What Do You Hate The Most About Your Mac?

Now that my complete and total infatuation with my Mac has worn off and shifted into delight and love, I’m starting to explore the weaknesses of the Mac for not other reason than I’m trying to figure out where the real rough edges are.

So – if you are a Mac user, I’m very interested in the things you don’t like about the Mac, especially the things you hate.  I offered up the Address Book as a burnt offering the other day.  Anything else out there that blows?

  • Kelly Taylor

    As a mostly Product Manager/Owner and sometimes Developer, I've found there are often exceptions in installing Ruby on Rails related things on OSX.

    In the Enterprise, the Mac has sometime conflicts with other systems, usually calendaring/email attachment related. I've found this is typically the other system failing to support common standards the mac adheres to (such as .ics).

  • 1. Sometimes when I have 4-6 programs running, I don't understand why when I Command-Tab, I get the bar across the top, but not the window. I then have to click on the icon in the Dock to "manually" restore the program. I use Spaces now which alleviates some of this, but I still go through spells where I lose a window and have to poke around to find it. It sounds trivial, but it can interrupt my flow.

    2. I don't like how Preview works with a scanner. If I want to scan >1 page, it wants to store each page as a separate file. I then have to go in and manually move the second page into the first one to create an integrated file. Could be driver error, this.

    3. CD drive could be a little quieter.

    It's hard to find things to hate about a Mac!

    • actually, you can scan multiple pages to 1 doc in Preview — it's a setting. Once I found it, my life was better.

    • jamie

      In re: 1.: Yeah, the distinction between minimized and hidden is a bit nonintuitive. It actually surprises me that His Jobness allowed it. I do find it useful, but I think I'm in the minority.

      In any case, to get to a minimized window when tabbing through apps, command-tab to the right one, depress option while still holding down command, release command while still holding option. Depending on how you hit command-tab, this is a bit tricky on a laptop. If you can get used to holding the command key right-handed and hitting tab with your left, it would work much better. (I can't train myself to do that, but maybe you'll have more luck.)

    • hanoimorillo

      To solve this, avoid minimizing (cmd+ m or hitting the yellow bottom). If you hide the application, when you use your cmd+tab you'll get all the windows active for that app. Then to move from one window to another within the same active application, use cmd+` (the key next to the number 1).

  • Matt Williams

    I hate not having a decent pointing device built in like the Thinkpad Trackstick. The trackpad is amazing, but nowhere near as useful when it comes to Photoshop, and just moving around quickly. Also hate not having a built in fingerprint reader, like the Thinkpad. I am not a huge fan of the sharp edges on my MBP. I don't like not being able to resize windows from any edge. I hate having to carry an adapter to be able to plug in any monitor.

    • Yes, I agree on the sharp edges, especially the ones right below the trackpad. I've definitely had to adjust the position of my wrists and hands for this.

  • John Minnihan

    I dislike how difficult it is to theme my Mac (iMac 27" i7).

    I've used Shapeshifter, but even that was wonky.

  • I'm all Mac at home – imac – iphone – apple network – the whole 9 yards. I do hate the way that you have to use itunes for almost everything in media. If you have multiple phones and devices (and I do) the authorization of computers and moving apps and music etc.. between then is a major pain. IPhoto is a great program if you have 1000 photos – at 40,000 photos it is not great – need to upgrade to aperture. I hate the fact that my iPhone glass cracked after a fall from my knee (sitting down) to the ground on the train – and apple wouldn't do a thing about it.

    • Totally agree. iTunes is hideous bloatware and a permissions nightmare. My iPad is synched to my desktop machine at home. We're visiting friends this weekend on an island off the coast of Maine. I have my laptop with me and there is no way to get anything from my laptop to my iPad.

  • Running MS apps on the Mac is poor, especially Excel. I actually still run Office 2002 on VMWare Fusion and for complex analysis, it's almost faster to fire up a VM and launch the old Office than struggle through the Mac version.

  • Kevin Menard

    I've been an on-again/off-again Mac user since the PowerBook G4 era. I'm at the point where my next machine will not be a Mac.

    My biggest issue has been shoddy hardware quality. Apple has a tendency to make things that look nice, but aren't necessarily well-built. The hinges on my PowerBook G4 tore through the lid. My SuperDrive in my MacBook Pro came from the factory (custom order) broken then that machine had its video card blow up (poor nVidia packaging). Hardware flaws exist and I can deal with that, but it takes Apple a week+ to fix things in my experience, during which I have no computer.

