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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It's about your taste
by vodoomoth on Sun 19th Sep 2010 20:44 UTC
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I think it's all about your taste or impression. Whatever your take on this, you'll always have good and valid reasons. Some die for Chrome and hate Opera, I mainly use Opera, resign to use Firefox, and can't use Chrome as it feels like there's so little UI-wise that there's nothing to handle.

I've used a MBP in my previous job. Good machine. Time machine is just the best piece of software in my eyes. As I wrote elsewhere, I think Mac OS X is overestimated... at least until the boot time falls down around the 20s mark. It's still better than the other OSes I've tried though (Linux, XP, and my dearly hated Vista).

I would buy an MBP if there were more possibilities of configuration (colors, shortcuts, etc.). Making the system font larger and choosing what columns of information are displayed in the Finder are two absolute prerequistes for me. They can do that, what stops them from doing it? Some freedom is needed there. I've listened to several of the podcasts today, with Thom and Kroc discussing a point (in podcast #8 or #9) that I remembered having raved against while in that previous job: you can't even have the total size of selected items in the Finder unless you open the stupid Info dialog... wtf?

The problem with Macs is that the software is superb, but Apple (purposely?) managed to insert some incredibly irksome limitations in it or forget some truly useful features. Finder: the multiple panes when in spatial mode where you select a folder and a pane is added to the right? Just brilliant. BUT, the very useful information like the size of selected items is missing. Time Machine: everything there is a marvel except: when you have a Finder window open and you click the TM button in the dock, it knows what window you were in and it opens in that window: clicking a date in the timeline shows an older view of that same window/folder (until you navigate of course). Just fine and I love it. Then why on Earth do I have to select what folder I want to restore the old files in, all the way from my home folder all the way down to the same folder that was open? Why not offer me the option of dropping them in that folder I launched TM in? Same with the dock: I remember having looked for an option to lock icons in the dock, just like I've been used to on Windows using RocketDock (which is a fine but less smooth clone of Mac OS X's dock) but I had to use Onyx in order to lock items because I was constantly dragging and dropping icons -especially Eclipse ones- from the dock due to problems linked to the mouse and the OS' slow responsiveness at times. God! At least, RocketDock copied the Dock from top to bottom but it added a "lock items" in the menu. Kudos to them. The worst is that there's a preference for it (otherwise, obviously, Onyx wouldn't be able to activate the feature). So what cost would having a UI element that changes the preference incur?

The OS shouldn't get in the way of my work or usage of the computer. It's true for Windowses, even more for Linuxes, but it's also true for Mac OS X.

I remember my operating system course, back in 1996 or 1997, the teacher said the OS has three primary responsibilities: manage the machine components, manage the resources for processes and offer them services, and make using the machine easier and transparent to the human user. Hum, seems like the gang of three has failed somewhere. They all suck, but in different departments, as Thom says.

Anyway, my favor goes to Macs and Mac OS X, but I'm a full "configurability" zealot, which is probably why I'm a devout Opera follower. Not that I'm always fumbling with it and customizing for the pleasure of customizing, but it's good to know the possibility of it is there. Can't change the system font on a 27 inches screen... that's ludicrous.

I'm not getting a Mac for the price tag either, although this is a secondary consideration. Even less now that the prices have gone up again in a way I see no justifications to.

Oh, and thanks to Michael for the article, which I see as a very valuable contribution.

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