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2006-09-05
Why we like Macs...
After reading this post about why Charles loves Mac OS X, I had to slap my forehead. How could I forget? The general consensus (I don't agree on every point he makes) between us is that what I personally love about OS X is not what Steve's been talking about in the past few years. I don't mind Steve Jobs talking about iLife, Spotlight, Dashboard, bashing Windows, templates in Keynote, templates in Pages, templates in iPhoto, templates in iWeb (and now templates in Mail.app!!!) etc.: That's all good and lures consumers into using Macs. But those "features" (bulk) are not what make me use Macs instead of linux or Windows. It's how OS X goes out of my way and lets me work productively, efficiently. And while I could care less about nifty effects on a new integrated backup machine (Time Machine in the forthcoming Mac OS X 10.5) - mostly, because I already *do* keep good backups - I'm interested in little new additions, bugfixes etc., that make the OS move even more into the background for me. Sadly, that's not something one can easily describe in a keynote. Those little things never make a bullet-point in a presentation. The best example for me is that in Panther, you could select one item in the Finder, copy it, and paste it into a Mail.app message window. In Tiger, the long-standing bug was fixed, and you could also select two or more items and copy/paste them into mail messages. I guess many users will never ever even find out about this. They drag and drop or use the attachment-dialogue. But for me, copy/paste of two or more items from Finder to Mail.app was worth 129 USD (laugh at me, if you have to...), because I had to go back to the Finder window (which I would've closed by then) in Panther once or twice a day, which can amount to stress, leading to cancer or heart attacks or at least a mild anger I don't need in my daily life. ;)
I wonder, though, if Apple will find a similarly stupid little thing to fix for Leopard. I'll tell you when I find out. I hope the little things are not thrown out in order to find more things to make templates for. What's next? Templates for ... aaargh! :)
Comments:
What about the Cmd-X bug in the Finder (try Cmd-X with a filename ...)? Or syncing the deparment field in Address Book? Or windows in Mail.app or TextEdit that recall their positions?
 
Hm. Some of those would be nice. However: Cmd-X for cutting a file would be bad*. Cmd-X-ing a file's _name_, however, works just fine - as expected.

*If you cut a file and don't paste it, you'd have to leave it in place, but that would be aberrant behaviour from the usual cutting behaviour. It's a metaphor that just doesn't work well with files.
 
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