Linked by mjhi11 on Thu 16th Sep 2010 20:13 UTC
Apple I love OSNews, but it does seem like some of its editors enjoy just a little too much taking a good natured jab at Apple upon occasion (well, more like every chance that particular editor can get). I thought it time for a little good news and analysis about Apple that critics often overlook.
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I do have a solution to the Dock issue, organize your applications in related folders. Then, drag the Mac Applications folder to the Dock. Pretty much an instant "Start Menu". And since I run both Windows 7 Aero and OS X in real-time on my Mac using VMWare Fusion using the multiple screen Spaces utility which allows me to quickly switch between environments (with a tripple click of my Mighty Mouse!).

So I have both on my Mac and my PC an Accessories folder which includes the calculator, calendar, address book, Write/Text Edit, and other "desk accessory" type tools that ship with both OSs, a Business folder with business applications, a Tools menu for utilities, a Multimedia folder for media applications and a Web Design folder for my web development programs, tools and utilities.

As for the 5 or so most important applications I use daily, they go on the dock in OS X and I pin them to the Task Bar in Windows.

Navigating my programs, though different between platforms, is equally efficient whether I'm using OS X or Windows...Start, All programs, program folder, program. And in OS X, applications icon on the dock, application folder, application.

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Shkaba Member since:

... And since I run both Windows 7 Aero and OS X in real-time on my Mac using VMWare Fusion using the multiple screen Spaces utility which allows me to quickly switch between environments (with a tripple click of my Mighty Mouse!)...

This is the second time you are mentioning this as if you are trying to impress or infer that you are some sort of "ubergeek" or something. Couldn't care less for your configuration. Once upon a time (early '80) I used to be impressed, like when we installed disc units on IBM mainframe they were 1MB and the size of a fridge.

Apple is rotten. No way around this fact. It starts with a paranoid schizophrenic maniac that runs his business like a dictatorship, conveniently choosing to forget "1984" add they used not so long ago. Reneging on warranties (Applecare, external iphone water indicators ...), senseless license agreements (iphone eula, developers agreements, application rules ...), pushing faulty equipment for sale (iphone 4), attempt to control content on the internet (DRM, appstore, .h264, etc) and list goes on ... and on...

While they were sitting on the margins they couldn't afford such liberties, but now thanks to users who subscribe to preachings of mr. jobs and who can't see the forest because of a tree they've outdone microsoft in terms of being evil.

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mjhi11 Member since:

Oops, guess you're really not going to like the video I just posted then. Guess one guy's evil is another guy's tool to efficiently get the job done.

Sorry I don't have the time, luxury or interest in fighting the free software versus paid application game, open source versus proprietary software battle, Windows versus OS X, versus Linux, versus BSD, etc. madness.

I have a job to do and the flexibility, performance, dependability and reliability that Apple's products have provided me simply let me get done more easily and more quickly than other solutions.

Feel free to exercise your right to wage whatever religious war you want...fight the "evil" Jobs if you want, but who's next on your list?

Gates? Ellison? Narayen? Schmidt? Hope you have time to occasionally finish a project or two while you're slaying dragons, there's a bunch of evil capitalists, control freaks and downright mean guys and girls in technology. Me, I've finished the days work thanks to these industry leaders so I might as well go for a soda.

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nt_jerkface Member since:

Organizing common programs isn't the problem, it's managing large amounts of files and programs and previewing what you have open.

I would go over in detail how Win7 is better in this area for productivity but Gizmondo already did a pretty good job:

Edited 2010-09-17 23:42 UTC

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mjhi11 Member since:

I think you make a good point, there are a few very nice new features in Windows 7 that do in fact make not only managing files, but also managing open windows (love the drag left, drag right, 2 equally sized Windows trick.

Fortunately a clever Mac programmer has provided this functionality for Mac now too (admittedly a year later or so) combined with tools to really maximize the multi-touch mouse capabilities in the new Magic Mouse and touch pads (I really do hate typing that, Mighty Mouse was kinda fun and silly but Magic Mouse just seems stupid!). I can't recommend this utility enough...Better Touch Tool.

With that said, I'm rather impressed with the adoption of the "pop up" functionality and application task bar views that developers are adding to their applications in Windows 7...I use those shortcuts frequently.

On the other hand Expose is pretty nice if you aren't running too many applications, and there's one tweak that I'm not for sure when it came into OS X, probably with Snow Leopard that I turned on and I think I like (I just discovered it a few weeks ago) and that's the "minimize windows into application icon" setting which makes a little more sense than finding open windows to the right of the dock and is a little more consistent with the Windows 7 strategy (but still miles behind).

And one could argue that OS X's Spotlight functionality and Quick Look are both pretty powerful tools for file management, reducing the need to stick to the file based hierarchy of years ago (which I don't take too much advantage of anyway as I'm an old "folders" guy anyway).

But clearly Microsoft has made some pretty impressive advances in Windows 7. You won't find me criticizing it much. I think it's the best OS Microsoft has kicked out in years. The performance on relatively modest machines is very good, the stability has been excellent (compounded by the fact that I run it in emulation which is an even further testament to Windows 7) and compatibility great as well.

On the other hand, Vista was a mess and because of my experiences with it, I started looking more and more at Mac applications that could replace my Windows based applications and ended up spending more time in OS X side of my MacBook Pro over the last couple of years and unfortunately spend less time in Windows 7 than I probably should.

But as I've said time and again, I'll use whatever tool is best for the job. I do quite a bit of web design and find SnagIt on Windows invaluable (despite the Beta they've released on the Mac) yet on the Mac side a somewhat similar program but not so much tool called Skitch has saved me hundreds of hours speeding the graphics manipulation process, particularly when it comes to blogging.

Guess I'm copping out but I really do appreciate both platforms and because I can run both OSs and their applications on a single machine (and painlessly access files within either environment), I really do have as our friends Sammy Hagar and Van Halen say I've got "The Best Of Both Worlds".

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