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I'm far from being a lover of all things Apple (just ask my family or anyone that knows me), but to be fair it always takes some time to adjust to another OS. I similarly had difficulty using Apple/Mac since I've been a Windows user for so long, but that can't all be blamed on the OS. Sheep or not, Apple users similarly have a problem switching to Windows.
Now on to my diatribe...
My biggest criticism of Apple is that their product would be better if they spent as much time perfecting a functional and intuitive UI/UX as they did:
1. Trying to make something new and unique not because it's better, but because it is unique to them and they can tell people that it is better
2. Suing people over implementing techniques similar to those they created in #1 (even more frustrating knowing how much they've ripped off from others - I love to point out to Apple fanbois the original ipod designs from the British shoe salesman)
3. Marketing it and convincing the sheeple that their is no substitute (in some cases, copying others in the process and acting as if they were the first to bring this idea to the world - "wow, a flat design aesthetic, that's just brilliant")
My biggest criticism of Windows on the UI/UX front is their desire to cram new things down people's throats (ribbons, start menus, etc.). I know Apple does it all the time, but that's their market and their users (whether they realize it or not) expect it. Nearly every flaw that can be tied back to the failure of the acceptance of Windows 8 in the marketplace was predictable - and not in a 20/20 hindsight case, it was well known from test groups and pre-launch feedback. But still they pushed ahead. Bold. And stupid.
As for Apple the corporation and it's leaders - to my knowledge (and I welcome corrections if I'm wrong), Apple has contributed far less to the community than other market-leading companies. Microsoft and Google both actively pursue research and are more open than Apple - Microsoft has become significantly more open over the last decade and really hasn't received enough credit for it. And as much as I may respect Jobs as a businessman, he was ruthless (even ripping off Wozniak if the rumours are true); I sincerely hope Gates is better remembered in the future (not for his business endeavours, but for his philanthropy). Don't get me wrong - I know Gates/Microsoft, Google/Skynet, and others have some dark facts too.
The rest of my dislike for Apple has more to do with the blind hypocritical followers than with Apple itself - but what can you really do about that? I deal with it in my own family all the time. "I like it because it's easier." Easier than what? Are you finding it that difficult to tap the icon on that Android device? "I like it because I can easily sync between all of my devices?" You mean the same as Office 365 and Skydrive/OneDrive does? "Apple has iCloud." You mean the iCloud that was originally built on top of Azure and AWS services - yeah, Apple is really technically innovative there. Not to mention that fact that Jennifer Lawrence isn't iCloud's biggest fan right now.
"And that's all I have to say about that..." (well, not really, but best I stop here )
I have a MacBook Pro from my job. My favorite thing about it is BootCamp. I used that to install Windows 8 and haven't purposefully booted into osX in months.
My least favorite features are related to the keyboard.
1. The alt and the "windows" keys are swapped.
2. There is no Delete key.
3. They've put the power button where the delete key should be.
I deal with these issues by almost always having a full size keyboard (and monitor) plugged in. When that isn't an option (coffee shop days etc) I use the following fixes.
1. I run an AutoHotKey script to switch the alt and windows keys into the right spots
2. Curse while moving my cursor to use the backspace key or in the case of email clicking the delete button
3. Curse angrily while waiting for it to turn back on
I feel ya. 'wrote an obj c app a few years ago - thus, bought a mac mini. I forget how long it took me to figure out how to rename a file ... oh, use the return key ... right. Hmmm, return == rename. Sorry, Apple defenders, that's just lame. Almost as lame as a nix I used years ago where one could use "*" in a file name.
If you really want help, using the right words would help people help you. If you just want to complain, can't help you anyway.
If you're trying to cut and paste, it took about 10 seconds to look up Command-Option-V, which changes copy paste to cut and paste. I tried it and it worked fine cutting and pasting a couple files. Command-C to copy, Command-Option-V to paste. A little different than others, not too bad.
There's other things on that page that could help you too it seems. [^]
To navigate up and down folders in UNIX and Linux, including a Mac, you "cd .." to move up, "cd /" to get to the root of the file system, just like any *Nix and it works fine. If you don't have permission that's a feature, not being able to, and if you have the password Macs let you sudo and su just fine, pretty much like Ubuntu. I prefer the Mac interface flavor, but that's personal style and preference. I can see some people liking things more stripped down or whatever but it works pretty good for me. I like that I have full UNIX, full sudo/root control, and I think the interface AND commercial package support beats every Linux I've tried from Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, CentOS and even Mandrake back in the day. I doubt you tried it "in earnest" though, because you seem smart and it took seconds to look up how to cut and paste. I admit, I just dragged or copied and deleted, but it took seconds to find out how, once I cared to look. If you're talking about Chrome's programming not letting you move up and down the system, that's a chrome thing, not a Mac thing. Maybe google does that on purpose to Mac users I don't use chrome though, so can't help you there. If you like chrome, I'd give aviator browser a shot, much more secure and private, and it's based on chromium. https://www.whitehatsec.com/aviator/[^]
"Nope, first of all you have to use "windows" key in place of ctrl, OK that's just a who moved my cheese thing, but really, every other OS I've used uses ctrl."
