I'm a long time mac user and lover and I just got a new powerbook and I HATE OSX!!! Here's why. The 2nd thing I tried to do with the powerbook, plaing a VCD, crashed the os. you can read that thread here http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=49790 Alright fine. So I go on and try to sign up for the "free" 30 days of earthlink. It says just drag the earthink icon to the apps folder and it is installed, so I do that. At the begining of the install it says what you will need. I got throught the lengthy sign up procedure and at the very end it wants my credit card info. It didnot say at the top I need to give it credit card info! I don't want to give it that cause it will automatically charge my card if I dont cancel after 30 days and I dont want to have to keep track of that. Ok, fine, that's more false underhanded though legal advertising. So I want to get rid of the app now. I run the uninstaller. It says please locate the earthink folder, so I do. It moves that to the trash and leaves the app in the apps folder and the earthlink system preference is still there! How do I get rid of it? It is not obvious like it was in the old os. next I decide to play try out the system prefs to customize things. I go to the universal access pref and play with the zoom. using the key commands I zoom in a little, then out a little. I wanted to see how far it went so I zoomed all the way in to the point of ridiculous and then guess what. The zoom out key command stops working for no reason and I am stuck at maximum zoom. I try to restart "blind" by hitting the power button and then enter but to no avail. I spend the next hour or so trying to get the zoom off in mega zoom. Finally for some reason it restarts. perhaps I clicked on a restart button on screen, I have no idea I could not see anything. So it restarts and thankfully the zoom is off. I wanted to throw my powerbook out a window. And as for the every day stuff the os has made 2 steps foward from 9 and about a thousand steps back. When I open a folder it usually opens in colums or buttons even though I have the view pref to always open in columns. The colums window is the worst, even though it dosen't have to be. When it opens it allways opens in a medium sized window regardless of how much there is to display. so you have to move around a lot. why not just open it as big as it needs to be? so I go to option click maximize the way I did in 9 which automatically mad a window full screen. It does not work, this functionality is gone, or perhaps moved. So I have to grab the window and manually resize it. Yet I still cant see what I'm looking at because all the columns defalt to one size regardless of how many characters are in the file names so every many names are truncated! So now I have to drag the dividers just to see what I'm looking at. close a window and come back? everything is gone and you have to start from scratch. this is useability? The dock. Oi vey, where do I start. First and foremost is WHY CANT I TURN THE DAMN THING OFF! If I hide it it always pops up when I get near it. If I dont like it why do I have to suffer through it's presence? NOw as for it's functionality. compared to the os 9 apple menu it's like it's like a broken down model t. In the old apple menu I had about 5 things in there. I had my hd, apps and documents folders. among my folders I had a level or two of sub categories like audio apps, online apps, etc. It took one mouse click some small mouse movements and a second mouse click. With the dock you can only have a limited number of items before it gets out of control. you can put things in order but there is no seperation or demarkation of where one group ends and another begins! that's bad enough. but add to that the fact that your groups are always moving depending on how many apps you have opened and how many windows you have minimized and it becomes disatrous. So I decide to put my hd in the dock to use it as a surrogate apple menu. Except now I have to click and hold and hold just to get it to pop up or I have to option click. why? why cant I specify the way folders respond in the dock? I could go on but I doubt anybody is still reading. The thing I like about os 9 was that everything was very logical and everything seemed exremely well thought out and functionality and useabilty were paramount. Now all that seems to matter is "how pretty does it look?" Honestly, I feel like there is little difference now between the mac and microsoft bull droppings. Of course it's not the same, and I'm not saying it is. What I'm saying is, the essential spirt, the guiding pricipals, the soul, that made the mac wonderful in the past are I'm sorry to say gone and dead forever. Or that is until the old os 9 hardware ceases to function. Viva La ???