Newsletter Issue #568: The Mac OS X Lion Report:
Do You Really Want Things to be Difficult?

October 18th, 2010

I can’t say I was surprised over your reactions to some of my suggestions about improving Mac OS X. After encountering a personal experience with one of those typical file permissions irritants, I got several responses with helpful suggestions to fix things.

But that isn’t the point. I know that the right Terminal command or third party utility can repair (or at least change) the wrong permissions. What some of these people don’t seem to realize — or are unwilling to accept — is the fact that a world-class personal computer operating system shouldn’t require manual labor to clean up such silliness.

I realize that power users might resent the mere suggestion that playing around with the guts of Mac OS X might not be a good thing, or that a more automated system management scheme was sorely needed long ago. But nothing I’m saying should in any way restrict you from getting down and dirty if that’s your preference. But for the rest of us, we’d rather just get our work done and not bother with such nonsense.

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