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Jul 21 2011   6:59AM GMT

Apple Mac OS X Lion Upgrade Experiences

MikeLaverick MikeLaverick Profile: MikeLaverick

Well, I’m one of those stupid Apple Fanbios who upgrades the day a new version of something comes out from Apple.

No I’m not. Not really. But I thought having such a brutal statement at the head of a blogpost might make people want to read further! See, gotcha… ;-)

I will be updating this post as and even I find new stuff to share.

I wouldn’t go and buy an iPAD3 if it came out tomorrow. Generally, I wait until something breaks (or more commonly I break it) before I consider buying something new. But when it came to Lion I thought for £20 quid I couldn’t really go wrong. I recently stopped being on the Steering Committee for the London User Group, and for my contributions throughout the years I was presented with £50 iToons gift card. That was a very timely recognition because that gift card help absorb the cost of the upgrade.

You’ll find Lion is downloadable from the AppStore on your Mac, and it takes sometime to download. I didn’t precisely take out my stop-watch but it was an hour or so. Apparently on the day of the launch there was too many silly Apple Fanbios like me downloading at the same time!

The upgrade went smoothly and took about 30mins to install to a SATA based drive – its about half the time if you using an SSD. Of course before even embarking on this process I took a TimeMachine backup of my current configuration.

After the install you will see Apple’s lovely new logon screen. Sigh. Try not to touch yourself by its beauty – its just a logon screen remember (you perv!)

Now I could regale you with all the lovely new features – but if you want that you could toddle off to Apples marketing machine. Enjoy…

There’s a couple of things that I’ve found are broken since the upgrade – and things I either don’t like or don’t see the point off.

Using MBP with the LCD Cinema Screen

This has always been a funny one. It seems if you want to make the LCD the primary display at maximum resolution – you have to enable “mirror display”. Then close the lid of the MBP, which lets it goes into sleep mode. Once woken up with a keyboard, the LCD updates the resolution to be its maximum resolution.

NOW. In Leopard you can re-open the MBP screen and it stays black – and by doing this you’ll find the MBP doesn’t get too warm. Apparently warm air is allowed to circulate out of the keyboard (SIC). Now this appears to no longer work. If you open the MBP lid, it the resolution goes back to what the internal LCD screen can support.

One thing I have notice with my new MBP which I bought about 2 weeks ago. Is that it is MUCH louder than the older one. The fans go like billy-o. That’s a great disappointment to me. One of thing I hated about Windows laptops is the fan noise is incessant – and its seems like the MBP has gone in the same direction.


This makes your 24″ LCD Monitor think its an enormous iPhone/iPAD. It’s quite lovely too. But I’m not sure what the point is another way of getting to my apps is – given I’ve got my favourites on my dock, and in the applications folder. If LaunchPad replaced “dock” as the new UI I would perhaps see the point more. Yes, it nice to be able to make “gestures” – but that kind of makes more sense with touch senstive screen on a hand-held device. It makes less sense on a laptop or fully-fledged computer. Perhaps that’s Apples plan – to develop touch sensitive screens for their MBP and Mac’s?

Scroll Direction: Natural or Unnatural

Once you upgrade to Lion you will find the mouse behaves unlike ANY mouse you have every used before. In Apple’s topsy turvy world they believe that finger sliding down the mouse – should take you up, and finger sliding up the mouse should take you down. The fact is the works against any “scroll” type mouse you have EVER used since they first became available. It was doing my nut in to tell you the truth. So much so I have to turn it off. Natural, I don’t think so!

It does feel like Apple is trying to make me think that down is up, up is down – and that sky is actually purple…

External NAS Devices Reject Authentication

I run a external IOMEGA NAS device on my network. Primarily it’s there for storing virtual machines, and used by my servers in my home lab. BUT, occasionally, I like to download stuff from my MBP, and upload them to the NAS. For example I might download some new beta software from VMware, and need to make it available. I don’t use the NAS for backups. I’ve got an external disk in a caddy which I use to do TimeMachine backups too – basically I don’t want TimeMachine traffic on my network as I’m only WiFi connected to the home lab.

Sadly, after the Lion upgrade I could connect to the IOMEGA NAS Device because Lion rejects the security context used to connect to these types of device. Affectively, Lion tightens the authentication security screws which stops the connection from completing.

Fortunately, it is possible to downgrade the security settings – whilst we wait for a firmware update (sometime when?) from IOMEGA and the other NAS vendors. I’ve yet to complete this process (I requires a number of reboots of Apple Mac to take affect) but I know of number of people who have tried this and it works. [Update: I’ve since impleamented this work around and I can confirm it works with the IOMEGA]


If you want me to be more technical I could be – but then I’d merely restating what the above blogpost has articulated very succinctly.

SnagIT Crashes

One thing I have also noticed is that SnagIT (the popular snipping tool for taking screen grabs) crashes frequently. So far I’m on my 2nd crash today of SnagIT. I did do an update to SnagIT prior to the upgrade, and I assumed that would cover my butt for the Lion upgrade. A check on the update options indicate that I’m using the latest build. So I’m using the report function when ever crash occurs to feedback the experience to TechSmith who produce the software.

Cyberduck and Java RunTimes

Cyberduck is a free FTP client I’ve been using for a while. This application requires Java RunTime. Fortunately, when you run it for the first time your told of this requirement and Lion goes off and downloads Java for your. Apparently this upset Adobe. But its nothing to get your knickers in a twist over. I do wish Apple & Adobe could just get together and sort themselves out. Honestly, its like watching schoolboys fighting in the schoolyard.

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