Annoyed about Eject

I love my Macbook Pro, it’s hands down the best laptop I’ve owned. It is aesthetically pleasing, it runs virtually any operating system, and causes me little grief. There is just one thing that’s annoying the crap out of me, and I’m putting a call to arms to the first person to fix it.

I’m willing to bet Apple laptop users have accidentally ejected more CD’s and DVD’s when they are trying to press delete quickly. If that’s the case, why does Apple insist on putting this key here? Even more frustrating, there is nothing in System Preferences to do anything about it.

So I brainstormed a few ideas, and of course any creativity is appreciated. If the key can be shut off via Dashboard widget, menu item, preference pane, whatever. I was hoping this tip would help:

Adding an Eject Icon
The prescribed way to eject a CD or DVD is to press the eject (or F12) key on your keyboard. That’s not much help if you have a non-Apple keyboard, if you have more than one drive capable of ejecting, or if, in a fit of troubleshooting, you find yourself without a keyboard altogether. Fortunately, there’s a secret way to do the same thing: install the Eject menulet.

To find the installer, go to the root of your hard drive and open System: Library: CoreServices: Menu Extras. Inside that window, double-click on the icon called Eject.menu.

Now look at your menu bar, and you’ll find the new Eject icon. Use it as a menu and choose the drive you’d like to eject.

Which is great, but gives no more advantage or configuration options. Anyone interested in taking this on?

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