Most of Lion looks really awesome. I’m most excited about Mission Control and Airdrop, and the usual refinements of usability and feel of a new OS.
One thing I didn’t realize is that it seems Mission Control is getting rid of Spaces completely. While I’m sure it will be an improvement in most ways, I really like Spaces. I feel a little claustrophobic about having all of my windows in one Space. Plus, I like having a different area for personal and work and entertainment, etc. So, we’ll see how that goes.
Also, meny people seem to really hate the new design of iCal. It is a drastic change, and it does seem pretty ugly, but that doesn’t bother me. What bothers me is that Apple is trying to recreate physical counterparts in a digital form. This seems to defeat the purpose of technology. What advantage do we have of using this over a real calendar, without even having the functions of paper?
Ars Technica summed up this dilemma best in their review.
Address book functions even worse. The buttons are blended in so they are not immediately noticeable, and it seems like they’ve removed the ability to put contacts in groups. This might not be a big deal to most people, but being the organizational OCD type that I am, I can’t stand the thought of not being able to filter out my work contacts from everyone else. *Shudders uncontrollably* Should I find a 3rd party address book that does this? That seems lame, because how will all that play with syncing on my iDevices?
So, those are my few holdups on upgrading right now, even though it the upgrade will soon be inevitable.
What do you think? Will you be upgrading to Lion soon?
“Over the past decade, better technology has simply reduced the number of things that we need to care about. Lion is better technology. It marks the point where Mac OS X releases stop being defined by what’s been added. From now on, Mac OS X should be judged by what’s been removed.”—
This is not so brilliant. It makes me think he is saying:
"Introducing Mac OS 10.8 Snow Lion! It has all the same great features of Lion, except for a few we decided weren’t important. It’s awesome, because less is always more."
I’m all about simplicity, but defining technology by removing things kinda defeats the purpose of technology: to make our lives a little easier.
A few weeks ago I quite my job and started my own Apple consulting gig. I wanted to write a lengthy post about how I felt with jumping into something where there was no guaranteed income, and maybe even a review of what it’s been like to work for myself.
But I think it’s good enough to say that it’s been great so far. While it is scary at times to think about not knowing where money will come from, the assurance of my belief that God will provide for my family has never been stronger.
One interesting difference about working for someone else to working for yourself is you gain a distinction between work and work. Is something just busy work? Is it just refining a process and tinkering with workflow? Or is the work something that will generate money? While working for someone else, I didn’t mind taking a break when all my pressing needs were taken care of. For working for myself, there are few moments like that. If I stop, or let myself be distracted, then it won’t be fruitful.
All in all, I love it, and it has been completely worth it to have more time with my family and more time for myself. Our lives feel more fulfilled. Now if I can just take care of that money thing…
Memorial Day kicked off the unofficial start of grilling season here in the US of A, which no doubt means many of you are going to be pattying up some hamburgers over the next few months. A good burger is a thing to take pride in and a little extra attention will help get it just right.