Tiger Tales

It's been quite awhile since I upgraded the 12" PowerBook to OS X 10.4.2, and I've fallen in love with plenty of the spiffy new utilities -- I'm continuously hitting F12 on my Linux boxes trying to summon the Dashboard -- but I'm really not that thrilled with a few things. Bluetooth The Bluetooth support in 10.4.2 is somewhat spotty, to say the least. I've trained a few mice and a Jabra BT250v headset so far. Th

It's been quite awhile since I upgraded the 12" PowerBook to OS X 10.4.2, and I've fallen in love with plenty of the spiffy new utilities -- I'm continuously hitting F12 on my Linux boxes trying to summon the Dashboard -- but I'm really not that thrilled with a few things.

Bluetooth

The Bluetooth support in 10.4.2 is somewhat spotty, to say the least. I've trained a few mice and a Jabra BT250v headset so far. The mice seem fine, but the headset has given me a bit of a headache. First, after training the headset reconnecting to the Mac wasn't happening. I resolved that by killing the .plist and rebooting. Since then, however I've had the BT applet lock solid on me a few times, requiring me to drop to root and kill -HUP `ps ax | grep blued | grep -v grep | awk '{print$1}'` or worse.

Apple Mail

I was really keen on the new Mail interface. It's slick -- but it doesn't work as well as the Panther version, at least not for me. I've heard much the converse from other folks who apparently had the same problems on the previous version that I'm having with the new version: constant "disconnects" from a local mailserver, slow message loading, duplicate entries in the mailbox list, and no unread count in the INBOX at the left. I run a Cyrus IMAP mailserver handling about 1.6GB of mail in a dozen mailboxes. The server isn't the problem since other MUAs don't exhibit this behavior. It's annoying, but not as obtrusively as

X11

X11 on OS X is a great thing. I prefer running rxvt over terminal.app any day, and exporting remote applications is a constant event. Unfortunately, in Tiger, Apple-Tab to X11 switches to the application, but doesn't bring the windows (or at least the last used window) to the foreground -- they're still buried. This requires me to Apple-~ through all the windows to find the window I was just working in. Needless to say, writing PHP code and testing on FireFox is very frustrating. Just switching between the two applications can take 20 seconds and a dozen keystrokes. In Panther this was a non-issue; now, it's huge. ASM provides a workaround, but I really don't want to have to buy software just to get this functionality back.

Apple: If you don't fix anything else, please fix the X11 bug. If this goes on much longer I'll have to send you my therapy bill. You can appease me in the meantime by sending me a Mighty Mouse. I can't find one anywhere.

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