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Mac OS X Informit.com's very own Mac Reference Guide, Owen Linzmayer, again risks the slings and arrows of Apple's most ardent admirers with another look at how Tiger rubs him wrong. Take a look at "Ten More Things I Hate About Mac OS X" to see if you recognize any of your own pet peeves. Elsewhere on the same site, this chapter covers the initial installation and setup of Mac OS X Tiger, either as a fresh installation, or as an upgrade from a previous version. Detailed instructions are given to help you set your Mac up just how you want it.
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by atsureki on Mon 27th Mar 2006 05:40 UTC in reply to "Last article"
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#2 - Umm ... he asks for a way to customize login items, then bashes the most obvious way to do it? Oh, and um ... maybe click the minus sign? If you don't use it, remove it.

I don't really sympathize, because I tend to avoid login items. One of my favorite things about my Mac is how quick and smooth it is to launch everything I want after startup completes. But his point is valid here. There's no way to store an item in the list without it being active. You have to delete it outright, which, on some odd setups, would be an inconvenience. The problem with that dialog, in my experience, is that I would assume that a check box next to the item would be for de/activation, which I'm sure is what started the grievance in the first place, since I've never seen another OS wih an analogy for what he wants. On top of that, though, hiding doesn't seem to work. It's a feature miss, but it serves a (very) simple purpose well.

#3 - Fair enough, though it seems to be an annoyance only to those who actually have a highly-organized wallpaper scheme. Most people I know just dump all their wallpapers into one big folder.

What's nice about the wallpaper thing is that it does support symlinks (aliases) (though they break if Finder has to "fix" them.) That's what I do. I have all my favorite wallpapers sorted by aspect ratio (4:3, 5:4, and 16:10). I keep 4:3 and 5:4 separate even though they're very close to the same thing because most OSes suck at scaling, but since OS X is so good at it, I have one big folder with symlinks to all the "square" wallpapers that I use for my rotation. A pit of symlinks should satisfy even the most obsessive organizer as long as their purpose is clear.

The author doesn't seem to appreciate that regardless of what system you're using, unless you rewrite an entire OS from source, you have to work within its parameters. When designers try to stick in a magic button or setting for anything a user might possibly want to do, it destroys the design and usability of the environment. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:MSWord.PNG ) A well-designed system is immediately useful but calls upon the user for some creativity about how to get the most out of it, so I completely disagree with him that nitpicking features might lead to "solving" any "problems" (unless, of course, they're actual bugs, like repairing aliases breaking symlinks or hide not working.)

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