Mac OS X Snow Leopard

By | Aug 28, 2009

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…or as I like to call it: “What just happened?”
Got the new OS X Snow Leopard disks today. Popped them in my Mac’s DVD drive and off it went.

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After about 10 minutes of looking at this…

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Ooh Ooh..the Mac startup screen. Any minute now…

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Doh! Skunked! Another 10 minutes…

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OK, fooled me once. Is this the REAL startup screen?

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Why, yes it is. The desktop background appears and then some music starts playing accompanied by a video saying “Welcome” in about 30 different languages.

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Mmm-hmmm, yes, you’re welcome, go on…

And finally…

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Ummm…uhhh…ehhhh…what just happened? Where’s the fancy new translucent neon glowing interface thingies with bouncing animated window doohickeys? Why…it looks exactly the same. Did I just pay $30 for a service pack???

Well, not exactly. Seems that all of the enhancements were mainly “under the hood” and promise a better, leaner OS X with 7GB less hard drive space consumed over Leopard. In addition to this there’s also:

  • More complete 64 Bit processing. Still runs some low level stuff at 32 Bit that wouldn’t benefit greatly from 64 Bit processing. Will still run 32 Bit apps just fine.
  • Support for multi-core processors
  • Exposé incorporated into the Dock
  • Complete Quicktime rewrite for better performance. Also now includes Quicktime Pro as a standard
  • Safari 4
  • a new technology called Data Detectors that identify key information in a text,and provide a contextual menu related to the data. For instance, you might receive an email with a flight number in it. Hover over the flight number, and a context menu will appear to allow you to check the flight information, status, etc.
  • And more. For more complete coverage, check out Infoworld’s in-depth coverage.

What Snow Leopard won’t do anymore

  • Run on PowerPC Macs
  • Include AppleTalk network protocol

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