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iJournal and OSX.2 issues

I like iJournal. Under OSX.1, it worked great. But ever since this computer got upgraded to X.2, it's been giving me trouble.

Symptoms include:

  • Really slow startup, on the order of a few minutes.
  • Get the spinning disk of doom a lot.
  • It has trouble getting my Tunes from iTunes, even if I manually click on the Tunes button.
  • Losing its brain about connecting to LJ (a lot of 'Server Problem, try again shortly' messages - which aren't true, since I am concurrently viewing it in my web browser!) The only solution to which seems to be 'quit; restart iJournal;' which is a pain, given the slowness to start up.

I tried removing it and (re)installing the latest version, no help.

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alanj
Oct. 3rd, 2002 11:50 am (UTC)
In my experience, iJournal occasionally loses its brain when it tries to connect to the server and fails or times out. The LJ servers have been heavily loaded recently, while we continue to wait for new servers to arrive, so this condition may occur now more than it has in the past.

So two things that might help are

a) Turn off friend checking, or reduce the frequency, so iJournal makes fewer requests and thus has fewer opportunities to lose its brain.
b) Get a paid account, so you have access to the less loaded pool of servers, so fewer of iJournal's connections will fail - LJ's current performance is abnormally low and will improve within weeks, but it'll always be the case that paid users get better and more reliable performance than free users.

I'd be surprised if this were a X.2 issue - more likely that your upgrade to X.2 happened to coincide with a downswing in LJ server performance.
anda
Oct. 3rd, 2002 01:03 pm (UTC)
Anything's possible.

At the moment I'm testing with Friend Checking turned off. I didn't see any option in the preferences for decreasing the frequency with which iJournal does Friend checking, where would I find it?
wooble
Oct. 3rd, 2002 11:51 am (UTC)
Is this stuff happening (well, the last 3 things, anyway) consistently, or only after iJournal has been running a while with Friends notification turned on?

I stopped using notification, and that seems to have stopped all of those problems for me. I haven't been able to track down the bugs in the source, though, to be able to fix it.

As for the slow startup, I haven't experienced that one; it could be that versions built before Jaguar was released have problems under Jaguar?
ibrad
Oct. 3rd, 2002 12:07 pm (UTC)
Agree. The slowness is unbearable, and now we only have a weird little square animated thing to tell us it's trying to do something, rather than some kind of progress bar that tells us what it's doing. I can't believe it needs to use the wait cursor so much, especially while it's logging in to LiveJournal or whatever. I'd like to just be able to start using it, heh.
athagon
Oct. 3rd, 2002 10:12 pm (UTC)
I'll be the third vote, and say that the slowness is horrible. Maybe the logging in could be put in a separate thread (with a progress bar and/or a Jaguar wait-icon), just with the Submit options disabled until it's logged in? That way I could start writing an entry (or just get iJ out of the way), and it could login, and neither the process nor I would be impeded.
overhacked
Oct. 9th, 2002 07:58 am (UTC)
I agree, I think that threading would really be the right thing here and getting rid of that funny square (truncated progress bar?) would be great. A jaguar wait icon would look very good right in that space. Aside from that, before we get options for "smart quotes" (see below) I'd really like to see the hardcore usability issues (network code, responsiveness, etc.) cleaned up.
xmusouka
Oct. 3rd, 2002 12:09 pm (UTC)
As a sort of sidenote, judging by all the CVS commits lately, I think there might be an update on the way... bout time ;)
koliver
Oct. 3rd, 2002 01:49 pm (UTC)
ijournal update
Yeah. Unfortunately I don't believe the networking code has been touched at all. That code is kinda messy, and I haven't had the time to hack it up.

Things that are changing:
- Customizable Toolbar (I think we need nice lookin icons still)
- HTML Preview mode
- An option for Smart “Curly” Quotes
- UTF-8 support

Don't know what else is being worked on, or when a release is gonna happen though.
rdi
Oct. 3rd, 2002 12:39 pm (UTC)
No probs here...
I've been using iJournal to post my notes (on 10.2.1) from the O'Reilly Mac OS X conference - the only problems I've had I've attributed to problems in the AirPort network.
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