It’s a little late, but now that Tiger is coming out for the Mac, I thought I’d share my thoughts about some of the improvements.
Dashboard is a good example. Here’s an awesome desktop application that lets you run little programs to give you information. Could I write or load up some other applications to do this? Yes. But, this makes it easy for me. Even nicer, is that like the current Expose feature, I just hit a key to make them all appear or disappear. I seriously doubt anyone at Microsoft would even have thought of this.
Making it easy is what makes an operating system work. I don’t want to configure or tweak my computer anymore. I just want to turn the thing on and have it work. That is what I love about the Mac. It just works. Funny thing is, I just read that Microsoft is stealing that phrase for Longhorn.
Here’s another example of what I’m talking about. The automator for Mac is going to allow people to do repetive tasks easily. Kind of like scripting something, but without needing to learn scripting. My take is that if you learn to do this, you have learned scripting. Everyone, in my opinion, who uses a computer should know how to script it. They should know how to get it to do things for them without manually having to go through all the steps. Do I? No! But I realize that I should know. I should be able to AppleScript or write up a Python or Perl script to do what I want. At the very least, it would help me in my job to know this. I can think of several things that would save me loads of time if I learned to automate them. Now I can probably do some of those things using Automator. I’ll have to figure out if I can, but I don’t see why not.
Make it easy for me, don’t make me go into a bunch of preference or configuration files to tweak everything. I’m not a Linux or Windows user who likes to tweak the hell out of my computer to get it to run “just so”. I want it to work “just so” already.