Exclusive Video: Psystar in the Wild

Click to viewIt's alive. Reader Patrick (Whiskeyfrown) is lucky enough to be using one of the few Psystar Open Computing machines that have made it into the wild, and he was generous enough to make a video showing the machine (including the connections in the back to the monitor to show that it's legit). The thing boots up and runs pretty damn fast, says Patrick, but Software Update won't recognize it so you won't be able to patch. System Profiler thinks that it's a Mac Pro. More images coming soon. [Thanks Patrick!]

Update: Photos here!. We find out what's in the package.

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No, you won't get flamed by the fanboys (at least, not sane ones) because you're talking about your own experiences, and making some legitimate complaints, unlike some people around here who's likely never even owned a Mac. With that said:

"There's many other small little things just like that, that really add up to a frustrating user experience"

A lot of your complaints stem not from the immaturity of the OS —- believe me, OSX is frikkin' mature; it's basically been in production, at least at its core, since the early nineties... it was called NeXT back then —- but from the differences in approaches between the two OSes (meaning OSX and Windows). E.g., in Windows, each window is treated as a process you can Alt + Tab to. Some people find that useful. Longtime Mac users like myself find it fucking annoying as hell, not to mention the clutter of windows that get placed in the task bar, especially when, on my Mac, I'm used to having 20-30 apps running concurrently. But I won't call the window behavior on Windows "immature." Just that it doesn't fit my workflow.

Such differences in OS design philosophy dictates, to some degree, how you interact with your OS. If you intend to construct a long term relationship with the OS, I suggest that you not try to replicate the Windows environment and workflow through freeware/shareware addons, but try to adjust your workflow to one that fits the OSX design and philosophy.

For example, don't minimize windows, keep them out, maximize Spaces, use Exposé to navigate to individual windows, use Spotlight to launch apps, etc.