Just a minor complaint…
So I’ve got this MacBook Air. I “inherited” it from my spouse when the SSD died, which they do after any significant use as they are basically just a very fast USB Stick in tech concept… Well, I installed the MacOS on a mini-SD card in a USB carrier and now I’ve got a working (sort of) MacBook. It’s slow as crap when it decides it needs to swap (which is far more often than I think is reasonable) since writing 2 GB of memory into it takes a few seconds, during which you sit and wait. Oh, and it’s old enough software updates are no longer available anyway. “Someday” I’m going to put Linux on it. (I tried a few days ago but ‘issues’ caused it to not work so more of “some assembly required”, still.)
Well, using it is generally a nice experience when I’m sitting on the couch or at Starbucks. Better that a tablet, by far, even with the slow SD based “disk” causing sporadic “few second” pauses as it decides to swap. I’ve learned to not open many applications at once, and keep 6 or 7 pages open in Firefox at any one time. Even then, though, opening some very fat “high page weight” sites like those with video almost instantly causes a ‘long pause’ as it swaps. But I’m OK with that from a “free” computer.
So OK, generally I’ve been happy.
The screen will wander in brightness. Not fast. Not always, but often enough. Sometimes not enough to really notice, others enough to be a bother. Bright… dimmer… brightening… fade… After a bit that starts to wear on a person.
Well, looking into it, it seems that for some Macs the light sensor is under the keyboard. This means that as my hands wander and type, it decides to change brightness. Or as the laptop tips or tilts and the angle of light shifts, the screen wanders. Even though there’s manual bright / dim selection available on the function keys (F1 & F2). So you have manual control, except it automatically wanders. What the?… OK, I get it, the “manual control” is just a gross guide as to overall preference then the automation decides when to adapt to it.
Finally having gotten to the Enough Already point, and spending a while digging into directions, there’s a place to turn off this “helpful” feature. So what you do is go into preferences, choose display, and then un-check the “adjust brightness automatically” box, then close and exit all that. THEN you can use your manual brightness controls to manually control your brightness.
So no longer do I have wandering brightness on my Mac screen as I type or tip the machine.
Some times too much automation is just enough PITA to bother, but not quite enough PITA to find how to tell it to shut off, until it is… Now realize there are dozens of folks, perhaps hundreds, working to design all sorts of unwanted automation into everything around you. It’s a race and there’s hundreds of them rowing their boat and just you in yours.
But I’ve won this round.