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What Are Your First Impressions of Snow Leopard?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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You'll be 'reclaiming' 200GB then.

Of course, you won't really, but visuals are everything in my book.

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Question is this booting in 64-bit on your 2009 Mac mini?



http://www.macworld.com/article/142379/2009/08/snow_leopard_64_bit.html

Yes.

Intel C2D or Xeon.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Yes.

Intel C2D or Xeon.

Can you force that or is it command 6+4 on each restart?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I just think everything feels faster across the board. QuickTime X and a couple of the new features are nice though. I'm also a big Exposé junkie, so that stuff me impressed as well. I don't notice a difference with startup times, but shutdown is much faster. It's almost instantaneous now, whereas before it would take me like 10-15 seconds.



Wonder how fast is all of this is for people with Solid State Hard Drives or (SSD)? Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I just think everything feels faster across the board. QuickTime X and a couple of the new features are nice though. I'm also a big Exposé junkie, so that stuff me impressed as well. I don't notice a difference with startup times, but shutdown is much faster. It's almost instantaneous now, whereas before it would take me like 10-15 seconds.



Wonder how fast is all of this is for people with Solid State Hard Drives or (SSD)? Wink


My friend, who's had an SSD for months, has said that that he's seen 'slight' increases in Mail performance for example. Just bear in mind that loading apps on an SSD are pretty much instant anyway, therefore probably won't notice too much of a difference after upgrading to SL.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Yes.

Intel C2D or Xeon.

Can you force that or is it command 6+4 on each restart?


Maybe I've misunderstood.

My interpretation is that if I have an Intel C2D cpu or a Mac with a Xeon cpu, whenever I boot.. I'm 64bit.

If that can be proved otherwise, please feel free, as I'm easer to understand as everyone else.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Lexmark Z611 is no longer supported too. It barely functioned with Leopard so I'm not too surprised. So I'll be looking to replace it with some other manufacturer that's more Mac friendly.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Finder, Safari, Mail and QT are so snappy. Snow kitty also feels really stable. I just wish there were more goodies to play around with. I'm already kind of bored with Snow Leopard. Please tell me there is something really cool I'm missing. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like it. A smooth installation and everything seems to performing at least slightly better than before.

I like the desktop more stars! Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cheef wrote:
epic_ed wrote:
cheef wrote:
Yes.

Intel C2D or Xeon.

Can you force that or is it command 6+4 on each restart?


Maybe I've misunderstood.

My interpretation is that if I have an Intel C2D cpu or a Mac with a Xeon cpu, whenever I boot.. I'm 64bit.

If that can be proved otherwise, please feel free, as I'm easer to understand as everyone else.


You didn't have to hold the 6 and 4 keys to boot 64-bit, right? How do you know you are 64-bit?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's quick and fairly stable, but I wouldn't feel rushed to upgrade if you're a Leopard user. This was to be expected, but it's pretty sparse when it comes to new features. I am impressed with what it came with though. QTX, Expose and the new Finder come to mind as being standouts. I also like the new black contextual menus in the Dock.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cheef wrote:
Stacks. Hmm.

I thought they were supposed to be scrollable?

They are...
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I picked up Snow Leopard today at my local BestBuy and played around for a few hours. So far everything seems faster. Safari 4 is finally zooming along like it was advertised and the new Finder is great. The new menus on the Dock look funny, compared to the regular right-click menus found everywhere else. So far, its stable and everything is right where I left it before the upgrade. I reclaimed about 6GB of space on my main drive. I like now that it reads mbs by 1000. Looks like I have more space. So far I am very happy with it.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Liking it so far! I'm most impressed with the new Quicktime and its screencast capabilities.

Only small problem I have is that my dock customization programs don't work.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just got Snow Leopard today and like everyone else, I've noticed a big change in HD space on both my internal and external drives. Haven't noticed any changes in speed yet as Time Machine is still "Calculating Changes", which is taking a while. I assume because of the switch to Snow Leopard, its re-backing up? (EDIT: Now that thats done, noticing the speed now!)

Anyway, I haven't tried the new Stacks yet, as quite frankly I found the previous version worthless.

I do like the changes they made to Expose and the zoom feature is nice.

The only disappointments I have are the fact that my printer has no driver. Will they be adding any more drivers than the current ones or will I have to get a new printer?

Flip4Mac doesn't work smoothly at all. Instead of bringing up a WMV file automatically, the only way it'll work is to open QT first and then open the file as when you do it by clicking on the file in Finder, it will say QT is not installed. (EDIT: Found a way around it, made QT the default player works fine now, although slower than on Leopard) Kinda weird, as webcasts seems to work fine.

Other than its ok, at least it didn't cost a lot.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

none of my 3rd party screen savers work .

I had a few cool looking screen savers and none of them seem to work. It says not compatibility this this version of Mac OS X.

It asks if I want to delete and i say yes, than it asks again. Doesn't ever delete it.

I do however now have apple screen savers which i never noticed before and they are nice.
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