I have been constantly plagued by several things in OS X that I cannot stand. My machine of choice is a Rev A iMac with stock (233MHz) CPU, a 120GB Maxtor, 512MB RAM, 6MB Video RAM, a slot-loading CD-RW, running 9.2.2 and 10.2.8. Any solutions to these 'pain-points' are greatly appreciated.
X. OS X does not drag and drop from volume to volume. This may be trivial to some, but one of the best things about Classic is that once you had set your volume, you could simply boot from a disk and then drag and drop the system folder to another volume. upgrading hard drives and backing up your system was sweetly easy. I had tried this with OS X, but it never lands right and when pulled from a backup copy and replaced to the original volume it hoses up. Classic would work anywhere you dropped it, making cloning your system setup to other machines just that easy. Not everyone needs security more robust than what was offered in 9. OS X drops a footprint into the Open Firmware that stays long after the system folder has been removed. Not long ago, I erased my boot volume to reinstall X and fix a specific problem unrelated to this gripe of a thread. When I installed, I found that my previous userid and password were still resident on the system even thought no user folder existed for them. I was unable to recycle these until I booted up in the root user, created a folder (manually) for these users, and then deleted the user using Accounts in Sys Prefs. Once done, I could then reuse the ids. But what a pain to have to deal with information stored on the system in such a way that I cannot REALLY manage it. Having a better way to backup ALL of the hard drive or even clone the hard drive to another machine would be great - oh, wait, I can do that in Classic. Silly me. I guess that some folks need the setup offered in "The World's Most Powerful Operating System", but I find it an inconvenient pain in my @$$.
9. Anytime I run Repair Disk from the OS X CD, it resizes my screen settings leaving a good half inch of dead screen around the image. This requires me to go into the geometry settings and resize my screen to fit the viewable size. I was told that it is a good idea to periodically boot from the CD to repair permissions and repair the volume, and I do find things that need to be fixed on occassion, but I should not have to resize my image after every repair session.
8. I like sounds. Not for everything, but just some customized effects here and there. I liked the sound sets under Classic and do have an application called Xounds for doing soundsets in X, but that not what I mean. When my machine boots up, it palys a system 7 sound and also when it shuts down. The sounds are communicative in nature and just one facet of how I had customized my machine. Under X, these sounds force the start up of iTunes. I did not have to have a special application in order to play a sound in Classic. It is more annoying than problematic.
7. Some games I have for the offspring claim to work in OS X, but when properly installed, the games gripe that the video card on my machine is not supported and (in the same message) suggests I try running the game in Classic. Wait a minute. If the card is not supported in one OS, why would it be supported in another OS? Sure enough, the game runs (albeit dog-@$$ slow) in 9.2.2. So much for the "World's Most Powerful Operating System" that can run Classic apps. I should not have to reboot into Classic to run a game that was designed to run in X (and made backwards compatible for 9 - I know it is not the other way around due to liner notes in the game package, and even if it was, it should still work). I have other games with the same type of problem.
6. UNIX is not an OS, it is gender-nuetral individual (actually, it is an individual tha was once male). (That may be a new entry for Jeff Foxworthy's list of words in the 'Redneck Dictionary'.) UNIX just does not have big enough ... for me. Okay, that is not really a problem, but it was just too good to pass up on.
5. The OS is just too dead-gum big. What was wrong with an OS that could fit on a floppy? Even a CD? OS X is just too big to fit on a CD with all the utilities you really need to make it useful. I can always burn a bootable CD with utilities or special apps for Classic and I can get it to fit on a CD, but I cannot do this with X. It is too big. Maybe I am just hanging on to the past, but I remember fewer problems with older OSes because there was less to go wrong with them. This may be a nit to most, but any OS that gobbles up so much hard drive space that I am forced to buy a bigger drive just to use it is too big. Case-in-point, my blueberry iBook (1st generation) has the stock 3.2 GB in it. The only apps I can keep on the machine are Mail, Safari, AppleWorks 6, and the compliment of Utilities I need in said folder (yes, I have removed some items from here due to lack of need vs space). I do not keep more than about 50 MB of user files on here at any one time (these are actively used things - everytihng else is stored on removable network media). I cannot even download the latest software updates on this machine because that application keeps asking for more space than I have just to download the updates.
4. Trying to add extra pictures to the User folder causes the System Preferences to "unexpectedly quit". (Thjis is the part where you choose an avatar for your user login at start up when multiple users are on the machine.) Grant it I dropped in a few dozen extra pictures, but it should not just 'die' because I gave it too many choices to access. This same behavior is observed when I leave the user pictures folder as is and use the 'choos folder' option to navigate to a folder containing scanned/other pictures. Adding single pictures to the folder is fine, but the system seem to choke when asked to display previews for more than about 50 (fifty) pictures.
3. I cannot schedule the machine to startup or shutdown at any periodic interval. I can do this in 9, but not X. Even funnier, I can set a schedule in 9 and the machine will at least startup when scheduled and then boot into X. but I cannot control this from X, I have to boot into 9 to control it. I have not tried to see if it shuts down when scheduled, but the point is that I cannot set a schedule from X.
2. While speech recognition (PlainTalk/MacinTalk) seems to 'hear' better than in Classic, I cannot create custom commands. With Classic, you could create any custom script and make it speakable. I have about a good hundred or so in Classic for things like ejecting the disk and disconnecting the modem and other 'little' things. I have not found a way to get the flexibility in X that I enjoyed in Classic. Am I missing something or am I right in my feeling that it is a PITA to customize in Cocoa?
1. For no reason, the screen goes dead and the power button turns yellow. Folks tell me this is my fly-back transformer. I cry foul because this never happens when booted in any other OS besides X. It happens randomly, ususally when I am at a point where I can loose my work. It also never happens when booted in X from a CD, just when booted in X from the internal hard drive. Slicking the machine and installing a clean OS did not help. The observed behavior is like the machine went to sleep, but no mouse movement or keyboard pounding will awaken the machine. This has been verified to NOT be a hardware problem (unless it is that the hardware and software are not compatible - further justifying my complaint).
Do not get me wrong, OS X has some really cool things about it, but I still find most all of what I need can be done in Classic (although I prefer Safari above all other browsers).