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Old Oct 30, 2012, 12:19 PM   #201
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1 - Worse, we don't see ANY signs of thinking outside the box and coming up with the next best desktop experience for personal computers. It's time for Forstall and Federighi to go, and bring back Serlet and Tevanian...
Well Forstall is gone.
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Old Jan 13, 2013, 03:38 PM   #202
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wow! really nice suggestions here.

Things I would change (or at least look on improving)

-improving finder - tabs, folders always staying on top of lists etc.
If you haven't given it a try yet, check out "XtraFinder". Unlike some, it's FREE and it's pretty darn awesome, IMO and works with Mountain Lion just fine. Other than color icons slowing things down for some unknown reason here (I leave that one off), it works fine here and appears stable. It supports a really nice tabs setup and has a dual-pane option and a menu bar option to create two real side-by-side or top/bottom windows instead of dual-pane if you like among other things. I honestly don't know why Apple hasn't made something like this a priority all these years. It's obviously not rocket science to add tabs and dual-pane options and it makes file operations SOOO much nicer.

The main other thing that needs serious attention in OSX is the dual-monitor functions. Full-screen works great on a single monitor and I personally like the Mission Control setup of combining Expose with Spaces (many do not it seems but I'm not against preference pane options to use what you want). But multiple monitors is a MESS in Mountain Lion and it was a MESS in Snow Leopard and every single version of OSX ever made for that matter. At least full screen on a secondary monitor lets you get the menu bar when you put the mouse to the top of the screen (slight improvement), but why not an option for a menu bar pop-up like that at ALL times on secondary screens or even just a menu bar there period? Having to move the mouse across screens to get to the menu bar is RIDICULOUS and there is no good excuse for it (even if there are keyboard shortcuts or whatever; that doesn't fix the problem; it just works around it).

Worse yet, you cannot use the other monitor while an app is in full-screen (unless that app apparently uses both screens). It just shows a textured screen. The mouse can move there so clearly it SHOULD be usable but isn't. Full screen on an app should do NOTHING to whatever is on the other monitor(s) and Apple needs to fix this immediately, IMO.

Putting the dock where you want it can be a pain in some cases. If you have a secondary monitor to your left and you want the dock on the left side of the primary monitor, it will not cooperate unless you set the position of the secondary monitor in preferences to be completely above or below the primary screen. Otherwise, it will appear on the secondary monitor instead (very annoying if you don't want it there and don't want the dock on the bottom or right either). It would also be good to have an option for a dock (even a separately configurable one) on each monitor as well.

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-allowing the 'notification center' to be used for more things. I for example have very little use for notifications on my computer (I only need those on my phone) but I could see that slide out shade as very useful for better windows management - say all windows for a space displayed by app with minimized windows listed at the bottom etc. All in list view which is sometimes more informative than images.
I was pleasantly surprised by Notification Center. Many of my applications make use of it and it's not obtrusive at all. If anything, getting a quick notification of an incoming e-mail or that a backup running the background is done without having to keep checking on it is really nice.
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Old Feb 11, 2013, 10:04 AM   #203
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Zfs

More than anything, I wish for Apple to either:

a) support ZFS in OS X; or

b) allow Apple permanent version storage with implementations of ZFS, such as ZEVO, that are capable of permanent version storage.

Petition | Apple: OS X 10.9 - support OpenGL 4.3 and ZFS | Change.org

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Core Storage is appreciated but it's closed source, Mac-specific and nowhere near a match for the qualities of ZFS.

Apple support for ZFS should include feature flags, and a crypto maybe feature@com.apple:encryption that can be enabled with systems other than OS X.
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 11:52 AM   #204
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I really hope they get rid of HFS this time. Using a 28yr old filesystem in an OS is just outright criminal.
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 12:07 PM   #205
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I really hope they get rid of HFS this time. Using a 28yr old filesystem in an OS is just outright criminal.
I'd be scared senseless to use a new filesystem that has come out of Apple at the moment. It would need extensive testing first. A buggy new filesystem would do too much damage to OS X's reputation

If they did announce a change, I' reckon they would roll it as a beta as an option alongside HFS+ first before switching to it full time a couple of OS X iterations down the line
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 12:18 PM   #206
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I'd be scared senseless to use a new filesystem that has come out of Apple at the moment. It would need extensive testing first. A buggy new filesystem would do too much damage to OS X's reputation

If they did announce a change, I' reckon they would roll it as a beta as an option alongside HFS+ first before switching to it full time a couple of OS X iterations down the line
Thats fine i don't mind. But HFS is long past its expiry date.
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 12:24 PM   #207
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New (white!) layout!
I hate the greylish look... what about you guys?
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 01:00 PM   #208
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I really hope they get rid of HFS this time. Using a 28yr old filesystem in an OS is just outright criminal.
HFS+ isn't 28 years old (derivative as it might be) and IT is the current file system of OSX, not HFS. HFS hasn't been supported for write capability since 10.6 Snow Leopard. In short, it's doing NO HARM being there in case someone needs to access some ancient drive somewhere.

