Panther: More on iDisk woes

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Macintosh
December 3rd, 2003 • 1:31 am

So today I tried creating a “local copy” of my iDisk, hoping that it would improve the performance issues noted yesterday. This is done via the “.Mac” preference pane in System Preferences.

The trouble is that my iDisk already contains about 30 MB worth of stuff. Of course, it’s all stuff for which I have local copies on my hard drive. But Mac OS X insists on “synchronizing” its local copy of the iDisk with the one on Apple’s servers by downloading the 30 MB of stuff from the Web.

30 MB over a modem connection takes forever.

And then I go to Photoshop to do some image editing, and when I try to open the Open File dialog, I get the spinning beachball.

I try force-quitting and restarting Photoshop. Same thing. Needless to say, I strongly suspect the iDisk synchronization process currently in progress.

So I try to stop the synchronization process. (I have better things to do.) Good luck with that. I change the synchronization setting from “Automatic” to “Manual” in System Preferences. And I get the spinning beachball.

I force-quit the Finder and try to get it to relaunch. Good luck with that. Only a full restart will finally get rid of the spinning beachball for good.

This is plain ugly. Enough to discourage me from ever using the iDisk again. But I am persistent. So I will start the synchronization process tonight and hope it’ll be finished by tomorrow morning. Good grief.

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