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Tue 19 Apr 2005
Why upgrade to Tiger?
Category : mac and the internet
I used to be healthy skeptic of an OS upgrade. I survived the entire OS 9 barrage of conflicts and the growing pains of Cheetah (OS X 10.0), never more than a beta release, from the trenches of an extremely healthy and productive OS 8.6 system on my Powerbook 1400/233MHz CPU with its 64MB RAM and 6GB hardisk.
Then Jaguar (2002) and Panther (2003) provided unexpected speed increases.
OS upgrades come a cost, enough to make budget-conscious mac addicts hesitate. Despite this, the speed at which Classic started up on Jaguar (Mac OS X 10.2) had me shell out cash on the spot. And Panther's (Mac OS X 10.3) speed increase was just as impressive on a friend's iBook 600.
Look and feel
After a little experimentation, I succumbed. Each new version of OS X provided a whole new feel and was accompanied by productivity enhancements which lent credibility to the phrase "it's like getting a whole new machine".
While shareware is great at stretching the envelope and providing specific enhancements and functions, when Apple integrates a function within its OS, it runs so smoothly and sweetly that the original shareware is pretty much doomed.
Spotlight on Spotlight
I need to retrieve a variety of data from archives dating back to the 80's. These days data includes specific emails, files, folders, bookmarks, contacts, pictures, music and video tracks; we've diversified and the amount of new data being archived has increased exponentially. Furthermore, many items fit across projects or classifications. I've used a reasonably-disciplined approach to labeling and archiving my information and use work-arounds to problems, but I feel I've a new approach is needed for this onslaught.
Perhaps this is a result of ease of searching in Google, and the holistic search and find of QuickSilver. Successful Gmail search results has me comfortable about not categorising my emails. It takes getting used to, but new methods are needed for this new age and Spotlight looks to deliver that to mac users. Integrated to the OS, I expect a quick and seamless performance compared to current desktop tools and a significantly outstretched Finder!
And that's the beauty of the mac experience - this functionality will packaged so attractively, new users will adopt the technology without even realising its functionality!
Resistance in futile
Where's the buzz?
Hmm.. this is actually the longest wait for an OS X release so far! But where's the buzz?
I guess the mac meetups and the discussion on the me@n mailing list flagged the flame of expectation previously. Both have been relatively quiet in 2005.
Or perhaps with Panther, most of our primary needs have already been satisified.