Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) annoyances


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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