The other day I heard from a long-time friend, a former member of a forum I managed on AOL way back when. He has an engineering degree, and worked for many years as the chief sound engineer for a famous singer (now deceased), so he definitely knows his hardware.
Heâ€™s also a Mac loyalist, and has earned his stripes by working with Appleâ€™s hardware and software from the earliest days. In all fairness, some of his experiences are stellar, which is why he continues to use Macs. But heâ€™s had his share of problems too, and lately heâ€™s been keeping tags on Leopardâ€™s rough edges.
Didnâ€™t I say in an earlier column that my experiences with Leopard have been terrific? Indeed I have. And, despite the fact that Appleâ€™s own discussion forums and those Mac troubleshooting sites are littered with hundreds of reports of anomalous behavior, system crashes, and performance issues covering a host of setups, little has been nailed down so far.
So what are we to suppose here? I have been suggesting that many of the problems may be traced to third-party products, both hardware and software, and their interactions with Leopard. Either way, application and driver updates ought to set things right, assuming that Apple doesnâ€™t have to do its part as well.