Most annoying part of using two platforms?

pinto32

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Like most people, I must use multiple computing platforms (Windows 2000/XP and OS 9/X). While most modern OS's have at least somewhat similar user interfaces, there are always differences. Some are perfectly fine, while others can get kinda annoying.

Personally, my biggest problem with Windows is the way in which you use the mouse to highlight text. In OS X, one click = nearest letter, two click = nearest word, three click = entire sentence/paragraph. On windows, you do not have the 3-click option, and it annoys me to no end, as I am constantly copying and pasting text at work (college library).

So, what is your biggest peave about going from one OS to another. It can be big, it can be small, it can be completely crazy, but what is it?
 

katie ta achoo

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Windows has no expose and it's really not easy to do accents in it!

I keep trying to do my hot corners, but it doesn't work!

Also, a lack of (pretty much)universal spellcheck!

Can't forget that the minimize, maximize, and close are on the wrong side.

/mmm, nitpicky.
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////where's my dock? What's this "start" button??
 

mcmadhatter

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I got my first mac 3 months ago, and now everytime i use a windows pc, i keep doing things like <windows key> + <q>,<c>,<v>,<add any other useful mac shortcut here...>

EDIT: I didn't know about the three click system, but having just learnt (and played) with it, I can see that it is going to drive me crazy when I use windows, it's just so useful.
 

stridey

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Mouseless navigation, absolutely. When I'm using my Mac, I rarely ever touch the mouse. Most of what I want to do is probably available in Windows, but I don't have that level of knowledge with the operating system, and unlike OS X, it's not a trivial task to find out.
 

EGT

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No Spotlight: The other day I was searching for something on my dads computer (XP). I sat for ages waiting for results to show up! D'oh.

Finder: The lack of Finder is pretty hard to take. I just love Finder and how I have everything organised.

Exposé: so important. It makes your heart sink when you go to one of the active corners and nothing happens.

Pressing the wrong shortcut keys or forgetting them altogether is pretty annoying.

From the opposite end of the spectrum; there is lots of good software for windows that isn't available for OS X. I can't think of anything from the XP OS that I'd like to have on OS X, but I'm sure there is something...
 

stridey

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EGT said:
From the opposite end of the spectrum; there is lots of good software for windows that isn't available for OS X. I can't think of anything from the XP OS that I'd like to have on OS X, but I'm sure there is something...
IMO, there's exactly one. When copying a folder with name x to a directly that already contains folder x, I want the ability to merge the folders (like XP does), in addition to the "replace" and "replace all" that OS X does.
 

dr_lha

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brendel95 said:
No spotlight in windowz. I can't live without it now
As I'm forced to use Windows on my work laptop, I share your pain. However I've found that Google Desktop is a passible replacement. Certainly it cures my biggest issue with Windows of having to hunt through the Start Menu for program.

On Spotlight I type the name of the program and then click on it, this also works with Google Desktop.
 

Mitthrawnuruodo

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Windows has no Exposé and no Quicksilver. Annoys the p*ss out of me... all those windows accumulating (especially when using the tabbed challenged IE) and having to alt-tab thorough every single instance of every single running app is extremely painful, and having to start programs from the start menu or even start bar or, even worse, desktop icons are just plain barbaric.

On the other hand, other Macs without Quicksilver and without Exposé hot corners enabled, are highly irritating, too...
 

EGT

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Mitthrawnuruodo said:
On the other hand, other Macs without Quicksilver and without Exposé hot corners enabled, are highly irritating, too...
I've recently installed Quicksilver but I don't think it has 'clicked' with me yet.

Still trying to get used to it.
 

Morn

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Lack of a spell checker in windows. Lack of expose.
On the other hand, the more clicks it takes to close a program in osx and the added difficulty in changing process priorities.
 

Mitthrawnuruodo

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EGT said:
I've recently installed Quicksilver but I don't think it has 'clicked' with me yet.

Still trying to get used to it.
It's great once you get dependent... ;)

Also I think the main point is that whatever little OS specific idiosyncrasies you've developed on your main platform will always be missed when you're forced to use multiple systems...
 

Mitthrawnuruodo

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SummerBreeze said:
Switching cmd and ctrl. On Windows, I try to save a bunch of times before I realize I'm pressing the wrong shortcut. Drives me crazy.
Oooh... yes... I forgot about that (selective memory ;))... extremely annoying... :mad:
 

DaveP

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I actually do not like Finder and prefer Windows Explorer. I always find myself forgetting that I can't create folder's in the save dialog.
 

topgunn

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My biggest complaint stems from sharing a keyboard between the two. It is your basic wired Apple keyboard, the same that still ships today. In windows, I hit the windows key instead of the alt key since they are reversed on the Mac keyboard.
 

revisionA

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I hate having to buy two different licenses for the same software... for the same person to use!

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adk

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Stuck in the middle with you
Whenever I try to hit the apple button I end up hitting that stupid windows button that brings up the start menu.


Oh, and the spyware, viruses etc. that come with windows.
 

Makosuke

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My biggest annoyance is unquestionably how Windows handles text selections, like the first poster, but a different quirk of it:

If you click on a filename in the Finder and wait, it comes up highlighted so you can rename the file. If you then hit the "up" arrow, it goes to the begining of the former selection (meaning the begining of the filename) so you can append something to the begining. Also, hitting up arrow at any point takes you to the begining of the line, meaning the begining of the filename (or any other text entry box)

So far as I can tell, the behavior in Windows is almost the same except for the arrow key part--whichever key you hit the cursor goes to the END of the selection, and hitting up goes back one character, not to the begining of the selection. This drives me nuts, since it requires an additional click (and a careful one) to get the cursor to the begining of a filename.