Introduction to Why Mac OS

Is the Mac Really Superior

What you get with Mac OS is just one thing: Killer Features galore. And all these in perfect shape and condition, (nearly) without any bugs and running fast and seamless like crazy.

That’s just the short version, here is the long one:

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here is the long one: Since 2001, when Apple merged the old Mac OS 8 with its paradigm of easy access and transparency with the technologically superior NeXT System from Steve Jobs second installment, the NeXT corp., Apple’s Mac OS is basically a NeXT system with the Apple Mac desktop on top. It looks basically the same as previous versions, it is used the same way, but under the hood everything changed – to be even better.

You cannot overestimate the importance of the technology behind the NeXT system. It is not only built with state of the art object oriented design patterns, it also is written in Objective-C a variation of the C language that is still very very fast like C but at the same time offers the bug-proof and elegant techniques of object oriented programming.

This killer combination makes OS-X fail-save, rugged and blazingly fast at the same time. And it is so compact that Apple was able to port it into a tiny portable device, they called the iPhone (a mobile pocket computer Steve sold us being a telephone). And also on this plattform OS-X (now called iOS) runs like crazy.

But there is more than technology. OS-X is more than other systems oriented towards the user. Nothing is in your way. One major issue with other systems like Windows or Linux Deskops is that the software seems to be more important than you (the user) are.

Like in the (very) old days, the person in front of the computer is considered the administrator of that computer. His main purpose is to care for the computer and do everything that it is able to run. Somehow this image of the user as being primarly the admin of the PC transferred itself to this very day in the way Windows and Linux approach their users.

If such an old fashioned application or a system service thinks it could place a message right in front of you – no matter what – and you have to answer it \emph{right now} it does so. The software seems to have priority 1 and then, when the software is satisfied, your intentions come second. Often these systems want attention from you to install or update software, antivirus updates and that on a daily basis. When I still used Windows I knew that my first 10 or so clicks on the mouse would be to satisfy the system and those components, like the Acrobat Reader that sometimes wanted to update every freakin day.

But this is not the image the user has in the Apple philosophy. Not so in Mac OS.

Completely not so. Even if the system just runs a backup or updates something, you normally can even shutdown the whole system or logout from your user without 1) being held up by the system and even more important 2) without damaging the system and having it not start or bombard you with error messages next time round.

And on Mac OS you don’t even need an Antivirus software anyway, because nobody managed to write any kind of virus for it till this very day. (With the exception of Microsoft Office Trojans, of course that MS Office manages to bring to the Mac).

No app is allowed to interrupt the user. And of course not with ads or unnecessary things. When you start a Mac it is at your service not the other way around.

For more than 15 years now, Apple improves and develops this brillant system. And here is why it is even better than that:

OS-X has a lot of functions built in that you need additional third party software for in other systems – if they even exist. And this bonus software is not like other apps of that kind worth what they cost. This software is really really good! Crucial functions, important functions, system-relevant functions are covered that way, like… but that’s obviously what we talk about in this book.

In this book we deconstruct what was added to Mac OS over the years. This automatically results in a logical understanding how some of the services and systems came to the system and for what purpose.

Naturally we’re not talking about all the features of OS-X. You certainly know what windows and the Dock are and what they are used for. What this book will point out are the not so obvious gems of OS-X that perhaps also help the decision whether to move from another system to the Mac (or not).

If you understand the evolution of something, you more deeply understand its use and purpose and what it was meant for in the first place. If you understand the history of things, you are able to understand them on a different level, in a different dimension: time.

Not only for the Crazy Ones

This book is for everyone who thinks about switching over to the Mac but is not quite sure if this is a good idea. At least a step of that magnitude means a lot of change and it takes some effort to undergo that change. Nothing’s without a price.

This book will give you informations about features and reasons why in the eyes of the author, the Mac is a brillant system that is very much worth the extra money Apple charges for their systems – and the extra mile to go to move over to it. Simply put: you will get any penny back in form of quality, usability and relaxed working.

But this book is also for the Mac user who wants to learn more about his system and its origins and functions.

Because if there is any weakness in Apple’s way of doing things, it’s that they do not document their features well. Indeed Mac OS has a lot of very powerful features that don’t get used to their full potential, either because Apple does not use them a lot themselves in their own apps, or because nobody seems to understand the scheer power that lies within them.

The Tagging system of the file system is such an example. And that way, this book might help also the experienced Apple user to find out features and possibilities to use their Mac they always were looking for, but were afraid to ask.

Features to Cover

There are three classes of features in Mac OS that will be covered in this book: the big killer features and killer Apps that are shipped with the system or as part of the formerly called iLife and iWork software packages that are today mostly free or very cheap and secondly the many small refinements that made the system apps of Mac OS like Finder, Safari and Mail better and better over the years and third of course the system functions of Mac OS that make so many easy and genius ways to work with the system even possible.

Is the Author a Fanboy?

Don’t get me wrong: I am not a fanboy (of course not, who wants to be called that anyway?). I don’t recommend all that I am writing about in order to feel connected to something more significant and bigger than I feel myself. I solely recommend this, because I can see the major difference between this system and the other competing ones and I really like helping you making these advantages work also for you.

Am I payed by Apple?

No, unfortunately not.

Take Care! Yours,

Leon Lowe in June 2017

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