Tiger Technology

Okay, this post is going to get one friend of mine very excited, and the rest will probably think I’ve gone off my rocker.
Said friend showed me the newest OS for his Macintosh, “Tiger”. I have to admit, it was pretty frickin’ impressive! If I could get it to run on my PC, and still run all the apps I have, and use a mouse with more than one button, I’d be all over it!
The Mac interface is so clean and beautiful compared to the Windows interface. It has a very elegant window design, nice drop shadows, and is hardware accelerated. Windows flip over, squish and smoosh and go translucent with the press of a hot key. The dashboard provides an easy way to have useful applets within reach at all times. Automator makes creating script-like processes simple. Even the simple Expose feature is amazingly cool.
And of course underneath it all is Unix. Hallelujah!
What has happened to Microsoft? Has it completely fallen asleep? They’ve not added any interesting new features to Windows OR Internet Explorer for a couple of years now. With Apple’s mind share continuing to grow, could they possibly become a competitor again?
I’m beginning to hope the answer is yes.






4 responses to “Tiger Technology”

  1. Bret Mogilefsky Avatar
    Bret Mogilefsky

    You can use any mouse you want with Macs these days. They are usable with one button, but they will also use as many buttons as you have, just as Windows does. Just plug in the mouse you already have and you’re good to go.

  2. Dave Avatar

    Windows has it’s big upgrade comng soon with some great graphical features. I’m sure the enginers will steal some “tiger” and put in in our favorite monopoly. However, while I know things could be bhetter, I love Windows. It works, it integrates with my other programs and everyone has it. Well, everyone except Brett.

  3. markdeloura Avatar

    Hahahhahaah ๐Ÿ™‚
    Well, what I’ve been hearing about Longhorn is that a lot of cool features are getting thrown out in order to ship the damn thing. Losing WinFS in particular sucks since it’ll make searches still slow as sin. The Spotlight search feature on Mac is pretty cool.
    I’m sure I’ll keep using Windows, what choice do I have, really? ๐Ÿ™‚ And it works well enough. Wish it was more configurable though.

  4. Chris Avatar

    I would love if there were some of the features in the Windows world that are in the Mac world. Actually, I have a package called Object Desktop that gives me some of the cool features like the dock and widgets on a windows platform. In fact, I actually fooled a Mac user in the office with my “skinned” windows desktop ๐Ÿ™‚