“I recently bought a Mac Mini, And I thought I’d talk about my experiences in the transition from Windows XP to Mac OS X,” Andrew Youll writes for OSNews.com. “I personally have used Windows since its 3.11 days, back then I was only a child and I thought Paint was great, but since then Windows has come a long way. For the past year or two I have been constantly thinking about Apple Macs and how much I’d like to have one. Well, recently I took the plunge and bought a Mac Mini.”
The control panel in Mac OS X is called the “System Preference Panel,” and it’s well laid out and easy to understand. One thing I miss is a general Systems component like in Windows, you click “System” and get information about the system, and such, but Mac OS X’s equivalent application “System Profiler” is accessible via the Apple icon selecting “About This Mac” and then click “More Info.
MacDailyNews Note and Take: That’s because getting information about the system doesn’t allow you to “control” anything and therefore doesn’t belong among “control panels” or in System Preferences. Because Microsoft doesn’t understand this extremely simple concept, it makes the same type of mistake all throughout the Windows OS. Microsoft placed Windows’ system information access in the wrong place, so switchers “miss” it being in the wrong place in Mac OS X. Sheesh. This is a great example of the real hurdles Windows to Mac switchers face; it’s like a baseball bat of common sense repeatedly whacking you in the face. It’ll sting for a few weeks. Then it gets much, much better! (Note that Mac OS X’s “System Profiler” is actually an application located in /Applications/Utilities/ and it can be dropped in the Dock like any other application for one-click launching if so desired.)
Things that I’m happy to see included with Mac OS X: Firstly a DVD Player. I understand that Microsoft can’t include a CSS decoder in Windows because all the DVD software producers like Cyberlink, etc would claim unfair business practices because it was decreasing the number of possible customers for their products, kind of like what happened with WMP in the EU.
Another welcome inclusion is the “Disk Utility.” Yes, Windows XP includes CD-Burning capabilities, but to me, the Disk Utility just seems more advanced, as it supports ISO burning, where as Windows XP’s integrated burner does not.
Expose is to me a great feature of Mac OS X, allowing you to view all windows instantaneously, allowing you to access the application window you want quickly and efficiently.
Dashboard is in theory a great tool, but personally, in the time I’ve owned this Mac Mini, which is roughly 2 weeks almost, I’ve used dashboard once or maybe twice, and that really was only for the dictionary and for the Wikipedia widgets.
Spotlight is just an amazing tool even though I’ve only owned the Mini a short while, it has helped in a few situations. I will be the first to admit I’m the sort of guy who puts car keys down only to find three minutes later I can’t remember where I left them, so this feature is a great help.
There is much, much more in the full article here.