March 15th, 2007 • 9:58 am
I had to double-check when I first found this article titled “Mac sense and nonsense” on the InfoWorld web site. Is the date really March 14, 2007?
As far as I can tell, Tom Yager is a PC columnist who has been around for a while and should really have more than enough experience of both PCs and Macs. It is therefore simply flabbergasting to find him writing something like this:
In Windows, every document that isn’t nested inside a parent window (Visual Studio is a good example of nested windows) is presented as a separate instance of the application. Each distinct document has its own window and menu bar, and when you close the last open document, the application exits. In contrast, each document that is opened by a given Mac application is shown in a menuless window. In fact, no windows have menus. They all share one menu bar across the top of the screen, and that menu flips depending on which application has focus (is “on top”). When you close the last document in a given Mac application, the app stays open, but with no visible windows. All you see is the menu. What sense does that make?
Published on March 14, 2007… Tom Yager, hello? Are you there? Do you realize that, if the Mac approach to running applications was really as nonsensical as you allege, surely someone in charge would have found out by now and, like, fixed it?
I really find it quite shocking that a seemingly respectable and respected PC columnist can still write such drivel in 2007—and present it as if it were a major news-breaking discovery: Long-time PC columnist tries to switch to Mac! Is shocked to discover that the OS does not quit applications when all document windows are closed! Whoa!