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Bugs. On my two main test Macs - a Dual 2.66GHz Dual-Core Mac Pro and a Dual 2.7GHz Power Mac G5 - I encountered a couple of bugs that reared their ugly heads when I was digging around in the Finder.
But before I dig into them, a word on bugs in general. First of all, they're inevitable in a .0 release of anything. There's no way on god's green earth that any software developer - even one as experienced and deep-pockets as Apple - can test every possible configuration of software and hardware.
The bugs that I've run into may be widespread, or they may be of a species only to be found on my particular combination of hardware and software. And, to be honest, being a bit of a geek I have a rather tricked-out set of stuff on my desk 'n' drives. As mentioned above in a different context, your mileage may vary. Or, in this case, I should say "will," not "may."
The most annoying bug I've encountered is that sometimes when I'm working in an app, clicking on the Desktop doesn't return me to the Finder; to get back to the Finder I need to jump to a different Space, access the Finder there, then jump back and try again - sometimes more than once. As with most bugs, this only happens occasionally - as I type this in Word right now, for example, my Mac is behaving quite obediently; last night, however, it was quite recalcitrant. Also, sometimes rebooting helps and sometimes is doesn't. Sigh...
If you're looking for help, the Finder's new ability to point out specific menu items is a big ... well ... help.
I also ran into some trouble with the Trash. For reasons unknown, yesterday it decided that it held 20 items when, in fact, it was empty. When I tried to use the Finder > Secure Empty Trash command, any files that actually were in the Trash would be securely deleted, but then the Emptying the Trash dialog would hang at 20 and I'd have to relaunch the Finder (the Stop Emptying the Trash X-button didn't work).
The Trash this morning was fine, but this afternoon it's returned to the same bad mood, except that now it believes that there are 21 items in the Trash when there are actually none. (Excuse me for a moment while I relaunch the Finder.)
Also, this might be as good a place as any to mention two hardware incompatibilities that I've discovered - one trivial, one less so. In the first category is the fact that the thumb-click button on my Logitech Cordless MouseMan optical refused to allow me to assign it a keystroke as I could in Tiger.
In the second category is the fact that, when booted into Leopard, my Power Mac G5 won't recognize my Seagate eSATA 500GB External Hard Drive (ST3500601XS-RK, bundled with a 2-port eSATA PCI card). The good folks at Seagate tell me that they're working on a fix, but until they upgrade the driver to be Leopard-compatible, I must reboot into Tiger to backup my entire 10-volume base system. And speaking of backup...
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