Apple readies Mac OS X Mountain Lion update for summer release
Posted 16 February 2012 - 09:26 AM
Posted 03 March 2012 - 04:08 AM
This is my humble opinion, but there are things in the Lion's interface that are definitely wrong from an ergonomic point of view. For instance:
- every computer display now has color. The colored icons in the Finder of Snow Leopard and previous incarnations of Apple's OS were far easier to distinguish than the grey ones of Lion.
- yesterday a colleague of mine, who works with a new Mac that came with Lion installed, was complaining that he couln't see the items in the "Favorites" section of the Finder sidebar. After same testing and cursing, I realized that if I hovered with the mouse over the category name, a faint "show/hide" button appeared on its right. In previous versions a "disclosure triangle" was always visible.
Hiding a functional button is one of the thing that were deprecated in all those "Human interface guidelines" Apple has been so fond to issue to developers for many years.
Philip K. Dick, the visionary SF author, imagined in his novel "The Zap Gun" a future where weapons were developed by fashion creators: we didn't reach yet this stage, but Lion's interface seems to stem rather from a fashion atelier than from the study of ergonomy-concerned sw engineers.
Let's see wheter Mountain Lion will correct any of these blunders, otherwise... I'm far too old, but I'd be very happy to open my garage to any small group of people desiring to plan a new form of computer...
Posted 28 March 2012 - 02:33 PM
The practical meaning of this change, at least for someone like me, who must guess the proper configuration for the networks [s]he must use at work from low-quality documents written for other operating systems (some of them, IMHO, just OS-wannabes), is the need to undergo a convoluted process just to test any change. Supporting profiles and the ability of creating them from the actual configuration is/would be a good move, but eliminating the interface to configure the authentication directly is a nonsensic aggravation for the user. The only rationale I can find in this choice is considering that Macintosh users are morons that must be taken away from any not-so-trivial activity.
This post has been edited by spiderbat: 28 March 2012 - 02:34 PM
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