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How to Open the User’s Library Folder on macOS Sierra 10.12.2 or Later

Sometimes, you need to access the /Library folder that’s in your home folder (the one with the house icon and your user name). For a while now, this folder has been hidden.

Previously, you could access this by press the Option key, then selecting the Go menu in the Finder. The Option key would add Library to the list of locations in that menu. But this was changed when 10.12.2 was released. Instead of pressing the Option key, you need to press the Shift key. You can also open that folder more easily by pressing Command-Shift-L.

Go menu

Not a big deal, but if you’re used to using the Option key, you may be surprised to find it doesn’t work any more.

You can also ensure that this Library folder displays by entering your home folder, then displaying the View Options window (View > Show View Options), and checking Show Library Folder.

H/t Michal Tsai.

Audio Commentary Tracks: A Victim of Streaming? – Tedium

As the formats hosting our favorite movies, music, and games change, some things will be lost. (Sometimes, even the formats themselves.) By some estimates, 75 percent of silent films were never converted to more stable mediums. They are gone forever. On the bright side, most of it was crap unworthy of saving. But there were a few gems, like Charlie Chaplin’s A Thief Catcher, though a copy was found in 2010. In an age of Gmail, Dropbox, and Netflix, people rarely worry about losing their favorite entertainment. One artform, inextricably tied to a dying format, is endangered—damn near extinction, even. Today’s Tedium looks at the lost art of DVD commentary.

I have listened to one film commentary: Almost Famous. It’s one of my favorite movies, and I was interested in hearing what Cameron Crowe had to say, since the film is auto-biographical.

It was a slog. I have no desire to listen to these things, but I do understand people – especially this in the industry, or aspiring to be part of it – who listen to them.

But this is a great point. These commentaries are sold on optical disc versions of films as bonuses. Perhaps studios will start adding them to streaming movies, but I’d suspect they’d rather just get people to buy them if they want those extras.

Source: Audio Commentary Tracks: A Victim of Streaming?

How to rip DVDs with Handbrake

You may buy and rent digital movies, or even get digital copies of your films when you buy DVDs so you can watch them easily on an Apple TV or iOS device. But not all movies offer digital copies, and you may not want to buy movies from the iTunes Store; you may want to own hard copies of your favorite films. Or, you may, like me, buy DVDs of concerts and operas, or have a collection of older DVDs, such as my box sets of The Honeymooners and The Twilight Zone.

Fortunately, it’s easy to rip DVDs and add them to your iTunes library so you can use them more freely and watch them when you want. Here’s how.

Read the rest of the article on Macworld.

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Writings about Macs, music, and more by Kirk McElhearn