macbook,macbook pro,apple macbook“Before Apple makes any more smug OS-related attacks on Microsoft, it ought to take a good look in the mirror,” Oliver Rist’s article for PC Magazine is subtitled.

Rist spends he rest of the article trying to illustrate that wildly overblown conceit.

Mainly, Rist seems upset that Apple is telling people to buy Macs instead of OS-limited PCs. How appallingly galling of Apple’s marketing department!

Supposedly Ollie’s Mac is crashing with Leopard even using the the same software he had under Tiger. Perhaps you should update your apps and haxies, Oliver?

Our Macs have crashed exactly zero times since we installed Leopard on the night of its release. But, of course, we know what we’re doing. We don’t try to install new OSes with things like interface hacks running all over the place. We repair permissions first. We disconnect external drives. You get the drift. Basically, we follow the directions. Some people don’t; perhaps so they can complain later. We’re also not trying to invent some nonsensical angle in an attempt to garner hits.

Anyone who tries to equate Mac OS X Leopard with Windows Vista either hasn’t used both or is a fool and/or a liar.

Rist spends interminable pages trying to invent issues that utterly fail to back up the ludicrous headline (“Leopard is the New Vista, and It’s Pissing Me Off”) that PC Mag has plastered on this obvious FUD festival. Simply look at the independent reviews in the related articles below to see that Rist is one very lonely voice in the wilderness; likely mumbling to himself while squirting into the wind with his deeply-discounted Zune.

In the end, Rist looks the fool and PC Magazine looks even worse for publishing it, but we all know from whence the bulk of the butter for their bread comes, now don’t we?

Full article, Think Before You Click™, here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers too numerous to mention for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Now, before you think that we think that Leopard is perfect, we want to say something about Stacks, which Rist actually grazed with one random sentence in his steaming manure pile. Mac OS X Leopard’s Stacks’ default curving fan is ugly and virtually useless. The optional grid view is better looking, but just as pointless. Of course, users of former versions of Mac OS X who are now on Leopard know that what we’re really bemoaning is the loss of hierarchical folders in the Dock. What a stupid backwards step Apple made here! Where users could simply drag their drives to the right side of the Dock and “Boom!” in previous Mac OS X versions, now they just get an ugly dead end. “Stacks. An ugly dead end.” Some slogan. So, Apple, what was the goal, to make the Dock much less useful? To force users to go through the new Finder to see the snazzy new Cover Flow view? Seriously, what’s the point?

Here’s hoping Apple fixes this (a third-party fix would be nice, but Apple should restore the lost functionality themselves) in a future Leopard update as soon as possible.

So, after one full month of living with and poring over all aspects of Leopard, our biggest complaint by far is the loss of hierarchical navigation from the Dock. That’s a world apart from Windows Vista sufferers’ myriad ongoing complaints a year after release.