Monday Jul 14, 2008

Upgraded Leopard to 10.5.4


I downloaded the latest Leopard (all 450 Mb of it) and upgraded my OS during a relatively quiet time.  It took a few minutes to download the package (don't try this at home, I did it at the office which has huge pipes) and another 10 to execute, configure and restart my MacBook Pro.  The upgrade seems to have worked perfectly. I don't notice much different behavior, but it seems to recover more consistently from sleep than it did before. I am somewhat wary of these gargantuan upgrades so I tend to wait until I have backed up everything (time machine works great) and perform a search to make sure that these upgrades go ok.  Next step is to upgrade the firmware.


Update - I upgraded my firmware (this is always scary) and it worked well. 


 What I've noticed:  1) Laptop wakes up from sleep always (thanks Apple). No more annoying opening and closing the lid to get it to wake up.  2) it connects and properly formats display for external screen. I use a rectangular Sun 20" LCD external screen so the laptop has to recognize an external screen, change the format (from elongated to square) and change the resolution.  It now does this easily.  I can also get it to recognize the external screen whether the laptop is open OR closed. When closed (and sleeping) I plug in the ethernet, monitor cable, power THEN a USB mouse and the laptop awakens and formats for the screen.  The power is key to get this to work.

Wednesday Feb 13, 2008

Upgraded to Leopard without a hitch!

I bought the family pack for Leopard to upgrade all my machines back in November.  I was waiting, however, for the first big patch to be released before I did the upgrade (I am an earlyish adopter of tech, not a bleeding-edge adopter) because I just didn't want to deal w/ glitches on my work laptop. Well Apple just released 10.5 update  BEAST (all 347 MB of it !!)

The standard upgrade went well (I did back up my data to and external drive) and took about 1 1/2 hours. Then I went into work to download the BEAST and with Sun's big pipes that took just a few minutes (less than 5, I think).  I ran the installer (another 5 minutes or so) and it worked great.

 Now, After 24 hours, everything is stable and I've noticed no problems.  Nor have I noticed my Mac running any slower or faster - its just about the same.  All programs work, all data is there, none of my documents or pictures were lost.  I had 2 very minor issues 1) I had to reinstall my printers and 2) I had to reinstall PocketMac to sync my BlackBerry. 

Thursday Aug 02, 2007

Apple New Products Announcement Set for Tuesday Aug 7

The new iMacs are near!  Apple has set next Tu as a product announcement date. What they will announce is anyone's guess, but it's time to talk about the next generation of iMacs and a date for releasing Leopard.  

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