More Mac experiences
I’ve been using the Mac for about a week now and I still love it. There’s a quality to it that I can’t really describe. It just feels polished. Everything from the box the computer came in to the widgets in OSX. Suffice to say, as of now, I don’t regret switching.
There are of course some problems a switcher such as myself encounter on the way. I talked about some issues in my previous post. Here are a few more.
When I first got the Mac, the operating system was already installed. However, I didn’t want to run the operating system off the hard drive that came with the system, so I purchased a small 36GB 10000rpm SATA disk (a Raptor) to run OSX on. I installed it and everything was dandy. I then read about a small utility called Monolingual. What Monolingual does is to allow you to uninstall languages and platform support you don’t need (for example for PowerPC processors). I love getting rid of stuff I don’t need (ask anyone), so I downloaded it right away and ran it. Bad idea. Turns out, you do need PowerPC platform support in order to run non-universal applications through Rosetta. That’s applications that have yet to be recompiled for Intel processors. So I reinstalled everything again. This is hardly an Apple problem, but just something I thought you guys should be aware of.
OSX badly needs a good torrent client. Transmission is alright, but apparently, it ignores the so called “announce interval” that the BitTorrent tracker sends out and thus, puts more stress on trackers than other torrent clients. This in turn has led to Transmission being banned from several trackers. There are a few others, but they are either butt ugly, don’t work right, are more or less abandoned by their developers or are banned from most trackers. What we end up with is Azureus, the biggest POS bloatware since Acrobat Reader. Sadly, this is what I am forced to use right now. I can only hope the Transmission developers get their sh*t together and start conforming to the rules of the game.
Another piece of software OSX lacks is an equivalent to the absolutely excellent Windows app TortoiseSVN. TortoiseSVN is a Subversion client implemented as a Windows shell extension. What this means is that folders and files get icon overlays showing you if the file or folder has changes, is in need of updating etc. I’ve used TortoiseSVN for some time now and I love it. Our options in OSX are:
The only one of these that resembles TortoiseSVN is SCPlugin, but when I noticed the last news announcement on the home page was made in 2004, I ran away. I haven’t tried ZigVersion or SvnX yet, but I’m sceptical. I really liked the seamless integration of TortoiseSVN. It was as if Subversion support was a part of the operating system itself.
That’s all for now. I’m sure I will encounter more things as my life as a “switcher” continues.