My Yosemite Weekend

Finally, after four months of waiting it is here, Apple’s latest operating system Yosemite. For the past several weeks I have spent tens of hours scouring the web looking for information on the upcoming release of Yosemite, needless to say upon release I wasn’t disappointed.
I could have downloaded the OS months ago, either as a developer, or via Apple’s public test program, but in both cases I chose not to. I had my reasons, in part influenced in simple laziness. Beside the point, what’s the rush? Either way, I didn’t want to get a tainted impression of the Beta OS, and I was already beta testing xcode 6.
Now to the point, Apple Yosemite is smooth! I mean it’s mesmerizing, sleek, elegant, efficient… I feel like I have a brand new computer, and that’s what always impresses me about Apple products. Apple really knows how to re-inject life into their hardware. More than anything it’s the little changes that keep me coming back.
So how was my installation experience? Here is how it went, I waited until right before going to bed to start downloading Yosemite, the download itself took a few hours, my Internet connection isn’t the fastest. That being said, in contrast to some of the complaints I saw online, downloading the software progressed without a hiccup. I set my alarm for 3 hours, fell asleep, and when I woke up I found a giant X on screen, asking me to accept terms and conditions and begin installation.
Needless to say I accepted the terms without hesitation remembering “HUMANCENTiPADdamn you South Park I remember that episode every time I mindlessly accept terms and conditions, especially when they are Apple related. Installation took about an hour and a half, if it wasn’t 3am I would have entered panic mode when the system lagged at the 2 minute mark for about 20 minutes, but I was simply too tired to panic. Later I went online, and realized that many developers, and people who dabble in homebrew also experienced this lag. It was nothing serious; so don’t panic if this happens to you upon installation.
 Once installation had completed I was introduced to a world of beauty. Every single negative review I had read back when Apple announced the release of a new operating system simply fell apart. The fonts looked amazing, the dock brings back that nostalgic Mac feeling the 3d dock simply never had. I felt like a kid in a candy shop!
I wont lie, I did experience some difficulties setting up hand off, and I will tell you right now; you need to make sure your iPhone, Mac,, and are all signed in under the same email address. I resolved this by simply signing out of icloud on all my devices, and then signing back in starting with my Mac, and its apps, then my iPhone. Upon logging back in, everything started working perfectly.
Call me naïve but I never create backups of my devices when upgrading software, upon installation I was pleased to see that all of the applications on my machine were 100% compatible, no need for fluster.

Bottom-line here, I am very pleased with the direction Apple has taken OSX. At first I really had my doubts especially back when Lion was released, but now I am confident that we are heading in the right direction. Don’t get me wrong, improvements can be made, especially to the Mac App store, but I see a very strong platform here. I recommend downloading OSX Yosemite, you wont regret it, it just works!


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