Mac OS X Yosemite:
Oh, well, okay let’s see.
Umm, you might remember, when last I left yesterday, I was in the middle of a marathon download, trying to install Yosemite. It took over 11 hours to finish the download to my computer.
Before deciding to upgrade, I’d read dozens and dozens of reviews, many of them glowing, some of them scary.
Depending on who you ask, Yosemite is beautiful, warm and gorgeous or it’s crude, ugly and hard to read. It’s stable or it’s buggy. It’s faster or it’s slower. It installs easily or it hangs for hours and days. It’s mature or it’s childish. It works with all your devices or it doesn’t.
I finally decided to just go with the handful of reasonable sounding tech reviewers who said, “Go ahead and upgrade – it’s the most stable release yet.”
So, after 11 hours of downloading from the overloaded Apple servers, the actual install only took about 25 or 30 minutes and was painless.
I didn’t lose my wifi. I didn’t lose my default settings or my photos. The system didn’t heat up or slow down or catch fire or lock up.
It was sort of a non-event. It was kind of anti-climatic.
Anyhow, what do I think of Yosemite?
Well, I like it. I like the new interface very much. It seems a little faster, but I don’t know that it is. It functions very much the same as Mavericks, but I like the frosted glass look and the new icons and the streamlined feel. I enjoy looking at it. I enjoy using it.
I remember when iOs 7 came out for the iPhone I wasn’t keen on the new look. I thought it looked a little too simplistic and almost cartoonish. But it’s grown on me and Yosemite has a similar sort of look and feel without seeming like a giant phone screen all over the desktop.
As far as the new features in Yosemite, like handoff and notification widgets and AirDrop and iCloud Drive and super spotlight and I don’t recall what all else, well, I’m keen on using them. But, I’m not enough of a power user to immediately take full advantage of them.
I’ve only just grown sort of accustomed to the idea of the cloud and of integrating my phone and the desktop. It’ll likely be a gradual process, changing my computing habits to match the new technology. Yosemite won’t revolutionize how I do what I do but it’ll surely add more convenience.
And I guess that’s it.
There you have it.
To summarize, Mac OS X Yosemite: