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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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Question is..
by JustAnotherMacUser on Mon 27th Mar 2006 00:51 UTC
JustAnotherMacUser
Member since:
2006-01-08

...how can I add my Mac OS X peeves to this list?

1: option sizing of windows so they stay that way when clicking the resize button

2: outgoing firewall (Little Snitch just caught something today trying going out with a UT2004 mod)

3: full firewall logging instead of just blocked

4: a mile of "we are using special permissions.." in disk Utility that's scaring the beejeezzes out of my newbies.

5: Still haven't figure out why the Dock is calling Apple, and AddressBook (no .Mac account) and everything else I run from Apple.

6: Why Mac OS X contacts Apple everytime you boot your machine. (If I wanted to update a older version of Mac OS X I need for a special software I would, no need to get nagged.)

7: Why Mac OS X is not easy for the general population like it's supposed to be. (I agree with the Woz now)

8: Why doesn't Software Update perfrom a diagnostic test after a security update to make sure the Mac wasn't compromised before the patch was applied?

Well I could go on but I'll stop. the Meta Data file exploit is still raging and I got another Mac to fix now.

cheers

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by spook on Mon 27th Mar 2006 00:56 in reply to "Question is.."
RE[2]: Question is..
by Mystilleef on Mon 27th Mar 2006 01:17 in reply to "RE: Question is.."
Mystilleef Member since:
2005-06-29

And you are attacking him based on what points?

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by Wintermute on Mon 27th Mar 2006 14:52 in reply to "RE: Question is.."
Wintermute Member since:
2005-07-30

Constantly criticizing Apple does not make a person a troll. Luckily (or sadly for you) there is no law banning the criticism of Apple. If you’re precious company does not deserve criticisms, and then use debate to counter the opinions of those who you perceive as trolls. Apple is not perfect and some people might even say that Apple is simply a marketing company which is only perceived as adding value to its products.

Don't you love the Mac thought police....

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by monmothma on Mon 27th Mar 2006 21:04 in reply to "RE: Question is.."
monmothma Member since:
2006-03-16

It takes a mac user to know what to criticize about his own damn system. I always use linux distros. I have a long long long list of grievances against all of them and I'm not afraid of mentioning them on forums across the internet. I still keep using them to the exclusion of all other operating systems.

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RE: Question is..
by sigzero on Mon 27th Mar 2006 01:21 in reply to "Question is.."
sigzero Member since:
2006-01-03

#7 is just not true. My wife picked it up very quickly and she is not computer savy at all.

#8 The same reason no other OS that I know of does?

"Meta Data file exploit is still raging"...riiight. Sounds like you are just a sucky SA.

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RE: Question is..
by jim. on Mon 27th Mar 2006 01:21 in reply to "Question is.."
jim. Member since:
2005-06-29

Some of the pings to Apple you see may just be the NTP client updating the system clock. Have you unchecked the time update option in System Prefs? Perhaps that would cut down on some of the calling home, though it is at the expense of some convenience. You could probably do some config file editing and change the NTP server to nist.gov or something less intrusive.

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by JustAnotherMacUser on Tue 28th Mar 2006 00:50 in reply to "RE: Question is.."
JustAnotherMacUser Member since:
2006-01-08

thanks I'll check into that

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Milo_Hoffman Member since:
2005-07-06

FYI.. MacOS uses the super excellent ipfw firewall just like other BSD's, and Solaris and HPUX Unixen. All of your firewall related questions are easy to take care of. If you want advanced functionality its in there, MacOS is a nix after all.

Its pretty easy to configure the rules by hand, much easier to understand the rules than Linux'es I think.

There is a ton of info on the net about configuring ipfw, but here is a good one that might get you started:

http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2005/03/15/firewall.html

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JustAnotherMacUser Member since:
2006-01-08

thanks good read

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RE: Question is..
by Tom K on Mon 27th Mar 2006 03:12 in reply to "Question is.."
Tom K Member since:
2005-07-06

#3 - Try the "Enable Firewall Logging" option in Advanced, maybe?

#4 - Why are your newbies playing around in Disk Utility? Why are your newbies Administrators? Hmm ...

#5 - Proof?

#6 - NTP

#7 - Depends on who in the "general population" you're talking about.

#8 - Because there is no overall test for "security". You can test for specific exploits, bad file permissions, etc., but not a generalized "security test".

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RE: Question is..
by PowerMacX on Mon 27th Mar 2006 04:21 in reply to "Question is.."
PowerMacX Member since:
2005-11-06

5: Still haven't figure out why the Dock is calling Apple, and AddressBook (no .Mac account) and everything else I run from Apple.

Are you sure it is the Dock? Are you sure it isn't any of the Internet-enabled widgets in Dashboard? Dashboard widgets are "owned" by the Dock, so connections from Dashboard may be reported as belonging to the Dock.

6: Why Mac OS X contacts Apple everytime you boot your machine. (If I wanted to update a older version of Mac OS X I need for a special software I would, no need to get nagged.)
You can disable checking for updates that you don't want/need. Select the update you don't want to be reminded of anymore from the list of available updates and go to Update>Ignore Update.

Also, check if you have the "Set Date & Time automatically" enabled in the Date & Time system preference panel. Either enter another time server (if you don't want to use Apple's) or disable it altogether.

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by JustAnotherMacUser on Mon 27th Mar 2006 19:45 in reply to "RE: Question is.."
JustAnotherMacUser Member since:
2006-01-08

Are you sure it is the Dock? Are you sure it isn't any of the Internet-enabled widgets in Dashboard? Dashboard widgets are "owned" by the Dock, so connections from Dashboard may be reported as belonging to the Dock.

started happening in 10.4.4, the Dock contacts Apple, also at that time all the Dashboard widgets got permissions changes.

You can disable checking for updates that you don't want/need. Select the update you don't want to be reminded of anymore from the list of available updates and go to Update>Ignore Update.

No I got a old version of Panther on a external boot drive to use special software, whenever I boot from it it launches Software Update despite the "autochecking" being disabled.

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