991 words on X.4 Overview
More quasi-random notes on ‘features’ of Mac OS X.4 and other things I observed while using it.
The connect dialogue box for AFP servers seems to have changed a little. There’s now a litte ‘gear’ button with a submenu for the connection options. It looks different than all the other ‘gear’ buttons I’ve seen.
Virtual memory is still a problem… not as vital for me right now as I’ve got a larger hard drive but still quite a space consuming one. Does the system really need to have two gigabytes of swap files – minutes after I quit all running applications? While things have gone back to a somewhat saner state where the maximum swap file size seems to be 256MB, rather than giving you 1GB ones, I am still puzzled why they stick around for ages.
Looking at the Screens preference pane when an external screen is attached also gives an interesting, but not amusing, sight. The frequencies displayed in the dialogue are now strange numbers like ‘89.9 Hertz’ instead of the ‘90.0 Hertz’ you saw there previously. A nice new thing about that preference pane is the new button to collect all windows. That could be a nice helper when windows drift on the wrong screen or external displays don’t work and you want your windows back quickly.
Another bit of bitching about Spotlight won’t hurt I suppose. One ‘feature’ of Spotlight is that the importer can set up a ‘display name’ for an item that differs from the file’s actual name. This is needed to make hacks like Apple’s indexing of iCal and AddressBook data possible. But it’s also needed to index all the e-mail messages which are stored as separate files but have some ID strings as names which won’t be very meaningful to the user. Thanks to that feature you can have unique IDs for file names which are important to make things work and meaningful strings as display names for the user.
As long as you’re only using the Spotlight menu or window with its general lack of information this seems to work just fine. But things start being more tricky when you start hitting Command-R to display the selected item in its folder – in the Finder’s smart folders – which just happen to be the Finder’s find windows as well. Let’s just say you get a number of inconsistent results, with the Finder’s find feature’s ones looking the most reasonable.
Please report these to Apple.
The more I use Tiger, the more I keep running into little things I never knew you could do. Just today, for instance, I accidentally hit “Apple-Shift-N” to create a new folder… while in a “Save Dialogue Box” and it works! Had no idea you could do this. Have no clue as to how long this has been available. Now, of course, I use it constantly.
Hmmm, I think creating folders in these windows has been possible for a long time. Since System 8 at least, I’d say. Of course the keyboard equivalent was the simpler Command-N at the thime.
yeah the weather widget regularly stops working for me as well. sometimes it helps to remove it from the dashboard and add it back again; or to re-type the location, then let it validate;but usually it doesn’t.
speaking of re-typing the location: it still cracks me up that I spent a week waiting for rain that never came because my widget was set to “Berlin” instead of “Berlin, Germany”. “Berlin” apparently maps to “Berlin, Massachusetts”…
Received data seems to be invalid. The wanted file does probably not exist or the guys at last.fm changed something.