Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 9th May 2009 09:58 UTC
Apple Since it's weekend, which usually equates to no news, we figured we'd follow in Engadget's footsteps by asking you, our dear and loving readers, what you would change about Apple's current Mac Pro. Engadget readers already had a few things to say - this is the internet after all. And since this is OSNews, we add a question of our own: what would you change about Mac OS X?
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Comment by mightshade
by mightshade on Sat 9th May 2009 14:33 UTC
mightshade
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2008-11-20

I'm impressed - some people here have really long (and good) lists what could be changed. I'll just add some minor points for OSX:
- By default, either disable Spotlight's urge to leave dozens of hidden cache files on portable drives, or at least reduce the number. Just recently I lent my USB stick to someone running Leopard - and it came back loaded with indexing data useless to me.
- Make dragging documents out of the dock copy or move them. Really, the first time I tried that, I found it... counterintuitive to see a text file puff away in a cloud.
- Give me themes. Or at least a less depressing layout. But oh well, that has been discussed somewhere here on OSNews before.
- Make the mouse acceleration more customizable. I'm not aware of the way Leopard handles it, as I'm running Tiger. In Tiger, I had to install a 3rd party tool to get a (in my opinion) sanely moving mouse pointer.

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RE: Comment by mightshade
by darknexus on Sat 9th May 2009 14:40 in reply to "Comment by mightshade"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

To add to your first point... provide a way to disable the creation of OS X-specific files on non-OMac removeable storage, period. Even without spotlight indexing on these devices, almost every file I access gets a file named ._filename.ext, obviously replace filename.ext with the actual name and extension. That, plus the .DS_Store, .Trashes, and other such files in every folder quickly can get out of hand. You can disable .DS_Store creation for network services, but that's about it and even that you need to do through a manual settings change in Terminal or use one of the many OS X Tweaking apps such as Tinkertool or Onyx.
Yes, I know you can purchase Blueharvest to stop this behavior (it watches for these files and deletes them on removeable storage the instant they're created) or download service scripts that will clean the drive for you before you eject it, but that's really not the point. Other oses have managed just fine, for many years, without cluttering up non-native formatted drives. Mac on the other hand has always done this... about the only good thing I can say about OS X in this regard is that OS 8 and 9 were much worse, and left a lot more clutter on removeable media.

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