Friday, July 18, 2008

Relaunching Finder

How often should I need to be relaunching Finder? I'd have thought the answer would be “almost never”. On my Mac Pro, which is up constantly, pretty much rebooting only when required by Software Update, and often sleeping overnight, Finder is wedging itself (by which I mean becoming almost completely unresponsive to user input) about every two or three days. Days. Relaunching Finder fixes the problem, but this seems ridiculously frequent to me. In comparison, my MacBook Pro, which is up about as constantly, but maybe sleeps more, basically never requires a Finder relaunch.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

iPhone in Australia

Mark Pesce pretty much nails the entire issue with his post entitled iPhail. I'd be interested in picking up an iPhone in a month or two, once the hysteria has died down a little, but as Mark points out, it's basically a Festival Of Ream on 3G data plans in Australia. What I would almost certainly do initially is forgo a data plan at all. With WiFi, I'd have network access at home, at work, and in parts of the city via Internode. I'm not sure I'd be in desperate need of much more than that.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

iDisk: today it simply doesn't work at all

Yesterday I complained that my iDisk was slow. Today, it simply doesn't work at all. This dialog has been on-screen, unchanged, for 15 minutes:
Copying fail.png
All I was trying to do was make a local copy of a folder on the iDisk.

Worse, the dialog wouldn't leave when I hit the small ‘x’-button which claims to ‘Stop copying’. So I relaunched the Finder, which has now completely crashed. Awesome.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

iDisk is so slow it's unusable

I noted a couple of weeks ago that I make occasional use of .Mac's iDisk. I had been working on a project in Xcode last night—just going through the examples in Aaron Hillegass's 3rd edition of ‘Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X’, so nothing I had put under revision control or anything. Just because it seemed convenient, I figured I would copy it onto my iDisk, and copy it back down to my laptop at work. Opening the remote iDisk in the Finder was taking an age for the new project directory. I tried the web interface, which at least showed the directory tree at a reasonable speed, but I couldn't see a way to download an entire folder. Finally, I tried turning on the local copy feature from .Mac preferences. The sync didn't even complete, showing me a host of dialogs like this one:
iDisk timeout.png
I gather I'm not the first person to notice this, as Googling for ‘.mac idisk slow’ brings up 72,000 hits, some of which date back to 2001.