Hello All, Until only a short while ago I had never owned a Mac and had only used a LCIII running System 8 at university. But, three months ago I received a Macbook Pro 17" with 3Gb ram, 160Gb disk, ATI x1600, etc etc. running OS X tiger 10.4.11. Since then I've been trying to be a happy switcher but the machine and the desktop environment are driving me 'round the bend First off the hardware... the machine gets impossibly hot when charging, it gets improbably hot when using any 3D stuff, but it needs to be connected to the mains or the battery will run out in an hour and a half of 3D use. Together... it's like typing on top of a blast furnace Yes, the macbook pro has beautiful curves - it's sooo coooool... luuurve the battery lights... But ugly blotches have appeared _in_ the LCD screen. uncool. The Firewire connector wont grab the cable properly. uncool. The casing screws need regular tightening. uncool. The screen only holds one angle properly - fully opened. uncool. The LCD/lid latch is so thin that it makes opening the machine embarrassing. uncool. Excellent call by Apple on SysReq. but why no proper 'delete' button that deletes rather than backspaces? uncool. Applecare will take care of the blotches (I hope) but the rest of the hardware issues are just bad design. Then the software... where to begin... I've not yet come across a system that gets in my way so much as the OS X environment. I'm running 10.4.11 - several iterations into the OS... and it's a dog. NeXTSTEP style 'spinning disks' turn up all the time. Pulling files over the office net from MS Windows or IRIX boxen is _slow_, starting applications is _slow_, the airport menu is purgatorially _slow_, many other down-menu's or pop-up dialogs are not snappy - the whole machine feels sluggish in general. How can that be? it's a Dual Core 2.33Ghz machine with 3Gb RAM for chrissakes! 3D support is spotty - Blender seems OK, but gamey stuff like SecondLife is full of hiccups and display artifacts. Sigh... I could go on but there's little point... Moving on... Apple supposedly are the king of the UI hill.... but look at some of their apps... the file dialogs dont make sense, and I HATE the inaccurate status reporting - 'About one minute' yeah right... Less of the cuddling and more accurate information, please. I tried to use Aperture for a month or two - but left - label text is too small, buttons cant be seen... I haven't used Shake in a while, since it left IRIX, but I'm sure Apple has 'improved' it no end. Safari is decent enough... but Mail... it's soooo slowwww... as to be unusable. But the Finder takes the cake... it's of course hooked up to the preview app that wont select files sanely for extra agony... selection/drag and drop by carefully selected icons only... I can't count the number of times I've dragged or dropped stuff into the wrong folders because of the way the finder deals with drops in the file view. Worse still... no files/folder traversal with the keyboard! I realise that much of my frustration stems from being a 'power user' - I like to configure my system as per the 15 years of computer use has conditioned me, and this is an alien system. But Apple clearly does not know best - these day seemingly even more so than Mickey$oft - yet is hell bent on not allowing me make my machine 'personal'. I really dont understand how Apple gets away with selling this stuff to the Adoring masses... So, post rant, here are my practical questions: 1. Is there anything besides Path Finder or Disk Order that will replace the evil Finder? 2. How do I make the window-manager work with click-to-focus-on-first-click? 3. How do I stop OS X dropping 'hidden files' like bit-poo all over my non HFS+ filesystems? 4. How to turn off the stupid post-burn verification when burning a CD? 5. Is there some hidden check box that will give me back a classic UNIX view of the filesystem? Thanks for letting me vent and any pointers for turning my Macbook Pro into a power-users delight will be most gratefully received! J.