Mountain Lion: What you need to know
Posted 25 June 2012 - 06:25 PM
First, $20/GBP20/EUR20 for an OS isn't cheap. It's 20 more currency units than any UNIX/Linux/BSD system. And given the frequency of releases, it's still about a half to 2/3rds what you've spent since 2001 buying Windows XP and Windows 7 for $250 apiece. Apple's WHOLE business is selling commodity hardware at margins that make Bill Gates cringe. Comparable RAM and disk space machines running windows are routinely selling for a third the price of Apple. "But you're not getting the Apple hardware" you say. But it's a f[---]ing COMMODITY. If Apple's hardware were so good on pure performance, the entire internet infrastructure would run on Apple Servers instead of OpenBSD and Linux.
Posted 26 June 2012 - 02:29 AM
You mean except for the UNIX and BSD systems (as well as Linux if you actually want support) that cost hundreds of dollars? And the Linux distributions that are free but carry a media charge in the range of $100 if you want it on disc instead of burning the ISO yourself.
I smell troll. Or is there another reason you've ignored the fact that "comparable RAM and disk space" doesn't mean comparable in general? In reality, "standard" PCs that are comparable to a given Mac configuration are typically comparably priced as well. The disparity is typically small in either direction and in some cases the price:functionality curve has been so lopsided in the Mac's favor that it's downright embarrassing.
Posted 28 June 2012 - 10:24 AM
So you didn't read the finer details regarding support for GTX & ATI current and next gen video cards??? How did you miss that minor detail if you are a professional?
Posted 06 July 2012 - 05:52 PM
I'm amazed, as a mac newbie(just got a mini) and IPad/IPhone user since day one, I didn't even realize Appletalk was still in use? I've spent way too many years embedded in the Windows world in IT... I have to say though, one thing that is the same across the industry, from gaming platforms to satellites, the evolution and upgrade cycles have increased at such an alarming rate that keeping any legacy platform alive for more than 3-5 years is near impossible. This sticks in the craw of most every consumer in the Universe. Especially considering the fact that upgrade cycles, while introducing new functionality, almost always retire old functionality. The toughest pill to swallow is when your hardware platform is left in the cold... I'm all for technology but I find it sad that we are so often forced to buy new hardware to avoid obsolescence when often our boxes could easily live for many more years. Sad.
Posted 07 July 2012 - 10:16 AM
Honestly i still dont understand why some people hate OSX Lion. Its just great to use, and i bough a MBP with Lion running on it and i loved it!
Its just good to use, i love spaces and launchpad (its not perfect, but i guess it has a great future.
I`ll be honest since 2010 i used only Windows in my life, and i dont know if you know, or still remember...but compared to windows....its just perfect the OSX.
The only problem is gameplaying (but, for that i got Windows 8 Running on dual boot)
Posted 07 July 2012 - 05:29 PM
I'll stick with Snow Leopard
You are DEFINITELY not the only one. Feel better?
A lot of newcomers to Mac love the new systems because they arrived from Windows and iOS devices and/or are so young that they do not know any other reality than the "social" reality crap. They did not experience any of the older OS X versions, so they assume that newer is better.
Posted 09 July 2012 - 04:08 PM
I have thoroughly enjoyed almost all of the features that Apple has added recently. I don't understand why people are saying that Apple is forcing iOS down their throat when you really don't have to use any of the iOS features. The only feature you are somewhat forced to use is Mission Control which I find to be infinitely better than Spaces and ExposÃ©. As a "Power User" who is constantly switching between various Adobe applications, I really appreciate the multiple workspace management options. Furthermore, I have never found that any of the new features added in Lion to hinder my workflow in any way, shape or form. If anything, my workflow has improved.
Its not as though the "Lions" are like Windows 8 where you are getting Metro shoved upon you with no escape. I think Apple is doing the right thing here by sprinkling in features of iOS for better synergy between products. I think they realize that most people are using 2, 3 maybe even 4 devices and want consistence across each platform. And yes, they want the iOS users to come over to the Mac but what is wrong with that exactly? They are a business after all.
One of the great advantages to being a Mac user is that Apple isn't bound by the business market like Windows, which is why Microsoft hasn't been able to make any significant UI changes since 95 (I realize that Windows 8 has a new UI but that is just a disaster). If they kept everything the same, the same people would complain that Apple isn't innovating enough. Things are going to change whether you like it or not, especially when it comes to technology. Get use to it.
Posted 12 July 2012 - 11:15 AM
Posted 12 July 2012 - 12:58 PM
There are minis with optical drives on the supported list. Find and run the System Profiler application on your machine. Find the model identifier listed on the hardware overview page. It should start with Macmini and then be 2 numbers with a comma between them. You want the first digit to be at least a 3. That gets you back to March, 2009.
You could also compare your specs against this Apple page: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3476
Or you could look at the serial number, which should tell you when it was built. The first 2 characters are the assembly location. The next character is the last digit of the manufacturing year and the next two are the week within that year. So, for example, I have a notebook that starts "4H645E...." 4H indicates where it came from, and it was built in the 45th week of 2006. (And off the top of my head that should be about right; this is a late 2006 MacBook, bought days after they got upgraded to Core 2 Duos.)
Posted 14 July 2012 - 06:34 AM
I wish I had stuck with Snow Leopard. I don't want to go through another Lion experience - much less pay Apple again for the experience.
WHY? It's because Mountain Lion is everything Lion SHOULD HAVE BEEN. Lion was more of a 'paid beta' the same way Leopard was a paid-for beta and Snow Leopard was the real deal!
Lion's features are great and if only they weren't so friggin' buggy I wouldn't need to upgrade to Mountain Lion -- oh yeah, and Lion came pre-installed on my machine, so no luck in going back!
Mountain Lion I ~HOPE~ is Lion with all the bugs ironed out, and with apps better integrated with each other. For example -- why doesn't Mail use the names of contacts in AddressBook??
In any case, I'm upgrading as soon as I possibly can! Just sucks that it won't run on my wife's macbook or her sister's mac mini. If that's the case, then I'll downgrade those back to Snow Leopard for a performance boost!
Posted 15 July 2012 - 04:25 AM
However, if I click on any option from the menu bar, the font size contrast is so big that I have to adjust my eyes to read the big menu fonts.
Lion absolutely does not allow the advanced possibility of changing system font sizes. Does Mountain Lion give us such possibilities? In Microsoft systems, changing font sizes is considered a basic and simple option?