Linked by Stuart MacKenzie on Wed 2nd Jul 2003 18:31 UTC
Apple Are you a long time Windows user curious about the Apple Switch campaign? Are you wondering if you should try it? Read below for my experience with the whole thing... twice. Just over a week ago I purchased a new 12" Apple PowerBook G4...
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RE: Macs
by zephc on Wed 2nd Jul 2003 21:23 UTC


"Inconsistent LAF. Brushed metal and Aqua. Personally I would rather see everything one consisted look. Going with multiple looks just seems ugly in my opinion. I detest programs in windows that try to fancy up their interface. So windows isn't immune here either. And there is not option to force them to one or the other LAF."

There is a program that will turn off the metal look (in almost everything). Besides, Apple has a rationale of sorts behind it: metal apps interface with foreign devices, pinstripe apps for everything else.

"Keyboard handling. I'm a code monkey. In Windows EVERYTHING is keyboard navigatable. Ok not everything, there are exceptions. The Mac isn't consistent here. Newbees may like mousing around, I don't. There is not way to get to the menu via the keyboard. No "alt-f" to get to the file menu for instance. Either that or it eludes me. Anything that causes my fingers to move from the basic keyboard position will cause productivity problems."

System Preferences > Keyboard > Full Keyboard Access settings. Tweak as desired.

"The touch pad on my iBook isn't as good as some other touch pads I've played with. But that's just getting niggly. "

I would suggest getting a mouse. That's what I would do anyway. I never liked trackpads (and those damn IBM clit mice less so).

"The dock gets in the way. The iBook has limited screen real estate and anything that takes away from it is a pain. I could make it really small but then it becomes hard to use."

Get a Dock replacement. versiontracker.com lists lots of software for this kind of thing.

"Text drawing is god awful in some apps. There might be a setting that I have to use though so this may be a bogus gripe. (Code Warrior I thinking about at the moment."

You can tweak antialiasing in many ways, with both stock software and 3rd party apps (check out TinkerTool as an example)

"The machine came with a couple of games. Neither of them recognize my cheap Logitech Rumble pad. The OS does recognize it as a HID but the games don't. ;) "

http://www.usboverdrive.com. that may fix the problem (it did for me and my weird, obscure game pad)