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Some Praise of 2023 Mac Pro M2 Ultra and (mostly) macOS Ventura

re: Apple Core Rot

Never though you'd read that title? Well, it's exaggerated a bit, but praise where praise is due.

Once the initial sloppy-engineering bugs were worked out in macOS Ventura 13.5, like infinite kernel panics and slow mode after sleep and destroying my admin account on my MacBook Pro and broken screen captures, things have been working pretty well with macOS Ventura and the 2023 Mac Pro M2 Ultra. Meaning there surely are lots of nasty problems left but I am fortunate to not be running into any of them.

The Mostly Good

The bad engineering that still intrudes

Fixable, but when or ever?

  • Every day, many times a day, Terminal loses its command-key shortcuts and I have to quit and restart it as the only solution which means killing any other operations, so I cannot always do that. What a mess. Since I use Terminal more than any other program and more often, this is a major nuisance.
  • Photoshop black window bug. A new behavior in PS that maybe is GPU related.
  • Display syncing works better (faster, more reliable in general) but worse if the system is allowed to sleep; the 2nd display takes too long to sync resulting in jumbled icons, windows, palettes all shoveled over to the main display requiring several minutes to clean up.
  • Energy-wasting: I cannot use sleep mode because of the point above making such a mess of things.
  • Broken/useless Parallels virtual machines. No solution possible except to run on older Intel machines. Parallels could fix this via emulation, but instead makes up marketing lies.
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