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initial impressions of os x

overall i think i like it, but so far it hasn't astounded me as being better than OS 9, just different. The big positive about it is that there are certain apps that are only OS-Xable, such as Stepmania, proteus, and the Sony Clie Hotsyncing software.

It's still a bit disorienting to figure out where everything is. I knew OS 9 pretty much like the back of my hand, and in a way this makes it worse, because i already have preset expectations of where to find things, and sometimes they're right and sometimes they're wrong. I'm slowly getting used to it.

There are two things that I *don't* like about OS X so far.

The first is the Dock. At first, the Dock seems like a great alternative for the Launcher because it's hideable, more flexible, and doesn't take up screen space. But the thing I really liked about the Launcher was the fact that I could subdivide the Launcher into categories with tab buttons. All of my Network apps were in one Launcher tab button, all of my Music apps were in a different tab button. That way i could have, say fifteen games in the launcher and have them show up in a different window than the fifteen network apps i used. The dock, on the other hand, is just a big row or column of apps that has no categorical abilities. After a while, i think there's going to be too many apps that i want to dock, and it'll take up the entire right side of the screen.

The second thing I don't like is there doesn't seem to be a way to double click on a title bar and have it just show the title bar as a "minimized" object. Instead, it swooshes the window into the bottom of the dock. I think i'll get used to this one, but it's disorienting for me because i'm used to having a lot of title bars on the screen at the same time.

Cosmetics. *shrug* I suppose i'll get used to them.

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