It’s shiny, chic, as pretty as a laptop gets — and it is a pain in the arse to use.
Equality of Access
The much lauded user interface may look good, the fonts certainly do, but it is impossible to navigate without a mouse or track pad, which makes use for the blind and partially-sighted (me) very difficult.
For months I thought there was no shortcut available to move the system caret to the menu bar, so had to find the cursor and direct it and click for every almost menu operation. In the end, it turns out that Fn+CTRL+F2 will do the trick – but what a crippling key combination, and somewhat revealing of Apple’s research into Universal Access. Having remapped that, I now only lack the ability to skip to menu items with a single keypress.
The FN+CTRL+trackpad combination to zoom the cursor area is superb, but why not take it a stage further, and allow me to zoom within a window? Is it because OS X, like Win32, is built on an anciet kernnel, because the multi-national corporation that develops it has refused to spend sufficient funds on developing something new?
Why is there no auto-complete on directory names within the ‘Finder’ application? I have to type in full or use the trackpad/mouse…?
Why can I not select a ‘folder’ and press a key to open it, but instead need to use the trackpad/mouse?
The main attraction of the Mac was the perceived simplicity of building C/CPP applications – without the need for an expensive development kit, or a touch-and-go Cygwin. Yet the first install of Xcode failed, the second succeeded even though it wouldn’t run, due to a version mismatch – and the install instructions (to run a perl script) simply produce ‘illegal operation’ errors.
This is even worse than Windows 95.
I’m sure I’ve more bile to note later, prior to reporting to Apple.
Try connecting to a Win NT 4.9 share. Ugh.