Scrolling with the Times

It has taken me a long while to upgrade to OS X Lion. There are many reasons for this, among which were the purported incompatibility of Office 2011 with some Lion features, as well as my lingering fears of essentially wiping out much of my computer’s data during the upgrade process. In the end the update, even though it was not without hiccups, went through relatively smoothly, and now I am one happy Lion camper.

With this edition of OS X Apple has really been trying to synchronize the look and feel between OS X and iOS. The most obvious push in that direction, and the one that users are most likely to notice on a daily basis, is the introduction of “natural scrolling.” Apple is trying to make the feel of scrolling through the web pages on your Mac resemble that of doing the same on an iPad or an iPhone. However, after years of using a particular way of scrolling I felt that there was nothing natural to “natural scrolling.”

After a few months, though, I’ve gotten used to scrolling the natural way. It has become as intuitive as the “traditional” scrolling, and these days I don’t even notice it. Except, that is, when I need to use a Windows computer or an older Mac. There is nothing that can be done about the older Macs, as their update cycles have ceased long time ago, but it is possible that Windows 8 might include some “natural scrolling” options. After all, that version of Redmond’s OS is also supposed to replicate some of the look and feel of Windows phones, so it would not be a long stretch to surmise that they too may opt for the more “natural” look.


Bojan Tunguz

Bojan Tunguz was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which he and his family fled during the civil war for the neighboring Croatia. Over the past two decades he has studied, lived and worked in the United States. He is a theoretical physicist with degrees from Stanford and University of Illinois. Tunguz has taught physics at several prominent liberal arts colleges and has been writing about physics, science and technology for more than a decade. He also has a wide spectrum of interests, and reads and writes about current events, society, culture, religion and politics. Over the years he has reviewed many of the books that he has read, and posted his reviews on various online outlets. In 2011 he had become a top 10 reviewer on, where he continues to be very active. Aside from reading and writing, Tunguz enjoys traveling, digital photography, hiking, and fitness. He resides with his wife in Indiana. You can follow my review updates on the following pages as well: Facebook: Twitter: Google+:

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