“In many ways, it’s easy to slam Windows XP and Vista: Just start counting security flaws or user experience nightmares. When you’re the Goliath of the operating system world, everyone wants to hurl stones. But what about the proverbial David, or in this case Apple Computer Inc.’s Mac OS X? Looking for flaws in Apple’s OS seems like picking on the little guy — until you remember that Apple is doing very well these days and has made much of its vaunted UI and seemingly secure OS underpinnings,” Scot Finnie and Ken Mingis write for Computerworld.
Finnie and Mingis write, “Even though it’s been out for more than 18 months now, Mac OS X 10.4, or Tiger, is a noticeably better operating system than XP or Vista. But it’s not perfect. OS X has its own quirks and flaws, little irritants made all the more irritating by the fact that they come out of Cupertino, which should know better. There are some things about the way it works that aren’t as flexible, usable or convenient as Windows.”
Finnie and Mingis write, “we’re focusing on 15 of the little things already in OS X that need refinement or rethinking based on our everyday use of Macs:”
15. No Date Display
14. Widgets Can’t Be Placed on the Desktop
13. Inconsistent Use of Context Menus
12. Documents and App Instances on the Dock
11. Managing Window Size
10. Accessing Applications
9. Backspace and Delete Keys
8. Printer Setup
7. Inconsistent User Interface
6. Laptop Screen Dimming
5. Managing Finder’s Columns View, Problem No. 1
4. Managing Finder’s Columns View, Problem No. 2
3. Managing Finder’s Columns View, Problem No. 3
2. Finder’s Hobbled Cut Command
1. Dynamic Finder Refresh
Finnie and Mingis write, “Some readers have already sounded off about their Macintosh pet peeves, and here are some of things they picked at:”
1. Over-protective Shutdown Error Trapping
2. Renaming Isn’t Easy
3. Secondary Mouse Button
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Obviously, there are third-party products and hacks that allow you to attack some of the issues mentioned above. What are your favorite solutions and/or other pet peeves about Mac OS X?