8 cranky complaints about the Mac from an old Windows user

After eight months I'm officially a Mac person. The move from Windows was easy, but I have a few things to get off my chest

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No Apple docking stations. There are third-party MacBook docking stations, but my company won't touch 'em -- and my colleagues with Windows machines get docking stations by default. I bet my employer isn't alone in this policy, although you can argue that IT conservatism is to blame. I miss the satifying clack of seating a laptop in its docking station; plugging and unplugging cables wears them out.

Cost of Apple peripherals. Fifty bucks for a mouse? Or check this: The lovely 27-inch Apple LED Cinema Display costs a thousand bucks, while an equally excellent Dell UltraSharp model runs $750. And if you're in search of a MacBook memory upgrade, here's my advice: Don't buy it from the Apple Store unless you want to pay more than double.

Complicated keyboard shortcuts. I wasn't expecting this one. Command-Shift-Option-Delete to empty the trash can without a confirmation window? Command-Shift-Control-3 to capture a screen to the clipboard? The Office shortcuts are worse -- like, five keystrokes to open the thesaurus in Word. Maybe the real message here? "Use the mouse, dummy."

Who made the eject button a keyboard button? And right next to the Delete key. I've come to hate the sound of the optical drive ejecting a disc.

iTunes. This clunky, aggressive relic blew past its freshness date years ago. (Although a new version is supposedly due any minute now, so I may have to eat my words.) For simple playback, and support of every possible format (including .WMA), I like VLC.

So, you ask, am I done with this pettiness? Yeah, that's pretty much it, though I should mention I still kinda miss the Aero previews of windows on the Windows 7 taskbar. It bears repeating, though, that the worst part by far is Office for the Mac. No question that has cost me some productivity.

There were days after I switched to the Mac that I longed to go back to Windows 7. No more -- I'm happy with my MacBook. We get along well. The feel of the keyboard and the aluminum case and the hinge and all the other physical fit-and-finish stuff is seductive.

But my conclusion won't please anyone: It feels like a wash between my MacBook and my old Windows 7 machine. Nonetheless, I have one thing to be grateful for: When Microsoft finally pulls the plug on Windows 7, and Windows 8 reigns, I'll never be forced to use Metro on the desktop.

This article, "8 cranky complaints about the Mac from an old Windows user," originally appeared at InfoWorld.com. Read more of Eric Knorr's Modernizing IT blog. And for the latest business technology news, follow InfoWorld on Twitter.

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