Cologne Smalltalk Meetup: Looking for a Date and for Topics

I’ve mentioned it before: there is a quite new but active group of Smalltalk enthusiasts in Cologne (Cologne Smalltalk Meetup) who meet roughly every two months. In the past, they had quite a few very interersting talks like

If you’d like to join in on the next meetup in Cologne, there is a Doodle page on which you can participate in finding the perfect date for the meeting and you can make suggestions for presentations.

Why Snow Leopard still sucks with SAMBA

If anybody tries to tell you that Macs are first class citizens in any network, just give them a mild smile and walk on.

Since the release of Snow Leopard (mac OS X 10.6) many moons ago, connecting to Samba shares constantly causes trouble.

At first, there were really bad problems copying/moving folders or Mac OS X Packages (which in effect are folders) to these shares. If you were lucky, you got an error, if you weren’t, your data was lost. Seems like this problem is solved since 10.6.3.

Now with 10.6.4 the Finder seems to be on drugs all the time. It frequently looses connections to Samba shares, displays the servers but cannot connect to them, and most of the time, the servers are not found automatically. You cannot access them by name, but “GO to Server…” with the IP works. Automatic reconnect on reboot? forget it, it only works 40% of the time…

I don’t remember seeing much of these problems in Leopard (10.5) or Tiger (10.4).

So if you thought the grass is a lot greener on the Mac, let me tell you there’s enough to be improved. And some stuff is not fixed even after more than a year, or each update introduces different problems.

Unfortunately, I don’t know of any OS that doesn’t have “weak spots” (I’m using a term that Steve Jobs has learned by heart a few weeks ago).

Am I alone with these problems?
Has anybody heard of good solutions / hacks / workarounds?
I’d be happy to get some pointers in the comments…

Okay, I’ve typed some of my frustration into my blog, so back to work…