Random thing you loathe right now.

I've been using OSX a lot at work lately. I have to restart the machine after every couple hours of constant use because the dang machine lags up like crazy for no apparent reason. Plenty of CPU and memory is available. Also, sometimes when switching back and forth between programs quickly, it won't let me select text. Minimizing out and back into the program fixes that temporarily until the next time it happens, but I have to reboot to get rid of the bug. After using Windows 7 for so long, I thought we were past rebooting as a solution.

I want to enjoy OSX because there are a lot of great things about it, but this is ridiculous.

Remember, Macs are just like every other system, warts and all. At least that's what I'm told every time I run into a situation with an Apple product acts up. Otherwise "it just works".

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

I've been using OSX a lot at work lately. I have to restart the machine after every couple hours of constant use because the dang machine lags up like crazy for no apparent reason. Plenty of CPU and memory is available.

This sounds kind of similar to something I recently had to deal with. Open Activity Monitor (it should be in Applications/Utilities) and see if SystemUIServer is hogging the CPU when your machine lags. If it is there, are many fixes for it on the interwebs.

Can't help you with the other thing because I've never had that happen.

Yea it sounds like that machine is borked in some way. Might be hardware or it might be software. What version of Mac OS X is it running? General rule of thumb with Mac's (unlike Windows) is to always use the newest version of OS X that your computer supports.

One thing that I have found that works wonders on a Mac that is frequently beach balling is to run (insert version codename here) Cache Cleaner. Do the Deep Cleaning option. It will be the one of the longest reboots ever and it will run like crap for a bit as it rebuilds the cache and spotlight does its indexing but after a little while it will feel like a new Mac (especially if you are running an older version of the OS like 10.4 which had terrible caching issues).

For the most part my MacBook "just works", but I do have problems with my Hackintosh from time to time which is to be expected.

So I have this line of credit with TD. Last year, they decided to jack up everyone's interest rate by 3% across the board, for no other reason than pure greed. My progression goes like this:

Me: "I've been a loyal customer for over a decade and have never missed a payment on multiple credit products, most of which I paid off early."
TD: "The best we can do is lock your current rate for a year by converting your line of credit into a term loan."
Me: "Fine, do that. And cancel my chequing account."

Flash forward to a few days ago:

Me: "My loan converted back to a line of credit bit you aren't auto-debiting the minimum payment from my other bank any more."
TD (rude, clearly outsourced rep): "What do you mean?"
Me: (Spend 5 minutes explaining how they used to take the minimum payment automatically, wondering the whole time why I need to explain this to him.)
TD: "Please give me 2 minutes to check into this."
(On hold for 6 minutes)
TD: "Sorry, we can't auto-debit the minimum for lines of credit, only loans."
Me: "That makes no sense."
TD: "Sorry bro, way it is."
Me: "OK well I can manually pay the minimum every month through my other bank. I'm on EasyWeb right now though and I don't see the minimum payment listed. How do I find that out?"
TD: "I can tell you that. The minimum is X."
Me: "Yes but I don't want to have to call in every month to find out the minimum. Where can I find this on the web site?"
TD: "Please give me 2 minutes to check into this."
(On hold for 4 minutes)
TD: "EasyWeb doesn't show the minimum payment."
Me: "So you won't auto-debit the minimum payment, I have to do it manually and EasyWeb doesn't tell me the payment so I have to call in and sit on hold every single month to find it out from you? And for this privilege, I'm now paying an interest rate similar to most preferred credit cards as opposed to a line of credit?"
TD: "Sorry, EasyWeb can't show you the minimum."
Me: (CLICK)

Some mild paraphrasing was used.

I was fiendishly loyal to TD for years, they used to be the antithesis of big bank customer service. Now, f*ck these guys. I consolidated all my debt except this line of credit at a credit union last year (they didn't want the line of credit.) Now that I have history with them, I'm totally trying again. f*ck TD.

In regards to my issue, earlier this morning, I looked more carefully at the activity monitor and deduced that lack of memory was causing the lagging issue. That's what I had thought it would be. Before, I had assumed that inactive memory was free memory. Anyways, it seems that either the OS or iBooks Author has some terrible memory cache practices related to copy/paste or auto saving.

Is there a way to keep my inactive memory from exploding in size in OSX? By the time it gets to the lag point, it's taking up a third of the total memory which it should by no means be doing. It would be nice if I could just clear all of whatever it's caching in inactive memory instead of restarting the machine.

I'm guessing it's iBooks Author that's to blame.

Thanks for all the advice!

Edit: I read through the stuff a bit more carefully. It's a brand new mac mini with all the latest updates and whatnot. If I had more than 4 GB of RAM, it might not be an issue, but it still shouldn't be doing what it's doing.

Edit 2: That Cache Cleaner thing sounds like it might work, but I don't want to purchase anything for such a simple problem. Sorry for the terribly rushed posts. I've been in a rush.

This really should be in the love thread, but I answered my own question about clearing the inactive memory. All ya have to do is open the terminal and type "purge". Problem solved!

Apparently I'm going to be training newbies next week at work. FML.

dhelor wrote:

Apparently I'm going to be training newbies next week at work. FML.

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Edwin wrote:
dhelor wrote:

Apparently I'm going to be training newbies next week at work. FML.

