My Negative Thoughts Towards Mac OS

on June 2nd, 2012 by Matt | 3 Comments »

So anyone who knows me also knows that I’ve always had a special disgust towards Apple’s products, especially their desktop operating system. And while it began as a hate that didn’t specifically have much of a reason behind it, over the past year and a half I’ve had to use an iMac for one of my school subjects, VET: Multimedia. Sure, I may be biased towards Windows, but I have no complaints about Linux Mint, which I’ve willingly installed on my netbook, and am using it to type up this post, as well as yesterday’s.

And guess what? Using the iMac at school has, over time, given me more and more reason to have such negative thoughts towards the operating system. There hasn’t been a single VET Multimedia lesson, and anyone in that class can tell you, where I haven’t yelled at the screen or facepalmed repeatedly in frustration.

I’m not going to talk about restrictions that were obviously put in place by the school administrators, because even using Windows 7 at school is a limited experience. But a number of minor annoyances have merged into a stronger, and very logical annoyance.

First and foremost, is the limited capability to ‘maximise’ a window. The majority of classes we’re either using Microsoft Office Word and PowerPoint, Safari, Adobe Illustrator, Flash and Photoshop. Many of these programs work best in fullscreen, especially on the screen size of the iMacs we have at school (yes, they’re quite big).

Every time I use a Mac, I have to manually resize each window fullscreen. Simple as that. And if it’s because of some hidden setting I can’t access, then that’s not my problem, because it should be obvious.

This leads me to my next point, and that is the horrible combination of the dock and the Alt-Tab menu (more specifically, window management). When I minimise a window, pressing Alt+Tab should allow me to bring that window back into view. But it doesn’t. Instead, it goes back to the program (or I should say, puts the program’s menu up on screen), but leaves me with that. It gets even worse when running multiple windows of Safari. Sometimes they literally get lost in the dock, or just hidden behind another window, because cycling using Alt+Tab selects the application and not the window.

Next, a minor annoyance, but one that drives me insane. The bouncing animation on dock icons. When an icon bounces in the dock, it reminds me of an annoying 6-year-old (not to say all 6 year olds are annoying, or that kids are annoying) repeatedly trying to get into your face to get your attention. Here’s a hint: that’s the wrong way to get someone’s attention. The icons in the Mac OS dock bounce continuously, while in Windows, when an item in the taskbar wants your attention, blinks 4-5 times then simply sits there patiently in a bright colour. Enough to get your attention calmly, and not “yell at you,” as it were.

Next an annoyance that drives me insane, the right click menu. Now, I suppose this could be associated with the mouse settings, although those are unsurprisingly very limited in terms of customzation. When I open a context menu, I expect quick access to the menu item. Instead, and this is most prominent in nestled menus, is that selecting an item is buggy as heck. If you want to go deeper in a menu, be VERY careful not to click on the arrow, because instead of navigating deeper as it should, IT CLOSES THE DAMN MENU. In what world does that make ANY sense. One selects it to speed up the process, not make it x2 slower.

As a final note, I’m going to say this (because writing this post is starting to make me extremely annoyed). An installation wizard makes 300% more sense than drag-and-drop, because a wizard tells you what’s going on. Drag and drop is extremely meaningless, and is degrading, to say the least.

That’s all from me. Probably won’t see any more blog posts from me any time soon, I should really go write a couple essays for school..
thanks for reading my rant, it shows real dedication towards either your operating system of choice (more likely) or.. well, me.

  • 1) click the two little arrows at the top right of your window, and the app switches to full screen. problem solved!

    2)open terminal, type defaults write com.apple.dock no-bouncing -bool TRUE
    push enter, then type killall Dock then push enter again. no more dock animations, tada!

    3)I’ve tried on my notebook and my desktop, and clicking the arrows has no effect; the context menu remains open. why you want to click that is beyond me, though, as the delay ranges from “non existent” to “almost instant”. both the machines I am running OSX on are by no means fast (a dual core pentium D with a 7600GT, and a core2 2.26 with a 9400GT), but the context menus are much snappier than my much beefier windows desktop. this has been my experience with every mac and PC I’ve used, and as a guy who has worked at a PC shop fixing computers for over a decade, that’s a reasonable amount!

    4)most apps have installers that double as uninstallers, but yes, this is a legitimate complaint about OSX, one I share. dragging and dropping does make a ton of sense, but the implementation is flawed as apps aren’t entirely contained in their folders, treating /users/username/library in a similar manner to /users/username/application data/ in windows. an uninstaller interface is, by the look of things, to be functionally found in the app store down the road, but that likely won’t affect apps installed outside of it.

    anyhoo, I quite enjoyed your positive rant about windows 8 and was a little disappointed in this one. there *are* some frustrating faults of OSX (navagating column browser in finder is horrible, date _____ sorting in itunes, flash anything, etc.), but those you seem stuck on are either really easily resolved, or specific to your mac.

    • 1) The problem with that ‘full screen’ mode is it means I can’t put, say, a finder window in front of it for a short time.

      2) This being on a school Mac, we don’t have access to things such as terminal, sadly.

      3) Yeah, it seems it only happened on the older iMacs that the school had until a couple weeks ago. The issue IS gone now for me, so it’s a complaint that (as mentioned in the opening paragraph) was due to the specific configuration on the Mac.

      When I wrote this post, my mind didn’t exactly have a full list of complains that I’ve developed over time. Yes, most are specific to the Mac that I was using, and again I mentioned it at the start, but I just couldn’t think of anything truly worthwhile to write *at the time*.
      I can definitely agree that Finder navigation is horrible, especially the column browser, but things like iTunes sorting I wouldn’t be able to write about seeing as it was a school Mac.

      I bet if I had my own Mac that I could configure myself, this list of complains would definitely be much different and much more detailed. I went with what was on the top of my mind at the time, and I’d happily rewrite it.. which I may or may not do in the future.

      Anyway, thanks for commenting on my site. Glad you enjoyed my Windows 8 rant. 🙂

      • Venky

        You should be able to turn off the bouncing dock icons by going to Apple Menu -> Dock -> Dock Preferences and unchecking the item which says “Animate Opening Applications”