Play/pause button stopped working in OS X Mavericks

My play/pause button mysteriously stopped working in iTunes and VLC mysteriously this week on my laptop. It affected the previous track and next track buttons as well. It turns out that my Google Music extension in Chrome stole the keyboard bindings after the extension updated this week. If your buttons stopped working as well, follow these steps to check your keyboard shortcuts in Chrome: Choose Preferences in the Chrome menu in the menu bar Click Extensions in the left sidebar Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page Click Keyboard Shortcuts Look at the key bindings in the Google Play Music section Your shortcuts might look like the ones shown here in an Apple support forum.
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One month using a Linux laptop at work: Back to the Mac

This post has been a bit delayed, but I want to follow up on the post I wrote last month about moving from OS X to Linux at work. I started out with a Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon along with Fedora 19 and KDE. Although most things went really well, there were a few deal-breakers that sent me back to the Mac. Just to give you an idea of my daily workflow, much of my day revolved around my calendar and email.
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virt-manager won’t release the mouse when using ssh forwarding from OS X

The latest versions of virt-manager don’t release the mouse pointer when you’re doing X forwarding to a machine running OS X. This can lead to a rather frustrating user experience since your mouse pointer is totally stuck in the window. Although this didn’t affect me with CentOS 6 hosts, Fedora 18 hosts were a problem. There’s a relatively elegant fix from btm.geek that solved it for me. On your Mac, exit X11/Xquartz and create an ~/.
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Quick access to OpenPGP tasks with GPGTools in OS X

I’ve been a big fan of the GPGTools suite for Mac for quite a while but I discovered some neat features when right-clicking on a file in Finder today. It’s a bit disappointing that I didn’t find these sooner! Encrypting files is simple: just click OpenPGP: Encrypt File and a window will pop asking you which key you’d like to use for encryption. You also have the option of encrypting it with a password.
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Going back to Linux as a desktop

Although I’ve been exclusively using a Mac for everything but servers since about 2008, I found myself considering a move back to Linux on the desktop after seeing how some people were using it at LinuxCon. My conversion from the iPhone to Android was rocky for a very brief period and now I can’t think of a reason to ever go back. I approached Linux in the same way and ordered a new ThinkPad shortly after returning from the conference.
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