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10.5: A cautionary tale on overloaded Desktops in 10.5
Authored by: michaelnatter on Jan 17, '08 09:35:37AM

I agree the addition of a dedicated Downloads folder was a very welcomed addition (get on board Firefox).

I believe I also read somewhere on this site that OSX handles icons on the desktop as individual windows thus adding an additional burden to your system. So that would explain the extreme slowdown when the desktop gets over-populated.

You can demonstrate this to your clients/friends/people who believe in a cluttered desktop by doing the Shift-Command-4 (then hitting space bar) trick. It highlights entire windows for screenshots. If you then move your camera cursor over desktop icons you will see it highlights those also…while it doesn't highlight icons inside of other windows.

All of this is not to mention the fact that the Desktop tends to corrupt first (and worst) in all of the crash situations I have ever encountered (excluding, of course, Microsoft's Entourage Database).

So keep that Desktop top lean!



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10.5: A cautionary tale on overloaded Desktops in 10.5
Authored by: lar3ry on Jan 17, '08 10:29:14AM

Firefox is quite able to download to the Downloads folder as well. The option is right there in Preferences in the Main tab.

If you don't like Preferences, you can use about:config and search for "download" to see all the options you can tailor with regard to downloads.



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10.5: A cautionary tale on overloaded Desktops in 10.5
Authored by: morespace54 on Jan 21, '08 01:43:26PM

Yes but I think he was talking about a default "Download to the Download Folder" option in FF for OS X...

Of course, you can do it by yourself in prefs, just like you can change the default Safari (or Mail or whatever) downloads location.



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