OK, I can hide the other applications but, really, I've asked this one to Maximize itself, because I want to look at this one, not admire the way that the Mac can show multiple windows simultaneously. Or does it really know better than me? When using Macoffice, zooming the document to 150%, maximize doesn't maximize the window to show the entire document width, so I have to do it manually. Perhaps years of using an inferior desktop system have conditioned me to expect the green pastille to be a maximize button, but actually it's the far superior "sort of vaguely put the window um, somewhere or other" button.
Now, apparently the Mac menu bar is easier to use than the Windows one, because it is "a mile high" - you just slam the mouse to the top of the screen and you can select the menu. No need to precisely target as with Win32. But why are the windows not a mile wide too? I seem to have picked up the habit of clicking on the left-hand edge of maximized windows to activate them: annoyingly, in OSX the left hand edge doesn't extend to the left of the screen, so I end up opening the Finder. Hello? If I'd wanted to open the Finder, I'd have done so using the Apple Menu, the Dock, Command-Tab, or the lovely Exposé. What is this 'feature' supposed to accomplish beyond raising my blood pressure?