There’s a very old joke about a man who goes to the doctor and says:
"Doctor, it hurts when I do this."
To which the doctor responds:
"Don’t do that."
I was reminded of this recently when I was having some troubles with my iPod and my iMac. I was trying to drag over some songs in iTunes. The iPod would freeze up and iTunes would give me the spinning beachball of death.
Using the scientific method, I was able to determine that it wasn’t a software problem and it wasn’t a cable problem. The only weird thing I noticed was that my iChat graphic would sometimes switch from video to telephone when I plugged in the iPod.
It was this support article on the Apple website that reminded me of the old joke. Here’s the description of the problem:
And here’s the prescribed solution:
A very helpful piece of documentation, that. Not.
Then again, Apple are (in)famous for not documenting stuff. Here’s a really useful feature that I just came across. Basically, you can access OS X’s spell checker from any Cocoa app:
"Just type the first few letters of the word in question in a text input box (like the Safari URL bar or iChat’s input area or TextEdit or … you get the idea). Once you have a few characters, hit Option-Escape to see a pop-up list of possible completions…"
It also works with F5. I can also confirm that it works fine with <textarea>s in Safari: I just wrote this entry with extensive help from this feature.