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TIP: Startup Mode Diagrams
#58479 04/04/21 04:13 PM
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I just came across these charts of boot options for Intel Macs and M1 Macs you might want to include in your personal "Knowledge Base".



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joemikeb #58532 04/19/21 03:30 AM
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Many thanks for those links!

Apple's related support pages aren't nearly as easy to follow, and considering their interface guidelines, they've long been seriously remiss in not posting them as diagrams.


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artie505 #58536 04/19/21 05:42 PM
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It all depends on how your mind works. Graphically or textually. Left brain or right. Software developers tend to be predominantly left brain oriented so it is not surprising Apple's documentation is textually dominant. Those diagrams come from Apple users on a graphics oriented web site which implies a far more right brain orientation.



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joemikeb #58538 04/20/21 08:25 AM
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Originally Posted by joemikeb
It all depends on how your mind works. Graphically or textually. Left brain or right. Software developers tend to be predominantly left brain oriented so it is not surprising Apple's documentation is textually dominant. Those diagrams come from Apple users on a graphics oriented web site which implies a far more right brain orientation.
Abstractly, that makes sense, but as a real life situation, I can't think of a single instance in which a procedure that involves options and is presented as a graphic would be more clear as text.

The idea of Apple's Human Interface Guidelines - although this instance may be considered outside of their purview - should be to coddle Mac users, not Mac developers.


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artie505 #58539 04/20/21 01:44 PM
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A observation my Operations Research professor made comes to mind,
Originally Posted by Klaus' Observation
The intersection of those who can write good English and those who can write good code is infinitesimally small
In all my years of experience I have yet to find anyone who could even remotely challenge that remark. Similar to McGillicudy's (SP?) corollary to Murphy's law I would add my corollary to Klaus' Observation
Originally Posted by joemikeb
If you don't coddle the developer's way of thinking the result is unmaintainable elephant dung.

NOTE: Klaus' Observation is why software developers often hire platoons of English Literature majors to write the user documentation. The problem is the English Lit majors don't fully understand the software (or the software developers) and by the time they have learned enough to understand they have too often begun thinking like the software developers. 🤯



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