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3.1. The Dock

In the old days, the optimists saw the doughnut, and the pessimists saw the hole.

If you're a Mac fan, the debate doesn't concern the doughnut so much as the Dock. This strip of icons at the bottom of the Mac OS X desktop combines the functions of what Mac fans once knew as the Application menu, menu, Launcher, Control Strip, and pop-up windows—all in a single new onscreen gadget. (If you're a former Windows user, the Dock is less of a shock, because some of its functions resemble the Windows taskbar.)


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