Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Apr 2013 21:14 UTC
Mac OS X "OS X 10.9, which is internally codenamed 'Cabernet', will focus on various 'power-user' enhancements and take core features from iOS, according to our sources. Unlike operating system updates such as OS X Leopard and OS X Lion, OS X 10.9 will likely not be an overhauled approach to how the operating system feels and functions." Features for power users and features from iOS? Seems like an oxymoron. Still, if they manage to finally fix the Finder and Spaces, I'll be happy.
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RE: I've lost all faith
by darknexus on Wed 1st May 2013 07:32 UTC in reply to "I've lost all faith"
darknexus
Member since:
2008-07-15

Just want to comment on a few of these:

2) TotalFinder (or XtraFinder): I *do not* primarily use these for the tabs (are you listening Apple?). I use them because they give me back logical features I enjoy in other file managers on other platforms, such as putting folders on top, showing hidden/system files, *cutting and pasting*, auto-resizing column width, bringing back colorful icons in the sidebar, copying file path to the clipboard, and opening a Terminal window anywhere.

With you on most of these, except cut/paste. You can cut and paste in the Finder, though I'm damned if I know why Apple made it so difficult to find. You copy, then move (either hold the option key down when choosing paste from the menu, or press command+option+v). They call it move, but it's cut and paste. Of course why they even bother to *show* the cut command in the edit menu is beyond me if they aren't going to do a damn thing with it.

5) NTFS-3G (with OSX FUSE compatibility layer): I need to be able to write to external NTFS drives. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who wants to be able to share files larger than 4GB with my Windows-using friends.

Not to quibble, but this one isn't really Apple's doing. Microsoft is damn near unwilling to license NTFS to most companies. There have been a few over the years, but Apple's not one of them and incorporating ntfs-3g, or otherwise reverse-engineering NTFS themselves, would open them up to a potential legal minefield. As we saw with the Tomtom FAT32 incident, Microsoft is exactly the opposite of unwilling to sue over filesystem patents when the profit is high enough, and oh boy could the profit be high if they managed to sue Apple over that. Of course, ExFAT is always an option if you want to share large files equally between Mac and Windows (they both support that fully out of the box, though XP requires an update to support it) though it's not well-suited to large, non-flash media. Ms is not shy about licensing ExFAT, I suspect this is mostly to make sure ExFAT remains the standard filesystem for SDXC media. They have no similar motivation to license NTFS, and have always kept that one as close to the chest as they could.

8) Enqueue: because iTunes doesn't let me play files off a network share.

I don't understand this one. iTunes is a steaming pile of shit, but even it has always played files off a network share for me without complaint. I was using it to do just that not even an hour ago. Indeed, given that OS X mounts network shares to local directories (under /Volumes by default for the Finder) as every other UNIX does, I don't see how iTunes would even need to know if the files are remote or local. You've got me curious, can you elaborate?

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RE[2]: I've lost all faith
by Moochman on Wed 1st May 2013 10:20 in reply to "RE: I've lost all faith"
Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

You can cut and paste in the Finder, though I'm damned if I know why Apple made it so difficult to find. You copy, then move (either hold the option key down when choosing paste from the menu, or press command+option+v).

OMG, this tip alone made my day! ;) Can't wait to astound my Mac-using friends by telling them about this. ;)

Of course, ExFAT is always an option if you want to share large files equally between Mac and Windows (they both support that fully out of the box, though XP requires an update to support it) though it's not well-suited to large, non-flash media.

Another golden tip!! What is the disadvantage if I were to format a large hard drive with ExFAT?

8) Enqueue: because iTunes doesn't let me play files off a network share.
I don't understand this one. iTunes is a steaming pile of shit, but even it has always played files off a network share for me without complaint.

You are indeed correct, I stopped using it so long ago that I forgot the exact problem. The main problem as I recall is that if you absent-mindedly open iTunes without the network share connected and try to play a list of songs from the network, it starts trying to play each one and then marking each as missing. It becomes impossible to stop the process once it's started without quitting ASAP. And if I recall correctly the only way to fix the missing status afterwards is to replay or re-add all of the files. Needless to say I was not impressed by iTunes' handling of network files and was pleasantly surprised by how unproblematic Enqueue is in comparison.

Aside from that Enqueue is nicer than iTunes in many other ways - small footprint, fast, unobtrusive, full-featured yet simple, with an interface like iTunes but with all the cruft removed. It also plays FLAC and Ogg Vorbis if you're into that. The $10 price seems a little high it's true, but for anyone looking for an iTunes alternative I recommend it.

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RE[3]: I've lost all faith
by _txf_ on Wed 1st May 2013 21:35 in reply to "RE[2]: I've lost all faith"
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2008-03-17

Another golden tip!! What is the disadvantage if I were to format a large hard drive with ExFAT?

You'd be using a crappy filesystem from the 80s? To expand, It is slow, prone to easy corruption, and won't work on devices that don't have windows or OSX.

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RE[3]: I've lost all faith
by darknexus on Wed 1st May 2013 22:02 in reply to "RE[2]: I've lost all faith"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

What is the disadvantage if I were to format a large hard drive with ExFAT?

Because it's essentially FAT32 with support for large volumes and files added. While not directly compatible with FAT32, it does retain most of FAT32's bad points. It's highly unoptimized, prone to fragmentation, and can become corrupted without much effort as it only holds the filesystem information at one location at the beginning of the drive. Plus, it's not journaled, and we all remember what that's like. It's fine for SD cards or other removable flash media, but I would never advise its use for anything other than quickly swapping files between systems on a thumb drive or sd card.

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RE[3]: I've lost all faith
by darknexus on Wed 1st May 2013 22:11 in reply to "RE[2]: I've lost all faith"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Aside from that Enqueue is nicer than iTunes in many other ways - small footprint, fast, unobtrusive, full-featured yet simple, with an interface like iTunes but with all the cruft removed. It also plays FLAC and Ogg Vorbis if you're into that. The $10 price seems a little high it's true, but for anyone looking for an iTunes alternative I recommend it.

Now I have to give you a thumbs up for an awesome tip. I'd never heard of Enqueue before, and so far it's doing exactly what I need it to do with a much lower memory footprint than iTunes.

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