December 16, 2009

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Macs need hibernate

I’m generally not a fan of Macs and have made it a point to avoid them where possible. I think their hardware is extremely sleek and attractive, and the same is to be said about their software, but that doesn’t mean it is functional. Things like the lack of right-click, and having almost every shortcut different in OSX than from Windows is a great annoyance to me. Macs are designed around idiocy, rather than power. Oh well.

That all being said, I’ve had a MacBook Air in my possession for a while now. I got it from the office because I was going to do some iPhone app development in my free time, though almost as soon as I got started, the free time dried up (doesn’t it always?). I decided that I’d try and use the Air, for writing, instead of my netbook (for a while) since the Air has a nicer keyboard. It isn’t bad to use, but I’ve had more than a few usability issues with it, something that I’ll probably talk about later, however today I have a more pressing issue.

Mac’s don’t have hibernate.

This has to be one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard of. Hibernate has been around, and commonly used, since what… Windows 95? So 15 years now. Sleep is fine for many cases, but not for long duration power downs. Sleep saves you battery, but it still burns it. I finish with the Mac in the morning before I leave for the office, I close it and put it in my backpack. It sleeps, the entire day (possibly) not to be used until later that night, but it is still burning battery away because it lacks hibernate.

Now I know some of you die hard iTards (Translation: Mac Fanboys) will say “Well just turn it off, it doesn’t take that long to boot. Mac’s don’t need hibernate like Windows does because they are fast”. No. Just… No. I hibernate my machines so I can leave them exactly where I want them. In the case of my writing machine, I’ve got Firefox up with a few tabs and my writing software. I don’t want to be bothered with “save, exit, shutdown, boot, relaunch, reload” when on Windows that same process is “Hibernate, Boot”.

For it being a computer all about ease of use for the end user, it really seems to lack major features that make end users’ lives that much easier. Though I know why Macs don’t have it… it is because “Hibernate” is too complicated for the retards that Macs are designed for.