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Mac OS X: Powerful But Awkward
I hope to completely avoid going back to Classic soon. As soon as I can find an OS X version of FoxBase Pro, I will use OS 9 for utilities only. Yes, it does take time to get used to OS X, but the rewards outweigh the issues, in my opinion.
Memory handling is much better. I usually have 12 to 14 apps open at once. Memory issues are gone. The system is stable. The only time I restart the computer is after I install a package that requires it. I happen to be a fan of the Dock. Between it and the Favorites Finder window, I don’t need to look any further for all of the things I use daily. Speaking of Finder windows, the 10.2.2 forward and back arrows are a great way to navigate to places you often go. Other customizable menu items in the Finder windows make them far more useful than in OS 9. OS X has a good user interface…it is just different. I would not volunteer to go back.
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I don’t necessarily agree about running back to OS 9 after using OS X. Once you get used to it, what you originally thought of as problematic becomes less problematic. There are numerous small programs that bring the OS 9 interface back to OS X. The biggest benefit? No more crashes. And the screen is so easy to read.
The biggest unsolved problem? Use a USB floppy drive and you get a new definition for slow.
I wouldn’t go back. There is just too much going for OS X when you get used to it.
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I enjoyed reading this article. However, from my experience, it is just a little negative.
I have not gone back to Classic for several months now, and I use a wide variety of programs from Adobe through Microsoft, and FileMaker Pro to a multitude of others.
The one area where I would appreciate more help is in the area of HP drivers; in particular for the LaserJet 2200D.
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It does take a while to get used to OS X. It is, in general, a whole new way of doing things. At first, I wanted apps that let me do things the old way. I found that the more I used OS X the less I felt this way. In fact, the only old style helper app I find that I need is WindowShade. When I gave up on doing things the old way, got used to the new way, and started to find and use the many key shortcuts of OS X, I finally no longer wanted to go back. In fact, I no longer use OS 9 nor Classic. I boot into OS 9.1 about once a week to archive my e-mail in Eudora. I use Mail in OS X and love it. It’s the first mail app besides Eudora which I find usable. I set Mail to leave messages on the server and Eudora saves the messages and removes them from the server. One day, even that will no longer be done! OS X has opened a whole new world of wonderful video editing apps that just aren’t available for OS 9 at any price.
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If only the OS X UI were “pretty” as deemed by the author. In addition to its mindless difficulties, it is about as aesthetically appealing as a pinball machine—an old pinball machine. (Well, better than a new pinball machine anyway.)
And Steve Jobs once charged Microsoft (quite rightly) with having no culture. Now Apple has joined the barbarians.
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I couldn’t agree more. It’s obvious the NeXT programmers developed the UI. It’s an interface only a programmer could love. But hey, the geeks are happy. Who cares if it takes twice as long to manage your files with OS X. It’s finally got a terminal window, man!
My OS 9 machines connect to my networked laser printer with a single click on the Chooser. My laptop running Jaguar has options to select AppleTalk, TCP/IP, HTTP, USB printers, and more. Unfortunately none of them can find my printer.
Oh well, it gives me a hobby. Someday I’ll find just the right combination to be able to print. In the mean time, when I need to work I’ll use OS 9.
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I do computer support for education. I’ve used OS X from the get-go on the theory that my customers would be using it. After, what—two years now?—I’m finally getting to the point where I miss some parts of OS X when I go back to OS 9, mostly in the smoother multitasking and better memory management.
But still, after “OS X immersion training,” it’s like a refreshing drink of water to go back to OS 9. The speed! The crisp screen display! The infinitely better file management! And, sadly, the superior user interface.
This is not a comment from someone who’s simply having trouble adjusting. I’ve got computers in the house running various Windows and Linux revs, and I use them comfortably. OS X eye candy is designed to be sold, not to be used.
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