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Mac Leopard issues

I have noticed a couple of things that don't work quite right in the Leopard operating system. I have posted questions about these things in a couple of mac forums and have not gotten particularly good responses. On other forums I saw some possible solutions, one of which I tried. What I have seen that others have too:

* Slow loading of certain websites in both Safari and Firefox. Certain pages intermittently load badly or not at all. One of the suggested solutions is to start the computer in safe mode, then turn it off and start again in normal mode. During the safe mode process some diagnostics are done and bad files fixed, so simply doing this can help. I did it and it seemed to help at first, but then some pages still did not want to load so I am not sure about that. Another solution is to create a different user and try loading pages while logged in as that user. I have not tried that option because the process of moving files over to the new user can get quite long and I don't want to fool around too much with the guts of this machine just yet. In one forum the blame was placed on firewalls, particularly Zone Alarm, which I do not have, and on other popup blockers. There might be something to this, that it is ad-related. I don't have any trouble loading my own home page, which has no ads. Worth further investigation.

* First key missing. When filling in forms sometimes the first key I press does not get written. In some of the forums writers postulate it might actually be a hardware problem. No answer yet, in any case. I am living with it.

Something else that happens occasionally is that programs don't open after I have "closed" them (I don't know what the term is for clicking the red button). I don't know if I have done something odd when I "close" them that makes them not open again, but when I quit the program entirely and start it again it opens normally. I haven't investigated this because I suspect it is a user error issue. I simply don't know all the things that I can do accidentally with this computer.

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the_fantum
Dec. 28th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
.. you will find that the MAC system has its own set of little quirks, but not nearly so many as those found in the evil empire alternative (you are just already accustom to them and they go largely unnoticed .. you unconsciously work around them) Soon you will notice that you get a lot more actual 'work' done on the MAC .. or maybe you won't notice :op

At least the you can see better here in the light
judith
Dec. 28th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
I know, of course, that all operating systems have quirks. I posted that as much to document my experience and maybe even find good solutions (by passersby) than to complain about the mac. I am in no way disappointed in my choice. But I refuse to get drawn into a debate about the different evil empires (let's not pretend Apple is pure as gold). I just want to enjoy both of my computers. And the mac really is great for the creative types, of which I am one. It makes a lot of things easier.

I am honestly sick of the competition. I just don't know why we can't all buy what we want and get on with it. This silliness is like people buying Gap clothes and then flaunting them at an Eddie Bauer store or something like that. I don't see the point.
the_fantum
Dec. 28th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
wow .. I really hit a nerve with that one, but it brings up another point .. the need for everything we touch to have some sort of status identification from the simple Polo logo to NIKE embroidered across the chest

It used to be cool because it was different, but now it is so pervasive throughout our Ameritizing culture that I in the past several months I have found myself channeling my father .. refusing to wear clothing that is not about me .. plain white t-shirts! colors without a brandname worked in .. hats without countries!

.. and so forth
judith
Dec. 29th, 2007 02:41 am (UTC)
Yes, I admit I am touchy about the Mac-PC "wars". Irritates the hell out of me.

I'm certainly with you on the brands on everything, too, and I suspect my mother was like your dad (although I don't specifically remember).

I love printed T-shirts but they say things like "best friends animal sanctuary" or "Red Rock Canyon". They remind me of where I've been, what I've done, what I care about.
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