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Man, Steam for the Mac is really prone to just sitting there pinwheeling. I haven't gotten it to launch anything for me yet; it just sits there eating up tons of CPU when I tell it to run a game...

Also why the fuck are they doing that stupid Windows thing where you can resize their windows from the sides? I don't care if that's what you're used to on Windows, this is a Mac, and it feels wrong.

It does make me happy that I won't have to re-purchase the Monkey Island games if I decide to play them again in my native OS instead of via Crossover. Assuming I can get anything to, you know. Ever actually run.

edit. Oh, looks like the demo of "And Yet It Moves" is the not-running culprit, rather than Steam; a different demo is actually running. And it finally started downloading Portal, to boot. Hmm. Excluding ~/Documents/Steam Content from Time Machine backups seems like a very good idea...

Date: 2010-05-13 02:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Steam is based on Internet Explorer. It's really frustrating, because if you open a web page from Steam it opens in Internet Explorer, even if that's not your default web browser. ^.^;;

A couple other programs do that, usually asian ones.

Steam halts your downloads with little urging. Since it's meant to be running in the background constantly while you're playing online games, it doesn't want to use up any bandwidth unless it's relatively sure you don't need it. I dunno if you can tell it otherwise, but as long as you're not doing much it should download portal and anything else it's meant to.

Date: 2010-05-13 02:42 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
I really, really hope it's not using IE on my Mac, since the last version of that was, like, 5. It's highly likely that it's using Webkit. *grin*

The download problem is coming from the fact that (a) there are a lot of other Mac users going "Hey! Steam! And free Portal!" and (b) there's probably some decent amount of Windows users going "Hey, free Portal!" and hitting Valve's servers hard. So downloads tend to not start.

Date: 2010-05-13 04:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Apparently they got rid of that annoying IE feature with the last update so yay!

Also they made a small change to Portal so everyone who already owns it is downloading a patch but can't get it 'cause the server is clogged, and for Team Fortress 2 as well.

I'm kind of surprised by those two; Valve usually isn't so short sighted.

Incidentally, is Impulse available on Mac?

Date: 2010-05-13 04:15 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Steam tells me there's no such game when I try typing "impulse" into its search box, so, I'd assume not.

Date: 2010-05-13 04:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Impulse is another steam-like service run by Stardock.

Date: 2010-05-13 11:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's Steam's primary competition in the digital distribution arena, but I'd say Steam is winning. On the other hand, Impulse publishes games and applications too.

Since you didn't know I decided to look it up myself; unfortunately they don't distribute to Macs. Maybe they'll follow Steam's lead? Have to wait and see.

They're pretty cool. [ profile] greenreaper works for their parent company, Stardock. Do you know him?

Date: 2010-05-13 03:22 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Steam no longer uses Internet Explorer for anything, regardless of platform. That's what the UI upgrade was for a few weeks ago - Completely removing IE and replacing it with Webkit.

Date: 2010-05-13 04:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm more annoyed that you can't copy and paste text. Well, that and it doesn't manage my copy of Braid correctly because I bought it from elsewhere.

Everything else is working so far, though.

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