Category Archives: macintosh

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: So soon, Apple?

Didn’t see that coming so quickly. There’s no talk of under-the-hood changes, just new apps. I wonder if it’s really worth a full point upgrade?

Looks like it’s up for a lot of criticism about the “iOS-ification” of the Mac and the fact that Reminders and Notes are pretty lightweight tools. The Messages app looks like a no-brainer (I wondered why this wasn’t in Lion) but the UI is pretty damned bad. Who wants a message app that takes up that much space?

Apple is really going to ramp up the conspiracy theories with this new Gatekeeper thing.

I like that sw updates are now through the App Store (though I’m sure IT won’t like that), it makes sense to combine the two update methods.

AirPlay mirroring will be nice and I get the sense that the other shoe waiting to drop is a new AppleTV box or screen.

Share panel and integrated Twitter? Nice, but not necessary.

Safari with a combined location/search bar? Yes, please.

Link: Apple OS X 10.8 Developer Preview

My new toy

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My MacBook Pro arrived today and it’s a damned fine machine. The system runs great and boots fast. The screen is gorgeous and the new MagSafe power connector works as advertised.

What I need now are Intel versions of ecto, Apple Remote Desktop, Firefox, and of course, NetNewsWire. Brent, hook me up, man!

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Intel iMac boot disk screen

Intel iMac option-boot

Got our first Intel iMac today for testing. I fixed it up the way we like it and imaged the drive to a FireWire disk. When I option-booted to get to the startup disk selection screen (usually in OpenFirmware), I was greeted with this very slick new selection UI. It’s fully keyboard-navigable. Booting from FireWire is a bit slower than booting from the internal drive (see this movie for the FireWire boot), which happens quickly – damned fast, actually.

My initial reaction to Photoshop speed is: faster than my PowerBook. Photoshop CS2 booted twice as fast on the iMac (1.83GHz Core Duo, 2GB RAM) as on the PowerBook (1GHz G4, 2GB RAM). Working with a 35MB .psd file (levels, unsharp mask, etc.) seemed faster than I’m used to on the PowerBook. No complaints so far.

I’m taking this machine to the San Juans tomorrow for field testing by one of our production artists for a few weeks. If all goes well, we’ll be buying a few of these a month for the next year.

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