Apple telling you what’s right for you

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Macintosh
August 20th, 2003 • 1:07 am

There is something even more annoying than Mac OS X regularly “forgetting” preference settings that you had changed manually and switching them back to their default value.

What’s even more annoying is Apple telling you that “this is normal”. Here’s a telling example:

Mac OS X: Software UPDATE Unexpectedly Resumes Automatically Checking for Updates

In that particular case, it seems that the reason Mac OS X “forgets” the setting is that some Apple software updates will turn the feature back on.

Why do these updates turn the setting back on? Apple does not say. It just says that this is normal behavior.

I happen to think that this is not normal. If the user has specifically instructed Mac OS X not to CHECK automatically for updates at some point, then this preference should stick until the user changes his mind and turns the automatic feature back on. There is no reason that any other software UPDATE should turn this feature back on without notifying and asking permission from the user.


2 Responses to “Apple telling you what’s right for you”

  1. Pierre Igot says:

    Finder windows: Yup, but at least there is no Apple Knowledge Base article telling you that “this is normal” — or is there? :-)

    No workaround that I am aware of.

  2. ssp says:

    What about Finder windows… I never wanted a toolbar there, for example. Yet I keep getting it over and over again.

    Do you know of any way to work around that <del>bug</del> expected behaviour?

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