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Wednesday September 11, 2002
07:28 AM

iApps

[ #7673 ]

Most of Apple's iApps are dogs.

Well, sure, Mac OS X itself is pretty much a dog (in its UI). Mac OS runs circles around it in many respects.

But that doesn't excuse 600K of calendars taking up 40% of my RAM on a 512MB machine (according to Process Viewer) in iCal.

Nor does it excuse that it takes more than 30 seconds to start on a G4/667. And about 30 seconds to move something from one (~300K) calendar to another.

iChat isn't very slow (how could it be?), but it is pretty buggy. It crashes a lot. iCal has some significant bugs too, though it's not crashed on me yet.

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  • I don't know what you're seeing. iCal has worked zippily and promptly for me. ps tells me
    gnat 1206 0.0 6.5 193992 50780 ?? S 8:42PM 1:55.93 /Applications/iCal.app/Contents/MacOS/iCal -psn_0_10878977
    Which isn't anywhere near 600K.

    You're just cursed. Sucks to be you. Rocks to be me, with football games, DVD releases, movie releases, and holidays all synched with iCal :-)

    --Nat

    • How big are your calendar files on disk? ~/Library/Calendars/. Mine topped 600K. That's what I was talking about.
  • But that doesn't excuse 600K of calendars taking up 40% of my RAM on a 512MB machine (according to Process Viewer) in iCal.

    Are you sure that you are reading the Process Viewer output right?

    `ps` on Mac OS X is reporting memory usage differently than other BSD's and Linux ...

    (I botched my OS X installation with the latest upgrade, so I can't check what iCal uses on my box right now).

        - ask
    --

    -- ask bjoern hansen [askbjoernhansen.com], !try; do();

    • Are you sure that you are reading the Process Viewer output right?

      When it says "% Memory" and below that reads "40", yeah, I think so. :-)

      Note that I have *only* seen this with a large-ish calendar. No one else I've talked to who reports significantly lower memory use has had a calendar .ics file larger than 300K, let alone 500K or more.