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6 Problems With Apple's Leopard OS

While Leopard is a significant improvement over previous Mac OS X releases, it has some notable shortcomings. IPhone users, database developers, people still running Classic Mac apps and folks who are obsessive about backing up will find some disappointments. Here are several of the problems I've already encountered:

Wireless backup using Time Machine: You can't use Time Machine with wireless AirPort Disks. Time Machine is Leopard's slick backup and version-control software, allowing users to roll back files, folders, or the whole system to a previous date. It stores data on an external hard drive. Pre-release versions of Leopard allowed users to connect a hard disk to the AirPort Extreme Base Station, and use that hard drive and Time Machine to back up all the machines on a local network. But that no longer works in the final release.

SuperDuper support: The popular backup software will be updated to be compatible with Leopard shortly after Leopard's release, developers say.

Synching desktop Notes to the iPhone: This has been one of my chief frustration with the iPhone -- there's no simple way to automatically synch plain text documents between the iPhone and desktop. It's a baffling shortcoming: The iPhone is otherwise such a sophisticated device, with many advanced features, and this kind of note-synching is brain-dead simple technology, available in the very first PalmPilot eleven years ago (and probably in other portable handhelds years before then). It's like finding out your cutting-edge rocket-propelled sports car lacks windshield wipers. Early indications were that Apple would fix this lack in Leopard, but now it appears Apple changed its mind.

Classic Mac OS X support: The 23-year-old OS won't even run on PowerPC machines running Leopard. It has never run on Intel Macs. Engadget quips that the only people affected by this will be "Hypercard user groups and the three printshops still running QuarkXPress 4."

Read about my two other Leopard quibbles, and give me some feedback on your experiences, on my blog.

Mitch Wagner
mwagner@cmp.com
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