August 26, 2002

TiBook and OS X Annoyances

I've been trying to keep track of all the things I wish I had known about the TiBook before I began using it on a semi-regular basis. Nat's weblog entry got me thinking about putting my list on-line, so here it is. Some of these things are surely due to my lack of figuring things out, but the Mac is supposed to be easy to figure out, right?

Reboots - I know that OS X "is Unix" under the hood, but for a Unix box I find myself needing to reboot it way too often. It seems that nearly every software update I get requires a reboot. What's up with that?

Screen Resolution - My ThinkPad T23 has a nice screen. It does something like 1440 x 1050 resolution quite nicely. I'd have thought that this beautiful TiBook screen would be capable of a little more than 1152x768. Sheesh.

External Displays - When I plug in an external display, there's no way to make the menu bar appear on it. This is really frustrating when I plug in my 21" Philips monitor. The TiBook can drive it at 1600x1200 (or even higher, but this is my preferred resolution on a 21" monitor). So I have to drag the pointer back over to the comparatively little TiBook screen just to pick a menu item. This is really, really dumb. Either I'm doing something wrong, or someone at Apple forgot to engage their brain on this one.

Connectivity - There's no obvious way to connect to the Samba server running on one of my Linux boxes. Why would I want to do that? Because most of my Office documents are stored there. I suppose I could install WebDAV on the Linux box and treat is as an iDisk, but why should I have to do that?

Power Management - I'd like to be able to close the lid on the TiBook and NOT have the machine go to sleep, lose all network connections, and so on. I'm a bit puzzled as to why there's no option for that. What if I want to close the lid while a CPU-bound task runs all night?

Point-To-Focus - There's no way to get "point-to-focus" in the Mac GUI. Heck, even Windows lets you do that if you install TweakUI. Anyone know if this is fixed in 10.2?

Posted by jzawodn at 01:13 AM