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Can I somehow see the answer I gave to a deleted question from someone else?

I know this seems like a duplicate of Show all of my question/answers to me even if they are deleted or Is there a way to see my deleted answers?, but it is slightly different and not quite covered as far as I can see. It is not my question or my answer that was deleted; instead the original question (posted by another user) was deleted, dragging my answer with it into the trash bin.

The reason I'd like to see my answer (this is the original link) is that I put quite some time in wording and finetuning it, and I am interested in using it for something else, even though it might not fit on stackexchange.

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Here you go (this is the full text dump). I used this trick here:

After switching to Mac about 3 years ago (partly, still using Windows 7 at work), things I still miss in OSX :

* I generally find **Window management** better in Windows:

  * you can't resize on all sides — (although is natively possible since  OS X Lion)
  * there's no build-in Aero Snap-like feature (I am using [Cinch]( and [SizeUp]( as replacement)
  * the result of clicking the green zoom/maximize button is not very consistent across applications (this is acknowledged by many Apple users, see e.g [here]( . I stopped using it, in favor of just manual resizing or the two earlier mentioned tools.

* **No good overall keyboard shortcut support** (although some people claim differently). On Windows you can literally do everything without using a mouse, I have yet to find something that isn't accessible via the keyboard. For example, the right-click menu in Windows is (almost) system-wide available via <kbd>shift</kbd>-<kbd>F10</kbd>; each window has a context menu that is accessible via <kbd>alt</kbd>-<kbd>space</kbd>, ... <br>On Mac, shortcut assignment miss consistency and is not complete (see e.g this answer to a shortcut question: You can define custom shortcuts, but it's kind of awkward and you can't use them on other systems you occasionally use.

* **Native Microsoft Office**. Although I found Office 2011 for Mac a big improvement over the previous versions, but it is still not the experience like on Windows. <br>(On a sidenote, and related to my previous point, I was happy to notice the Office for Mac team went through the trouble of implementing shift-F10 in Office Word, you'll notice that the pop-up menu doesn't look native)

* **Folder browsing using the Finder**. Although finder has three or four different layouts, none of them really fits me. I especially miss the folder tree; and some small things like double-clicking a folder divider to make it auto-size.<br> There are some alternatives like [PathFinder]( (not free) etc, but after trying them for some them I dropped them because it still does not completely feel right.

* If you're not into **iTunes** for managing your music, there really isn't a good alternative on OSX. I dislike iTunes because it doesn't really play 100% well with putting music on a shared network drive (NAS), it does not really has a playlist view (you have iTunes DJ view but it is sort of different). You might want to look at e.g. [this roundup of alternatives]( I've considered [aTunes]( (use it on windows) and [Amarok]( (use it on Ubuntu) before, but I did switch back to iTunes eventually.

* the **OSX 'religion'** you have to deal with, i.e. Microsoft/Windows online community support feels less biased and has less the tendency of 'let-me-convince-you' (see e.g. the multiple no-virus comments in another answer).

* **No *date-deleted* column in Trash**. So, if you don't regularly clean your trash, it is almost impossible to find recently (e.g. accidental) deleted files.

Things that are awkward first, but were no problem for me after a while:

*  Applications remain open after closing the last window. I even started to like it, because these applications launch faster
* using <kbd>cmd</kbd> instead of <kbd>ctrl</kbd>. Just a matter of getting used to
* Installing applications by drag and drop. The first application I installed was Firefox, and I couldn't for the life of me figure out what the image (depicting the firefox logo pointing with an arrow to an A-icon) was trying to say me, or how to install it. Had to call a friend to ask what to do :-)<br>Also, sometimes application downloads come onion-like with several layers to unpack before getting to the application itself (e.g. you download a zip or tar file, which contains a dmg, which contains the actual application)
* <kbd>alt</kbd>-<kbd>tab</kbd> switching through windows. The problem is that this shortcut only cycles through *applications*, not windows. After fighting this for some months, the solution for me was using [Exposé]( instead.

On the other side, native things from OSX I've come to miss greatly on Windows 7:

* Exposé
* quick system updates
* no worries about viruses
* drag-and-drop installation (after you get used to it)
* using spotlight to do quick calculations
* much less general annoying software update popups (Java, Adobe Acrobat, this, that, ...)
* Time-machine, which really is a painless and worry free backup solution.
* OSX has much less tendency to build up cruft and slow down over time. Whereas I re-installed a fresh copy of Windows every year or so, my first fresh re-install was after 2.5 years when I upgraded to Snow Leopard
* the fact that you can rename files when they are in use
* [not really OSX, but the reason I bought an iMac] the very compact and almost cable-less design of the iMac
* completely subjective: it looks better

If my iMac breaks down, would I buy a new one, or switch back to Windows? I haven't made my mind up on that one. Hopefully by then Ubuntu will have matured enough, so I might go with that one.
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Neat trick ! A shame we need a trick for this, though. – Rabarberski May 24 '13 at 8:21
@Rabarberski: Currently, it is status-bydesign (hopefully it stays that way). Otherwise, we have to rely on 10k rep (or equivalent on beta sites) people on that site to retrieve the content. – nhahtdh May 24 '13 at 8:23

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