As long as you like Steve’s choice (and his legacy), OS X and iOS are great—those few choices were made by experts who devoted substantial effort in making a good UI.
I hate customizations, since I am always moving from machine to machine, so this fits my lifestyle very well. Those examples posted by sweat209 make my brain hurt.
But I can understand how someone who really wants to make it their own can feel constrained.
So why is it they could do it in the 90’s and now they cannot? Windows 98 had themes they even had a Plus thing you can buy with more themes .If they can’t support basic themes like this must be very lazy companies today.
If you say these are themes to Linux lover they would lough at you.These are basic themes nothing more very basic.That’s give me some GUI changes!!
The future is we are to tell computers what to do!! Not learn how to work with computers.If I tell computer to crawl , jump ,make a bigger start button and flash yellow with green sparklers when I put my mouse cursor by it.The computer better do it.
If programming is not evolving complexity and around user commands and customization and user adoption. I don’t want to be apart of that future at all.
Why are going back in time!! Why was the 90’s more futuristic? Are programmers very lazy today?
Among other things, we still use it at work. If I temporarily move to a new computer that’s still running XP, I have to set the individual user preferences. Plus, until I got my new MacBook Pro the old one wouldn’t really support running anything newer than XP (well, maybe Vista) in Boot Camp.
TimeWinder, while all of that is very nice, it’s not really what I was thinking about. I don’t think wanting something like the XP Standard vs Windows Classic option is that unreasonable.
It does not necessarily follow that the ability to change any UI element in any way on a machine is better.
It’s quite a challenge to help my mom with issues she has with her iPad or with her iMac, over the phone (even after walking her through getting desktop sharing going). I can’t imagine how it would be if she were using Win8 on a desktop and using an Android tablet.
Happily we still have alternative operating systems to go to if Apple’s “any color you want as long as it’s black, or at least a discrete shade of grey” approach is insufficient.
I did. I hate the sidebar being totally gone, not even an option. WTF?
And then, once you find the little tiny icon of the phone or pad or whatever, THEN you get the sidebar. Or if I click “Playlists” it shows my phone and my playlists, but not the rest of the library. Yeaaaaah, that’s way better than it was before, Apple. Thank Bob that y’all are on top of this situation and providing such elegant solutions to such non-existent problems; the world would likely collapse without the wisdom evidenced here.
A better question why did people in the 90’s have different themes and appearances?
And now people what it to look business like?
Why do we have screensavers and wallpaper? That just go all business like no appearances to how person may like it. Only one wallpaper and one screensaver.Why give us option for different screensavers and wallpaper.
Back in windows 98 days every month or so I use to put new theme on has I get tired it looking the same all the time.
It didn’t seem to me that a lot of people customized their Windows experience. I sure as hell didn’t, and it was rare for me to see the average user do so. I just ran the straight outta-the-box Windows XP and it looked all fine and dandy to me. Windows Classic was fine, too, but I thought XP was pretty, as well.
Anyhow, I installed it on one of my Macs, and it looks fine to me so far. I haven’t noticed any major changes, except that it’s even flatter that before, which is fine by me, as I’ve never been a big fan of I guess what they call skeuomorphism. Everything looks nice and clean, just the way I like it.
Look in the upper-right corner - there’s a little drop-down menu. Click on that and select “Artists”. That will create an alphabetical list of artists in a left-hand sidebar, and clicking an artist will show you that artist’s albums in the main window. That set everything to exactly the way I had it in the previous version.
One change I really love is that, when I use the keyboard to adjust my volume, it no longer makes that annoying “poik-poik-poik” sound.
It’s okay on my mini and I don’t mind the look of it, but I SO wish I hadn’t put it on my MacBook (which probably just doesn’t have enough memory to run the thing). It takes forever to simply launch a browser and just about everything else I use is either super sluggish or just plain broken.
For many people (like my mom), something as simple as changing the screen colors can have a serious impact on their ability to use the machine. In her case, she knows the “thin path” to get to what she needs to do, and any deviation such as funky colors doesn’t help.
I think lot of the problem with elderly people is they need some one to sit down with them and explain how it works and need practice with it everyday.After you do it every day and understand the logic behind it makes sense.
There are also free computers coursess for elderly people and computer novices one can take.I would recommend it for your mom if you don’t have time to teach her.
The concepts of directory ,sub-directory and drives are beyond person grasp.
We should not be dumbing down computers what is next in 50 years from now you will have to talk to a computer like in star trek.:(:mad: Computer launch MS office and computer now save MS office and close program.
I agree the default should be more the same and professional.Like in computer store , in public library computer.
If I was Boss of company I would want it more professional , a company wallpaper logo a company screensaver logo.No installing programs ,no messing around with themes and mods and appearance. No going into file manager or control panel.
If you bring your own laptop to work I don’t care what you do with it.