8 cranky complaints about the Mac from longtime Windows sufferer

Eight months ago, after 22 years of using a Windows PC as his primary work machine, Eric Knorr publicly declared he would switch to the Mac.

“Looking back over my eight months as a full-time Mac user, one thing stands out: OS X and Windows have borrowed so much from each other that the transition was anticlimactic. Sure, the Command key and menu bar took a while to feel natural, but I wasn’t a total Mac newbie, so it wasn’t hard,” Eric Knorr writes for InfoWorld. “Of course, I found lots of things to like, from the Dock to iCloud to Spotlight search to Time Machine to the lovely Cover Flow view in the Finder.”

Knorr writes, “As a public service to Windows emigrants like myself, I am obligated to list all these annoyances while they’re still fresh in my mind.”

8 cranky complaints about the Mac from longtime Windows sufferer:

• Microsoft Office for the Mac: The worst problem with the Mac in business is Microsoft’s fault.

MacDailyNews Take: Okay, Microsoft’s fault, not Apple’s.

• Switching windows within apps: Sounds trivial, but it kills me that I can’t flip through every open Outlook email message with Command-Tab (that switches me from app to app only). I discovered that Command-`(the Accent key under Esc) will switch among windows within apps — but it doesn’t always work.

MacDailyNews Take: Again, Microsoft’s fault, not Apple’s.

• Obscure Multi-Touch trackpad gestures

MacDailyNews Take: Every gesture beyond pointing is obscure until you learn it. Not Apple’s fault.

• No Apple docking stations:There are third-party MacBook docking stations, but my company won’t touch ’em.

MacDailyNews Take: Your company’s fault, not Apple’s.

• Cost of Apple peripherals

MacDailyNews Take: You get what you pay for.

• Complicated keyboard shortcuts:Command-Shift-Control-3 to capture a screen to the clipboard? The Office shortcuts are worse…

MacDailyNews Take: Puleeze. And, again, Microsoft excretes Office, not Apple.

• Who made the eject button a keyboard button? I’ve come to hate the sound of the optical drive ejecting a disc.

MacDailyNews Take: We’ve honestly never mistakenly hit that button… and optical drives are dead.

• iTunes: This clunky, aggressive relic blew past its freshness date years ago. (Although a new version is supposedly due any minute now, so I may have to eat my words.)

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: That these are the eight “complaints” of a longtime Windows sufferer who’s finally upgraded to the Mac, should tell Windows-only sufferers all they need to know and remind all of us Mac users just how good we have it!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “CognativeDisonance” for the heads up.]

49 Comments

      1. Agreed. I use the free Jing that’s activated with control-J. you get a cursor that lets you sketch the area you want to snap (including drop-down menus and such), snap the image, then you can add text, arrows, rectangles, and highlighters with several colors. I use it all the time to illustrate problems I’m experiencing with one app or another, which I send to the developer. Devs are quite happy to get screen shots that show what’s happening.

  1. Actually there are 2 shortcut keys for screen capture;

    Cmd+Shift+3 take a shot of the entire desktop

    Cmd+Shift+4 gives you a set of crosshairs so you can click and drag to choose what part of the screen to grab.

    Also, in Cmd+Shift+4 mode, move the crosshairs over any window and press space, that will grab the window your crosshairs are over.

  2. First off, the screenshot short cut is awesome. Yes it’s a lot of keys, but once you learn it, you’ll never forget. Your hands will just do it out of habbit. And windows doesn’t have the option at all to do some of the flexibility that the short cuts do.

    I used to hate the command+tab switches applications and not windows. However, after using the Mac for several years I have learned that it’s much better to switch apps then switch windows between the app. Command + ` always works perfectly for me…if you know how it works. It switches from the most recently used window from the current window. So the order can change. A switching menu similar to the command + tab overlay would be helpful.

    Except fo the MS related issues, I don’t have the same problems he does.

    1. iTunes, can’t say anything about the windows version, have not used it in a few years, but I am SO ready for an iTunes update. The larger the iTunes library gets the more glitches iTunes seems to have.

  3. •You don’t HAVE to use Office.
    •Command tilde will switch windows within an app. I don’t use Office, so I can’t speak to it.
    •In System Preferences, there are short videos of gestures.
    •Get the thunderbolt display. Best docking station there is.
    •It’s command shift 3 for a screenshot.
    •How many discs is this guy using? I can’t remember the last time I needed one.
    •iTunes is always growing and quickly, so it’s always going to go through changes.
    •Try to do some more hit whoring.

  4. Windows is dying, Mac (as we know it) is dying… let’s talk about the upcoming iOS features… but Surface is underground. Articles about PC vs Mac is ridiculous nowadays.

    1. If Mac is dying, then so too will Apple. iOS is not a productivity computing product, period.

      iOS is great for consumers, but some of us need a real OS to do serious work. Apple must refine its Mac OS for improved productivity or it will eventually be just another consumer has-been hardware maker. i.e., Sony. Pioneer. Nokia, etc.

      … oh, and Apple can’t just hope for Windows 8 to kill Microsoft. Losing the consumer market didn’t hurt IBM quite as bad as people like to think. The bigger profit margins are in enterprise anyway.

      1. Not, Apple won’t die. Apple sells more mobile divices than Macs. Yes, OSX for PROs only, it means no games, small apps, iTunes, iWork, iLife, remove 99%… OSX is a truck… and iOS is indeed a produtivity computing… it’s only in the begining as one day was the Mac. It’s obvious.

  5. “• No Apple docking stations:There are third-party MacBook docking stations, but my company won’t touch ‘em.”

    just Wrong. get a Thunderbolt monitor to go with that MacBook. then just one/two cords to plut in (TB/power) and your done.

    most don’t realize that hardware costs are not the deciding factor for companies. leased over 5 years a TB monitor is maybe $15 per month – chump change. training and IT support are the real big costs, and employee productivity is the big reward on smart captial investment.

  6. The main Windows feature I miss is the ability to mouse over program icons in the menu bar (um, dock) and see all of the open Windows for each – and that includes live views – if there’s a video playing, you can watch it in the icon. When you have several programs open and 7 or 8 browser windows (perhaps with multiple browsers, as sometimes its handy to compartmentalize content or websites), it can be quite hard to find the one that has the active video.

    1. That’s what Mission Control is for: I have mine set so that when I put my mouse cursor in the lower left corner it shows me all the windows of the current app. That would do exactly what you want and you don’t even have to click.

  7. as for trackpad gestures, Apple has been introducing a few new ones with each iteration of the OS. It’s been easy to add them to my practices as the new ones come along. They’re incredibly useful. I couldn’t do without them.

  8. Two of the “complaints” listed:

    Corporations use docking stations for laptops in order to provide access to an extended keyboard, mouse, monitor and other peripherals at one’s office or workstation. There are 3rd Party companies that make them. The cost is not unreasonable. Someone needs to give his IT department a clue.

    As for pressing the Optical Drive eject button, there are several PC laptop or desktop keyboards where the backspace key is positioned right where the Optical Drive Eject key is located on a Mac. It’s just reflexive behavior that has to be unlearned. Again, not Apple’s fault.

  9. The “eject button” doesn’t make ANY sound if there is no CD in there. I can’t remember the last time I left one in there.
    BTW – Please keep the eject button, I like it.

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