Sunday, October 28, 2007

Leopard Upgrade Report

It's been about 24 hours since my Leopard upgrade at home and at this point I'm not experiencing any adverse effects from the OS update. After doing an in place, not from scratch upgrade, all my applications seem to be working just fine. Granted, thanks to Google, most of my work gets done in Firefox these days. Regardless after a few updates to my Omni apps I seem to be fully operational. Once the the new OS was installed I turned on Time Machine and my system is now backing up on a file by file basis as opposed to using SuperDuper to clone the entire hard drive. I think I'll still use SuperDuper every so often to save my butt from total system crashes. Stacks are interesting but since my dock is on the right hand side I don't get the interesting "arc" effect I'd get if the dock was on the bottom. Still it's useful. I've configured Spaces as well. It's OK but since I use Spirited Away I normally am focused on my current task window and I recall them with Quicksilver when I need them. I'm still evaluating if Spaces is for me. Quick Look is phenomenal! It will help make searching for docs much easier. Key word search can get you close but what if you're looking for the 4th revision of something and you need to inspect the doc to really know if you have the right version? Quick Look helps find the right file if finding that file means inspecting it. I'm still playing with Notes and To-Do's in mail but the data detection feature seems to work well. I used it to create a new iCal entry in one click which was synced to my Google Calendar by Spanning Sync. Overall I'm pretty happy with Leopard. There are enough new features I can use quickly and easily but a whole raft of new tricks I'll have to learn over time. There's a lot of new tidbits stuffed into the cracks of applications and system preference panes. So much to learn, so little time.

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