Rotten Apple

I’m still waiting for a new screen to be put into that PowerBook that I bought almost a month ago. And in the meantime I have another incident to be added to my list of Apple woes…

One of the reasons I was such an early adopter of OS X is because of its built-in Mail app, which stores messages in the standard “mbox” format that’s readable by any word processor. But guess what? This past week one of my mailboxes got corrupted, preventing me from reading my archived email or even launching the damn program! The last time this happened was with Microsoft’s Entourage, and I swore I would never go back.

So I’ve gone back to using Eudora, a piece of software almost as old as the Internet itself. And for good measure I’m trying out a Netscape-compliant web browser called Camino, which so far seems faster and more stable than Apple’s own Safari.

Apple’s really got to watch it, if you ask me. The trouble started with all that brushed aluminum, and now some of their supposed “killer apps” — iPhoto, in particular — are so bloated and slow that they’re virtually unusable on anything that isn’t the latest and greatest Mac.

Isn’t this the same reason people hate Windows?

By Andrew

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  1. AC:

    I don’t have my Mac hooked up to the internet, so I’ve never used Mail or Safari. But after installing a few fonts with Font Book, my Address Book decided to spell everyone’s names and data, which I had carefully entered, with Arial fractions, so all the data is now unreadable. I’ll have to reinstall Address Book (or perhaps the entire system?).
    But at least Panther makes that unreadable data come up much faster!
    On a positive note, I’m really pleased with Final Cut Pro 4.1. AFter using a hacked copy of FCP 1.0 and Adobe Premiere for a few years, it’s a nice step up.


  2. AC:

    Just an update to the brushed metal apps –Apple has ended the free downloads for iPhoto and iMovie, so you now have to pay for them as part of iLife ($49US) or get them “free” with a new Mac.

    Say, isn’t that Microsoft’s strategy –charge through the nose for bloated software?


  3. Does Steve Jobs actually read this blogthing?
    If not, why not?
    Would he take any notice of these comments if he did?
    If not, why not?
    How could one get them to take notice of these astute observations?
    if not, why not?

    (words & music by the Singing Pigfish (c) 2004)

  4. I think it’s time for a quote from “Why I Hate Weblogs” link in my AROUND THE WEB links:


    This brings us to a facet of weblogs almost as twisted as the weblogs themselves, weblog comments. Weblogs often accept reader comments to posts. Undoubtedly, the existence of these comments serve to validate the weblog poster, proving conclusively that their thoughts and personal feelings are being heard. What’s happening here? Something magical happens to a weblog that accepts comments: a dialogue is started when someone posts a weblog entry and someone else posts a followup. That feeling of shooting off a message into the void is replaced with joy; someone IS listening! Some anonymous person is actually reading a weblog entry by the author and is moved enough by it to comment on it!

    There are typically three types of comments:

    1. Conversation. “Hey, I found your comments on Enron to be waay off. Here’s why.”
    2. Random misc. “Dood, I like oil too!”
    3. Return comments (comments by the original author), typically in the form: “Haha…good one.”

    Comment type one, Conversation, is the only useful type here. Actual dialogue about a subject may actually be useful to both participants, help them refine their opinions, check their data, etc. This is the only time weblog comments don’t suck. Bear in mind, weblog Conversation comments are comments by people who are no more qualified to make statements on a given subject than the original author. Weblog entries about serious subjects are designed to mimic real editorial posts by experts on major news sites or internet magazines…but poor imitation is all they are capable of in the end and the blind leading the blind may SEEM like they are going somewhere, but who knows if they actually are? At best, at least Conversational exchanges in comments offer SOME value to weblogs. The real suckass part of weblog comments are that they suffer all the same problems as weblogs for the most part and when not engaged in relevant conversation (that is, for the most part), they range between vapid and fucking unbelievably vapid.


    Maybe I should start an online forum instead?

  5. AC:

    I’ve seen some good forums, but also some really bad ones, too. I think you could probably substitute “forum” for “blog” –both statements are equally valid.
    I suppose if we were aiming to keep this blog in the first category, I should quote some famous philosopher. So, in the word of Albert W. Howell, “Butchers!” (quoted at the Miller & Mullet screening, Dec ‘02).


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