HFS+ by comparison is 15 years old and yet I'd still rather use it than NTFS given its vastly superior resistance to fragmentation. In fact, I see few truly "urgent" reasons with current hard drive sizes to move to ZFS. And while ZFS would be nice, it would be much more so on the server front and Apple has no real stake in that market share anyway, which is probably why they backed away from it when they decided to kill Xserve among other moves.
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 02:39 PM   #209
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I'd be scared senseless to use a new filesystem that has come out of Apple at the moment.
There's a misconception that ZFS is new
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 07:04 AM   #210
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I never mentioned ZFS.
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 07:38 AM   #211
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New (white!) layout!
I hate the greylish look... what about you guys?
Nope, in darker rooms it blinds you completely. Have you seen Office 2013 on Windows? My eyes almost died instantly.
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 07:57 AM   #212
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This is really interesting because my personal wish-list seems to coincide with the majority here:

1. A better file system (if possible, I want official support for semantic tagging)
2. OpenGL 4.3
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:00 AM   #213
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This is really interesting because my personal wish-list seems to coincide with the majority here:

1. A better file system (if possible, I want official support for semantic tagging)
2. OpenGL 4.3
Did they update Gl for ML? What version do they have right now?
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:48 AM   #214
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Did they update Gl for ML? What version do they have right now?
The current version is 3.2, if I am not mistaken the last update was with Lion.
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 01:24 PM   #215
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I want a black theme for next OS X. I was always gay for black themes since Tiger.
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Old Feb 20, 2013, 02:37 AM   #216
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I want a black theme for next OS X. I was always gay for black themes since Tiger.
You can do that with this Menubar, and follow this thread carefully for a black dock.

unsanity released a app so you don't have to mess with terminal. Looks good.
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You can do that with this Menubar, and follow this thread carefully for a black dock.

unsanity released a app so you don't have to mess with terminal. Looks good.
I know about the menubar, but didn't know about Dock. That black Dock looks great. Thanks.
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Old Feb 20, 2013, 06:30 AM   #218
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I know about the menubar, but didn't know about Dock. That black Dock looks great. Thanks.
Cool, and don't forget to screw around in Candybar to change your icons.
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Old Jun 11, 2013, 10:00 PM   #219
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per application volume control. guys, when your retarded step-brother linux has this, and you don't, you know the the jig is up! also a task scheduler. windows has this for twenty years. launchd is awesome, don't hide it under a bushel.
a reliability monitor like in windows. it's so darn annoying to scour the console.app for shutdown and panic messages when diagnosing a computer.
paravirtualization platform like hyper-v. i'm sorry but vmware cannot touch hyper-v. vmware knows that, that's why they have esx.

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Old Aug 8, 2013, 06:58 AM   #220
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Spaces / Mission Control - window level not application level

It would be really good if Apple make Spaces / Mission Control more useful. Let me know, anyone, if there is a 3rd party alternative product that will allow me to work as below.

I work on multiple projects at a time. I really want a separate work space / desktop for each project. Within each project I use multiple applications such as word processor, web browser, spreadsheet etc. So for 'Project A' I want a web browser window with the tabs for the research I am doing on this project only. I want Finder widows showing the directories that I'm using for this project only. I want word-processor documents for this project only open on the desktop.

In another space desktop, for 'Project B', I want to use many of the same applications, but with windows relevant to Project B only.

Spaces / Mission Control, which in theory would be good for someone like me with many windows open at a time, is useless, because instead of assigning specific windows to Desktops, it assigns whole applications. I have to specify that those applications work in all spaces. So when I move from one desktop to another I find all the same windows I had before :-( This seems like a missed opportunity to me.

I can see that Spaces / Mission Control can be useful for people who want to use just one application at a time in full screen mode, eg game playing, music production etc, but not for the research and design work that I do.

So I hope that OSX 10.9 makes a Mission Control that works at the level of individual windows. If you know of a third party product that provides that functionality then do please let me know (I'm not interested in 3rd party products that just tart up the look and feel).

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