3 thoughts on “Leopard Stupidity”

  1. The annoying thing about the dock, as Siracusa noted in his Ars Technica Leopard review, is that it is the only place certain important UI things happen.

    For example, program alerts (when adium bounces the dock icon to tell you someone wrote you a message). I can’t remember the other things, but Siracusa notes that there is no open API to get these alerts and such into another program, so killing the dock removes some functionality from the OS – this needs to be fixed before you can dump the dock (which I wish would happen sooner rather than later).

  2. Chris says:

    Things like alerts of the sort you’re mentioning, Brian, can be taken over by Growl which Adium supports.

    As for wanting to excise the dock, meh. It just doesn’t bug me. I keep mine minimized and about as small as it will contract. I don’t use it to launch apps. I don’t use it to switch apps. In fact, I think the only time I do use it is if my hand is already on the mouse which it usually is not. Also, I don’t minimize windows. If I minimize a window its cause my hand slipped. So, I don’t need the Dock to hunt down minimized apps.

    There are simple ways to completely remove the Dock from your Mac world. And, it’s an easy thing to live without. For me the Dock is just a vestigial thing. I consider it nothing more than a security blanket for folks that don’t know better. And, honestly, I don’t care to educate them.

    And Joen, if your argument is “if it’s not needed then why have it” don’t bother. I don’t need a handle on my coffee mug either but it’s nice to have now and then.

    Don’t forget, just cause we don’t want/need/use a thing doesn’t mean others aren’t completely enamored of it and all the “usability” tests and factoids in the world can’t convince a person that their way is just wrong. It’s just not your way.

    If we’re smart enough to circumvent a thing then why not do that rather than trying to make everyone else see the error of their ways.

    Oh, and somewhere out there is a person that loves the transparent menu bar. I’m not that person and there’s already a number of ways for the rest of us to make the menu bar look whichever way we’d like.

  3. Joen says:

    this needs to be fixed before you can dump the dock (which I wish would happen sooner rather than later).

    Good point. Speech bubble thing from the apple logo would make sense to me for messages. As for drawing attention to individual apps, perhaps some sort of transparent message like the “you’ve got mail” one from thunderbird?

    And Joen, if your argument is ?if it?s not needed then why have it? don?t bother. I don?t need a handle on my coffee mug either but it?s nice to have now and then.

    Heh heh, I love the metaphor.

    That said, the dock is not a handle on a coffee mug. It’s more like a spoonful of sugar in your coffee: sometimes it makes it taste really great, sometimes you just don’t want it.

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