I criticize because I love.
Yesterday, I discussed functional design with my better half (read: girlfriend) while driving home from IKEA. She uses Mac at work and mentioned how a new colleague who was used to The PC Way had trouble ejecting a disc on her new Intel Mac Pro Quad Xeon.
A little back story: On most PCs, consumer devices such as DVD players, CD players and other disc handling devices, there’s an “eject” button next to the tray / slot-loading mechanism. On the Mac, however, there isn’t. The Mac Way of ejecting discs is threefold: you can drag the disc into the virtual trash bin ((In addition, the trash bin turns into an eject icon, when volumes are dragged over it)), you can press the “Eject” button on the keyboard (top right corner), or you can press the “Eject” button next to the disc in the Finder device list (the Mac file explorer).
Now Apple makes beautiful and functional hardware. Whenever someone asks me what laptop they should buy, I say “buy a Mac”. I say this because they’re functional pieces of work. Except of course, for the mystery of the missing Eject button. Can someone please explain, using puppets if necessary, why Apple hasn’t included an eject button next to disc trays yet! To me this seems like another doomed-to-fail Apple crusade like the decade-long lack of right-click mice.
[Update]: Okay fine, so an eject button might not make so much sense on a Mac laptop, but I stand by what I said with regards to the non-portable macs, mainly for the reasons Brian mentions.