Daily Archives: August 11th, 2011

In like a Lion

Yeah, I did it. I upgraded to Mac OS X Lion. Here’s my mini review:

Installation was painless and quicker than I thought. I was expecting 12 hours for the download, but it took less than two. My internet connection must be faster than I thought. (I know a certain someone for who the download was more of a chore. Heh.) Then the computer had to crunch for about 30 minutes to perform the install. When I came back, it was at the login screen. OS update done.

So, what’s new? Here’s what I’ve noticed so far:

  • The login screen has a new look. We all know that’s the most vital part of any operating system.
  • When logging in the wallpaper now “zooms” to fill up the screen.
  • The scroll function on my mouse is mysteriously reversed. Up is down and down is up. It’s okay, though. I like it that way.
  • Three new icons appeared on my Dock bar at the bottom of the screen.
  • My Sigma Chess 6.2.1 no longer functions. Apparently this was a “PowerPC application” and Lion does not support that. So tough luck for me. “Check and mate,” says Apple.
  • My name now shows up on the bar in the top-right corner of the screen.
  • After the upgrade, iTunes updated and told me it was new for Lion, but it looks exactly the same to me.

That’s it. Those are literally the only things I’ve noticed. System speed seems about the same as it was before. Overall, a very pleasant upgrade, but as I sit here and type into my little WordPress post box, literally almost nothing looks different than it was before.

It all feels very incremental. Something tells me that’s the future of upgrading.