Using osx has made me rusty?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by newuser2310, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. newuser2310 macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2010
    I've been using osx since panther and since buying a new imac last year i use osx almost exclusively.

    I'm currently studying Computer science at university and for the most part have completed the majority of my work in osx.

    databases, programming etc etc

    I'm going to do a placement year in august/september but I'm a bit concerned about looking a bit silly.

    It takes me ages to do things in windows these days and the ribbon in office just angers me.

    I used to consider myself a bit of a "know it all" but recently I realised I don't know very much at all anymore lol.

    Would it be worthwhile setting up bootcamp and only using that for a few months?

    Has anyone else noticed there windows knowledge slip since moving over to osx?
  2. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Mobile/8G4)

    You're not rusty. You're just discovering how poorly designed Windows is.

    Yes, my Windows knowledge has slipped as well, mostly because I've become accustomed to a well-designed interface.

    I'm sorry you're having to go through all this as a requirement.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    OSX shields you from getting into some of the nuts and bolts of things. This can be good or bad depending on whether you like to delve into such stuff.

    I find that I still use windows because it does some things better, so I haven't lost any of the bits of knowledge.

    The same can be said for using Unix or Linux, I used to use fedora quite a lot and so now, I'd be hard pressed to know the various yum parameters to install an app.

    Given time you'll notice some of the short cuts and stuff that makes life easier in OSX, and if you move back to windows, you'd soon forget those as well.
  4. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Not really since I use both often. It just goes with everything, if you stop doing something, you'll forget things about it.

    Here's an example I used to dance. I was Ballet and Tap trained. Completed all the grades. Haven't done it for coming up five years now since I lost interest. I can't do the majority of it anymore, even though I am still classed as 'Ballet Trained.'

    It happens with everything. If you stop using or doing something, you're bound to forget bits.
  5. clientsiman macrumors 6502


    Jun 13, 2009
    I have the same problem with linux :-( as I currently don't use it much.
    Windows are so easy so if you install them in the bootcamp, you will be fine in few days.
  6. Young Spade macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2011
    Tallahassee, Florida
    I thought the same thing after i used my Mac exclusively for about a month or two then jumping back to Windows to do various things. Most of the time I wondered why it took me so long to minimize everything so i could see the desktop (I have it set now where I can move the mouse to he top right corner and everything flies away) and also why... well I'm just doing things at a slower rate in general.

    I'm not talking about things that particularly need a lot of CPU and processing power to do , just things like opening Chrome then opening two folders takes a lot longer to do on a Windows computer compared to a Mac.
  7. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    IIRC, you can hit Windows logo + D to reveal the desktop.

  8. Young Spade macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2011
    Tallahassee, Florida
    Wow lol, didn't know that. To be honest I actually went back and tried some of the keyboard commands you can use for chrome (since I've been using chrome for years) on the windows pc and to my surprise they worked :)

    I know there are a few things I still don't know about concerning moving about in windows, generally speaking (I just gave a few examples that came to mind) the overall experience is faster.
  9. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
  10. Hastings101 macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2010
    Windows isn't poorly designed, you're just very comfortable with how OS X is designed. I think it would help if you bootcamp'd Windows 7 and used it for a couple of hours a day just to get a feel for how everything works again. You'll pick it up in no time :)

    Though the one thing I really miss when using Windows is the shortcut keys from OS X. I know Windows has ctrl/various other key combinations for them but command+something is just much simpler for me. When it comes to shortcuts Windows could use a little help there
  11. MagnusVonMagnum macrumors 603


    Jun 18, 2007
    Quick Launch Bar? Shortcut to my computer on desktop or Quick bar? It shouldn't take ANY longer to do those things on Windows if you have it set up right. Launching an app and opening a folder isn't rocket science, after all. I find some things take too long in OSX. The start button and an organized menu there is faster than a dock applications (must hold button over it so it's longer). Start menu is just a shortcut menu; you can still leave apps wherever they are. In OSX, you'd have to actually put them in sub-directories (well I guess you could create a directory of aliases as shortcuts, but Applications points to the programs, so you'd have to roll your own) to organize giant lists of programs without having to scroll down large lists (I like organized short by subject). OTOH, install/uninstall/registry BYTES in Windows and of course you always have to wonder when doing financial transactions in Windows if you're being key logged or otherwise fuxored by some new undiscovered malware type threat. But if you want to play games, Windows is the only real choice for efficiency and selection. OSX gaming sucks and always will so long as Apple doesn't give a flying rat's patoot about it so I'm stuck keeping Windows around regardless if I like it or not.
  12. KingCrimson macrumors 65816

    Mar 12, 2011
    If you're studying computer science, it is your business to know as may OSes as possible. You are training to be the ultimate power user after all!
  13. GFLPraxis macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    I disagree with this. I delve plenty in to OS X. I know exactly what the OP is talking about, but believe me, it's not just him.

    Microsoft has taken a liking to randomly re-arranging their GUI for no reason and in horribly illogical ways. I still use XP and Office 2003 at work, and find myself often frustrated when supporting a user on Windows 7 and Office 2010 (or worse, Vista), because the changes are so arbitrary.
  14. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
  15. steadysignal macrumors 6502a


    Dec 21, 2010
    rust away.

    i am not using windows again, supporting it, or whatever.
  16. eljanitor macrumors 6502


    Feb 10, 2011
    It's challenging to keep up with all of it at times. Nothing wrong with Using Windows and OSX and switching back and forth for practice. There will always be upgrades to Windows and new versions, same for OSX. You just have to do your best to stay current.

    "Its in um the Applications, um no no programs............crap." Depends on what OS.

    Plus you can just do everything in the command line in either, but still you have to remember everything there too.
  17. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    Go into the Terminal and start using the command line in OS X.

    You want an education? There's Unix. Certified. Enjoy.
  18. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    There is no such thing as know it all.
    Don't worry about that.
    Focus on what you really want to work on.
    Dont let other decide that for you.
    Aim on the right field that you want to develop.
    Work on something that you really enjoy and it will keep you motivated.
    So if Windows is no longer fun...stay away.
  19. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region

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