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I’m migrating my files and apps to my new MacBook Pro. A highly anticipated improvement was connecting my Drobo S to a USB 3.0 interface, instead of my previous laptop’s USB 2.0 bus.

During my migration, the Drobo Dashboard advised me that a Drobo firmware update was available. I did the update, which -boom- bricked my Drobo.

After trying rebooting, power-cycling the Drobo, and plugging it into the other USB socket, I’m at a point where Drobo Dashboard says the Drobo is healthy. But OS X won’t mount it. Disk Utility says:

Unable to bootstrap transaction group 6000: cksum mismatch
No valid commit checkpoint found
The volume xxxxxxx was found corrupt and needs to be repaired.
Problems were found with the partition map which may prevent booting
Error: This disk needs to be repaired. Click Repair Disk.

I then run Repair Disk, and it tells me the same thing! So Repair Disk can’t repair the disk!

I bought DiskWarrior (for $109, I’ll have you know) but it can’t repair a disk that isn’t mounted. They’ll ship me a physical CD-ROM of my purchase, so I can try booting from it. Oh, but wait, my MacBook Pro/Retina doesn’t have a CD-ROM drive!

I am not a happy camper.

Apple’s OS X Lion is a great product. I’m glad I upgraded. But it’s got some annoyances.

My first Mac was a version 1, back in 1985. After that, I used DEC operating systems for a few years, and then used Microsoft Windows exclusively throughout the 1990s and most of the 2000s. I switched back to Macs in 2008, when I bought a MacBook Pro with OS X Leopard.

OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard were fine, quintessential Apple products.

I’ve now upgraded to OS X Lion. Nothing in the earlier two versions made me clench my teeth, but some of Lion’s changes bother me. Someone surely had a good reason for each one, yet all but one are backward steps in usability. (I’m fence-sitting about one of them.)

I won’t prattle about why my opinion matters, but I’ll remind you that I’m really smart and what I say is always right.

Here’s my list of top OS X Lion annoyances.

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After I removed Flash from my MacBook Pro, I was annoyed by frequent “Safari can’t find the Internet plug-in” warnings.

It turns out that ClickToFlash makes those warnings disappear. Meaning: Yes it does this when you have Flash installed, but it also does it if you don’t have Flash installed. You’ll see the “Flash” image where the Flash media would be, and won’t get the annoying pop-up.

Hat tip to Joe for this suggestion.