In my quest to learn more operating systems and just show more of my geekiness I’ve been playing with installing OS X on a regular PC and on my laptop.  Clearly they made OS X to work with a small subset of hardware and had no intention on letting anyone experience the Mac OS outside of their hardware.

One of the first annoyances was that Apple hides all system files and doesn’t have an easy way to turn them back on.  Here is a command to make all files visible in the Finder application:

(From the terminal)
defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

(This next command kills all instances of Finder to make the change effective)
killall Finder

Re-open Finder and you’ll be able to see all system files now.