I now am the proud owner of Macintosh’s OS X v10.4 Tiger. It is really cool and was easy to install/upgrade my OS. My screen save is an RSS feed! Very cool. It took about 30 minutes to install, with no prompting or interruptions. Mac’s play nicely that way.
The only thing that did take awhile was Spotlight. Spotlight is a very powerful search tool (much like the one that will eventually be in the PC’s OS upgrade next year. Spotlight had to index my hard drive (and external hard drive) so when you begin typing it starts it’s search and narrows the contents based on the more information you type. But at least I was able to use the computer while it indexed my hard drive. So it wasn’t even noticeable.
One of the cool features I have been waiting for is Dashboard. Pressing the F12 key on the keyboard brings up Dashboard over your existing screen.
If you click on the Plus sign in the lower left corner of Dashboard it will take you to the other Dashboard apps/tools as seen here:
Dashboard is cool. You can click on any of the little apps (called Widgets) and they flip over to the back side where the controls and prefs for each app. You can also have multiple apps. For example I can have a weather Widget for Omaha and another for Kansas City. Hit F12 again and it all hides, leaving everything as you had it.
I spent a lot of time last night playing with all the new features of the OS. Made it difficult to go to bed early so I could get my hair cut this morning at 6:00 AM. Yes, that is correct. Six AM. I went to a barber shop with a friend and it’s first come first serve, so we wanted to get in and out in a timely manner and 6:00 it is. The barber did an okay job. It was just nice that I didn’t have to do all the work. I probably will go back, it only cost $13 for my flat top.
Excuse me but I have to go play with my new OS X!