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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Apple's drag and drop a single file (which behind the scenes is really a self-contained folder) is a rather "pure" way of installing a program and I'd love to be able to do the same thing on the PC.

It is pure at its core but the implementation is insufficient. This because there is no standard method of getting that self-contained folder to the applications folder. I have seen ISVs implement some weird installation methods that caused confusion for typical users.

Back almost 20 years ago, when HD space was at a premium, having a registry and the DLL model was clever as it reduced dependencies upon duplicate files shipping with multiple applications

I could give a 2 hour lecture on problems with the registry and where they come from. Without notes and while drinking beer.

They have fixed some of the worst aspects through the virtual registry in Vista/7 but as you know they have to keep it around for compatibility reasons. The primary problem with the registry is application dependence and they have at least discouraged using it for program settings with .net. So the situation is drastically improved unless you are running XP which has a registry that I would describe as a dirty whore.

As for single button mice, can we not accept that while this may have been true almost 30 years ago, the Mac has supported right button mice for at least a couple of decades now?

Supporting a two-button mouse and designing an interface around one are two different things. OSX is built around the one button mouse because that is what Macs ship with.

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