OS X Mouse Pointers as a Metaphor
Why in the world would this topic be worthy of a blog post? Because the issue of mouse pointer icons in OS X is indicative to me of the whole Windows / OS X schism.
So here’s the deal: You can’t change your mouse pointer icons in OS X. Seriously. While looking for how to do this simple thing that was available as a UI feature in Widows 3.1, I ran across the following post in a news group.
I have not seen any programs that will change your pointer in OS X. This took a little getting used to when I first switch from the windows world to Mac. Now when I find some unusual pointer on a windows computer I cringe. I have grown to love the Mac’s mouse pointer.
Are you kidding me? Here’s how I interpret this post: Since I can’t do it in OS X, and Microsoft is the devil, you shouldn’t really want to do it.
It turns out there is actually a nice piece of shareware out there that supports this functionality, but it is not built into OS X. If you want to change your LAME mouse pointer icon you can use this software:
I am running across this attitude of elitism more and more as I have spent the last week living primarily in OS X and learning to use it. Frankly, I love the user experience of windowing and desktop navigation in OS X, but that’s about it, really. Apple tries so hard to hide so much from you that I find it difficult to manage some basic tasks, like changing mouse pointer cursors, or navigating the file system through Finder.
Admittedly, this failure to grok on my part may simply be a lack of time spent in the OS, but with my new copy of Leopard on track to deliver tomorrow and the ability to dual boot into Vista 64 only 36 hours away, I think my OS X diversion may be short lived.
Frankly, I don’t want to have to treat a local web server as unintegrated add-on. I want to be able to change my mouse pointer icons without freeware. I want a free WYSIWYG offline blogging client (Windows Live Writer is the bomb). I want MS Office (did I just say that?). I want Visual Studio. I want a free virtualization solution (Virtual OC). I want baked in remoting capability.
Simply put, I just want Windows. It’s amazing what you get out of the box and I am excited to get back to it.