The Infernal Modification

The Infernal Modification

So, contrary to sound advise, I updated to OS X 10.4.9 within an hour of its release. It was a smooth upgrade and I haven’t noticed any instability or show stoppers.

I’m in the middle of filling in the holes on iTunes. I’ve ripped many of my CDs, but I still have a long way to go. I’m also re-ripping all of my CDs into MP3 format. It’s a tedious process, but I’m in no hurry to get it done. 10-15 CDs per day is plenty.

As you might imagine, I’ve been giving the Media Eject button (⏏) quite a workout. Enough so that punching the button and moving on to opening the old CD case, opening the next CD and pulling it out has become second nature. It’s ingrained do deeply that I don’t even think about it.

But since upgrading to 10.4.9 I get to think about it. Every time I punch the thing, I get to think about it. Because now, pressing ⏏ isn’t good enough. Thanks to Apple trying to save me from accidents, I now have to press and hold ⏏. Which means I have to reprogram my habits. Which is not something that happens easily.

From the Apple docs:

To prevent accidentally ejecting media, Mac OS X 10.4.9 adds a slight delay to the Media Eject key before it takes effect. To eject a disc, hold the Media Eject key. The disc will eject normally and the eject symbol will appear.

I realize some people are really happy about this. Obviously I’m not one of them. At the very least, Apple should make this “feature” optional. I’ve hit the ⏏ accidentally maybe 10 times over the past year. That’s less than once per month. I don’t need this feature. I don’t want this feature. Now I don’t use ⏏ at all. ⇧⌃E is my new Media Eject button.

Apple, give me my ⏏ back. Sometimes saving me from my own stupidity is a Good Thing®. This isn’t one of those times.

Update: According to this hint on macosxhints, you can bypass the delay by pressing the Eject Media key then pressing the Option key. This only works if you press ⏏ followed by Option. Lame.

Via MacMerc.