Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Technology Report: Mac OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

Posted by Jeff Lipshaw

I installed the new version of the Mac operating system, OSX 10.6, or Snow Leopard, last Friday.  It's advertised as being mainly an improvement under the hood, so the changes aren't apparent to mere users like me, although I'm told that things are loading faster.  That may be true.  So far pretty much so good.

Apple surprised everybody by bringing it out sooner than expected.  Be prepared for glitches in non-Apple programs.  I have a neat little program called One Password that remembers all my passwords and fills them in for me - I had to download a Beta version.

Printer drivers are fun as well.  I have a nice little HP LaserJet 1020 in my office, and it won't work in Snow Leopard.  It is completely unsupported for Mac by either Apple or HP, and the recommendation of the guy on the phone at Apple Care was to downgrade back to Leopard if I wanted to use the printer.  I found a work around online, which you can find if you click through the links in the quote in the "Legitimus" post.  Be forewarned - this involves going into Terminal, which is the Mac equivalent of doing DOS commands.

UPDATE:  Oh, I forgot anti-virus.  There are those who say not to bother, but even if there's no virus threat to the Mac, it does identify what you are passing along.  Personally, I am paranoid - I have two Time Machine backups, one at home and one in the office.  You will likely need to upgrade your AV program.  I had to.


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new Canon printer drivers for Snow Leopard are up both on the Canon and the Apple web sites.

Posted by: Dennis Tuchler | Sep 9, 2009 10:13:56 AM

"Personally, I am paranoid "

Hmm ... delusions of grandeur? everyone out to get you? when you see a group of people talking to one another you believe they are talking about you?

Or are you just anxious? anxiety ridden? neurotically risk averse?



Posted by: Dennis Tuchler | Sep 9, 2009 10:16:51 AM

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