Date: 2012-07-26 06:21 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kareila
Ars Technica always has very detailed reviews.

I was a little bit concerned when Macworld pointed out that Apple is no longer making Lion available, so if anything happens to my laptop I may be forced to upgrade. But I'm not aware of any killer features that would make me want to upgrade immediately, although Notification Center does look nice.

My other computers are still on 10.6 and 10.5, and I want to keep at least one of them pre-Lion in case I run into anything down the road that needs Rosetta. The 10.5 machine dual boots XP and I just haven't wanted to mess with it for anything, because ugh, who wants to reinstall Windows? But I keep it around for browser testing.

Date: 2012-07-26 01:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zorkian
I upgrade to upgrade. I don't think any of the ML features blew me away, but I'm kind of a nerd for New and Shiny.

In this particular case, it's been less than 24 hours and the highlights are that it's already hard-crashed once (oops) and otherwise, uh, the notification center is neat? Not many apps use it yet. Otherwise, it's like not much has changed...

So: eh?

Date: 2012-07-26 03:19 pm (UTC)
turlough: head of unicorn statue against a blue sky, spring of 2008 ((other) unicorns are magic)
From: [personal profile] turlough
*looks shifty-eyed* I might not even have upgraded to Snow Leopard yet...

Date: 2012-07-27 03:21 pm (UTC)
egret: Capt. Janeway reading a paid (Default)
From: [personal profile] egret
I upgraded because I wanted to sync my notes and reminders with the new separate apps. So I'm happy with that.
So far it seems nice, although as of last night Safari was very difficult and was unusable with images and forms on Ancestry.com.
Today Safari seems better, perhaps the re-indexing had time to finish overnight and haven't retried it with Ancestry yet.

Date: 2012-07-30 08:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] holyschist
...I just realized my new computer (Lion preinstalled) didn't come with an install disc. How...exactly is one supposed to reinstall in the event of, say, a replacement harddrive? Burn your own install disc? Schlep it to the Apple Store? (I wasn't thrilled that it took 12+ hours to download ML, either, and that when I lost my internet connection partway through the first attempt, the App Store couldn't resume, but started over entirely.)

:-/

I don't know what I think of Mountain Lion yet.

Date: 2012-07-31 04:41 am (UTC)
lauredhel: two cats sleeping nose to tail, making a perfect circle. (Default)
From: [personal profile] lauredhel
This link shows you how to make a bootable/installable system on a thumb drive or SD card:

http://www.mactalk.com.au/content/creating-bootable-usb-sd-card-mountain-lion-drive-2431/

But you need to do it after downloading and _before_ installing the new system.

I'm mostly OK with Mountain Lion so far. The one thing that's really cheesing me off is that the partly-configurable snooze on iCal alarms is now a completely unconfigurable 15-minute snooze on Calendar/Notification alarms. Which is a massive step backwards, and a big interruption in my workflow. And it was not picked up on in the Ars Technica review, as far as I can tell.

Date: 2012-07-31 04:52 am (UTC)
holyschist: Image of a medieval crocodile from Herodotus, eating a person, with the caption "om nom nom" (Default)
From: [personal profile] holyschist
Whoops, too late. So...what IS Apple expecting people to do? Never have to reinstall?

Date: 2012-07-31 05:27 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kareila
Well, I think in every circumstance /except/ replacing the hard drive, you can reinstall from the recovery partition. That became a thing at the same time that they moved to downloadable installers.

Apple probably did the math there and decided that the few power users who would want or need to upgrade or replace their own hard drives (as opposed to having a Mac Genius do it for them) were not worth the added expense of producing and distributing physical install media, especially since most or all of their current laptops and even the latest Mac Mini machines don't have CD drives anyway. Plus by distributing the installer through the Mac App Store, they ensure that more people will pay for the upgrade instead of borrowing the installer from a friend. It makes good business sense for them.

But yeah, I would definitely make a backup of the installer, especially now that I know they're pulling earlier versions when the newer versions come out.

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