Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 12th Mar 2006 18:40 UTC, submitted by kaiwai
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y OSNews regular Kaiwai takes a superficial look at Vista and MacOS 10.4/10.5, and concludes: "To say that the changes in Windows Vista are only skin deep is missinformed to say the least; spend some time reading those sources I have listed, and even if you don't have a desire to run Windows Vista or particular interested in Windows based technology, it does provide some good resources explaining the changes and rationale behind those choices made. So from a purely technical point of view, Windows Vista is actually looking a whole lot more interesting than what the detractors have been saying in the computer press about the current direction."
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RE[5]: Too many years
by atsureki on Mon 13th Mar 2006 19:04 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Too many years"
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Oi, I hate it when Windows users quote authoritative nonsense about Macs at people who know better. A whole third of the reasons in that article are just one gripe, that his advanced task manager isn't well suited to being filled with shortcuts to documents. Show me any task manager that is.

I used to have trouble with accuracy on the dock, too, until I made it smaller. Yes, smaller. Thinking different pays off. People's hands work differently, and this guy wouldn't have had such a hard time if he'd been willing to try more than one setting.

Fitt's Law is bunk, or at least this interpretation of it. The fact that a user can click any corner of the screen in half a second without thinking is exactly why you shouldn't put functional objects there. Secure in the knowledge that [X] is always in the corner, I've killed the wrong web page in Windows because the one on top only looked maximized.

iBooks are still locked at a measly 1024x768, but you don't see their owners complaining the dock is too massive. No, it's always the kind of people who would maximize an empty Notepad document who think that a decent task manager is a waste of pixels. Its organized style of management creates a lot more usable workspace than the pretty pictures take.

The rest is just a complete lack of understanding of what the dock is. It's not a folder. It's not a launcher. It's a program. It manages virtual objects, and it looks fabulous doing it. Apple keeps it because it's vital to the function of the user interface, not because it makes a neat demo. I think it's clear that it doesn't, given how little people understand about it.

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