About 3 months ago, one of my friends got his first MacBook. Since then, he hadn’t been able to use + A to select all content anywhere within the whole system.

Yesterday, he finally got it fixed. It was neither a bug in the macOS nor a major mess that he had made. It was just a tiny setting that got lost in the sea of complex solutions.

One of the apps in his system had some shortcut mapped to + A. Finally, the cause of the mayhem.

That one silly mistake

Coincidentally, I too had a similar experience. I had been stuck on a very simple JavaScript problem while developing my new blog platform Airtyper. Ultimately, after 3 days of struggle, I fixed the issue.

This too was a very simple fix yet hard to find. 🤦🏻‍♂️

Why are these little bugs hard to find?

Because we don’t think straight when we are stuck in a problem. We tend to overlook the simple solutions in favour of some complex ones. This is what gets us stuck in limbo.

We need to start thinking slow and hunt down our silly mistakes. Use a microscope rather than a telescope to track down these notorious little bugs.

Dull solutions are sexy because we sometimes like to be dumb.

Thank you for being an amazing reader. 🙌🏻