The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Wednesday, 21 January 2004]

Blast that Finder

The ugliest part of Mac OS X ever since the first beta has been the Finder. Panther gave us a rewritten Finder–with the metal look for no particular reason whatsoever–but it still can’t walk and chew bubble gum at the same time.

Case in point: Working on a remote server over AFP, trying to update permissions on a folder. The Finder gives me the spinning beach ball of death while updating the permissions. Or is it even doing it? I don’t know. Can I do anything else in the Finder while it’s updating the permissions? Nope. Sure can’t. Any kind of progress indicator? Nope. Sure isn’t showing me one.

The blinkenlights on my router seem to indicate that it’s doing something over the network, but who knows what? This is so tedious. Please, please, please, Apple, make the Finder not suck at some point in OS X’s life cycle.

Music: “Trigger Hippie” by Morcheeba

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