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Yep, Just works ;-)
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On security questions for websites:

There's an argument to be made that security questions are inherently insecure. Even if you force users to write their own questions, they are likely to use something generic ("mother's maiden name") or trivial to deduce ("name of your high school").

I've always used a very different strategy for security questions, and now I wonder if it can be extended in a generic fashion for all websites.

The trick is to ask a question which is generic but has implicit personal meaning and is thus inherently memorable.

Everybody has their favorite comfort food. A question like "Food for broken hearts" might mean chocolate to somebody, chicken soup to another, or ice cream. Even within ice cream, some people might explicitly associate it with Ben & Jerry's, or a particular flavor. It's an emotional connection we all forged at some low point in our lives; one we're unlikely to forget.

I make all of my password-recovery questions in that nature. They're all simple questions, but I word them in a way that implies meaning to me. An interloper would be facing an enormous amount of potential answers for such a generic question. It's unlikely that my credit report includes information about the comfortingly delicious pint of pistachio I devoured that time after that thing that made me sad, and I'm unlikely to ever forget the right answer.
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@+Nolan Brubaker, I am totally for dicewaring (http://world.std.com/~reinhold/diceware.html) one very strong master password for the password DB, and memorizing it hard enough so I don't forget it. When faced with having to fill in security questions, I would try to enter as much entropy into the QnA as possible, e.g. not just mixing nouns with adverbs.

One could also distribute the master password or keyfile amongst a number of trusted and unrelated people, for recovery. There exist cryptographic secret-sharing schemes for this purpose.
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As a dual citizen of the US and Israel, I can't help but draw parallels with American politics. I'm writing this post with my American citizen hat on.

Next time a Republican tells you about how the free market sorts everything out, next time they try to sell you on the evils of governmental "interference" in ensuring that no part of society ends up impoverished, tell them to look at Israel: it is their crystal ball.

There is nothing unpatriotic about thinking that our government should make sure that the lowest standard of living in our country is a standard that people can live with. There is nothing that says we must choose between what we have now and the 50+ percent tax rate of true socialist countries like Sweden.

Israel was born a socialist country, and to this day, we still enjoy vestiges of socialism in the form of universal healthcare which costs less every month than what I pay for my internet. The past decade has seen Israel's leaders discarding that legacy and importing the worst of America: materialism, unchecked capitalism, power as a function of money. I remember when cable TV first brought the outside world to Israel. I am old enough to have seen the changes wrought by Israeli's thirst for "America."

This is the result. A government which is peopled with the worst criminals and liars our society has to offer, one of the fastest-growing, largest gaps between the wealthy and poor in history, and a population burnt out on the adrenaline jitters of a steady parade of security crises.

Sound familiar, right-wing America? Your crystal ball. We are it.
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+Ze'ev Bubis, that link doesn't work for me
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200,000 people protesting in Israel. Over 160,000 in Tel Aviv alone. Numbers keep growing. These are the largest protests to take place here on any issue in as long as I can remember.
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"I too want a slice of the pie"
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400,000 Israelis—that's 1 in 20, over 5%—protesting something that has nothing to do with security, and it's nowhere on the NYTimes website. Not on the front page, not even buried in the "World" section.

Sad. This is what I mean when I say that media coverage of the region sucks. Apparently popular upheaval over social issues just isn't sexy enough / doesn't fit the narrative.

http://cl.ly/1H3C0O020C2t3O10013l - NYTimes world section screenshot.
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I guess Twitter & co. has ought to be the next unbiased media. To bad it's only a minimal percentage of the population, worldwide.
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300,000 people protesting the effects of unchecked capitalism on Israeli society. That's a full 4% of the total population, in the streets.
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"Corrupt officials: you've worn out your welcome."
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I'm a happily-married software geek with artsy tendencies. Bad usability or design have been known to make me cranky. I know my way around a camera and a typeface. Stories told via visualizations of data enchant me, but there are few which are both beautiful and story-telling.

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