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>Leopard annoyances

>I finally made the switch from Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger” to 10.5 “Leopard”. Here are some things I ran into while upgrading:

iChat:

  • iChat still has separate windows for Jabber-, AIM- and Bonjour contact lists. Chax can fix this, though;
  • one of my ‘buddies’ has both a GMail account (via Jabber) and a MobileMe account (via AIM) – these get mixed up in the contacts lists;

Migration:

  • When migrating the programs from my Tiger backup, I also migrated some issues, so I decides to reinstall all programs.

Spaces:

  • Spaces does not support labels for spaces; numbers are quite meaningless.
  • NetBeans 6.1 does not work well with Spaces. If you press Cmd-Tab to switch to NetBeans, the correct Space is not activated. Very annoying. It has been noticed by others as well.
  • I assigned F6 to Spaces, to show the overview. It’s not possible to start dragging an application and then press F6 to drop it in a different space.
  • Software Update does not seem to work with Spaces, when I Cmd-Tab to it after it completed (and starts jumping in the Dock), nothing happens.

Mail:

  • When I tell Mail to permanently accept an SSL certificate it considers unsafe, then it still keeps asking for it when I restart Mail.
  • When replying to a mail I sent to somebody else, my address is in the To: field and the original recipient is in the CC: field. I would hope this was fixed since Tiger.

Finder:

  • I tried to customize the icon for a folder by dropping a JPEG on top of the icon in the “Info” window. Instead of showing the image, it shows a generic JPEG icon. D’oh! The Iconic tool provides a partial resolution. It ‘carves’ an image into a Leopard folder image and makes that the icon for a specific folder, if you want. I’d prefer to have just the original image as the folder icon, but I’m not sure how to do that.
  • It is not possible to add a mount point to the Locations-section in the Finder sidebar.

Spotlight:

  • When searching with Spotlight, the results window has no option to show more columns, like the number of attachments or the size of the image. And it’s not possible to hide the Relevance column (which I never use). Leap is a powerful alternative, though.

AddressBook:

  • Sometimes when I start editing a card, all details disappear. This is resolved by pressing Cmd-Z.

Dock:

  • If I put the Dock on the right side of my screen then it turns into a 2D-style Dock; so far so good. But then when I move the mouse pointer over the stripes (between the applications and the stacks) that allow me to change the size of the Dock (without clicking), then the mouse pointer keeps its resize-appearance.

Other:

  • X11 does not work for me. XQuartz 2.3.0 seems to work like a charm though.
  • Software Update still says there’s new software available for my computer (in bold) even after it finished installing all available updates. Confusing, especially for less tech-savvy people.
 
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Posted by on 25 August 2008 in annoyances, mac, macos, macosx, osx

 

>Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) annoyances

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Here’s my list of some annoyances I have with Mac OS X 10.4 (a.k.a. Tiger). I have not switched to Leopard yet, but I doubt whether the issues I list here have been fixed in Leopard (if you know, please add a comment.)

Mail.app

  1. When replying to a sent mail, my own e-mail address is in the To: field. D’oh!
  2. There is no easy way to see which e-mails are currently being sent or are scheduled to be sent at a later point in time.
  3. While synchronizing with a slow IMAP server, my inbox lists none of my incoming messages.
  4. Create a new message. Edit the To: field. Type a name followed by a less-than sign (<) and then paste (Cmd-V) an e-mail address. Notice that there's now a comma where you don't want it, right behind the less-than sign.

Suspend / Screen locking

  1. After suspending the machine (e.g. close the MacBook (Pro) lid) the screen gets locked, that’s how I configured my machine. If I change monitor (and hence resolution) while the machine is suspended (e.g. close the MacBook Pro lid and then insert a DVI cable) the screen looks distorted, while the login box on it looks OK.
  2. Sometimes after suspending the machine, it won’t come back. The mouse pointer shows, but no login dialog. And every keypress triggers a beep.

Software update

  1. Run Software Update. If there is an update that requires a restart, the program will show a dialog asking you to choose Restart or Shutdown? Instead, try shutting down the machine using the key combo Ctrl-Alt-Cmd-Eject. A new dialog window will show up saying that the Software Update program cancelled the shutdown. Why?!

Spotlight

  1. Spotlight windows are anonymous. They don’t show up when using Cmd-Tab. Why?
    Fixed in Leopard: Yes.

Java

  1. For developers like myself, Java 6 support is a must, see this Sun Babelfish blog entry: 13949712720901ForOSX.
    Work-around: Although Apple does not provide a Java 6 port, a work-around based on the FreeBSD JDK is underway.
    Fixed in Leopard: No

Note: I intend to keep this post up-to-date.

 
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Posted by on 13 November 2007 in annoyances, apple, lock, mac, macos, macosx, mail, screen, suspend, tiger