Articles posted on June 21st, 2003

Mac OS X: More on intrusiveness of background processes

Saturday, June 21st, 2003 • 11:20 pm

As a follow-up to my recent column on the intrusiveness of background processes in Mac OS X, I have to add another outrageous example, which was brought back to my attention by a couple of readers. The culprit is StuffIt Expander. If your web browser or FTP client is set to post-process downloads automatically , […]

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My first kernel panic in Jaguar

Saturday, June 21st, 2003 • 11:06 pm

Amazingly enough, today I experienced my first-ever kernel panic since I started using Mac OS X 10.2 (can’t remember how many months ago). It was obviously caused by a FireWire-related problem. The panic happened a few seconds after I had plugged my external FireWire CD-RW burner and an external FireWire hard drive back in. (I […]

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Latest “Apple Peel” column at

Saturday, June 21st, 2003 • 1:32 am

My latest column is up at “The Problem with Anticipatory Software Design” Fundamentally, anticipatory software design is the tendency to design software for which the optimal running environment is a computer that does not exist yet. Is Apple guilty of excessive indulgence?

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