In the grand scheme of things, I’m a Mac newbie. I’ve used my Power Mac exclusively as my home computer for just two years and three months. I love it dearly, and I particularly enjoy the OS upgrade from about a year and a half ago. With the next OS upgrade on the horizon, I see lots of people talking about what they want to see or not want to see or what they like and dislike.
Reading all this, it occurred to me: I’m not a Mac power user. Heck, I’m a freak. I was listening to Mac Break Weekly, in which the entire panel of experts discussed how useless the Dock was and how stupid Spotlight is. They were asking for ways to remove the Dock entirely! I don’t get it. I have a core group of applications I use most often that I have a click away on the Dock. That’s a wonderful thing to me. I don’t need to clear all available windows to find an icon on the desktop. I don’t need to click on the START button and then the PROGRAMS button and then another button or two to get to my Most Favored Applications. I just have a link to it on the side of my screen, always visible. (Yes, I moved my Dock to the far left.)
How do these people launch their applications? Are they all just Quicksilver dependent?
The other thing I heard complaints about was the Spotlight feature. I can sort of understand some of the frustrations with it. But it works wonders on my machine. I don’t want to search a network with it. I usually know what I’m looking for on it, so I know what search terms to use. It’s just easier to type in the beginnings of a document name instead of launching Finder and digging through folders to get to the document. And, sometimes, I do searches of my hard drive for documents I don’t remember the names of, and I find them, pretty quickly. Boolean search would be wonderful, yes, but I don’t see a big problem otherwise.
Am I just that big a Mac loser?