    My latest problem with the unibody MacBook Pro is the keys are just too abrasive. After an hour or so of heavy typing, my finger tips hurt to the point where I can't use it. I resorted to buying a $300 Kinesis that I tether to the notebook at a desk, mitigating most of the value in having a portable computer.

    Software-wise I've been pretty impressed, but it seems over time that has been dwindling. It shouldn't take me 15 min. or so to reboot my computer, but it does because every app I have open halts the process. Prior to the latest 10.6.4 update, I was rebooting every 2 – 3 days out of necessity, losing about 30 min. each time just to bring my environment back up.

    Having said that, I know people that have had nothing but great experiences. I envy them and hope you're happy with the move.

    • John Minnihan


      If a reboot is taking 15 mins, may I suggest simply using 'sleep'? If that also takes too long, try removing the sleepimage file + adjusting whether the system saves one at all. With no sleepimage file, the wake process is super fast, but comes at the cost of not saving system state, so buyer beware on that.

      • Kevin Menard

        I put it to sleep when I can, but sleep isn't a reboot replacement. In fact, I've had to hard restart my Mac more times than I care to because 10.6.3 has a bug where the system wouldn't restore from a sleep state. And MacOS Software Updates all seem to require reboots these days (I remember 5 years ago when this wasn't the case and everyone poked fun at Windows …), which is about a 30 min. round trip. Not fun.

        • John Minnihan

          10.6.3? I'm running 10.6.4 on a handful of systems & haven't had any sleep related issues. Are you able to update to 10.6.4?

          …and yes, sleep isn't the same as reboot. But I don't have a need to regularly reboot, except, as you note, after an update. I wonder if you may have a widget that is causing issues? I've had misbehaving widgets use nearly 100% CPU & generate a crazy amount of network packets.

          Once removed, the system behaves normally again.

          • Kevin Menard

            Yeah, I'm on 10.6.4. I just had to put up with that frustration for way too long. And generally speaking, each new Mac update breaks something else on me (normally wireless), so I tend to hold off until I see how it's working out in the wild.

            Widget-wise, I don't run anything other than the stock Dashboard stuff. There was just a well-known issue where the display wouldn't reactivate when waking up from sleep that I seemed to be a victim of. Of course, Apple wouldn't admit to that and it seemed to just get fixed in the generic "security updates and other bug fixes" category.

    • phil swenson

      I hate how every app stops a reboot. Windows has same problem. Either just hold down the power key until it shuts off or do a CMD-TAB and hit CMD-Q on each app in rapid succession. But I rarely reboot, I just let the machine sleep when I unplug.

      • Kevin Menard

        Windows 7 lets you ignore all the open apps and do a force restart. XP doesn't have that, but it seems far fewer programs tried to stop the process. Linux seems to be much simpler in this regard.

  • Once every couple of months my MBP won’t "wake up"…at home I keep it docked (lid closed, bluetooth keyboard/mouse). I know it hasn't crashed, but something in the screensaver/awake from sleep code causes this to hang.

    Not really a Mac issue but the spinball in the mighty mouse has issues where it'll only work in one direction. Have tried cleaning repeatedly with air bursts.

    Sometimes I have to go hunting for where a particular setting lives (eg: set a socks or other proxy for Safari…not in Safari, but in Network Preferences). OS X at this point is a weird combination of settings in the UI (System Preferences) and tons of settings which are only accessible through the command line, and even there there's multiple places a particular setting may occur).

    Related: finding out where in the O/S an application is started can be an interesting exercise (could be in the user's login items in System Preferences, or in ~/Library/Startupitems, or System/StartupItems, or in launchctl, or probably somewhere else I haven't discovered).

    I do like that the typical way to remove an application is to drag it to the trash, however this does not necessarily get rid of application data, and every now and then there's an application written by someone with a Windows Installer fetish which requires finding the "Uninstall" application.

    I spend most of my day in a web browser or a text editor writing code, so can't comment about the MS products (which I have, just very rarely use).

    • John Minnihan

      Agreed, the sleep/wake function has an edge case (or few) around the current charge level of the battery. I've seen this w/ my older MBP many, many times.

