More OS X software rot

Evidence of the quality rot in Mac OS X continues to grow. The latest is a hilarious-if-it-weren't-so-sad: typing "file:///" with a capital F results in many Mac applications crashing. But that's not all.

Since I'm writing this on a Mac, I can't spell it out as it crashes Notational Velocity, my preferred text processing tool. Read all about it at 9to5Mac

Obviously, this could be used in an exploit to sabotage Macs all over the world. And that's bad.

But the real question: what the hell are the system software guys doing in Cupertino? It's past time to put down your lattes - they make fine ones at the Infinite Loop campus cafeteria - and stop embarrassing yourselves.

OS X is turning into a steaming mess.

Time Machine system rot A recent technical comment on an Apple developer mailing list documents more OS X stupidity. Thomas Templemann, author of the app Find Any File had some telling comments.

Mr. Templemann is a ". . . big fan of Time Machine, at least on the technical level." He went on to write:

Well, today, a friend showed me the horrors of Time Capsule: Saving a few 100MB of changed files to the Capsule can easily take one to two hours. Which is incredible, isn't it?

And why is that? . . .

. . . accesses to the SAME item are repeated 10-20 times. Each of them issuing a fresh network call. . . .

. . . Isn't anyone at Apple noticing that [Time Capsule] or any network-based [Time Machine] backup is so incredibly slow?"

Sure they are. They just don't care. Mac sales keep climbing anyway.

Too many network accesses aren't the only problem with Time Machine. I stopped using it years ago because if you have a lot of email TM has to break and remake thousands of symbolic links, an expensive process, after email deletions.

Time Machine slowed my Mac Pro to a crawl. TM just isn't intended for serious users.

And about HFS+ Some Mac fans pooh-pooh assertions about the low quality of HFS plus despite the fact that it's been documented in independent research. Apple did nothing. Microsoft hired the researcher and has implemented major improvements.

But you can see for yourself, if you're comfortable with the Terminal, that you can corrupt a volume and OS X's Disk Utility won't see it or repair it. Still think OS X is safe for important data?

The Storage Bits take I don't know what it will take for true believers to see that there is a serious problem with Mac system software quality. Maybe a Google search on Mac file corruption? Or worse, personal experience of massive data corruption?

What is worrying to me is that these issues get worse with each release of OS X. That says that the OS X software group needs adult supervision, much as Microsoft did when they brought in uber-engineer Dave Cutler to drive Windows 7 after the Vista fiasco.

It's time for Tim Cook to step up and make sure that whoever is responsible for system software for the Mac has the same commitment to quality and innovation that Steve imbued in the rest of Apple.

Comments welcome, of course. Still using my Mac, but I'm starting to look at Linux distro's.