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by Chris — Mar 21
Timothy: Tog on Interface is a classic. I'm surprised to learn it's in print -- I thought it had gone out a while back, and was slightly sad at the time.

This 'straight PC ports suck' thing used to be common knowledge. Guy Kawasaki talks about it in his circa 1991 'The Macintosh Way.'

Real Mac software, the software you come to the platform to use, has always been designed specifically for the Mac, using Mac conventions and Mac culture. This was as true in 1986 (when the alternative was frequently a bad DOS port, like Microsoft Basic) as it is today, even though both Windows and Macintosh have evolved.

Linux and Windows users tend to be more tolerant, probably because they're used to lower standards. This situation is improving on Linux. I haven't tried Vista yet, but I can tell you that it's not going to fix 20 years of bad third-party software UI.
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