      You can control this (mostly) by recalibrating the battery, deleting the sleepimage and (if necessary] changing whether the OSX saves the system state to a file when it sleeps. (the sleepimage).

  • Fritjofsson

    The Office suite works like sh*t… Probably purposely by Microsoft but still annoying since it's the default software package for businesses.

  • zack

    I hate that when using the keyboard to select a menu option when you get to the bottom of the choices, the selection does not cycle back around to the top

    I hate that when you are selecting multiple files in finder using the keyboard you cannot use shift + the opposite direction of where you are going to unselect files, or pgup/pgdown to select a bunch of files.

    I also hate that the menu bar is not easily accessible via the keyboard and the lack of keyboard accelerators.

    Most of my hate is accessibility/keyboard driven 🙂

  • 1. When you cmd-click a folder in the dock, it opens the parent folder instead, very annoying and counter-intuitive.

    2. In expose, I have to roll my eyes all across the screen for a few seconds to find the window I am looking for.

    3. It's just too awesome

    Just minor gripes, it's positives far outweigh the negatives IMO.

  • my biggest complaint about our Mac: my 4 kids like it so much that i don't get to play with it anymore.

  • Kyle S

    I hate the Mac version of Excel. I am a pretty hardcore Excel user due to my job in finance and despite best efforts I am not able to work nearly as effectively on my Mac as on my thinkpad. It's a shame, as I prefer the Mac in pretty much every other area, but Numbers is a sad cartoon compared with Excel and the Mac version just doesn't get as much TLC from Microsoft…

    • Jim Pollock


      Totally with you. I'm a power Excel user.. and there just ain't no power. With a couple or three large spreadsheets open, it gets into a mode where i get the Spinning Beachball of Death for 1-2 minutes just trying to COPY one cell or one column. If I shut down excel and start back up with the one sheet, it works SOME better for awhile.

      Numbers is cute. But not an animal.


  • The only issue I regularly have with my Mac is the playback of flash video in any browser. It's a real cpu hog, which is a problem when I'm trying to watch Hulu while doing a lot of other things.

    I highly recommend to all of you that you purchase Path Finder. I've had it since I first got my Mac and sometimes forget it's not part of the OS. It adds so much needed functionality for file management.

    As well, based on some of your comments, I recommend for those coming from windows, installing Witch (free). This gives you a more windows like feel in switching between applications.


  • Microsoft Excel- is a nightmare. I set autosave every 5 minutes based on the sheet complexity, because something always crashes.

    Headphone jack- you must always make sure it is fully in before playing something, or you might surprise the people around you.

    • Jerry

      amen on Excel.

  • Jerry

    To do a print screen is more of a hassle than it needs to be.

    • Rick Gregory

      Um… CMD+SHIFT+3 for full screen or 4 for a selection is hard?

      • JFR

        It's harder then pressing the "Print Screen" key!

  • Jay

    I'd say for me it would have to be that windows can only be resized from the lower right corner.

  • Our mutual friend Stan wrote the book on this a while back:


    Me, I just want menus bars on the top of multiple monitors. Dragging the mouse from one monitor to the other just to click a menu item sucks.

    • Jamie

      Try SecondBar. It claims to be alpha quality, and maybe there are problems, but I haven't seen them.

      It would be nice if that were built in.

    • Dual monitors definitely aren't handled well. Windows isn't great either, but there are utilities like UltraMon and DisplayFusion that make up for it.

      Maybe if SecondBar mentioned below matures it will improve the situation, but for now dual monitor support is one of the reasons I've kept my Windows desktop.

  • jr

    Both FF and Chrome work better on Windows. Faster and don’t get bogged down as easily when you have a lot of tabs open.

  • Only one? That's going to be real hard. I guess it would be email which is a glaring deficiency. If your needs are simple it's OK but if you live in Outlook there really isn't anything to compare. In fact I think the reason Microsoft hasn't ported the full Outlook to the Mac is to put an automatic governor on the Mac's market share

  • This is a dumb little UI thing (and maybe there's a workaround i'm unaware of), but when a dialog box pops up in windows, typically with 2 or more options on it such as "OK" or "Cancel", I always use the arrow keys to toggle my selection and the return key to enter. Often, I will just hit return to accept the default.

    On mac, you can't tab or toggle the settings with keyboard, and there doesn't always seem to be a default that triggers on return.

  • Attachments in Mac Mail. I can't seem to make an attachment bar like Outlook/Entourage have. That would be nice. Or I just may be clueless.

