Amen, brother ZO!
I got the 500 Combo from Circuit City for 850! I am tempted to overclock it, but even @ 600 / 100 with more RAM than me, OS X is slow?
Ouch. There is no excuse for this. As I have said, we are becoming jaded. A 500mhz G3 is nothing to sneeze at. My Blue and White 300 with 512 RAM rocks in OS 9.1.
Mr A J, even as familiar as I am with dipping into UNIX every now and then, the average user would be irate, and I am annoyed that I have to tweak Terminal settings, for anything!
Applenut, do you think Apple will offer the old Energy Saver in 10.2? If I clock my iBook (now there's an operative, if) to be at 600/350, I could get even more battery. So far, I have gotten almost 5 hours of battery out of regular use. At 350 this would go up, I imagine. Anyone know a good place to buy a soldering iron?
Seriously, last time I touched one of these was way back in Shop, so I'm a bit nervous :eek:
There are some VERY good suggestions on this board. I hope Apple looks here! Or I'll have some mailing to do
hey have work to do in a number of areas. Above all, they need to stop it from behaving in a quirky way. Quirky OS's are not desirable.
(1) They need the Unix layer to behave like a Unix layer, not like The Unix That Apple Built. It's not standard enough.
* 1a. Darwin needs a good package manager. If nothing, a solid and current version of FreeBSD ports.
* 1b. Things need to compile without people having to beat them severely. This means bundling things like ncurses and not using libcurses, having a working pthreads, fixing that whole thing with cpp-precomp, and the rest.
* 1c. Hook it up with some stuff from FreeBSD 4.x (or even the 5.x tree, at this point...). FreeBSD 3.2 is too old as a base.
* 1d. Use bash for /bin/sh. Install /usr/bin/gcc symlinks to /usr/bin/cc and the rest. Make users' lives easier.
* 1e. Keep on top of the bundled software. If you bundled it, maintain it, and release frequent updates. Where's PHP 4.1.2? Where's SSH 3.0.2? If for no other reason, should be there for security.
(2) Fix these weird bugs. They're obvious. They stick out like a sore thumb. Get on top of them. That PPP bug has taken *WAY* too long. It's one thing if you hit up against a weird, obscure bug, but bugs that people have to deal with dozens of times a day are bugs that shouldn't have been shipped.
(3) Speed. There's gotta be some way to coax more speed out of it. For hardware, they're stuck with Moto, who generally does things right but does 'em slow. Find a way around it. I'm looking forward to seeing how much faster 10.2 is, since I get the impression that the speedup in 10.1 was largely based on fixing blatant inefficiencies rather than optimizing the code itself.
(4) Finder. Why is this so messed up? Fix it.
(5) Where are all these features from OS 9? Fine, I dig the Dock, but some people need USB Printer Sharing, file encryption (you can use openssl for this and just make it another frontend to an existing Unix app. Flexibility, power, open source. Fits right in there!), and the rest. I like the whole spring-loaded folder thing I saw, looks good. Hopefully there'll be some more of that.
However, I'm not pessimistic. It took me around ten minutes to think of all those things to fix, which suggests to me (since Apple's engineers aren't idiots) that it's more a matter of needing time to code these things rather than a matter of starting on them in the first place.
This CUPS thing could turn out very well. There needs to be more of that.
Also, it seems that there are more pressing issues that need to be tended to rather than setting some engineer the task of engineering this seemingly useless and bizarre minimized window behavior in 10.2. And yes, I KNOW there are different engineers for different tasks. But surely there are other things within an arena even as limited as the Dock that are more relevant? Lifting that 5 folder hierarchical limit? More customization? Who knows? Maybe you need one less engineer working on the Dock.
Now that was an example of a good post! *claps loudly, whistles a little*
I am aware speed will be resolved, it's just too damn obvious, especially when accompanied by the Megahurts stigma that seems so important to Joe Sixpack. But it is starting to seem as if Apple just doesn't CARE!? 10.1 was big, but come on, that was really 10.0. Just by READING about 10.0, I knew it was a joke. One of those ones where you are embarassed for the person telling it. Gorgonzola was very right it seeing optimism in the CUPS thing. If Apple really tackles this open source thing aggressively it could have dramatic repercussions, simply from the good will of all the open source programmers out there. My hat tips to them.
We're still ahead of Windows, at least !
"Even if you are on the right track, if you sit there long enough, you can still get run over..."
Or so the saying goes, I think!
Applenut, you are right! It is
odd that OS X is slower, not faster??? And torifile is right on the necessary evil of planned obsolescence for businesses. Geez, guys, get a new computer. Oh, wait, I'm on one. And we all know how MacOS X 10.1.3 is on a piece of junk iBook 500 *wry smile* Really, I love this machine! I just want the best for it! *sob*
It's good to be back at AI
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