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From: Paul Mison Date: 12:52 on 08 Apr 2005 Subject: Browsers Remembering htaccess and login details Dear Camino: why can't you tell the difference between the basic auth that this page hides behind and the login details that it also uses? Why do you keep overwriting one with the other? Safari can tell the difference, you know. One's basic auth, the other's a website password, in a form. Work it out. While we're at it, why can't either of you remember more than one website password per site? Admittedly website development leads to some edge cases (most people probably don't have three different Yahoo! webmail accounts), but I do want to be able to log in as me, and as other people too. IE for Windows seems to manage. Some would say it's about the only thing it does right, but it manages. Grargh.
From: Paul Mison Date: 10:44 on 03 Dec 2004 Subject: Apple Mail view options (or lack of) In iTunes and the Finder, you can determine which columns are being viewed by going to Edit > View Options (command J) and clicking the little boxes in the resulting View Options menu. In iTunes, you can also get at this via a context-click. (You can't in the Finder, but I don't mind that too much. I suppose other people hate it.) In Apple Mail, there is no view options setting. No. In Mail, you go the Columns submenu of the View menu, and you check options there. Of course, once you've toggled one column, if you want to toggle another, that's another trip back to the the top level menu, then through the submenu. There's the same rigmarole with a context-click, but at least it saves a bit of mouse movement. Not enough, mind you. Not nearly enough. I wouldn't mind so much, but occasionally the blasted thing goes batshit and forgets where I've put windows, and which columns I'm showing (no, I don't give a shit if a "buddy" is "available" in iChat, thank you). Cue fifteen minutes of messing with the view options. Such as they are. Bonus rant: Apple Mail's nasty habit of showing 'relative dates'. Bonus bonus rant: apps that don't use the time format from System Preferences > International. No, I don't like seeing things like 12/03/2004 10:33am, you hateful arse. Say hello, Panic's Unison. While I'm in a good muttering mood, a mail application that put iTunes-esque arrows in the mailbox window would be nice. Want to see all emails with the subject "V1@GR4"? Just click here! Everything you've ever sent to email@example.com? One click away. It'll never happen, I tell you. Too damned useful.
From: Paul Mison Date: 20:21 on 07 Apr 2004 Subject: Finder list view selection and stuff In every Finder, ever, up to and including Mac OS X 10.2, you could drag a rectangle to make your selection in both list and icon views. This meant that you could do some slightly clever things in a list with disclosed items (you know, that little triangle pointing down instead of across? Yes, them), such as selecting the top level folders only by dragging a narrow vertical selection. Well, I've just realised that you can't do that in 10.3's Finder. (I'm very tempted to call it rude names, by the way. Loser, perhaps?) No, in 10.3, you don't get a little rectangle. You just select every folder as you go up the list. So you can't do anything clever to just view the top folders. You can't even do tricks to do with opening the parent of the folder and playing with option click to disclose, because * the Finder doesn't handle 'disclose all' properly (should be option click, but actually this only works for the immediate children) * the Finder doesn't enforce a single view per folder (as a true spatial interface would, and as the pre Mac OS X Finder did), so it wouldn't record your change properly anyway Oh, and what do you expect to happen if you drag a selection like: folder child_one child_two to the Desktop? Well, it thinks you want to keep child_one and child_two inside folder. (I thought it might make child_one and child_two wind up at the same level as folder; I think the Mac OS Finder would have, anyway.) Of course, it doesn't copy the view settings or anything. No, that would be TOO EASY. Oh, and sometimes Finder forgets how to respond to command keys. Like, oooh, command W. Or command O. You know, little things, like BEHAVING LIKE EVERY OTHER FUCKING APP ON THE MAC EVER. Right. I need to move files about. Time to start up a Mac OS machine and connect the Ethernet network to this one.
From: Paul Mison Date: 15:21 on 02 Apr 2004 Subject: Finder 'apply to enclosed items' borkenness In Get Info in the Mac OS X Finder you can change permissions. It's pretty nicely done, and works fine. Until you try to "apply to enclosed items", the equivalent of chmod -R (or -r, or whatever. Case sensitivity rarely sticks in my brain.) This just plain fails to work for me. Time to break out the third-party utilities, or (sigh) the command line.
From: Paul Mison Date: 16:14 on 04 Sep 2003 Subject: I hate the Finder more each day Folder. List view. Nicely arranged. Create new folder. (Command Shift N. Huh.) Niggle the first: the folder is selected, but not editable. I have to hit return or enter to change the name. Niggle the second: the folder hasn't inherited the views of the previous folder. Like that'd be hard to accomplish. But no, I have to manually set it to list view. Then change all the column widths. Then remove or add any columns that were non-standard. Sigh. Of course, all you Unix people are probably looking at me like I'm odd. "Why should it inherit?" But that's what I'm used to. The old Finder used to manage to get both of the above niggles right. Sigh. I sense this could go on and on.
From: Paul Mison Date: 11:11 on 03 Sep 2003 Subject: Bluetooth File Exchange So the Mac has wonderful Bluetooth support, apparently. (As long as you partake of the Jaguar koolaid, of course. Buying expensive new hardware helps too.) Yes, iSync does seem to work for me, so that's good. Now, though, I have a camera phone. I've taken some photos. I borrow a dongle and start up Bluetooth File Exchange. Coo, it works! I can see a list of files, so I shift-click to multiple select the photos I want to download. It's not working, though. There's only one file selected at a time. Hmm. I choose one photo, then, and double-click, and it's saved. Good, good. Maybe I can drag out instead? That'll save some time going through file dialogs. Oh, no, you don't support that, do you? What happens when I click one of the column-sorting title bars then? The whole column turns the selection colour. Surely that's not right, is it? Of course all the files aren't really selected. The Get... button is dimmed. So it's back to double-clicking the thirty or so photos I have. Sigh. It almost goes without saying that there's no useful information (file creation date, for example) available, nor a choice of views (it's list view, or, er, nothing). Wouldn't it have been much nicer if BFE simply mounted the phone as a drive on the desktop, so I could use the Finder instead of some half-arsed reimplementation of it? Yes, it would. Bah.
From: Paul Mison Date: 17:31 on 14 Aug 2003 Subject: RT For some reason, RT (at least, when viewed with Safari) has different line lengths on the History display page when it's showing a ticket and on the textarea that supplies said correspondence text when you reply to a ticket. As a result, you get lines that look a lot like those you used to get with bad old email software which makes me hate one (or the other) program.
From: Paul Mison Date: 11:30 on 12 Aug 2003 Subject: I hate Mac OS X browsers When you have a form shown on a web page, and a field selected, and you hit tab, what happens? Well, if you're using Safari, it moves to the next text field, ignoring buttons, checkboxes and so on. Camino, however, selects every form element in turn, including the buttons and checkboxes. Venerable oldie Internet Explorer offers this as a preference: http://2lmc.org/misc/ie_tab_option.png One of the things noted in that preference is that you can temporarily override the preference with Option in addition to Tab. What does this do in Camino? Nothing. In Safari? It inputs a real tab character in a form field. (I never need to do this. Is it a common request?) I hate Camino, because I prefer the Safari behaviour. I hate Safari, because sometimes I'd like to tab to form fields other than text ones, and then I have to use the mouse. I hate IE because the preference dialog is accessed with Command ; not Command , and anyway that dialog looks horrible. I also hate Mac OS X, because even when you enable Full Keyboard Access and allow it to tab to any field, that system-level preference isn't obeyed by Safari. I don't think I hate all this as much as Arthur does though.
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