  • Ed Millard

    As a software developer my main issue with Mac is Apple is treating OSX like a second class citizen compared to iOS these days. If you are developing Cocoa software you kind of worry that its days are numbered. As developers rush to iPhone, iPad and Android you figure OSX software development is grinding to a halt. So it would be great if Apple would clarify how Cocoa and iOS development will coexist in the future. if Cocoa is going to be killed, I wish they would get on with it.

    It Apple is still committed to OSX they should add an OSX app store to make it easy to sell apps for OSX without having to run your own eCommerce site or use a third party store. That said I certainly don't want them to completely restrict OSX app deployment to the extent they have on iOS. Its good that Apple tries to maintain some order in the iOS app store versus the chaos on the Androd market, but they've gone overboard with the control thing.

  • phil swenson

    the lack of a maximize button is annoying. http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/33161/cinch solved the prob though.

    • awesome, this was going to be my main complaint!

  • Ed Millard

    @brianburridge, Adobe supposedly has a new Flash player with hardware accellerated H.264 video if you are on Snow Leopard. This in theory should fix the heavy CPU load. http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flashplayer10/…. Haven’t tried it so YMMV. I’m not a big fan of Flash, I prefer Flash blockers like ClickToFlash. ClickToFlash, for Safari, switches YouTube to using Quicktime H.264 instead of Flash which is another way to bypass Flash inefficiency on Mac for some video.

    • I'm not a fan of flash either and I do use a flash blocker in FF. But, sadly, most of the videos I want to watch online is still delivered in Flash at this time. I do watch a lot of Hulu. I bought Snow Leopard but haven't taken the time to upgrade. I should try to get to that in case it improves the problem. Thanks.

      • Ed Millard

        Before you upgrade note the Flash H.264 accelleration seems to require GeForce 9400M, GeForce 320M or GeForce GT 330M GPU's

  • JFR

    I recently switched to a MacBook Pro but I was able to find solutions to most of the things that annoyed.

    1. Cursor acceleration when using an external mouse. When I am moving the mouse slowly, the cursor is moving way too slowly. I found SteerMouse that can put a "floor" to the acceleration curve for about 20$.

    2. Most of the time, my MacBook Pro is used with a second monitor. Since the menubar is only shown on the main screen, it requires a lot of cursor movement to use the menu from the second monitor. SecondBar is a freeware that solves this problem by copying the menu bar to the second monitor.

    3. I really missed the maximize button from Windows. SecondBar and BetterTouchTool are freewares that add the possibly of right-clicking on the maximize button to achieve the same maximizing behavior as on Windows.

    • Jeffrey Tobias

      I guess you know that you can move the menu bar fto the top of the second monitor without SecondBar. I use two monitors and have the menu bar on the top of the second monitor – you just cannot have it on both at the same time.

  • Brian Hart

    My biggest gripe was with the mouse. Not the actual hardware, but how the OS treats it. There's some phenomenon — and I'm not able to put my finger on what the problem is, specifically — where the pointer seems to decelerate as you approach the corner of a window. That is, my mouse movements don't seem to track 1:1 with the pointer movements on the screen. This makes it very annoying to resize windows, move things around ,etc.

    You'd think that wouldn't be a big deal… until you do the same action a hundred times a day and it doesn't respond the way it should intuitively…

    • JFR

      I used SteerMouse to put a floor value to the acceleration curve. You can have a trial version for about a month I think. That software costs only 20$ and it's really worth it to bypass this annoying behavior!

  • Jamie

    My main gripe as a user is iTunes. I think it is an atrocious mess. Things that should happen:

    – Have a separate, non-sovereign MP3 player. Music at a computer nearly always happens when the user is doing something else. A sovereign app for playing music is dumb. Anyone remember WinAmp? The default for a music player UI should be small and out of the way.
    – iPhone sync should be split off. Putting aside the embarrassing lack of wireless sync, syncing in most cases should happen invisibly. If settings need changing, a different playlist or an app installed, etc., have a utility to do that. There's just no reason to force folks to launch the toaster oven/foot massager in order to back up their phone.
    – The confusion people face for watching video on a Mac is annoying. Having it split between browser, Quicktime player, DVD Player and iTunes by default is embarrassing. Add in that most folks eventually adding in VLC…
    – Now I'm supposed to funnel my word processing docs from my iPad through the MP3 player? WTF?

