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Upgraded to Mac OS X Lion from Snow Leopard

I’m finally found some time to buy the Mac OS X Lion upgrade and download (it’s a 3.5GB download!) it this week. After several hours of waiting for the download to finish and doing the upgrade in less than an hour, the upgrade was mostly uneventful and went smoothly.

One thing that stands out when I start using Mac OS X Lion? — it’s the need to “reprogram” my fingers to use the new scroll-up/scroll-down gestures! It took some getting used to but in the end it feels more “right”. Although, I still have to adjust to it when I use a computer mouse.

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How to verify your Apple support download files

If you have a computer running Mac OS X, chances are you have downloaded files from the Apple support web site. You can actually verify the integrity of these support files using a simple script.

You have two options on how to update your Mac OS X. The first option is using the Software Update program accessible via the Apple icon. The second option is by downloading the updates via the Apple Support download site. I have actually resorted to the second option a number of times because of errors I get using the Software Update program.

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Free MS Office alternative for Mac OS X

If you’ve just bought a Mac computer and you find yourself needing a document editor, spreadsheet and presentation software that is compatible with the MS Office software then you’re in luck. You can actually download, install and use on your Mac for free (as in free beer) an alternative to the expensive MS Office software.

It’s called LibreOffice. It offers the same document editing, spreadsheet, presentation and even drawing and database features you’d normally need. Besides being free, the good thing about it is that you can save files in MS Office formats to allow MS Office users to edit and read the files you created.

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