Monday, June 8, 2009

We have the technology

Just scrolling the Snow Leopard Enhancements and Refinements page, and I'm stopped in my tracks by the first section on Finder:
[When attempting to eject an external disk,] improved dialogs tell you which applications are using the drive so you know what to close in order to safely disconnect your drive.

Wow—you mean we have the technology for that now? Outstanding.

Now, without the sarcasm, I can't believe this qualifies for front page news on Snow Leopard. Mac OS X's error dialogs are regularly woeful, and this kind of sloppy user interface design (telling the user that something is preventing a disk from being removed, but not telling them what) should have been corrected years ago. It's neither an "enhancement", nor a "refinement", it's an "embarrassingly basic user interface deficiency that should have been fixed by now".

3 comments:

  1. Pft. You're such a hater - next you'll be complaining about the awesome bleeding edge features in iPhone 3.0 like "cut and paste".

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  2. Yeah, bleeding edge alright. When I get cut and paste, I'll be able to change the signature on my Touch from "Content by Paul. Poor formatting by iPod." Maybe.

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  3. > Wow—you mean we have the technology for
    > that now? Outstanding.

    A genuine LOL. Funnily enough, that does put it ahead of Windows. If you want to do it on your existing version of OSX, use lsof from the command prompt.

    Something like:
    sudo lsof | grep "/Volumes/whatever"

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