Ironically, the Mac OS was the first commercial GUI and when they sued Microsoft for copying code in Windows one of the arguments was "look, you've even used all of our shortcut keys, c for copy, v for paste..." The reality is that Microsoft moved the command key to control because non-Mac keyboards didn't have a command key. Newer keyboards later added the alt and windows keys, but the shortcuts were already mapped to the control key at that point.
"Only windows-x doesn't cut the folder, it didn't even seem to copy properly. One of the regular mac users said it doesn't work, you have to copy, then delete, or use a mouse like a peasant."
The Mac OS was designed for use with a mouse. A simple drag and drop suffices for most uses. You can hold down combinations of the command key, shift key, and option key while dragging to copy, move, or create a shortcut.
"I can only seem to save to the equivalent of MyDocuments, or subfolders within it, no apparent way to even go up in the folder hierarchy."
Not sure if you were in a save dialog box, Finder, or terminal, but in the Finder command (windows key) clicking the title bar will give you the folder hierarchy in a pull down menu. The save dialog box has a similar feature. I'm not near a Mac so I can't tell you exactly how, but it's there.
Terminal is the same as any other *nix. Be aware though that the *nix OSes moved the dir command to ls.
I'm much more comfortable using Mac OS X than any other operating systems (even though I make my living in a Windows only environment), most everything feels more natural to me. I have run into the "Why can't I cut and paste a file" issue before, but most of my gripes go the other way -like if I select a bunch of files and double click on the selected group why does Windows only open one file? (or press ctrl-O while a group of files is selected for that matter) Or why can't I select the text in a Windows dialog box to paste somewhere else? (On a Mac, not only can you select the text, you can drag and drop it to the desktop to create a text clipping file)
Have you ever used Automator? It is amazing for a *Nix machine to have this level of... GUI Automation..
I haven't used it much but to create a Finder "service" to show/hide hidden files, but it's got all kinds of crazy options.
But Command-Option-V moves, or "cuts and pastes", and in Finder Edit menu, Option changes "Paste Item" to "Move Item Here". So far most anything I've wanted I've been able to do with a lot of easier power with a Mac, but sometimes you do have to look a few things up since they're different of course. It's weird to think that Mac's different because Windows copied them with a twist back in the day...
"Actually it isn't. Want to move a folder? Ctrl-x --> correct destination --> Crtl-v.
Nope, first of all you have to use "windows" key in place of ctrl, OK that's just a who moved my cheese thing, but really, every other OS I've used uses ctrl."
Since the Mac UI was created, this has been true. Windows was not developed until Mac OS was already established. So it really was Windows that isn't following the model.
On the matter of "command" (ie the 4 leaf clover thingy, or wavy windows thingy key), there is a matter of history. Early Macs did not have a control key - eg the Mac Plus, and so for programs requiring control key - eg terminal emulators - the command key was used. Only in later incarnations was a separate control key added to the Mac keyboards.
Conversely, the wavy windows key was only added quite recently to PC keyboards - and ISTM its only use was to act as a "command" key when plugged into Macintoshes, or (as I discovered recently) where MS put the start menu on Windows 8.
I agree that OSX should have these things and make this easier, but you should also be aware of the following:
It was the Mac that first had the Cmd+X, Cmd+C and Cmd+V for cut/copy/paste, before anyone else. They're the ones that came up with those keystrokes. When Windows copied the Mac, they duplicated those, but the IBM keyboard didn't have a Cmd key, nor did it have a Windows key at the time, so Microsoft chose to standardize on the Ctrl key.
The Ctrl key on the Mac was hardly used. Ctrl is key that's holdover from terminal days.
When the Mac and PC, hardware and software started to become more integrated, using common keyboards and mice, VNC, RDP sessions, etc., someone chose to map the now-common win key to Mac's Cmd key. Every other key was already mapped. Only Windows keyboards had the Win key, and only Mac keyboards had the Cmd key, so it made sense to map the two.
At the same time they mapped the PC's Alt key to the Mac's Option key. In my opinion, this was a mistake because of the placement of the keys on the keyboard. It's bad enough that you have to remember to use Win+C to copy on a Mac using a Windows keyboard, now you have to use the Cmd key when using a Mac keyboard with a PC when you want to hit the Win key. The Alt/Win key are swapped, which makes it difficult to use Windows on a Mac if you use both a Windows keyboard and a Mac keyboard.
Someone should fix all this. I say Apple buy Microsoft.
And while they're at it, let's see if someone can come up with some consistent mapping of the Home/End/PgUp/PgDn keys between Parallels, VMWare and Remote Desktop. It's a mess, especially when inconsistencies exist within the OSX ecosystem itself.
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