Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Turn your PC into a Mac

A relatively old article but, having decided that I really like the the SaferFox scheme (an OS X makeover for Firefox) I thought I should have a look at giving XP a complete OS X makeover.

10 comments:

mmChronic said...

So you're impressed by OS Xs' flashy graphical look but not by it's functionality. Now where have I heard that before? ;)

It's funny how the Mac zealots claim XP stole the Mac look - yet I think it looks more like an Amiga circa 1998 with NewIcons, MUI and the docking gizmo whose name escapes me now. Ho hum.

Dogs said...

Did you see that 3 PC vendors are talking to Steve jobs about using OS X

mmChronic said...

Or that a Mac cum PS3 is due next week. Probably.

Any more far fetched Mac rumours to feed our Dogs? ;)

It's all explained here.

Dogs said...

Yuck yuck. Excellent find.
Getting back to miggy docking gizmo I tried this and it's very nice. In a sad, I've got too much spare time and therefore I'll waste it poncing about with my desktop in a mac stylee.
Next I'm going to remove my right mouse button.

But if there's anything worse than a PC pretending it's a mac...
it's OS X emulating Windows

mmChronic said...

The Pro version looks like it could be useful but I'll stay with my cluttered desktop. That's dangerously close to being organised.

mmChronic said...

Oh you can delete your deleted comments for good now - when you click on the delete icon make sure you check 'delete forever' and then it doesn't leave that stupid message anymore.

Dogs said...

Did I mention that the dock has a really cool zooming effect when your mouse moves over an icon...he he I'm getting that old miggy customisation feeling. Before you know it my desktop's going to look like a whore's boudoir.

mmChronic said...

When I install XP I turn on 'Classic' and leave it. I sometimes have a wallpaper on at work but that's it.

You might as well go and tie a pretty ribbon and some lacy bits around a Black and Decker Workbench. ;)

Dogs said...

Ah well...under normal circumstances I install XP, go to Services and disable Themes. Cuts all the crap and you get a standard Windows 2000 look and no wasted resources. However, there is a reason for my recent theme enthusiasm... I've just bought a 19" LCD panel and my desktop is now running at 1280*1024 - the panel's native resolution and anything lower looks terrbile due to sh!te interpolation.
Anyway, everything is a bit too small at that res and I can either force large icons and fonts, which are readable but look sh!te, or have a bit play with all this theme/skinning/icon/dock malarkey.

Anyway, not sure about my new purchase so I'd advise anyone else to consider whether they're happy to run at 1280*1024. And if you want to play the latest 3d games at that res then your graphics card better be new and expensive. Fortunately mine is reassuringly so ;) but if I was willing to give up half my desk to a 19" CRT then I wouldn't hesitate to get one instead of an LCD. :(

mmChronic said...

You make it sound like the step up to 1280 is a big thing!

I've been running desktops at a minimum of 1280 for years - my laptop is a 1280 native res and I can read all the icons np.

My work desktop is 1600*1200 and I can read stuff on that too.

Maybe I should turn themes off altogether - as you say wasted resources etc but at least with the classic theme you don't get swamped in shite, cutesy graphics.