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NoteAway for OS X

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Now, about that iOS app to make this perfect?

Apple gone bad?

Can an OSX install go bad over time in the way a Windows install does?

… or is it me and all the junk I’ve got installed?
It’s been 8 months since I reinstalled everything, for precisely the same reasons, and strangely about the same length of time I always felt my Windows installs needed the same treatment! Mac’s are not supposed to need this drastic remedy, or indeed suffer this problem.
I’m suffering odd lockups, slow responses and just that feeling ‘something is not quite right’.
My worst fear is that this is something hardware, this old machine is starting to show it’s age, but I can’t afford a replacement just yet, but I really cannot be going through the pain of a full backup, sorting and reinstallation right now.
I’m afraid it’s going to be a case of crossing my fingers, and living with the problems for now. I will though freely curse when things are not going so well.

Dog days again

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Weather is bloody awful today, so despite a long list of tasks I’ve chosen to finish sorting out my Powerbook after the recent syncing fiasco.
We are more or less back where we started, but with most of the issues sorted out, and a little more knowledge gained.

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Looking again at Leopard

I know its been a while, again, but I’m still tying up the remnants of the Leopard ‘fiasco’ that has been my upgrade path.

It’s not been smooth, and I’m still suffering some fallout, though it is difficult to put my finger on the problem(s). This is what has been taking up my time I guess, though maybe I should be telling the story, and maybe I’d get some answers as it is the net I’ve turned to to try and find some.

Simply I’m not happy with the way the Powerbook is behaving. I’m suffering random crashes, some unresponsiveness and the general feeling of ‘beta’ software, most of which doesn’t seem to be documented. The only major changes at the moment are the disabling of hourly Time Machine backups, and a close eye on the Wacom driver, these are the only narrowed down points I can find at the moment.

The first update went like crap, not your major won’t boot kind of crap, just real unresponsive, reboot-several-times-before-your-happy kinda crap. I have had this before, just a day or so when everything hangs, stalls or gets me so wound up I end up hitting the ‘off’ button. Even now Safari crashed three times attempting to open a post in Blogger!

I can’t help feeling that Leopard was ‘rushed’ to market, and for me, at the moment, it feels like a newly released Linux distro. I can’t yet tell you wether this is because Leopard is so bad, or that most Linux releases are now so good…

Looking at Leopard

I’ve finally got a full install I’m happy with, so I’m now able to sit back and really look hard at the newer features in Leopard.

Got to say at this point what I see is good, but I’ll bring you more later.
The real shame is the amount of effort it has taken to get to this point in actually getting a good install!

More Leopard ‘silliness’.

I just can’t seem to get this right…

In an email conversation over a bug in a Rapidweaver plugin a couple of weeks ago getting over the ‘Leopard silliness’ was mentioned. I had to agree at the time as I knew I’d be spending the last week with my own ‘Leopard silliness’, but I just didn’t estimate exactly how much silliness there would be.

Ok, so I’ve only ever upgraded a Mac once, Panther to Tiger, and as far as I remember that went well, this time however I think I’ve been left with some of the problems I’ve seen with Linux ‘upgrades’, or more precisely migrating a user account. Simply I’ve learnt the hard way..

Don’t do it!

I had too many old problems transferred with a ‘archive and install’, now there are just too many little niggles with a ‘clean + migrate user’. When I say little niggles they are only small, but they are spoiling the whole experience, and making a Mac more like a Linux, rather than the ‘just works’ it should be. I should have stuck to my intended plan of a clean install, but the two options I’ve used just seemed too good. Too good to be true as it turned out.

So it’s back to basics again, do a full clean install, copy my documents back, then add back all my applications, settings, keychains etc manually. Laborious, yes, but it will be better in the long run I’m sure.

Can a Leopard change it’s spots?

I don’t know, but so far I think it may need to change something, but it won’t need to look at stripes.

I had plans for an install process on the two Mac’s, but because of other pressures last weekend it all went to pot anyway. I did manage to get Leopard installed to the Powerbook and had a couple of hours to spend playing with it on Sunday, but my immediate thoughts were “so”!
Lets just say I was not overjoyed at the ‘archive and install’, though to be fair I had thought that a clean install would have been better, though I had planned to do the ‘archive’ method first. To be honest there was nothing ‘wrong’ with Leopard, just no real ‘WOW’ factor, and with an archive install bringing across any original problems it just didn’t feel good. I’ve lived with it all week, and slowly warmed to some of the Leopards features, but I’ve finally taken the plunge and a clean install is underway on the Powerbook.
The story on the Powermac is slightly different. On this machine I chose a clean install, set up an account for Michelle and loaded her few simple settings/applications. The difference was amazing, though once set up I’ve not really had chance to use the machine. I don’t know how much I’ve now ‘damaged’ as I’ve now transferred my full account through from the Powerbook, but I do know that this whole Leopard thing is going to take a couple more weeks to fully setup and appreciate.
As they say, “Only time will tell”!

Leopard has shipped!

