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I am encountering an irritating feature of Lion.

Say I spend 30 minutes in XCode, then I go to iChat to talk to my girlfriend for 5 minutes, then I switch to Safari to check StackExchange, gmail, and whatever else I might want to check.

Then I switch to Safari where I run another set of pages. For 5 or 10 seconds, the app resumes with beachball. This is annoying as hell (switch appnames around, they behave the same).

How can I prevent this from happening at all (unlikely) or at least mitigate it by making a list of apps that are not allowed to go into silently-killed mode?

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You can't. Check out this thread on the Apple discussion forum. You can also read this article from TUAW.

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I must say, this sucks hard. I've been pushing many people to Apple because I believe it's a more productive environment, but killing apps is very annoying, and "but it's fast enough that you won't feel it" is not true: people notice it... and post here ;) – Kheldar Aug 31 '11 at 22:25
@Kheldar I haven't actually updated to Lion yet, but I have done some "research" (reading posts here) and have found things like what you have posted about. I am a superuser on my computer and I like to be able to control *everything*. :-) Lion has several things that you can't turn off. – daviesgeek Aug 31 '11 at 22:29
One thing I have noticed about this "feature" is that it boosts the incentives to have an SSD application drive. It used to be "how often are you really launching applications?" was a valid counter-argument to the fast launching of an SSD. Now the answer is "all the damned time". – Fomite Sep 1 '11 at 1:28

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