Yes - nice parallel, LIon as Apple's Vista
Ok - can argue about the 'finer points', but ...
The Big Thing™ about Apple, and its Total Approach to Tech (and everything), especially when compared to Microsoft (and going back 30 years)
At least until Lion, and somewhat previously with 10.5 and 10.6 (in some regards) ...
Apple always followed this Major Rule ...
"If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it"
Yes - the 'Scroll Direction' is a damn fine example. Ok, if really want to change it (or 'fix it'), no problem, but make it something that's a 'option' - don't change it to the other direction (by default) and FORCE US to have to go to Prefs to change it back to 'normal'.
Another 'Lion Growler' (for me) - trying to select files/folders in Finder using the 'mouse/cursor' in combo with 'command/select'. Leopard (and before) just 'cmd/click/drag' and then do 'whatever'. But with Lion, that 'whatever' is all over the map.
Another example (for me) - going back to 10.5 (and think was 'fixed' some by 10.6) - "Finder Search Results Ordered by Size". Was around since System 7 (or sooner?), had no problem making the transition to OSX, and even hung around until 10.4. But 'someone' got to 'experimenting' and 'poof, it was gone' (yes, could 'hack' into 'Terminal' and get it back - what I, and many others, did do, but why should WE have to 'fix' it? IT WASN'T BROKEN). But, well well - then a 'Miracle' - it came back in 10.6, go figure.
Granted - the Finder is, apparently, archaic and outdated and about to become history (apparently)
AND is very difficult (perhaps impossible?) to 'design/implement' the Finder (in conjunction with the New Era of iOS) as the Multi-Dimensional Relational Database that it represents (imagine 'Finder Cover Flow' in all its glory trying to graphically display - and logically order - EVERYTHING, including File Type and Size?)
So - to be fair - yea, Apple is faced with a 'dilemma' of sorts - trying to keep the old, and bring in the new. So far they have done a MUCH better job at that than Microsoft (least Apple didn't have a piece of chit to start with).
But Please Apple - don't get lazy, don't go Redmond on us.
Yes - the unwashed masses across the Global Village don't care about the Finder, and all the little things possible with it - they just want to 'find' something and Get 'er Done™
But Please Apple - find ways to do both.
And don't make US the ones to have to go 'retro' in the process of going 'forward'
Along with that famous Rule - "If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it"
Is another famous Rule, and one Apple has ALWAYS aimed at (and Microsoft doesn't even seem to know this 'target' exists)
"If the computer is that damn smart, let it figure it out - don't make us do the work for it"
Can only hope all the future 'Kitty Cats' are smart enough to 'figure things out' on their own.