Slowly, one by one, my colleagues are switching out their desktop PCs with portable Macs. Except for me. Consistently, I’m suggested to “just get a Mac already”, implying the OSXperience will change my life for the better.
Here’s where I think it will change my life for the better, and where it won’t.
Pros of getting a Mac
- Coda becomes available to me.
- Expose is great for switching between open apps.
- Getting to the desktop, finding a file, dragging it to an app in the dock for it to open, works great. This doesn’t work nowhere near as nicely on Windows.
Cons of getting a Mac
- The selection model is virtually useless. If you didn’t start your selection next to the right character, you might as well start over.
- You can’t live with the dock, you can’t live without it. It pops in whenever you don’t need it, which is when you scale a window.
- Scaling windows is a miserable pain, especially if you don’t have Cinch installed. Sure it’s “clean” that I can only scale in the bottom right corner of a window. But what the hell is up with that?
- StrokeIt (systemwide mouse gestures) is not available to me.
- Directory Opus (superb file manager) is not available to me (and Pathfinder is not an alternative).
- Expose is horrible for switching to minimized apps, i.e. it can’t.
- There’s no fullscreen feature, and maximize behavior is inconsistent.
- Since there’s no fullscreen, there’s no inherent app background, so clicking the space between app panels invokes the desktop. Stupid stupid.
- OSX creates .DS_Store files in every fricken folder everywhere, and I can only disable it for network drives.
- OSX hides period-prepended filenames (as it should by default, but if I disable this feature so I can more easily edit a
.htaccessfile, my desktop becomes cluttered with other files I really don’t want to see).
For the record, I dislike both Windows and OSX now.
Microsoft, Apple, j’accuse!