Saturday, October 27, 2007

New Mac OS Briefly

Briefly, very briefly, Mac OS 10.5 Leopard is a significant functional upgrade for all Macs. Sure, some of the revised OS counts only for eye candy, but under the hood Leopard exhibits real workhorse improvements. Gone are several of the annoyances in Tiger that caused the dreaded spinning multicolored beachball of doom. Faster, faster, and more elegant handling of file copying, access to network volumes, and Spotlight gets a needed boost as well.

I will be waiting a week or so to see what reports come in from the early adopters. The initial look indicates Apple put more polish on the initial Leopard version than was true with the first version of Tiger. We'll see.

Leopard updates Apple Mail (among other programs), yet some users will benefit most from the new applications Time Machine and Spaces. Time Machine performs automated incremental data backup, whereas Spaces offers a handy way to present different sets of working files. If you still do not have data backup--and many don't--I recommend a prompt OS upgrade.

Most likely, I'll upgrade my own Macs to Leopard next weekend. Check software compatibility before upgrading. As with all new operating systems, some older software may not work. Installer Beware: Always backup your data before migrating to a major OS upgrade, and check with the software vendors to assure compatibility.

I recommended Leopard for the last G4's (1 GHZ or faster), and all G5 and Intel Macs.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Leopard, Mac OS 10.5 Arrives Oct 26th

The long-awaited Mac OS 10.5 Leopard arrives in Apple stores on October 26th. The new OS contains many new feartures, too number to enumerate here.

Apple offers an update to Leopard for all cutomers having purchased a qualifying new Mac on or after October 1st through October 26th.

Apple states that Leopard will run on any 867 MHz G4 Mac or later, I will discourage installing 10.5 on any G4.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Rumor Mill: Watch Out for New Macbooks

The rumor mill is hard at it again as we approach the release of Leopard, OS 10.5.

Leopard is on schedule for a late October release. In conjuntion with this major operating system update will come new versions of the core Apple tools: Mail, Address Book, and iCal.

New Macbooks are also expected according to rumor mongers on the world wide web. Sit tight.

Office 2004 Security Bug Fixed

Microsoft now offers a download to fix a major security hole in MS Word. Download and install the Office Update 11.3.8 bug fix for your Macs with MS Office 2004.

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