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Here Kitty Kitty… Installed OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion

Published July 26, 2012 - 0 Comments

When I bought my iMac almost 2 years ago, it came with OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard installed.  It was my first taste of Apple’s operating system, and I was lost pretty well from the start.  Eventually I started to figure things out… just in time for them to come out with OSX 10.7 Lion.  Well it’s the time of year again… another big cat release from Apple, this time OSX 10.8 otherwise known as Mountain Lion.

I have to say that I’m a huge fan of Apple’s release structure… $20 for an incremental release, unlike Microsoft’s $400 Windows releases every few years?  And you simply download it through the App Store?  Sweet!  (The App Store, btw, is brilliant… once you have an app purchased, it’s yours forever and you can re-download it from the cloud if anything ever happens to your copy)

I can’t tell you how long it took to download and install Mountain Lion.  I started the download on my lunch break, and it was completed by the time I got home.  The installation portion says that it takes 30 mins.  I didn’t time it, but it seemed longer than that.  Maybe it was just the anticipation that made it feel longer than it was.

I was a little worried when my iMac rebooted and showed the old Lion background.  I actually had to go find the system properties to see whether I was running the new OS.  I was, but I guess that I had expected it to change my background… which sitting here thinking about it now, doesn’t make much sense… but it was still an irrational fear at the time.

So how does it work?

It’s fast.  Noticeably faster than Lion.  My iMac only has 4 GB of RAM, and things seemed a little pokey under Lion.  Not anymore!  I’m still looking to upgrade the memory, but right now I’m enjoying the boost of speed courtesy of the new OS.

Mountain Lion syncs with iOS devices, so now my messages and notifications appear on my iPhone / iPad as well as my iMac… and soon to be Mac Air…  I love being able to pick up any device and get the same experience, no matter which one I’m using.  It would be nice if I could play my iOS games on the iMac, but I’m sure that’s coming in another release someday.

I’m still finding little things as I play with it, and it will take some time before I can really say that it’s awesome… but even considering the speed increase and integrated messaging, I’d say those 2 features alone make it worth the $20.

Is Windows Still Relevant?

Published January 29, 2011 - 5 Comments

I’ve been Microsoft Windows-free in my house for almost 3 months now, and I can’t say that I’ve really missed it at all!  My main machine is the iMac in the office.  For my portable computing needs, the Dell Inspiron that I loaded with Ubuntu works amazingly well.  I’m not a Linux geek, but they’ve pretty much brought it to the point where you can install Linux and not even realize that it’s not Windows.  You can also argue that my third computer is the iPhone, and I don’t think you’d be wrong.  It’s a very capable replacement for my laptop when I’m on the go.

So if I’ve managed to break away from the Microsoft Windows trap, and feel no particular need to ever go back… it begs the question that many have asked before me.  Is Windows still relevant?  

I used to think so… now, I’m not so sure…

Welcome to the First Day of the Rest of Your Life

Published July 10, 2010 - 1 Comment

So today was back to work day…  Gotta love that.  A nice Saturday shift to try to ease back into things.  Saturdays are generally slow, right?  Not today!  Today we were short-staffed (which probably can’t be called “short” anymore, since it seems to be the norm nowadays) which just meant trying to do more with less.  I think that Microsoft used that slogan once with one of their software releases.  It seems to have caught on.

But it wasn’t all craziness, and in between the bouts of trying to put out fires I discovered that I can limit who can read the blog.  Sure, I could always make it a private affair, but that’s not what I want.  I’d like it to be open… but there are certain situations where limiting who can read it might be something to consider.  I’m still working through the thought process on how best to implement this.

It’s extremely quiet in the house now.  The kids are back with their mother.  The roomie is at work.  There’s not even any music playing, and that’s very unusual.  I’m getting caught up on dishes and laundry.  The place looks like 2 small tornadoes went through, leaving a general disaster zone in their wake.   It’s going to be a few days before everything is put back in its place…

I think that I’m going to try to go to the drive-in tomorrow night.  It’s my night to stay up, and I usually try to get to the drive-in at least once per summer.  The quality isn’t quite as good, but it’s all about the experience.  I would have enjoyed taking the kids to the drive-in while they were here, but there really wasn’t anything playing during that weekend that was appropriate for them.  It’s still fairly early in the season, though… so hopefully there will be time to get back again.  But it all depends on the weather, of course… and right now, it’s looking a little iffy.  But we’ll see.

That’s pretty much the extent of my random babble for this evening.  I hope that everyone is enjoying their weekend, wherever you are.

Thanks for reading.