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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.

The second added feature that was actually more of a welcome to me is the ability to be able to resize the windows not just from that small spot in the lower right corner. Now I can resize windows from any point around the window’s border just like in Ubuntu or Windows.

Also iChat now supports Yahoo Messenger accounts, so this makes iChat a good replacement for the open-source Adium messenger I’m using. But I don’t think I’m gonna replace Adium anytime soon. Adium still has more features and supports a lot more chat protocols that iChat. For example, Adium supports Facebook chat while iChat doesn’t.

There’s actually one (2 or 3) things that’s actually a show stopper for other people who might be still considering the OS X Lion upgrade — that’s if you use those local (Philippines) USB dongles to connect to the Internet. My USB dongles (I have Sun, Smart, Globe) all stopped working. As it turns out, the drivers for these dongles don’t support Mac OS X Lion as of this writing. I’ve tried looking for solutions on the Internet and couldn’t find the proper software upgrades that will support OS X Lion. For now, I’ve have to rely on my phone for Internet connection or via the 3G Wifi router that I use.

Overall, things like iCloud, a much better Mail.app and iCal.app and a lot more are great new features. I think it’s well worth the $29.99 I had paid for the upgrade (in comparison, a Windows XP to Windows 7 upgrade would cost you 10 times that!).

Gerry Ilagan

Gerry Ilagan is into mobile apps and WordPress development at @speeqs. He loves to write about electronics, the Internet of Things, mobile phones, and #crazyideas.

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