How to Change Applications Dock Icon in OS X

System PreferencesScreenSnapz002After adding my applications folder back to the dock I noticed that the dock icon was using a different icon than the original Applications icon. The icon was using some other app icon (in my case it was the Lightroom app icon) instead of the Applications folder.

Here is how to change it back.

Right-click on the icon in the dock that is currently posing as the Applications icon.
Notice that it current shows Display As Stack as checked, it will look like this.
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To Fix it: Select the Display as Folder option.
This should change the icon back to the proper Applications icon as indicated in the picture below.
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Hope this helps. Let me know in the comments


Ode to Steve Jobs

The Wall Street Journal reported today that Steve Jobs has retired his duties as CEO.   This is a sad day indeed as I grew up with Steve Jobs over the last 25+ years in this bumpy computer revolution ride.

I am glad to see Steve has recommend Tim Cook take over as CEO.  This is the best choice (for now) as he has previous experience as interim-CEO in Jobs’ absence over the years.  Tim has proven he is an effective COO and leader with Apple since 1998 so he is no stranger to Apple or the industry.

As far as Steve Jobs goes, what can I say… he is (was) not your typical CEO, but instead an icon of innovation to the computer revolution and more recently, the mobile revolution.  The iPod, iPhone, and iPad are great feats of technology and invention, a revolution we are still beginning to see take off.  We watched Steve Wozniak and Jobs fuel the home computer revolution in the 80’s and lead the charge in brining the graphical user interface to the home computer.

Jobs is one of the most influential CEOs the industry has ever seen.  He has always had a strong drive for perfection in bringing great and affordable (well…sometimes affordable) computers to the masses.  The legendary Apple I and Apple II computers that he and Steve Wozniak built from scratch in their garage essentially started the home computer industry as we know it.    

I will miss Steve’s tenacious pursuit for perfection and tireless push for greatness that he brought to Apple and to the industry.  Steve brought us many magical and insanely great computers and mobile devices over the years and he has always been the high water mark for perfection.  Rarely did he let a product get out that was not great.  I will miss you Steve Jobs!  Good luck and farewell and I look forward to the next 25 years at Apple.

Now… Tim Cook, please don’t mess this company up!

Chrome 11 Has Arrived

Google announced Chrome 11 on April 27th, and along with it some new features.  Included is a new HTML Speech Input API, 27 bugs and security fixes, and a new icon.

Most noticeable is the flat colored icon that first made its appearance in the dev builds.  The speech input API looks interesting and allows for speech-to-text / text-to speech type methods. The Google blog has some ideas on how this can be used, more will be coming soon.  I also like how Google is paying out $16,500 in rewards to security researchers for fixing bugs and security issues.  They are holding back some security bug details while they give time for the majority of users to get the update.  For now, Chrome remains the best browser choice for PC, Mac, and Linux.