Louie Vidmar
Randomly Selective – Selectively Random

May 2nd, 2005 Good Morning Tiger

So Friday night, 6pm, the latest version of Mac OS X came out, version 10.4, codenamed “Tiger.” I got to the bookstore about 5:30pm, and I was about the 3rd or 4th person in line. Shortly after I got there, several of my coworkers got in line (Joey, AJ, and Patrick). My department authorized me to buy a copy for them, so I just brought it home and installed it. (My University has a site license for Mac OS X, so it’s free for affiliated people to use, and costs $15 for the media if you need it) Sure, I don’t own the media, but I don’t need to. Plus I can always get another copy later, or burn a copy at some point.

I installed it when I got home, and I’ve been running it exclusively ever since. I’m running it on both my 667MHz “gigabit” Titanium Powerbook (with 512MB RAM + 16MB RAGE gfx card), and my 1.42GHz Mac Mini (with 512MB RAM + 32MB Radeon gfx card) at work. Now this Mini’s processor is over twice as fast as any Mac I’ve ever used for an extended period of time, but it is noticably faster on my Powerbook [than 10.3 “Panther” was].

I have some issues with Mail.app in Tiger. I have all kinds of rules that sort my mail into folders on the server for me. The settings for which folders these sort into don’t stick for some reason. I’ve talked to another early adopter who has the same types of rules/filters set up who hasn’t had any problems with them. I, on the other hand, am having the same problem on 2 different computers– one of which was upgraded from Panther, the other was a brand new fresh installation. I DON’T GET IT.

What’s the best feature? Why should you upgrade you ask? The answer is simple. Screen shots are now in PNG format, rather than PDF. While PDF is great for sending multiple page documents, it’s one of the worst possible formats for screenshots. Yay it’s worth the retail price for this one feature alone! 🙂

One Response to “Good Morning Tiger”

  1. nougatmachine Says:

    Oooh. That is cool. I’d already taken a screenshot, saw “P” in the file icon, and did a “save as” to convert to PNG. Now I don’t have to waste time doing that again! 😀