Friday, August 28, 2009

Snow Leopard - Best Upgrade 2009, by far!

As software upgrades go, Apple usually has some pretty good ones.  But I just got through running my iMac 2.0 GHz (2 GB RAM, 1 TB HD) through some tests and so far, so good.  The system seems to be a bit peppier and I am getting used to the very subtle visual enhancements to the system.  Most of my daily apps are working (Adium, Safari, iTunes, Mail, CORD) fine with no issues. 

I called in advance to my local Apple retailer and inquired if they would indeed have the software in the A.M. (10 AM to be exact) or if they expected delivery that day at some point.  I was overjoyed to hear that they would indeed have the software in store at 10 AM when the security gate rolled up.

Well, I did not disappoint them and was there promptly at 9:58 AM and was the 2nd of about 12 geeks that filed into the Apple Store to purchase our software gold from that lucky Apple Store Representative.  Anyway, I purchased the 49.99 Family Pack (good for 5 upgrades) and a single 29.99 pack for a friend at work (Hi Gayle) and raced up Highway 17 to my job in Scotts Valley where I plunked myself down, popped in my new Snow Leopard graced DVD into my new 13" MacBook Pro laptop and sped my way towards 64 bit nirvana.

1 1/2 hours later (and two reboots), the system returned with all my current apps and preferences and desktop settings intact.  All was good in Smallville. 

One gotcha, which got me was that part of the upgrade was the removal of the Mac Server 10.5 tools - apple doesn't see fit to 'check' if you have the 10.5 and simply install the 10.6 - why they hell would they do that?  So I had to go splunk the Apple Download site to find the 10.6 utilities and install, but I could not find them anywhere - they simply were not there.  So for the time being, I would have to use Remote Desktop to administer my server(s). 

But by Midnight when I checked again, the tools where there and I downloaded them and installed and I seem to be right where I was yesterday - with a happy, stable, robust Mac. 

Today... is going to be a good day.  When I uncover more items in S.L. 10.6, I will blog about them.


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