You may remember that awhile back I upgraded from Mac OS 10.4 to 10.5 (Leopard) . For the most part I am happy with that upgrade, it gave me new features that I did'nt have before, and a small visual update.
However what you probably don't know is all the issues I had with it later. I am talking about issues that you don't notice at first, but kinda happen at random and you just don't put 2 and 2 together for awhile.
Now I know that I am not the only one to experience these problems, as I have had customers have the same issues. Yes, I have contacted Apple about the issues, and they generally have been playing dumb on it, or just tell me to watch for updates.
First issue I have and the most anoying is that after upgrading to Leopard I noticed that after clicking into an application and starting to type the first keypress would often get ignored. This would cause me to either backspace and re-type, or arrow back and add the character. Either way, it wasted my time and it should'nt happen. I checked into the issue and Apple just kept telling me it was a firmware issue with the keyboard, and to keep checking for updates. Updates came, but they never fixed the problem. Again, this problem was not one that only I had, several other folks had this issue as well.
The next anoyance was when you would put your Mac to sleep, or leave it idle for a minute or two you could lose your wireless connection. The Mac sometimes would appear to be connected, and simply do nothing, in others it would not see the wireless access point at all. In a few cases I've had it tell me "The Wireless network has been compromised", when I know that's not possible as I live in the middle of no where and it happens at odd hours of the night. Apple again suggested looking for Airport updates, they came, and they did nothing. The only fix I could find for this was to turn the Airport card off, and then turn it back on.
Despite being released around the same time as Windows Vista, Leopard never received an update to allow it to support the new Netbios/Windows file and printer sharing protocols. So if you try to directly connect to a Vista shared printer on the network you would have all kinds of issues. In particular constant access denied issues, and in some cases it would'nt even show the printer.
However what really gets me is what I found out when the new Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) was released.
I remember years ago people talking about how Mac OS X was 64 bit and had such great process control. So I when I checked the new features for Snow Leopard 10.6 I was very surprised to see that Finder and several other key programs where now 64 bit!
How can an operating system call itself 64 bit if key programs, most importantly the main shell, are not 64 bit. It turns out that parts of the operating system run in a 64 bit mode, and others don't or were not compiled for 64 bit. It's like getting a car and being told that it's a 6 litter, but finding out that only two or three of the cyclinders are 6 litter, and the others are smaller.
Further, I find out that Snow Leopard is going to include a new process management called "Grand Central Dispatch". So I check the details on it (hardly anything written on it), and I find out that it basically just figures out what processor cores are not being used and shifts processes over to them.
I hate to tell you this Apple, but this is something Microsoft and other operating system vendors have done for years. This is hardly what I would call a new feature. Yes I understand this is a bit better because it can shift the processes on the fly after they already exist (or at least the documents lead me to believe that). However Microsoft has handled this with thread management, where a thread can be given to a lower used "CPU". Keep in mind that most threads will only exist for short periods of time, before returning to the main process.
So I'll have to wait and see just how much better this "Grand Central Dispatch" will really make using applications, but I am not expecting much.
Another odd thing they added, or I should say was mentioned in the release features was suggested searches from Google. This is hardly what I would call a new feature, I mean having a search bar and as you type get popular similair searches is something Firefox has had for along time. Perhaps they are talking about something else, but this is not something I would brag about.
Speaking of new featues I still do not understand why after you just install an OS update like this that Apple does'nt give you an option to see or demo all the new features. Microsoft has done this for years, and even has an easy to find icon/program for checking out the features later, but why does'nt Apple do this. If it is there it's not too easy to find.
Anyway, I've upgraded to Snow Leopard, and now it's just a matter of time to see if my other issues were finally fixed, and if there are new issues to deal with.
Last Updated: 09/14/2009 03:05 AM