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Got my copy of OS X Snow Leopard yesterday. Went to Future Shop on Merivale while Tara hit up the Running Room for a decent pair of running shoes.

This other dude and myself managed to snag the last two copies they had. Sure, I could have gone to the Mac Store but driving downtown on a Friday night was simply out of the question. The guy at Future Shop said he was pretty surprised: "We got six crates of these things yesterday and put them out today. I thought we had more than enough. You guys are lucky."

Since I had to work last night (Fridays=upgrade nights!) I didn't get around to upgrading until today.

So far the initial reviews I've read online have been pretty bang on; looks no different that Leopard, but it noticeably faster and more refined.

I can say that Snow Leopard is faster than the previous version. The install also reclaimed nearly 8GB of space (most likely due to the fact that Apple has stripped out the PPC code). As well, opening the Activity Monitor and seeing all the core apps running in full 64bit mode is awesome. Safari, which I've started to use more and more, simply screams now. I've yet to really test out all my apps - I'm really interested to see how my Adobe CS4 suite runs under SL - but so far so good.

The one major reason I'm super excited about this upgrade is that the Mac OS now has built in Exchange support. Until now, I've had to use Microsoft Entourage to get my work mail and calendar events. I absolutely loath Entourage. It's cranky, slow, and buggy. I've managed to live with it though; after two years at Adobe running Outlook in Windows loaded up in a VMWare Fusion environment, using Entourage for my new job was the less painful of the two options.

Now, I can happily uninstall Entourage - or rather, I'm going to wait a day just to make sure all keeps on working like it is now. This is a first release OS after all.

So far so good though :)

Date: 2009-08-29 11:51 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
I think I read they're finally making Outlook for Mac.

Probably upgrading to SL once the mad chaos dims. :P

Date: 2009-08-30 12:14 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Yeah, MS said they're going to make Outlook for Mac and it'll be out "sometime in 2010". At this point though I think it's too late. I mean they have Entourage and it's lame. Now Mail and iCal support Exchange and support it very well - right down to showing avalibility for meeting invites. Who's going to shell out money a year from now when MS finally releases Outlook?

MS waited too long to do this and I think it's going to bite them in the ass.

Date: 2009-08-29 11:52 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Oh, btw, curious - did you do a clean install of SL? If so, was it a hassle? I'm wondering if I should just upgrade or install fresh.

Date: 2009-08-30 12:09 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
I did an upgrade. I didn't feel like reinsallting all my crap. The upgrade was smooth: popped in the disc, clicked OK, and 40 minutes later it was done. No app conflicts, no problems. It was quite surprising :)

Date: 2009-08-31 02:00 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Well that post sucked...I thought you bought a real snow leopard.

Date: 2009-08-31 04:05 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
See icon.

Date: 2009-08-31 03:59 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
the radio today said that some Adobe products (CS3) don't work w/ Snow Leopard - did this fuck you?

Date: 2009-08-31 04:05 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Nope. I bought the CS4 suite before I left so I'm all set up.

The only thing that busted was my Cisco VPN ... but I found out that was a version thing. I downloaded and installed a later version and all is working perfectly.

I am rethinking the whole Exchange bit though. It's not as good as I though. this is coming in a post later today.

Date: 2009-09-01 03:55 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
I'm really looking forward to an OS shrinking. The speed boost is also needed.

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