I will see if I can help out some...
I was a Windows user for years - or rather I was abused by Windows for years. Since switching I am very impressed how my Macbook Pro actually works. It updates when necessary and the updates don't break anything. It found my network printers quickly and never lost them. It always boots up into the OS - for 4 years now. Wow.
But - the printer driver for my Brother HL4070 doesn't let me access all the features that my Windows printer driver did - like the feature that I bought that printer for - to let me print both sides of the paper without having to manually flip the stack of papers. Ditto for my old KM printer.
As much as Apple does annoying things at times (such as only one port on the new MacBook), this is likely not Apple's fault (for the most part). It is likely the printer manufacturer not providing a fully functional printer driver for the Mac. FWIW, this can also happen on Windows when printer manufacturer's decide that they no longer want to support older printers for newer Windows OSs (I had a perfectly good HP inkjet printer that could do 11x17 pages that HP decided not to provide updated drivers for Vista and beyond).
Best you can do is see if you have the latest and greatest driver from the printer manufacturer's website. Beyond that, there might be slight chance for a third party driver, but only a slight. Here is the Brother page for downloading the latest and greatest drivers:http://support.brother.com/g/b/downloadtop.aspx?c=us&lang=en&prod=hl4070cdw_all
If you have not tried that, then give it a try and see if it helps.
If it does work, then the drivers that Apple supplies with the OS (and Update) system did not include that specific driver (which then could potentially be partly Apple's fault).
You can't delete items in Trash individually so I have to check all the items in there before I can delete any. You can't delete items in Finder except by sending them to Trash. There are plenty of times when I'd just like to permanently delete a file from Finder like I could from Windows Explorer. You can use Terminal, but that is very time-consuming. I've found it a lot harder to use/understand Terminal than I did the Command Prompt.
You are correct...in a sense. Older versions of the Mac OS allowed these type of actions. Apparently, the current versions no longer do. If you do a search for a solution to this, then you will undoubtedly find a bunch unhelpful comments along the line of "you are using Trash wrong", etc. I am sure that this is at least partly behind Apple's mentality for removing those functions. This is one of those case where Apple really annoys me by thinking that they know the best way of doing things.
You did find the one way to do it. You can then turn that method into a script and service if you want that would be accessible by way of a right click (yes, the Mac OS does have a right-click if you did not know that...many do not).
Or the other option is to get a third party program. They are many options. Here is a discussion with some options (with plenty of gratuitous "your using Trash wrong" comments):http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20130717073103559
And specifically here is a link to PathFinder (I experimented with it once, but found it was not for me at that time...you can try it for 30 days):http://www.cocoatech.com/pathfinder/
Getting around between windows and applications and within documents is harder. I really miss the ALT + first letter of the command on the menu. I miss ALT +TAB. Having the ALT button hardwired to give you those special characters - such a waste of customizing power. I can't customize Word for Mac like I could my Word for Windows - I miss being able to put my own commands on the shortcut menus.
I just want make sure that you realize that there is an equivalent to the basic AL+TAB function on the Mac...it is Command+TAB. If you already knew about it, I apologize. It is not as sophisticated as Windows' ALT+TAB but does the basic window switching.
For more sophisticated moving around, then you can use Mission Control (assuming you are using one of the Mac OS version with Mission Control). If you find it useful, then there are third party mouse drivers that will allow you to assign some of those commands to extra mouse buttons on a "Windows" mouse. I use SteerMouse (http://plentycom.jp/en/steermouse/
) along with a Logitech G5 mouse along long there lines with my Macs.
My biggest complaint is the Mac's inability to do multisession discs. It is enough of a problem that I'm thinking of getting a windows computer again. [Shudder] I'm about to go to war again against some big bads and I need to do reliable backups frequently of the documents I write or scan into the computer. With Windows I used an external HD plus multisession discs using Nero. You are supposed to use two different types of backup media and HDs can die suddenly at any time. With Nero it was quick and easy to pop in the DVDs and update the changed files and so far my CDs and DVDs are still readable after many years. Those disks saved my life when my new Maxtor [boo Maxtor] HD suddenly died just after I formatted & reinstalled Windows [boo Microsoft]. My Mac won't read my MS discs either.
This is another item that the Mac OS used to do, but no longer does for some stupid reason (probably since Apple no longer includes optical drives in any of the their Macs, they figure that they no longer need to really support more robust burning functions).
So, you can look to third party applications to do it. While I am not 100% sure Toast does it, I would be extremely surprised if it did not.
If you are using Mac OS 10.6 as your signature states, then I believe you can do multisession disc from within Disk Utility.
Another c/o of the Macbook Pro is it only comes w/ a HD screen and the font everywhere is always too small. I spend all my time trying to enlarge fonts and photos and mostly having to squint. I don't watch movies on the mac, so the HD is just a waste.
Apple is definitely not as good as Microsoft in this area, but that is largely a function of how the Mac OS is functionally different than Windows...I believe.
You have two basic options: 1) Switch to a lower screen resolution; or 2) find the various ways to adjust fonts size in the various areas. This might help with the second option:http://superuser.com/questions/253973/how-can-i-change-the-system-font-size-in-os-x
Microsoft is busy borrowing some ideas from Mac. It would be nice if Mac could borrow some from Windows. If Mac did multisession discs they would probably work reliably. I frequently had to troubleshoot my Nero/DVD drive after a security update to get things working again.
A huge part of switching between OSs is learn how best to adapt. Unfortunately, Apple is not as good as "borrowing" good ideas from Windows as Microsoft is at "borrowing" from the Mac OS...as you noted. But they do. For the longest time, you could do copy/cut and paste of files on Windows, but not on the Mac...which would tend to frustrate the crap out of Windows switchers. You can now at least copy things this way.