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Who's Excited about Mountain Lion

 
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Most likely to release this Wednesday, who's excited? Why or why not? Most anticipated feature(s)?
 
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Except for AirPlay I'm not sure that there's any one feature that I'm more excited about than the others. The totality of minor features that make things easier to use is usually what pleases me most in new OS X releases.

Oh, and Reminders. I find them really useful on iOS, I'm glad to see them added to OS X.

 
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I'm looking forward to it. As soon as it comes out, I'm going to upgrade my Mac Mini, which is currently running Snow Leopard server edition, and I've decided I don't need the server features. That probably means a full reinstall, but I've got Time Machine keeping my data safe, so I'm hoping the transition won't be too bad. There's differences in where Java is installed though, right?
 
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I don't see anything to get excited about.

In general, I don't do the early adopter thing with OS releases. I usually wait six months or more so that the other folks get all the bugs.
I just upgraded my MBP to Lion a month or so ago.
 
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Pat Farrell wrote:I don't see anything to get excited about.

In general, I don't do the early adopter thing with OS releases. I usually wait six months or more so that the other folks get all the bugs.
I just upgraded my MBP to Lion a month or so ago.



I'm shocked. ;)

Actually when it comes to Lion, to me you are an early adopter. Earlier than I am, I still use Snow Leopard. However, I have been really waiting for Mountain Lion. I think it gets lots of bugs out form Lion, but more importantly it adds AirPlay so I can have my laptop display show on my 52" big screen via AppleTV. I can do it now with a 10ft hdmi cord, but it is annoying to set it up and no wires with AirPlay. So for me that one feature is a big deal. Now to anyone that doesn't have AppleTV, it is a feature that really adds up to nothing.

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Mark Spritzler wrote:it adds AirPlay so I can have my laptop display show on my 52" big screen via AppleTV. I can do it now with a 10ft hdmi cord, but it is annoying to set it up and no wires with AirPlay. So for me that one feature is a big deal. Now to anyone that doesn't have AppleTV, it is a feature that really adds up to nothing.



That would be a cool feature, if I could spell AirPlay or AppleTV. Maybe Santa will bring one....
 
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Just found an small but interesting article regarding general upgrade of operating systems .


http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/computers/blogs/gadgets-on-the-go/mountain-lion-and-windows-8--do-you-fear-change-20120725-22ozx.html


 
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My MBP is upgrading now, as it is my backup machine. I'll be holding off on my iMac until I see how it goes on the MBP.
 
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Getting your Mac ready for Mountain Lion
 
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Gregg Bolinger wrote:My MBP is upgrading now, as it is my backup machine. I'll be holding off on my iMac until I see how it goes on the MBP.


I'll likely do my kitchen iMac first, then the two MacBook Pros.
 
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As Gregg posted on Twitter. It appears that pre 2011 laptops will not be able to take advantage of Airplay in Mountain Lion. That sucks. But maybe that is why I didn't see it working when I tried using a developer edition and ran it in VMWare Fusion. I thought it was because it was running in a vm, but I guess not.

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Mark Spritzler wrote:As Gregg posted on Twitter. It appears that pre 2011 laptops will not be able to take advantage of Airplay in Mountain Lion. That sucks. But maybe that is why I didn't see it working when I tried using a developer edition and ran it in VMWare Fusion. I thought it was because it was running in a vm, but I guess not.

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It doesn't surprise me. I think that is probably one of those "we could unlock that, but then why would you upgrade your hardware?" So maybe Apple thinks that this feature is one of the cooler features that might tip soeone over the edge into upgrading their hardware.
 
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Finished the upgrade. I didn't actually have to do a clean install. It went right over my Snow Leopard server without any problem. I'm curious now about the Airplay. How do you know if your machine is compatible or not? I don't have AppleTV now, but I might get it if I could get Airplay to work from my Mac.
 
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Greg Charles wrote:Finished the upgrade. I didn't actually have to do a clean install. It went right over my Snow Leopard server without any problem. I'm curious now about the Airplay. How do you know if your machine is compatible or not? I don't have AppleTV now, but I might get it if I could get Airplay to work from my Mac.



Settings -> Displays

If you see Airplay Mirroring options at the bottom, you're good. Otherwise, you're mac is too old.
 
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My 17" Macbook Pro is too old.

But my office 15" Macbook Pro isn't.
 
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I have a 2007 white MacBook running SL. It does everything I need it to do. I have a 2011 Mini which does everything I need it to do. I have an iPhone 4 which does everything I need it to do. I have an iPad 1 that........ sense a pattern here?

As I write this post, I wonder if I've been abducted by aliens and replaced with a sensible person. Does my being happy with my setup, and not possessing a desire to upgrade anything, disqualify me from being an Apple fanboy? As I near the end of obtaining my "late-in-life" CS degree, I have less and less urge to follow the flock. Don't get me wrong, I am not jumping ship and joining the other side, so to speak, but the upgrades of late don't seem to offer this user anything worth upgrading to. I do hope that changes at some point, but for now, I'll keep my SL MacBook and Lion Mini. :-)

BD

Edit: I'm not disparaging anyone else's desire to upgrade. I'm just saying my use case does not warrant it. :-)
 
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Gregg Bolinger wrote:
Settings -> Displays

If you see Airplay Mirroring options at the bottom, you're good. Otherwise, you're mac is too old.



It would seem it's too old. I figured it would be since it's a grandfatherly mid-2010 model. Still, it's good to be sure. Thanks!
 
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For those, like me that have too old a machine for airplay, there is airparrot. Which I bought and it works just like Airplay would have.

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