    As a dev, I share the other poster's concern that OS X development is going to be starved for new work because of uncertainty. I know I'm thinking twice. At the same time, iOS is obviously not a development platform, so they need to keep OS X moving. It is more than time for Apple to address this.

    • Ed Millard

      Agree on iTunes and the MP3 player. With iTunes being an Apple flagship app, it does seem to be disliked by a lot of people. I wrote my own music player just to get rid of iTiunes memory and UI bloat and to streamline the workflow like I like it. Also agree it is annoying having iTunes launch everytime I plug in my touch to charge it.

      • Jamie

        I don't have a touch, but if it is like the phone, there's an option to disable launch-on-connect in the summary page.

        • Ed Millard

          Found an option to shut it off in iTunes->Preferences->Devices "Prevent syncying automatically". Much better, thanks for jogging me out of my laziness.

    • Agreed, iTunes is a mess. I've already organized my music just the way I want it in folders. It would be great if iTunes would let me browse that structure instead of forcing me to use their classifications.

  • Mark Wood

    SecondBar (http://blog.boastr.net/?page_id=79) is a good remedy to the multi-monitor & single menu bar hassle.

    The single biggest issue for me is the UI is too mouse-centric. The ONLY thing I miss about Windows is that every menu item has a shortcut key or sequence associated with it. It might be ALT O, P, S, B but at least you can drill down to anything. For functions you use a lot, it is a big time saver.

    …oh, and as noted above Excel blows

    • Thanks for the recommendation on SecondBar- that was my biggest annoyance but it looks like there's a solution.

  • I find Mac's Finder to be less efficient of a file explorer than Windows Explorer. When you are searching for a file buried deep in a nest of folders, you end up with tons of right-scrolling columns as you drill down in Finder, making it very difficult to jump back and forth between folder levels, move files around, etc with all the needless right scrolling. Windows Explorer, with it's tree structure in the left column, is much more efficient at quickly allowing you to drill down to the subfolder you are looking for as well as easily drag files to various levels on the tree without endless right-scrolling.

    • Jamie

      I don't have that experience (for whatever reason, using Explorer drives me nuts – it has a Clippy-like ability to do the exact opposite of what I want), but you might check out PathFinder, a third-party Finder replacement.

      Second, and I really don't want this to sound critical or superior or anything, but generally when I find I'm repeatedly doing a ton of filing tasks, it indicates that I've got a problem in my workflow. Sometimes that's software doing something dumb, and when that's the case, Applescript/Automator can be a life saver.

    • Use two windows? If only we had the "Shelf" from NeXTStep.

  • Kevin Menard

    Snow Leopard does much better here than previous releases, but it is still a pain in the neck.

  • – When you are in an open dialog box, you do not have the same freedom as you do on Windows. You are unable to quickly rename files, right click, drag and drop, etc..

    – Right clicking on an open icon in the dock shows you all of the sub windows open within that program. That is alright but not nearly as efficient as showing both the title and a live thumbnail on hover.

    – Expose becomes a burden when you have more than 10 windows open. It's too hard to find the window you need quickly. Fixing the dock functionality could improve this.

    There are a few other trivial issues but overall I am quite happy with my Mac. I have Windows 7 installed on dual boot though since I am both a Windows and a Mac user. But I'll likely never purchase a PC laptop again. The MacBook Pro design is better than any other laptop manufacturer I have used. It feels very sturdy and runs cool and quietly. And since I have dual boot, I get the best of both worlds!

    (addition) Modern Warfare 2 doesn't support Mac 😉

  • I've been searching for something I "hate" about the Mac. I can't really find anything I hate – but I can tell you thing that really pisses me off from time to time. It's called the "Spinny ball of death," or the SBOD. In this age of gigabyte of memory, terabytes of storage, dual through dodeca core processors… why, WHY, do I ever see a "wait" cursor?

  • vtatai

    I have the latest MB Pro, and what I really don't like on the hardware side:
    – It runs HOT! When doing builds and when gaming it is impossible to keep it on my lap
    – No BLU-RAY! I know Steve Jobs has some peculiar views on this topic, but come on!
    On the software side:
    – Focus on mouse not keyboard (I am a heavy keyboard user, and in Gnome I could drag windows, resize, move them across workspaces, etc, just using the keyboard)
    – No maximize button on windows – sometimes I just want an app to fill the whole screen, and having to drag the window is a pain
    – iTunes is not the best of players, but I run it since it is so integrated into everything else
    – As mentioned previously, multi-monitor support could be better (but is WAY better than Windows and Ubuntu)

    • Check out Divvy – I can’t imagine using OS-X without it!