Notification came this morning that my pre-ordered box has shipped.

Unfortunately due to prior engagements I’m not going to get a chance to look at it now until Monday at the earliest.

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Leopard order.

Done.

26th of October. L day.

Couldn’t wait, as soon as I saw it hit the pre-order status I clicked the ‘buy’ button. I’m now engaged in sorting out both Macs ready to install.

In some ways it’s a God send, in others a nightmare.

The old Powermac I picked up for Michelle, well thats the easier of the two. Backup her documents, check there is nothing else on there and format/clean install. Then it’s make two users, tweak to fit the network, and for Michelle some simple reinstatements. Short term job done.

The Powerbook is going to be more difficult, not least because again I want to do a nice clean install, but I have an awful lot more applications to go back alongside the documents it contains. I am trying to look now and guess which are the most important, and what I don’t need, but I guess outside the base install, and the reinstatement of calendars/mail/documents, this is going to turn into a long job.

Funny, but the countless times I’ve reinstalled Windows/Linux have never been this daunting…

Mac Rumors: Apple Seeds Another Mac OS X Leopard

Mac Rumors: Apple Seeds Mac OS X Leopard (9A527/9A528a) [Updatedx4]

The excitement is building…

The reality distortion field is starting to take effect… and I am going with the flow…

Software Update

Is this the last OSX Tiger update before Leopard leaps onto our screens?

The update has been running for a few days now, and I’ve got to say it is perfect, no problems whatsoever.

Is that a little speed increase I felt? Is everything just running a little quicker?

Looking Forward to Leopard

Mail App.

The hype is dying down a little since this years WWDC, and the unveiling of OSX 10.5 Leopard. I’ve still not caught up with the keynote .mov, but there are a couple of things that really interest me that have been revealed so far.

Mail now gets ‘notes’, essentially to do’s that can be mailed and are shared into iCal. Wow, is this a feature I have been waiting for! Pocomail used to have a similar feature, although not quite the same, and this is the single most missed feature I have since leaving the Windows platform. Pocomail let you attach an independent note to a mail, a sort of advanced flagging, and a lot better than every other mail clients ‘follow up’ flag. Ok, if I dig deep into Outlook I guess I’d find someway of doing the same, and sure, I’ve not tried every mail client on every platform. The point is though that Pocomail was simple. Select mail, attach note, and when you were done with the note, delete it, though the point was that a note could be permanently attached to the message.
Mail on Leopard is offering a similar implementation, but takes it further. Creating the note lets you create a to-do which is shared into iCal, giving you the option to progress it as a normal task, and from what I’ve seen so far starts Mail on the road to becoming a fully featured messaging client. It would be interesting to see if it is possible to create the to-do’s from within any message, but I think we will have to wait to find this out.

Time machine, a simple realtime backup has been revealed, along with another ‘must have’ feature, Spaces. Spaces is a virtual desktop, a feature I cry out for every time I use Windows, but I have a third party app, You Desktops, to run this for me on the Mac. Further info is gradually being revealed on what Leopard holds, improvements to the Finder are appearing on the radar, though I have recently started to demo Path Finder, and I’m impressed with the functionality it brings to the Mac.

All in all Leopard does seem to have some productivity enhancements that are well worth waiting for, but unless there are some real surprises in the yet to be announced secrets, I have to agree that it will be evolutionary rather than revolutionary.

Bloatware

Ok, so I know that iWeb is not perfect, but we sing the praises of integration with the other iLife apps, then this happens.
I chose to use the image from iPhoto instead of directly importing it to the page, just take a look at the file size. 943kb. The original image from the XDA is only 528kb!
Ok, I did a little enhancement in iPhoto, but to nearly double the size? Needless to say I’ve fixed it now, and will keep a close eye on the use of images in the future. Note to developers, give the user some basic control, or even just reporting, on the output from iWeb. I can imagine newbie users wondering where all their .mac space went… oh, hang on, you can upgrade your .mac space for £££.

On the subject of bloatware, I was preparing a new iWeb tip on removing the language files from iWeb when I came across this little software marvel. Monoligual. Read the ‘about me’ files before use please, but I just trimmed 1.5 gig of my Mac with this little tool!

Not much use…

Not used my life changing Blog/Dashboard attachment much this week..

There’s time yet..

Another post.

Right. It may not make Tiger worth its asking price on its own, but the concept does.
Maybe if I look I could find a ‘plug in’ for Firefox, an applet for Gnome, or something. That’s not really the point is it?

The point is is that I press F12 and bang. >>Type here<

It dosen’t mater where I am. Photoshop, Safari, Opera, Mail, whatever. Its one click and post. Done. No more fumbling about opening a browser, bookmark, login. No more typing a mail, remembering the hash/end, although that is useful when I’m out and about. It’s just pure slick.

Its stickies on steroids. Its notes on speed. It brilliant. Dashboard proves itself, Tiger proves its self. Windows. EAT MY DUST.

I’m reaching for my credit card and pressing the ‘Donate’ button.

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