Snow Leopard Problems
I installed Snow Leopard less than 48 hours ago. So far, these are the ostensible bugs which I have bumped into:
- Upon installation, my system hung on first boot-up. A hard reset took care of that.
- Once or twice, my desktop icons were nowhere to be found.
- Google Gears doesn’t work in Safari all of a sudden. I had to Google how to uninstall it before Gmail would load.
(Update: Not a Snow Leopard bug, more in a bit.) The top half of my (laptop’s built in, not external) monitor occasionally flashes black for a millisecond. This occurs at seemingly arbitrary times and blackness lasts just long enough to be noticeable and annoying. (I like to imagine that it contains a subliminal message — “IGNORE THIS FLASH” — and I am immune to its effects.)
Spotlight sporadically won’t find the application I was searching for, such as iChat, Keychain Access, or System Preferences. This is important because Spotlight is my app launcher, and now it’s not reliable for that task.
- The “Calculate All Sizes” option fails on some folders of a network drive of mine — even on folders with no more than 8 files. (Added 2009-09-07)
- I realize it was not officially supported, but it was possible to back up to a network drive (without an AirPort Base Station) via Time Machine in 10.5 Leopard, but now on Snow Leopard, backups have been hanging indefinitely. (Added 2009-09-07)
- Sometimes switching Spaces via the keyboard has left the spaces indicator on my screen after I let go of all the keys, and then I could not use my (MacBook Pro’s built-in) keyboard until I logged out and then back in. (Added 2009-09-08) Update This is still a problem, as of 10.6.2.
You can imagine that some of these quirks are damned annoying.
Still, there have been some really nice little improvements, like the dock & Exposé integration. I think the net change is positive, but boy am I ready for Apple to release 10.6.1 with a few bug fixes!
Finally, I’d like to note that some of these things could well be caused by third-party apps. That said, it’s clearly the OS upgrade that triggered these problems. Apple, you’ve let me down.