  • Lack of a good docking solution.

    And BookEndz does not count – Possibly the ugliest thing ever made.

  • Jeff Yoak

    I’m pretty much unequivocally in love with my mac, but I read about the first third of these and it produced a warm glow that these are the complaints people come up with. 🙂 Compare this to what you’d expect from “What do you hate most about your Windows PC?”

  • Jim Pollock

    I use an HP external monitor at home and an ASUS external monitor at work and just the MacBook Pro LCD at all other times. Maybe it's the Snow Leopard, but my MacBook Pro transitions between my 3 configurations seamlessly. And I use the external montors as THE primary monitors when attached. As soon as I unplug the external, everything drops back to the LCD. When I connect to an external, only the key windows roll over to the external. No issue.


  • I don't like the sharp edges of my new MBP. While it doesn't perform as well, especially for photos / video, I prefer to do most work on my older MBP as it is much more comfortable.

  • Generally speaking I feel most of the default apps work ok for "low volume". Mail is very bad when you have 10Gb+ mail. IPhoto is very slow and painfull with a few thousands email. Unless you have 8Gb is almost impossible to run a virtual machine with Windows in a decent manner.

    From the apps standpoint what I really miss is a decent email software. I know Outlook seems bad to many, but it's still way better than anything else. I now use Gmail from Chrome as my main email. Mail kept crashing and forced me to rebuild the db too often.

    Finder is a poor file manager with way too many limitation and strange limitations. Very inefficient.

    The shutdown/restart experience is very slow.

  • Matt

    My biggest complaint is that Apple as a company refuses to admit things are broken. I have a Macbook Pro that from time to time is unable to transfer data to a USB drive and while there are lots of people who have this issue and have reported it to Apple, Apple refuses to comment on it or fix it. Similar to the iPhone 4 issues, until ignoring the issue becomes more of a headache than fixing it.

    • nicholasnapp

      Amen to that. I have had intermittent Wi-Fi problems on a MacBook Pro and an newer iMac. Apple were no help. The "genius" in the Apple store looked at my installed apps and tried to claim that TextWrangler (a text editor) was the likely cause. Didn't like the fact that I had some open source dev tools on there either.

      I spent almost 6 months debugging their crappy wifi and the only thing that works (when it plays up) is to put the whole thing in debug mode with an open terminal window that continually checks the status.

      It's clearly a problem across a range of hardware and Apple refuse to address it.

  • SE

    Finder is terrible.

  • This is more of a comment on Apple, than what I hate about my Mac.
    I've been looking forward to being Apple free for some time. I resent the closed environment and paying a premium for cool. See http://danielnenni.com/2010/06/22/open-standards-….

    I spend a lot of time listening to podcasts, and now that I can stream them through my Droid (Incredible) I no longer have to deal with iTunes and sync. I also loved it when I upgraded from the Droid to the Incredible and my environment came right along with me. Cloud computing anyone?

    I use my macbook pro for my "watching TV in my recliner" machine. I was annoyed to be forced to pay to upgrade to Snow Leopard before I could use many new apps (such as chrome). The mousepad also drives me crazy, so I use a 3 button mouse. Since it's not an Apple mouse it doesn't work very well.

  • The stupid little green button that never does what I want it to do.

  • Right now I hate mobile me, I am a mac evangelist, have the iPhone iPad laptop etc etc. I use mobile me to sync a dress book and calendars (I never remember to hard sync). My connection to the cloud is screwed my contacts are jumbling and got up to 8000 contacts (I normally have less than that ). I have spent over 7 hours at genius bar and customer support (which is so good it is the only reason I have stayed around at this point, well that and I love keynote)

    I got my computer wiped new phone ipad wiped, was good! Until today when it seems to have blown up again 2800 contacts on my phone 2500 on my computer and 3200 in the cloud

    , Arghhhhhhh

    But got another 2 hrs scheduled for tues!

  • Wow. Great post and conversation. All I ever hear is the MacFans telling me how great it is – clearly lots of frustrations.

