Mac OS 10.5 Leopard Adventures
Well, it is beautiful and stunning. I’m talking about the latest Apple Operating System for the Macintosh, OS X Leopard (OS 10.5). But it is not without its problems. Seems a certain small percent of people installing it have had problems. I was one of them. How bad? Well, for whatever reason our hardware guru had, finally, to completely reformat my hard disk and do a clean install. Now, a clean install is a good thing every so often, but when you don’t plan on having to do a clean install and reformat your hard disk, not so good. And, add to this the fact that it just so happens my company is switching over to a new mail server this week, which is consuming a lot of time and attention of our tech crew, well, it made for nearly three whole days of being without my beloved Macintosh. But yesterday, it came back from the hospital and is now proudly running Mac OS X. It is a beautiful new operating system. The feature that is really, really cool is the ability to browse through the contents of your various folders in the same way you look at album covers in iTune. Really cool. I’m getting used to some of the design tweeks to the system. I really like the way you can preview contents of folders in the dock. And the backup utility included, "Time Machine" is a great solution and help for keeping your hard disk backed up daily, weekly and monthly: all of this is now done automatically for you. Just plug in an external hard disk, and Time Machine does the rest. So, warning to all of you looking to upgrade to Leopard: be careful. An update is due out around Thanksgiving supposedly to take care of whatever the bugs are in the system causing install problems. But if you are a Mac fan, you are going to love the new features. I know PC users are used to all sorts of glitches, problems, crashes and such, but it is so rare on the Mac, when it happens, it is very traumatic. Your sympathy is appreciated. Grin.