Lion's FileVault is full-disk encryption and operates at the file-system level. This means that every program sees your encrypted file system as just ordinary files, while HFS+ is transparently encrypting and decrypting on every read and write from the hardware. This makes full disk encryption so simple and problem-free that I recommend everybody turn it on, immediately.
Ars has more information on how this all works (http://arstechnica.com/apple/reviews/2011/07/mac-os-x-10-7.a...).
You can also encrypt secondary disks on the command line. It all runs silently in the background until encryption is done.
There is a 20-30% disk performance hit (that I haven't noticed, on an SSD): http://www.anandtech.com/show/4485/back-to-the-mac-os-x-107-...
defaults write com.apple.dock workspaces-swoosh-animation-off -bool YES && killall Dock
As far as I see it Windows requires getting Notepad++ and Mac requires getting something like Text Wrangler.
There is also the problem where if MS somehow integrate those features into Windows, even then they'll get flack for it for not being "good enough," so we still arrive at the original question.
I had a MS usability researcher (actually a whole team) come on site and during my interview tell me he will be "triaging my usage" of one of their popular non-technical applications. To which I gave him a blank stare, and said "you want to know how I use it?" Sort of reminded me of Feynnman asking the NASA engineers if by "pressure induced harmonic oscillation" they meant a "whistle" during the Challenger investigation -- albeit NASA engineers are allowed to be out of touch. ;-)
No, I bet if it could do all this things, it would get more lawsuits and BS. It's all about Steve Jobs famous distortion field.
Disclaimer: proud mac owner.
Oh, Americans and their blinkered worldviews.
Perhaps details of the aesthetics, but not the details of what's actually happening (i.e. the technical details).
Having said that, I set up an Apple Time Capsule today expecting it to be painful. The hardest thing was remembering my router password to turn the wireless off. I think that's probably a better reason why they get such press - that the user experience is more important than the features.
In fact there's a relevant Steve Jobs quote: "... That's not what we think design is. It's not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."
I also have a Windows box, and I wouldn't mind a similar SE about Win7 niceties, and of course Win7 having such niceties...
That made me smile...
Another thing is UI update as a whole. Aqua has been outdated for quite a while. Now all objects look and feel more real.
Also I'm enjoying the new windows' subtle lighting and texture, they look like anodized aluminum.
But the top feature on my list are the new APIs, of course.
For instance, it will only appear by default on the displays you have on the desktop you're using, and it shows the background of that desktop in its mini-rendition even if you try to switch desktops. It can also sometimes show the wrong background in the preferences pane even after you've changed it. So although it does work, it hardly gives the user confidence.
The most reliable method seems to be to use the Finder's "Change Desktop Background..." contextual menu from the desired desktop, to force System Preferences to open in the right state.
"When you do things right, no one will notice you've done anything at all"
ü < crude attempt at a smiley face ;)
I'm very glad that people pay attention to the details. It makes the extra hours of polish worth it. And why shouldn't it? The product you are buying SHOULD have that amount of care.
When that happens I really don't care about the amount of polish the window manager has.