My upgrade to OSX Lion did not go smoothly because Snow Leopard ate my internet connection. It came on and off until it finally decided to stay long enough for me to get the necessary software updates to download Lion overnight.
It took about an hour this morning to install Lion. Everything seemed fine until I tried to open Mail and I kept on getting error messages. I decided to trash the imported files and restore from my last Leopard backup, which worked. The new Mail looks weird and is taking some getting used to, but it now has threads, so I know I’m going to love it.
My only other complaint is that I had a dickens of a time with my transcription today. The file would stop and freeze periodically, like my foot pedal was jamming. If this had happened a couple of times, I would consider the behaviour coincidental to installing Lion, but the number of times it occurred is concerning me. It was a very frustrating transcription day.
Another thing I need to get used to is ‘reverse scrolling’ in that I have to roll the mouse wheel upwards to scroll down a page (or swipe upwards on the track pad). For some reason, this isn’t irking me at all and I think that I will get used to it quickly.
iCal has a pretty skin (looks like a physical desktop calendar), but I find the colours too muted. I put all my financial stuff in red and the bold red boxes were impossible to ignore while the meek pink ones kind of fade into the background.
I like the Address Book skin, too. It looks like the Address Book skin on the iPad, more like a real book.
The new Finder window is missing a crucial piece of information that I check all the time: the amount of space on my hard drive. I’ll have to get used to periodically getting the info from the hard drive icon on the desk top.
If I don’t have any transcription tomorrow, I’ll be taking the day off to explore some Lion financial apps. I’ve been wanting to move from my buggy free suite to bug-free paid software for some time. I also need to remove Office for Mac 2004 in such a way that I could restore it should I decide to go back to Leopard if Lion ever explodes in my face. Finally, I’m going to poke around iWork ’09 to see if it’s worth upgrading or not.
With Mountain Lion coming out shortly and so many apps now being updated for Lion only, it really was time to make the switch. The speed bumps aren’t much fun, but I’ll get through them. In the long run, upgrading to a new OS is almost as much fun as getting a new computer!Share on Facebook