Has anyone gotten worse using Windows after using OS X?

MUCKYFINGERS

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I've been using Windows for 10 years, and for the past year I have been using OS X. Well, I bought an iBook a couple of months ago and I use it exclusively (almost) at home. Now I think I've actually gotten worse at using Windows, and Windows doesn't feel as comfortable to me as it used to! Anyone else have a similar experience?
 

carpe diem

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MUCKYFINGERS said:
I've been using Windows for 10 years, and for the past year I have been using OS X. Well, I bought an iBook a couple of months ago and I use it exclusively (almost) at home. Now I think I've actually gotten worse at using Windows, and Windows doesn't feel as comfortable to me as it used to! Anyone else have a similar experience?
Well i always try to do control click in windows but thats about it.
May be you wernt ripe for the switch!!!
 

FadeToBlack

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After using Mac OS X almost a year, (I switched in December '04) it sure does suck having to use Windows. I have to use it sometimes if I'm at a friend's house or something and it just doesn't feel right.
 

MUCKYFINGERS

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carpe diem said:
Well i always try to do control click in windows but thats about it.
May be you wernt ripe for the switch!!!
Naw. I love OS X more than XP in every way possible (almost...)

It's just I feel uncomfortable using XP now that I'm so used to using OS X. At work, there are always two computer room consultants shifted together (part time job at a university). Everyone always barges for the PCs, but I always take the Mac, because it's so cool. ;)
 

Kernow

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I must have different parts of the brain for each operating system. I use Windows at work in a pretty effective way (I thnk) and then come home and automatically switch to the Mac way of doing things.

As an experiment when I first switched, I tried using Windows more like a Mac (not having windows full screen, no right clicking etc) and (shudder) Mac more like Windows (more keyboard shortcuts, closing instead of managing windows) and they both feel awful. I guess my brain just adapts to whichever system I am using.

Still prefer the Mac though.
 

mad jew

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I use both regularly so I don't really have a problem with either. Don't tell anyone but I'm actually looking into replacing my old PC with a Dell in the next few weeks. Sshhh.
 

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I switched in early 2003 and am now much less proficient in Windows than I used to be. I have to stop and remember how to trick Windows into working :rolleyes:
 

mad jew

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MUCKYFINGERS said:
The main thing is I think I'm always trying to use expose on XP ... lol.

Yeah, I know what you mean. The Taskbar way of handling open windows is atrocious. My biggest gripe is forgetting that there's no inbuilt spell checker. :(
 

MacRy

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MUCKYFINGERS said:
The main thing is I think I'm always trying to use expose on XP ... lol.
Me too. I usually sit there looking dumbly at the screen and wondering why clicking the scroll wheel of the mouse isn't sending windows flying all over the place. Confuses me for a few seconds every time :)
 

Project

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Ive only been using OSX for 2 weeks and when im at work I CONSTANTLY throw the mouse cursor to the left side of the window to minimise lol

Ive accidentally closed down apps by pressing the close button too... :-(
 

fayans

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I hate going back using Add/Remove function to uninstall any PC program. It's so simple here in Mac to just drag-n-drop any application out of the box into the trash. That's efficiency!
 

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MUCKYFINGERS said:
I've been using Windows for 10 years, and for the past year I have been using OS X. Well, I bought an iBook a couple of months ago and I use it exclusively (almost) at home. Now I think I've actually gotten worse at using Windows, and Windows doesn't feel as comfortable to me as it used to! Anyone else have a similar experience?
You haven't gotten worse at it, OS X just redefined "comfortable" for you. ;)
 

0098386

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unfortunately i still have to use a Windows machine. but there was a period of around 2-3 months where I used nothing but OS X and going back to windows was just hard. like i set up hotcorners on OS X. bottom left for view all windows, bottom right for desktop. i tell ya Windows+D just to minimise felt like going back to dinosaur days.
and the way Windows interprets the mouse is horrible. it just felt disgusting and slow, but most importantly inconsistent. which was a pain.

also a few times i've tried just pushing a CD into the side of my laptop :D silly old way!

i've become much better in both now. just dont give me linux :D
 

Lacero

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I get nauseated just thinking about Windows. I would rather place my hands on a hot stove than lay my hands on a PC mouse. Truly sickening.
 

kwajo.com

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MacRy said:
Me too. I usually sit there looking dumbly at the screen and wondering why clicking the scroll wheel of the mouse isn't sending windows flying all over the place. Confuses me for a few seconds every time :)
oh man, tell me about it! I ALWAYS try to do expose whenever I use a windows PC for the first time now, and it drives me nuts that I can't. I think that may the single biggest revolution for me to come in years on the computer, the one thing I can't go back to computing without it
 

mikemodena

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I'm constantly trying to control click in windows, along with trying to apple-c to copy. I was cleaning out my girlfriend's laptop yesterday, and felt so uncomfortable with the operating system. I've been on a Mac since December '04.
 

Applespider

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I'm fine with Windows at work although the lack of tabs in IE annoys me (can't install Firefox at work) and the lack of F10. I hate the way that Windows seems to randomly distribute new windows across the screen.

But today, I was trying to use Excel on one of the office laptops which has a weird two button set up - they're not side by side but one above the other. The 'right' button on that is about the same place as my single button on the Powerbook. It was really tough trying to consciously left/right click. I found myself a few times reaching for the control key to bring up the contextual menu even though when in front of my usual work desktop, I right click without thinking about it.
 

Shaun.P

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When I'm on a Windows computer and surf the net, I often put my mouse over a word I don't understand and then attempt to press Command, Apple and D to get a dictionary definition.

I think that is a great feature Apple has built in to Mac OS X.

Lack of tabs really annoys me too. Tabs is a fantastic invention.
 

0098386

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i'll be buggered when it comes to Longhorn/Vista. I dont plan on upgrading for more than 10 minutes (hey, i'd like to see the effects then swifty move back to an OS that runs my only PC-only app. they say Vista won't work with it. ho hum).

Whats smashing honky is that I'm at university for the next 2 and a bit years... then i may go onto my Masters or whatevers next at the same univeristy... then get a job in a design studio.
what do they all have in common? they all use macs! no vista confusing me there.
 

20rogersc

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Always on Windoze, I try to find a document hidden under about 10 windows, I press F9 and wonder why nothing happens :mad:

::20ROGERSC::
 

prophet621

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No real problems since I still use Windows more than my ibook. (It has the software I need/use often..and games) The only time I run into trouble is when I'm using my Toshiba laptop and try to use two fingers to scroll on a page and then remember I can't do that.