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This page lists bugs that I've come across in software that I have to use,
so that I don't have to trip over them too often.
[2005-06-20] At least in OS/X 10.3 (Panther), if you enter
'sudo fax stop' it stops automatic fax reception but creates
an obscure file called /private/var/spool/fax/cu.modem.stop
which will prevent you from restarting fax services (either
from the command-line or using the system preferences
control panel) until that file is removed.
[2005-05-01] Apparently, if you use a browser other than Safari,
the server adds popup ads.
[2006-01-27] Messages are grouped together in "conversations"
by Subject: header, not threaded together by In-Reply-To: or
References:. Unrelated messages are often thus grouped together,
and worse, non-spam messages can be added into spam conversations
and you'll never see them again. You can't turn this "feature"
[2006-01-27] Identical lines in messages in a conversation are
not displayed, unless you click "Show Quoted Text".
[2005-05-01] If you have a directory with no index.html file, there is no way to
override the default Page Not Found message the server returns.
[2005-05-01] If you have a bug in a CGI script, there is no way to view
diagnostics on standard error.
[2005-05-01] If you have a bug in a CGI script, there is no way to change
the Internal Server Error message the server returns, even to direct
browsers away from the phony support e-mail address it gives.
[2005-05-25] When you double-click to enlarge the JPEG artwork associated
with a track, the image is displayed at 150% of its original size,
muddying small type. The enlargement is capped at a little less than
the current screen size, not spanning multiple monitors.
[2005-05-25] When you paste an image into iTunes for use as album artwork,
it silently scales the image down to no more than 1024 pixels wide.
[2005-08-03] Based on experiences helping a neighbour,
Sympatico.ca has contracted their suite of ISP services to MSN,
much like rogers.ca (formerly home.com) cut a deal with Yahoo,
except that in the case of Sympatico and MSN, it's been a disaster.
Online "help" pages are password-protected, and if you've forgotten
your password or need to call tech support for any other reason,
heaven help you. Once you do find what looks like the relevant
help page, half the time, it describes the old system and is completely
The new system on the other hand is unusable unless you have current
operating system and Internet client software. If for instance you
have MacOS 9.0.3 and Outlook Express 5.0.2-5.0.6, your (Microsoft) mail
client is in fact incompatible (cannot log on using SMTP/SSL/TLS)
with Microsoft's mail servers, and your operating system is
incompatible with Sympatico's current installer CD (which requires
The most helpful thing that tech support will tell you is "Well
then you'd better use Hotmail", to which I would add "and you might
as well spend your Internet dollars at a cafe for better value".
Don't think of using your household OS/X server's Postfix software
to send out Classic MacOS mail for you directly, either.
Sympatico firewalls connections to external SMTP service, to force
you to either use their servers or switch ISPs.
Mac OS/X 10.3.9
- If you use Internet sharing to share an Airport connection
over your Ethernet port, the DHCP server running on the Ethernet
port does not check to see that the address range it serves does
not conflict with the Airport network. In particular, if your
Airport network is at 192.168.2.*, then so will your Ethernet
network, and packets will get misrouted.
Mac OS/X 10.4
Users are not included in the 'staff' group anymore.
If you try to use 'ditto' to copy your files from your old machine,
then 'ditto' will fail to copy those files belonging to group
To add a user to the 'staff' group, open 'NetInfo Manager',
select '/groups/staff', click on the 'users' property and choose
the menu item 'Insert Value'.
If you are trying to copy files using Personal File Sharing,
stop and restart that service, as the old daemon will not
automatically learn of the group change.