MacOS unhide dock faster

As I’ve stated I more or less cross paths almost on a daily basis with all the major operating systems. Most of the time my main driver is the 2018 MacBook Pro which is with me whenever I leave the comfort of the home-office.

Although the resolution is good on this device the dock at the bottom takes up a bit of space. I must say I’m not a heavy dock user, I’ve learnt long ago to use CMD+Space to find my applications, just like I use the Windows key in Windows 10 and MOD+D in my i3wm on Arch Linux. In my normal configuration I keep the dock hidden and if you keep the default values you, for a split second, wonder if it’s coming out at all. So, tweaking it to appear faster felt like a good idea. Three commands later and we are done. As always, this blog is mostly so I don’t have to search information on this again and try to find my personal sweetspot
Open a terminal and run the following commands, in the following order:


$ defaults write com.apple.dock autohide-delay -float 0
$ defaults write com.apple.dock autohide-time-modifier -float 0.5
$ killall Dock

Now it does not feel like the Dock is stuck in mud somewhere, it actually appears fast enough the few times I really need it.

Nixadmins.net back from hiatus

I can’t believe it’s now 7 years since I was actively posting content. Why? I started as a Field Engineer at Microsoft and could not find the time nor energy to keep creating quality content. It’s now a year since I changed my role starting as an Architect designing the device journey with all that comes with it. With this role in mind my posts in the future will be different, the content will be wider than before, meaning I will create posts about the design journeys and the architectural view as well. But, as I am still me, and deep inside a geek who loves to tinker with things from A-Z the content will also reflect this.

In my daily life I’m now more or less in multiple platforms, using Windows, MacOS and Linux in my daily life. Some posts will be deep in a technology sense while others might offer you high level views on services I am working on in my daily life.

I will not commit to a schedule as this site still mostly notes on my personal ramblings and trying to answer questions I get in my daily life.

First up will be recreation of some of the former posts as I have lost my backups from my previous site in 2013. Some of them were extremely popular and I still haven’t found a good  replacement for them.

//Mats