Aliza Ben-Arie

New York, NY, United States

About Aliza

Bio

I am an undergraduate senior (graduating at the end of May 2013!) at NYU Gallatin, completing a concentration in Media and Israel Studies. I work part-time for Friends of Israel Scouts - Tzofim, and in August I will be starting a graduate program in Jewish Nonprofit Management (NYU Wagner-Skirball).

I'm passionate about

Israel, media studies/analysis, Jewish history, communal responsibility, social media and interactions, technology and computerization, new education, and nonprofit organizational work

Comments & conversations

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Aliza Ben-Arie
Posted about 2 years ago
Mac vs Windows OS: One Size Fits All?
Thank you, Vigi, for your response! Not only because I am happy that you contributed, but also because I could not agree more! The "worldwide mini USB port" situation is hugely frustrating, and goes against a pivotal aspect of the Hacker Ethic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hacker_ethic), that code/technology should be open for everyone to impact/improve it. In short, I use Windows because I like it better, but now that I've gotten more into coding / exploring the computer and interface, I appreciate so much that I can see the back-end of my Windows OS, which is not available for the Mac OS.
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Aliza Ben-Arie
Posted about 2 years ago
Mac vs Windows OS: One Size Fits All?
Thanks for your response! What we're doing here is less scientifically-based and more conversational. I'm just looking to see what people think about the way this works. I definitely don't like design changes either- it throws everything off!
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Aliza Ben-Arie
Posted about 2 years ago
Mac vs Windows OS: One Size Fits All?
Arnie - thanks for responding! Can you expound more on what you mean by intuitiveness in User Interfaces? Why should there naturally/intrinsically be a response that we expect from clicking or double-clicking? I understand that now we expect those actions to bring certain responses, but certainly that was not the case before modern interfaces were introduced, right? What other examples of actions do you think have expected responses? On your second point, I am of the belief that the Windows OS interface actually allows the user to see and change or modify what is happening "under the covers" much more so than the Mac OS, and I think this speaks volumes to the nature of each of these companies, as well. What do you think?
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Aliza Ben-Arie
Posted about 2 years ago
Mac vs Windows OS: One Size Fits All?
Thank you for your thoughtful reply, Lizanne! I am coming from the exact opposite end of the spectrum, so I appreciate being able to hear your perspective. I was brought up in Windows environments, and find the Mac environment to be foreign, strange, and almost hostile. I have a lot of trouble with a few specific aspects, such as right-clicking, and the fact that I can see the desktop behind my PhotoShop files instead of a gray screen (which I find distracting). But moreso, when on a Mac I just feel out of place and awkward, and I am used to feeling comfortable and competent with computers. I have definitely noticed the prejudice you mention as well, but it is interesting because as a Windows user, I have always thought of the prejudice as coming from the Mac end. "Why can't Mac allow their files to be easily opened and read by Windows users?" I always thought. I think this is because I 'came of age' (so to speak) in the computer environment as Mac was getting its edge and all of my friends had Mac computers except for myself. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! This was definitely insightful for me, and I hope for you as well.