April 18, 2007
1.) Finder – My biggest issue with finder is that I like to have column view. Finder does not reliably track that preference. When closing the active window it sometimes switches back to another view, especially if you’ve not opened it in a while. This is even worse when working with network shares that multiple people are changing the view on.
2.) Location Manager – Putting the locations in the menu has helped, but Location Manager should redefine other system settings too. For instance, change the time zone. And it should carry into Apps – especially non-Apple ones such as Entourage. Perhaps it can change the default browser too? Yes another user would be the best solution, but then you run into file sharing and permissions issues between the two users.
3.) Image Capture – It’s misnamed. If it’s true image capture then it should either be trying to grab from a scanner, or using the onboard camera if the machine has one. It should not be trying to grab files from my digital camera. That option should be part of iPhoto if anything.
4.) If I have an option of several buttons on the screen (Install/cancel or yes/no) in a dialog box, I want to be able to use the arrow keys or tab to switch to the other option. Using the mouse works, it’s just slow for those of us who tend to rely on the keyboard and shortcut keys a lot.
5.) Logging in as Administrator needs to be changed. Either keep the permissions active just like in terminal, or make me type the password in each instance it’s needed. I’d prefer the former, but I just want consistency.
6.) When programs lock up, or are running slow and you go to Force Quit them, I’d like “Not Responding” to be a bit more accurate. I find frequently that it’s not, “Not Responding,” but rather just running slowly. Perhaps a little link to pop up process viewer would work?
7.) Safari is really falling behind. I’m relying on Firefox more and more for compatibility. I still use Safari as my main browser, but my habits are to launch and keep using Firefox as I need it. I’d highly prefer to get rid of one browser or the other to save hard drive space.
8.) Quit with the “OSX doesn’t need to be defragged” BS. Ok, so it doesn’t technically need to be defragged, but it DOES need to be “cleaned” every once in a while. Especially if you do a lot of read/writes to the hard drive with applications such as Bittorrent or Photoshop. Diskwarrior does a great job fixing these and increasing the speed of the system again. Why aren’t these abilities built into the Disk Utility, or on the original boot disc?
9.) Lack of gaming support. I know this isn’t Apple or OSX’s fault, and the gaming industry is getting better about addressing it. But I’m tired of waiting for the few games I do want to play to come out for the Mac. Usually 6 months to a year later.
10.) Why did the widget team decide to add applications that already existed in the system? If it was such a good idea to add a calculator and sticky notes, then why isn’t the corresponding program used to decrease the memory footprint of Widgets. As it is, each machine I use I turn off every widget other then the weather one. And even then I could live with out that one.
Not OSX specifically, but Apple in general:
The white plastic collects and shows dust very easily. The remote for my Macbook had a lot of black specs on it after sitting on the shelf for one day. I’m in an office environment and don’t think it’s THAT dusty here.