Posted by: macintoshsisters | December 15, 2006

15 Things Apple Should Change in Mac OS X

15 Things Apple Should Change in Mac OS X
Two of our top operating systems editors, a Mac expert and a Windows expert, compare notes on what Apple should reconsider as it develops Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.
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December 14, 2006 (Computerworld) — In many ways, it’s easy to slam Windows XP and Vista: Just start counting security flaws or user experience nightmares. When you’re the Goliath of the operating system world, everyone wants to hurl stones. But what about the proverbial David, or in this case Apple Computer Inc.’s Mac OS X? Looking for flaws in Apple’s OS seems like picking on the little guy — until you remember that Apple is doing very well these days and has made much of its vaunted UI and seemingly secure OS underpinnings.

Even though it’s been out for more than 18 months now, Mac OS X 10.4, or Tiger, is a noticeably better operating system than XP or Vista. But it’s not perfect. OS X has its own quirks and flaws, little irritants made all the more irritating by the fact that they come out of Cupertino, which should know better. There are some things about the way it works that aren’t as flexible, usable or convenient as Windows

Since we highlighted 20 Things You Won’t Like About Windows Vista, it’s only fair to take a look at the little things in Tiger that users find equally annoying. With perhaps one or two exceptions, our list isn’t about making Apple’s OS work like Windows. It’s about making the Mac all it can be.

There are probably a lot of features and functions that Apple could — and probably will — add to OS X. But we’re not pointing out missing features; we’re focusing on 15 of the little things already in OS X that need refinement or rethinking based on our everyday use of Macs.

15. No Date Display. For all their convenience features, one of the most obvious data points that neither the Mac nor Windows quite does properly is your basic readout of today’s date. You probably already know today is Thursday or Friday. What you’re more likely to be unsure of is whether today is December 7 or December 8. When you think about it, is there really any more obvious piece of information that people tend to forget than today’s date? Isn’t this an obvious thing a computer should display? We think so.

Since we highlighted 20 Things You Won’t Like About Windows Vista, it’s only fair to take a look at the little things in Tiger that users find equally annoying. With perhaps one or two exceptions, our list isn’t about making Apple’s OS work like Windows. It’s about making the Mac all it can be.

There are probably a lot of features and functions that Apple could — and probably will — add to OS X. But we’re not pointing out missing features; we’re focusing on 15 of the little things already in OS X that need refinement or rethinking based on our everyday use of Macs.

15. No Date Display. For all their convenience features, one of the most obvious data points that neither the Mac nor Windows quite does properly is your basic readout of today’s date. You probably already know today is Thursday or Friday. What you’re more likely to be unsure of is whether today is December 7 or December 8. When you think about it, is there really any more obvious piece of information that people tend to forget than today’s date? Isn’t this an obvious thing a computer should display? We think so.

Full article at ComputerWorld

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