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Edwin wrote:
dhelor wrote:

Apparently I'm going to be training newbies next week at work. FML.

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Yeah, really. Worse yet, I don't even know WHAT my schedule is for next week. She was still working on schedules today, so I'm gonna have to go in tomorrow on my one day off this week to find out what I work next week (I know I work six out of seven days next week but beyond that, I have no idea). Bad part of having a new store manager I guess... with our previous manager, she got schedules out by Thursday usually, Friday at the latest. I'm not gonna complain though, the previous GM Sheena was... well, to put it nicely, abominable. The new GM Anna is so much nicer, she doesn't yell at people like Sheena did. I don't dread each day wondering if I'm gonna have to work with the her or not.

It's just been so much more hectic and crazy since the transition, what with her getting to know the crews' strengths and weaknesses, reorganizing the stock room (I still don't know where they moved the freaking ketchup to...), and now with these new hires... oyooo

My mouse wheel is squeaky. CRC is on its way, but man am I finding it hard to not scroll through webpages with it.

Vrikk wrote:

My mouse wheel is squeaky. CRC is on its way, but man am I finding it hard to not scroll through webpages with it.

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EDIT: Oh yay, yard work. Exactly what I wanted to do on my one day ff this week, especially after how s****y the past couple days were. Ugh.

Checking in to your hotel and finding bed bugs. Now the scramble to find a place to sleep in starts.

Edwin wrote:

Checking in to your hotel and finding bed bugs. Now the scramble to find a place to sleep in starts.

Ugh, that sucks. Hope you get that sorted out, and that you will find somewhere to sleep that isn't infested.

Edwin wrote:

Checking in to your hotel and finding bed bugs. Now the scramble to find a place to sleep in starts.

My wife and I once had a traumatic experience with bed bugs. And by that I mean we had them in our hotel room.

Should you end up stuck sleeping in a room with them be sure to be extra careful with where you stash your bags,books, magazines... oh hell just be mindful of where you're putting everything. Stash it all in the bathtub if there's nowhere better. In the morning brush yourself off, if you wear pajamas either don't or give them a thorough brush off and stick them in a tightly sealed plastic bag(if available) until you get the chance to run them through a hot dryer.

The hotel should be doing their damnedest to help you find an infestation free room, if not in their establishment then elsewhere.

If despite your best efforts you end up with the misfortune of finding some at home later then see my ridiculously long post here; The methodology described therein has been successfully applied in at least four situations with no recurrence yet reported in any of them.

Been there, done that, never again. We check every room whenever we stay anywhere now... one hitchhiker turned into a nightmare that ended with a full-apartment thermal treatment.

Sundays without football. The offseason sucks when you only really have interest in one sport. On the bright side, there is only about a week until people start showing up for the combine.

Jasonofindy wrote:

On the bright side, there is only about a week until people start showing up for the Combine.

FTFY

Doing the taxes.

tboon wrote:

Doing the taxes. :(

Oi. Thanks for reminding me I have to do mine.

Jasonofindy wrote:

Sundays without football. The offseason sucks when you only really have interest in one sport. On the bright side, there is only about a week until people start showing up for the combine.

What? Combine? Half Life? An actual combine machine? What are you about? I needs knowing!

I'm talking about the NFL combine where football coaches and GMs annually converge on Indianapolis to evaluate the year's potential draftees. Nothing Half-life related at all.

I've finally moved into my new apartment, which is a love! But the internet won't be connected there for a couple of weeks... urrrrrrgh...

Redwing wrote:

I've finally moved into my new apartment, which is a love! But the internet won't be connected there for a couple of weeks... urrrrrrgh...

A couple of weeks? What the hell is the matter with your internet providers?

Strangeblades wrote:
Redwing wrote:

I've finally moved into my new apartment, which is a love! But the internet won't be connected there for a couple of weeks... urrrrrrgh...

A couple of weeks? What the hell is the matter with your internet providers?

It's Australia. They probably have to fight off the koalas, wallabies, and of course the deadly dropbears to get it all set up.

Man, either Thomas decided to discontinue their corn english muffins, or everyone around here decided to stop selling them. I really loved those things.

Just been a Hellish week. Girlfriend is up north for work, the Internet is really bad there so I can't really talk to her, puppy has been a terror (he's freaked out because she's gone and is he's entering puberty), work has been insane and dumb bureaucratic bullsh*t is preventing us hiring the new IT person we desperately need, the house is a disaster (in no small part because of the puppy) and I have no time to clean, I had to work both days this weekend and leave the puppy alone for that whole time, he was a complete stressball terror at obedience school today and I have to head back to the site we integrated tomorrow morning for the day. And it's across town. And it's supposed to be freezing rain. And my boss has to have dental surgery tomorrow, the day after we integrated a new office. Yeah, Hellish week.

dhelor wrote:
Strangeblades wrote:
Redwing wrote:

I've finally moved into my new apartment, which is a love! But the internet won't be connected there for a couple of weeks... urrrrrrgh...

A couple of weeks? What the hell is the matter with your internet providers?

It's Australia. They probably have to fight off the koalas, wallabies, and of course the deadly dropbears to get it all set up.

What dhelor said. But I'm mostly hoping that's a conservative estimate, and I'll get it a fair bit earlier. 2 weeks is going to be a struggle otherwise.

Thankfully the internet at work is just fine.