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The Obligatory Mountain Lion Poll
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Jul 30, '12 08:10:42AM

I upgraded to Mountain Lion from Lion the day it was released. I'm not sure why there are so many people who want to stay on Snow Leopard. Sorry, but Lion kicked its butt. Mountain Lion is a step up from Lion. The whole system is faster and smoother, and FINALY, the Finder works as it should have been working. It no longer takes minutes to draw in the contents of a folder.

I read concerns from people, like about some of the new features which their perceive as Apple turning OS X into iOS. iOS is a flavor of OS X, but made for a touch screen. It also lacks a real file system. All Apple is doing is bringing over some cool features from iOS. I saw enough to like about Lion that I upgraded the day it came out, and got myself a magic Trackpad to use the gestures.

Regarding AutoSave, it's not a problem, but then I don't use iWork. What I do like about it is I can make a new a TextEdit document and it will be persistent across restarts. It wont be saved until I save it. I was using that for notes, but now I use the new Notes app in ML. For new documents, Autosave is great. And you wont ever lose work because of a power outage or the rare times your Mac might lock up.

Safari 6 is blazing fast. I was starting to get fed up with the last few versions. You can't run Safari 6 on SL. Two annoyances with Safari 6 are the lack of RSS feeds, and no way to change your font. I fixed both of these easily though. I downloaded the free NetNewsWire app for RSS feeds, and the Quickstyle extension for Safari, which allows you to set CSS info for web sites. So far I have only needed it on MacInTouch to change Times to Verdana.

There's a lot of stuff to like about Lion and Mountain Lion. It didn't break a single app, and if I don't go looking for it I'd be hard press to know I'm not on Lion, or even Snow Leopard. ML also lets you turn off Autosave and a few other things some people don't seem to care for. And this is on an Early 2009 iMac with a Core2Duo CPU... not the latest and greatest. Time marches on. Do you really want to keep using a 4 year old OS?

For me it was well worth the $20 because my Mac is snappier now.

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