    There are three things that keep me on the PC – but I freely admit the Mac is a better "experience".

    1) Price. The last time I spent more than a kilobuck – even 2 kilobucks on a laptop was my Mac TiBook. About 3 latops since, have all been under $1k. My current Thinkpad has Win7-64, 4 GBs is fairly loaded and a nice machine for about $700.

    2) Hardware quality: Every Apple device I have is broken. I've replaced power supplies, keyboards, mice, etc. My TiBook above won't even boot anymore. I feel they plan obsolescence into their products both technically and via the product's life. The Apple store is always more crowded for service than sales.

    3) Proprietary iPod/iPhone batteries,power supplies, the inability to export data in many apps, etc. It gets old. I now have my contacts in Google – but I used to be an Outlook boy. I could sync from Outlook to any PDA I wanted… but getting my contacts into and out of the Mac were a nightmare. Perhaps things have improved.

  • 1. Office is awful. I actually bought a PC just to run a decent office suite when I had a project that required it.

    2. The Macbook Air is awful – if the ambient temperature is about 80 degrees or above then it overheats, throttles the processor, and becomes a 400mhz machine. Apple has been useless at fixing these problems.

    • Looks like they weren’t so useless after all 🙂

  • James_Mitchell

    As a die hard Windows user/fan/fanboy, I cannot tell you how much I enjoy reading these comments.
    I will add two things I do not like about the Mac. Both are Microsoft’s fault, rather than Apple’s. First, Microsoft Access does not run on the Mac. Second, we use Microsoft DirectAccess (which is vastly superior to a virtual private network) and it only works with Windows Seven.
    There are many good things to say about Apple; I will mention only three. Apple has the best designers in the world. The Apple store in Boston is incredible, the best sales reps I have ever encountered. And I love my iPhone.
    James Mitchell
    <a href="http://www.jmitchell.me” target=”_blank”>www.jmitchell.me

  • I hate how there doesn’t seem to be any way to control whether or not the webcam flips its video. Or if there is, I haven’t found it yet. Sometimes I don’t want the webcam to flip video, and it seems like such an easy, obvious thing.

    There is a word in some mac dictionary that’s misspelled, and I can’t seem to find it to remove it. So my spell checker doesn’t have an easy way to delete things from the user added dictionary. Following the steps I’ve found online haven’t worked.

    I dislike how iWeb does not have any type of page import capability.

    I cannot stand how the search always defaults to “content” and “This mac” when what I normally want is “file name” and “in this folder.” I’d love to be able to control that. The search is nice and fast, though.

    With the search I want more options. I want to be able to type -something to make it omit words. Or put a phrase like “my dog fido” and have it search for that.

  • By far, the thing that I hate most about the Mac is that Apple is getting too successful. It’s easy to carve out a niche market and keep all of your followers relatively happy and faithful. But thanks to things like the iPhone, iTouch, iPod and iPad, coupled with their line of superior computer hardware and software, they’re growing beyond their means. Silly things like the iPhone antenna, the frequency of software patches, there are indicators that suggest Apple is growing too fast and perhaps, loosing sight of the faithful followers. Rushing things to market. What’s the rush? What once was a personal interaction with a really cool company lately has become a transaction with a large corporation. I hate that. I may go back to my Commodore 64 before long….

  • The only thing I really don’t like is that I can’t get focus follows mouser to work. Standard on all X Windows systems but not OSX.

  • paperpushermj

    What I hate most about the Mac is the people who hate the Mac.

  • I work mostly with MBA students who use Microsoft office. covert ion of documents is my Mac pain.

  • Jonathan

    As a person who likes to use the keyboard more than the mouse, I lament the fact that the keyboard shortcuts need to be memorized, unlike on Windows where the shortcut key is underlined when the Alt key is pressed. (Eg, Alt, F, O to open a file). Also, not all the commands have a shortcut.

    Another gripe is there seems to be no way to go to the top, bottom, or page up and down in Mail, unless I have missed the obvious.

  • I actually really miss a physical right click button. I know you can option click, but it's just not the same when I have to use two hands just to get a context menu. Supposedly OSX is designed to never need right clicks, but I still think there are some things that are far easier to accomplish with a context menu. This issue has gotten a little better with the new "button-less" trackpads, but still kind of annoying to me.

