Thumbs up on OS 10.4 (Tiger)

I installed the new mac operating system on my laptop yesterday, 10.4. For fellow mac-folk who are still thinking about the upgrade, I give it a big thumbs up. A couple quick thoughts about it, though you can get the full and real scoop from Apple:

  • Despite the advice out there, I threw caution to the wind and didn’t do a “clean install.” I just didn’t have that kind of time or patience, so I just upgraded. Maybe I’ll need to do it right at some point, but I haven’t run into any problems yet.
  • Spotlight is cool; I’m pretty interested in learning more about what it can actually do, too.
  • The “Dashboard” widgets are really cool. In an interesting way, this seems to be Apple’s way of getting people to get away from browsers and do stuff on the ‘net through the Mac interface. I immediately downloaded widgets for accessing wikipedia, google maps, local yellow pages, local weather, television listings, movie listings, a dictionary, and several more that I’m forgetting right now.
  • Mail is pretty cool, though I haven’t quite figured out how it’s any “better” yet than the previous version, and I had preferred having my mailboxes listed on the right and not the left. There’s probably a way to change that.
  • Safari looks very promising with a built-in RSS feed reader, though I haven’t figured out how to use that yet either. And it the WordPress “quicktags” still don’t work in Safari, though there is a new version of WP I have yet to install, so maybe that’s fixed.

Anyway, I wasn’t sure if it would be worth the $70 for the upgrade, but I’d say personally that it is.

2 thoughts on “Thumbs up on OS 10.4 (Tiger)”

  1. While this doesn’t relate to this post, I was hoping you might be interested linking to the EMU Student Government blog from your blog (It’s not the same blogger host, but blogspot) for an EMU student perspective.

    I’ve been reading some of your previous posts, and you have a number view points on issues surrounding EMU which I find very interesting. I will have to read more!

    Anyhow, thanks for consideration!


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