I was even able to re-enable the automatic sync for iDisk after a decent interval, effectively “resetting” the iDisk without bringing back the problems with the Open command. At least I thought so, but after a few weeks, it’s back again, hanging for a good two or three minutes each time I try to access the Open dialogue. So I’ve disabled the iDisk again, which is a shame, because I really like that feature, but it’s clearly broken.
It makes me wonder, really, whether Apple really pays sufficient attention to .Mac, a service that could use a serious overhaul both in marketing and technical execution. It’s an offering that is clearly marketed towards novice and intermediate users, but I often suspect that the bulk of its subscriber base is really Apple fans, like me, who’ll buy almost anything with an Apple logo on it — even if it’s not as capacious a product as some free alternatives, or if it wreaks havoc with the major pieces of software that I really do need.