Using the Macintosh Interface -- Night and Day

Discussion in 'Apple' started by TaliesinSoft, Oct 6, 2008.

  1. TaliesinSoft

    TaliesinSoft Guest

    Recently a good friend and I were sitting at a favorite pub, each accompanied
    by a MacBook Pro. As we were enjoying favorite beverages we noticed that we
    had quite different styles of using the elements of the Macintosh interface.
    We agreed that there was no right and wrong in regards to our different
    approaches, but we were taken by the flexibility offered by the interface in
    how differently two persons could use it.

    The Desktop:

    He: a fair number of icons in a non-geometric arrangement, positioned over
    the Leopard "outer space" background.

    Me: no icons at all, the background being a nature photograph.

    The Dock....

    He: a great many small icons stretched across the bottom of the screen.

    Me: only a few large icons for just the currently active applications,
    currently hidden documents, and the trash.

    Application Launching....

    He: either clicking in the dock or using a non-Apple furnished launching
    application, Quicksilver.

    Me: applications are launched via Spotlight.

    Finder Windows....

    He: column view.

    Me: icon view with large icons.


    He and Me: agreement here with almost the same set of menulets.

    So in the end we both agreed that we each would have difficulty adopting the
    other's preferences so we just clinked our glasses together and toasted Apple
    for giving us such variant and great choices.
    TaliesinSoft, Oct 6, 2008
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    Salgud Guest

    Wow! Amazing! Just like Windows!
    Salgud, Oct 6, 2008
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    salgud Guest

    At this point, clearly, that is the case. However, they've both stolen from
    each other. My observation is that Apple suffers more from HIH than does
    MS, at least for now.
    salgud, Oct 6, 2008
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    TaliesinSoft Guest

    [commenting on Apple and Microsoft and their respective operating systems]
    "HIH" -- I'm not familiar with that one -- elaborate!
    TaliesinSoft, Oct 6, 2008
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    salgud Guest

    Sorry, typo, should have been NIH - Not Invented Here
    salgud, Oct 6, 2008
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    Ric Guest

    I always assumed that QS users (of which I am one, and cannot use a
    Mac without it) don't have dock icons? If
    Ric, Oct 6, 2008
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    Calum Guest

    You assume wrong. I still find it a lot quicker to use the dock to
    launch the apps I use daily, and reserve QS for launching stuff that I'd
    otherwise have to dig into my Applications folder for.
    Calum, Oct 6, 2008
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    Tim Streater Guest

    The first one that was remotely useable though.
    Tim Streater, Oct 6, 2008
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    Tim McNamara Guest

    I've dragged my Applications folder to the right side of the Dock, which
    will spring open into a hierarchical menu. It's very handy.
    Tim McNamara, Oct 7, 2008
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    TaliesinSoft Guest

    I tried that but gave it up in favor of the Cmd-Space three letters method
    which uses Spotlight. Most of the time one letter would suffice but I got in
    the habit of using three just in case, so that I wouldn't do such as launch
    Preview when I wanted Pages, as Spotlight's adaptive memory favors the most
    recently accessed application, folder, or document that contains the letters
    entered after the Cmd-Space. I should add that I'm a good typist and adding
    those additional letters takes a fraction of a second.
    TaliesinSoft, Oct 7, 2008
  11. Windows 95 was _not_ the first version of Windows from MS.[/QUOTE]

    He said the "first GUI OS"; I interpreted that to mean that he thought
    that earlier versions of Windows were merely a GUI overlay on top of MS
    DOS, which was the actual OS.
    Michelle Steiner, Oct 7, 2008
  12. I tried that, too, but it wasn't practical for me, as I have too many apps
    installed, and clicking on the dock icon would give me a long list where I'd
    have to scroll up and down to find the applicaton I want. Spotlight is much

    [f'up: comp.sys.mac.misc]
    Michael Kallweitt, Oct 7, 2008
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    AES Guest

    Wasn't there a saying at the time: "Windows 95 = Mac 85"?
    AES, Oct 7, 2008
  14. And from a visual point of view Windows 95 was a quite shameless copy of
    NeXTSTEP, up to the look and placement of the button to close a

    Jochem Huhmann, Oct 7, 2008
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    John Varela Guest

    I did that and put the Utility folder next to it.
    John Varela, Oct 8, 2008
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    Wes Groleau Guest

    And the sixty-four dollar question is , "Why?"

    Wes Groleau
    "Ideas are more powerful than guns,
    We would not let our enemies have guns;
    why should we let them have ideas?"
    -- Jozef Stalin
    Wes Groleau, Oct 18, 2008
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