A few updates on my Mac experience since I posted the original review:
- A two-button mouse makes a huge difference. OS X has fantastic support for the right-button. To say that Mac is based on a one-button mouse is no longer true. They just still sell a mouse with one button.
- When browsing network drives on machines with a file system other than Apple’s HFS, OS X leaves hidden files all over the place (apparently to save folder-specific Finder settings). This is a deal-breaker. Any way to disable it?
- My criticism of the tactile transparency of the Internet Explorer icon (you can’t click on holes in the e) is apparently limited to that one icon and doesn’t apply to the rest of the OS. Good. Update to my update: while no other icons (that I know of) are as bad as the IE icon (with a hole in the middle), most icons do have none-clickable areas in the box, but around the shape (around the edges of a folder, for example).
The scale of the reaction has been surprising. It has mostly been quite positive (thanks for all of the wonderful compliments).
A lot of people brought up the fact that I didn’t have the most recent hardware. I don’t want to debate the details, but I don’t think the hardware hindered my experience on the OS significantly. I’ve worked on a wide range of systems and have a good feel for when more horsepower would solve a problem. That said, the overall experience would no-doubt have been more pleasant with better hardware.
I’m not a journalist with a hardware budget and Apple doesn’t send me free hardware to review. I’m just a schmo who happened to have an old iMac sitting around.
A lot of people said a lot of kind and interesting things. A lot of people said the same thing over and over (which is somewhat understandable – I don’t expect people to read though over 100 replies). A few people said nasty things, but my new Mac posse stepped in to defend me.
Also, the article may be getting translated into Chinese for a web-magazine in Taiwan. Cool.