I recently bought a Mac and today was the first day that I only had only a Mac on my desk (as I took the windows PC to use at home). After a week or so of build-up to today, using it more and more, I think I’m turning the corner and whilst I did manage to be productive at least some of the day I’m still finding it hard going at times.
Whilst I of course appreciate that there is bound to be a learning curve with a new OS here’s the list of ‘wrong’ things that are currently really getting on my nerves.
1) Transferring focus between apps requires an additional click. In Windows if an application has focus one can still move the mouse to another app and place the mouse over an item and click to execute. There’s some sort of soft-focus going on where the item you’re about to click knows that you are so when you do the click the action is executed; imagine that.
With Mac OS X your app has focus or it doesn’t. Moving from one to another you need to give an initial click just to give it focus then another to actually carry out the action that you require.
2) My mouse is too slow. Even with the mouse pointer speed up to the maximum the mouse was like treacle. I had to apply this hack to get it to behave.
3) Home and End key madness. Hmm, there are home and end keys and they are in the right place but they have some magic behaviour which does not to put the cursor at the beginning and end of lines. I had to use this and this hack to get something resembling consistently right behaviour.
A related annoyance is the fact that alt needs to be used instead of ctrl to get the cursor to move over to the next word
4) Only one place to resize windows. ’nuff said.
5) No obvious way of auto-mounting network ‘volumes’. After quite a deal of faffing to even get it to connect to the shares on my Win 2003 server I’m buggered if I can find a way to keep them there in the finder upon login. I tried a ‘load at login’ option from within the Users page within Settings but that didn’t work. For now I’ve just symlinked /Volumes/share to my desktop.
6) Dumbass renaming method. If you want to rename a file you select it then press enter. You’d think it’d come up under the context sensitive menu but no I had to Google for this one as it seemed crazy to have to fire up a terminal just to mv something.
7) My ‘mighty’ mouse is crap. This is in addition to the slowness mentioned above; it just doesn’t seem to be very accurate. Not sure whether it’s because I bought the Bluetooth one but I’m forever clicking on the wrong thing even though it looks as if the pointer is in the right place.
That’s the main ones for now. I’ve a few other niggles but they are probably down to me being so new at this. I also really miss Outlook as I’ve just got used to using the newest version (2007) and I love its main view showing calendar entries, items for follow-up (today, tomorrow, this week), the categories and of course my email (which I freely admit Outlook has always been rubbish at). Now I’ve got the option of Entourage which whilst it does have Exchange support – a pre-requisite – it’s just not the same. To get around this I’ve installed Vista in a VMWare fusion instance so I can still have Outlook. There’s a whole extra dimension of suckiness using it this way mainly related to my mouse being even slower in the VM but I digress.
Maybe some of the good things will start to make themselves noticed soon but other than the Expose F9 command and xScope I’m not feeling a lot of love at the moment.