  • Jim

    The thing I hate about Macs are the fanboys- the people who take any opportunity to bash PC's, usually out of ignorance. Many are arrogant and annoying. Despite what Steve Jobs says, there is nothing "magical" about any computer. They are tools composed of hardware and software, susceptible to failure irrespective of the platform.

  • AnnaD.

    No visible on desktop folders where you can collect material.One has to go in finder to find desktop,folders etc.And MS -specially excel is not the best to work with.

    • All you have to do is create a folder on the desktop and drop or save whatever you want in it. Right click if you have a multi-button mouse or control/click to get the contextual menu. Or Shift/Command/N will give you one.

  • Denise

    I can't stand that it has a really poor way of searching. On a PC I can easily find any minute topic in a file or the file itself, without going to a specific folder or whatever. It misses stuff and makes it very difficult to find on the finder. Even when I designate for the name, it still may not find it and I have to search around. It doesn't seem to search everything on the whole mac and certainly does not find items within files very easily. It is very frustrating.

    • Are you using Spotlight in Tiger or Leopard? The former did have problems but Leopard search is much improved. Have you allowed it to index the hard drive? You should have no trouble finding even one word items, though you'd end up with thousands of hits. You will only get what you are allowed to see per your administration privileges.

      Here's info on how to conduct a good search: http://db.tidbits.com/article/9283

  • glenn

    I hate Finder. Total POS. Seriously, a vertical drill down through nested folders is a nightmare, constantly resizing columns. Copy a folder to a directly that already has that folder, does a complete delete of the old folder then copy, oops. Why can't it merge two folders and alert me on duplicates?

    Another finder POS, no folder security, password protected folders? nope, can't do it unless you make that folder a DMG file.

  • Silenced crumpet

    Just a few annoyances that really add up.

    1. The single menu bar:
    I'm baffled that anyone can find this a usable element on a screen bigger than 12". People like to cite Fitt's law but I find it much more effort getting my cursor all the way up there than aiming at a menu bar that's actually attached to the window I'm working in.
    Very frequently my focus is on a window that isn't actually selected so I am confused when I start clicking in the menu bar and can't find what I'm looking for. This never happens when the menu bar is actually attached to its associated window.
    This menu bar is forever diverting my attention from the task at hand.

    2. The dock: Part of the reason I prefer the Windows task bar is that I'm used to it. What I think is an actual flaw of the dock is that everything appears as an icon instead of text, so it takes a while to find the program I'm looking for. At work I observe other people having this problem as they slowly mouse over each icon and wait for the tool tip to appear.

    3. The mouse: I don't like needing to use two hands to right-click, so I replaced the mouse. The problem is every time I come back to the computer after it has been asleep the mouse is frozen and i have to unplug and replug it. I have been periodically searching to see if any solution has been found but no progress seems to have been made.

    • Much of your difficulty is because you haven't spent enough time to familiarize yourself with the icons in the dock. Soon you will recognize them by sight and not need to hover over them.

      Some USB mice from third parties may need a "wakeup" or unplug/replug. It could also be a problem with the cable connection, try a different port first.

  • Marketing to Businesses?

    Emails get ignored

  • It's awesome, nothing to hate!

  • Steve D.

    I really miss the page-up, page-down, home, end, insert and delete keys! I don't like using multiple fingers to achieve the same results.

  • I dont understand why anyone would choose Mac over Windows. Macs are more expensive and cannot be 'assembled' using parts you source from the market setting your own price. All you are doing by purchasing Mac is making one company richer. Buy Intel or AMD for processor, Seagate or WD for hard disk, and shop Crucial or Tigerdirect for memory and run Windows, knowing your money went in four directions not one. And Macs are not any more secure than Windows. They are just a lower defined target.

    • Here are a couple of reasons some people might choose Mac over Windows:

      1 – Because Mac has a vastly superior operating system to Windows
      2 – Because Mac has exclusive software (Textmate, Logic, and X Code), and many Mac clients are better than their Windows counterparts (Evernote, µTorrent)
      3 – Because the purchasing process you’ve just described, while clearly fun for you, is not how everyone wishes to invest their time — time is money, after all. My Macs save me time every single day, thanks largely to the It Just Works principle.

  • 2tk

    I have an energy saver power strip that my IMAC pulgs into as Master and all the peripherals plug into slave outlets. When i put IMAC to sleep it wakes up as soon as saver strip kills power to my speakers and any drives connected