Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 27th Feb 2011 20:26 UTC
Mac OS X Earlier this week, Apple released the first developer preview of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. At the same time, Apple listed a number of new features we hadn't yet heard about, which are quite interesting. There are two themes: bringing iOS to Mac OS X, and adding features other operating systems have had for ages - except in such a way that you can actually use them. Update: Fixed that scrolling thing. It's the other way around of course.
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RE[2]: Laughing
by deathshadow on Tue 1st Mar 2011 05:56 UTC in reply to "RE: Laughing"
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I HATE that you can't have the exact same programs in the exact same places each and every time you run the OS.

So menu, quick launch AND desktop are not "the same place every time"?!? Since when?

Oh, sure you can in Windows if you open up the apps in the exact same order each time AND Explorer doesn't hang/crash.

Ah yes, the mythical "explorer crashing" that I've never once seen... Of course that a PROPER taskbar arrangement orders them by program is SUCH a drawback..

I've used over a dozen unique OSs since 1979 and I would NOT pick the Taskbar.

While I would NOT pick the dock as it's USELESS in terms of seeing what programs are open (yeah that crappy little triangle is SO visible), what files are open in said programs (stacks kind-of helped that, but not really)...

Though to be honest I have to make a lot of changes even in windows to make the taskbar USEFUL, or should I say, dial it back to windows 98 to make it useful. 98 was the pinnacle of UI design, and everything since has been bloated useless crippled rubbish -- at least windows let's you roll back the clock.

Turn off that "personalized menu" crap, since I thought the point of a menu was to show me ALL the options, not the ones I happen to have used lately, disable the "grouping" as I want to see what files are ACTUALLY open, not just what programs (in fact I consider what program is open to be less important than the FILE), move it to portrait mode on one of my side displays so I have all sorts of room not just for programs to be listed, but also for a quick launch (which they took away but you can still re-create in 7), remove all that 'sticky launcher' crap that works like the dock. (Good for small screens, useless trash for large screens), tell it to NOT hide the icons of programs running, tell it NOT to hide file extensions (because that was SUCH a good idea, right Anna Kournikova?), etc, etc, etc..

Of course my liking the taskbar in portrait on one side comes from my time using BeOS... which did a whole bunch of things right.

The OS all suck in different ways, but at least windows lets you change **** you don't like... While with OSux you can't change the OS font sizes to something legible, you can't change ANY of the UI behaviors in a meaningful fashion, the user controls for multi-tasking are next to useless... Though at least it has the best handling of installing/removing software I've ever seen -- at least right up until I tried to get SDL working in xCode.

Of course, when the development API is larger than the OS is (once you strip out the multi-gigabyte printer driver nonsense) there has to be SOMETHING wrong with it.

After 30 years of using everything from a Cosmac Elf to the latest and greatest... So far as utility for seeing what is actually running on a computer, OSX (and MacOS before it) are so horribly uselessly crippled it's a miracle anyone gets any actually work done on them -- /onion/ Instead of just dicking around /onion/

I develop cross-platform software -- Linsux? NO PROBLEM! Windblows? It's BUILT for developers, developers, developers, developers -- OSSux? Not so much. Every time I have to deal with it I feel the overwhelming urge to go throw the machine out the window from the uselessly convoluted API and development environment (people actually LIKE xCode?!?), uselessly crippled user interface, total lack of ability to scale ANYTHING (But then I've been using Large fonts/120dpi on Win since it was called 8514)

But to put that in perspective I'm the guy who considers tabs in a IDE/Editor a step BACKWARDS, since how are you supposed to have your files open on separate displays or side-by-side when they're stuck in a single crappy window?

Which again, is "welcome to 1984" -- actually, not true, in 1984 I was running a MDA side by side with a CGA for code debugging.

Edited 2011-03-01 05:57 UTC

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