Mike Becky

Tag Archive for ‘Mac OS X’

Snow Leopardise to Not Compromise ➝

Riccardo Mori:

I’m still using a fair amount of vintage PowerPC Macs and older iOS devices on a daily basis. I’m writing this on a 17-inch PowerBook G4 from 2003/2004, running Mac OS X 10.5.8 Leopard. I also use other Macs running Tiger (10.4) and even Panther (10.3). I’ve been using these Macs and these versions of Mac OS X constantly for years — and in the case of an iBook G3 and the 12-inch PowerBook G4, since their introduction, April 2005 for Tiger, October 2007 for Leopard. While I indeed encountered a few annoying bugs when Tiger and Leopard were in active development, I remember how the most egregious usually disappeared after a minor OS X release (I even remember resolving an issue on one of my Macs by downloading a Combo Update and reinstalling).

Whether small or a bit more serious, the bugs, then, felt like something transient passing through an otherwise rock-solid environment. In my 10+ years of using these PowerPC Macs running Tiger and Leopard, I’ve never encountered new issues or noticed things I didn’t before, and I’ve had plenty of time to become ‘hyper-sensitive’ to how they work. Sure, the PowerPC platform isn’t in active development anymore, and I’m speaking of machines and systems that are basically crystallised in their most mature state. But still, in all these years of use, with all the first-party and third-party software I’ve thrown at them, I should have been able to encounter bugs I’d previously missed, or trigger unexpected behaviours.

It’s hard for me to speak about the buggy-ness of Apple’s software these days — I just don’t experience the sheer number of irritating, daily annoyances that others seem to. But I can say without hesitation that Apple’s software during the days of Tiger and Leopard was rock solid.

The End of Ten ➝

Jason Snell proposes Apple remove the “ten” from OS X and simply call it “Mac OS.” I agree, it’s time to move on. It’ll be fifteen years of OS X next year and I think Apple should take the leap and rename their desktop operating system to something a little more elegant. It would also be nice if Apple avoided the confusing OS X, iOS 10 situation that’s likely to take place next year if they don’t make the change soon.

Battery Life with OS X Mavericks ➝

Juli Clover points to John Siracusa’s review of OS X Mavericks in which John was able to get over 15 hours of battery life on a 13-inch MacBook Air running a light web browsing script. I installed Mavericks on my 2011 11-inch MacBook Air earlier today and the battery life does feel quite a bit better than it did with Mountain Lion. I love when Apple releases new software and all of my old hardware feels new again.

OS X Mavericks ➝

iBooks, Maps, iCloud Keychain, and more. Looks like it’s going to be a great release. I can’t wait to get my hands on it this fall.

Natural Scrolling ➝

Wonderful analysis of Natural Scrolling by J. Eddie Smith:

In iOS, we typically find new information at the top of ticker tapes. Any app that makes use of “pull to refresh” behaves this way.

On a desktop, we normally find new information at the bottom. For example you would scroll down to advance a PDF, word processing document, or email.

In both cases, down resulted in new. With natural scrolling, even though it’s physically equivalent to the behavior in iOS, down now results in old.

OS X Lion on the Mac App Store ➝

A little late to the party, I know. But if you haven’t upgraded to OS X Lion yet, doing so through this link will give me a small kickback and help support this site.

It’s funny, I keep seeing all of these OS X Lion reviews and none of them are from the perspective of a Windows or Linux user. To me, the only people who even care about a review of Lion are people who aren’t already using OS X. Those who do use OS X are going to upgrade at some point whether the reviews they read are positive or negative.

In my opinion, doing a review from the perspective of an OS X user that is any less than John Siracusa’s is just a waste of time. You’re better off just linking to his and spending that time to come up with interesting ideas to write about.

John Siracusa Reviews Mac OS X Lion ➝

The only Lion review you need to read.

List of Macs that support AirDrop ➝

The full list is located under the AirDrop heading on Apple’s Technical Specifications page for OS X Lion.

AirDrop is one of the few new features that I actually expect to use in Lion and my current main computer (2008 iMac) doesn’t support it. Luckily the two new Macs that I plan to use AirDrop on should be delivered sometime next week.