Posts Tagged ‘Snow Leopard’

Safari on SL is snappy, snaps your fingers like 3GS

August 31, 2009

Safari is snappy, real snappy. I like it. Tab switching, navigation, launching of RSS feeds all happen as soon as I execute the command to, just like how it is on the 3GS. A pretty good speed bump I must say.

And best of all, it has nothing to do with 64-bit. I’m running my Safari at 32-bit for all my 3rd party plugins to work.

Must be GDC, OpenCL and the other what-nots at work.

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WiFi icon on Snow Leopard setup

August 31, 2009

I’ve just noticed that the Snow Leopard setup shows the WiFi icon on the menu bar. Then I thought, since I can have WiFi, why not just include Safari in the setup? Maybe even Mail, and iTunes, so at least I can entertain myself while waiting for the damned thing to finish.

What the flip, white cat

August 30, 2009

Seriously, what the flip. Being the first Mac OS to be “fully 64-bit”, and the best feature should be its 64-bit support. However, 64-bit has been a disappointment so far, for me at least.

It is confusing. At one look, I have no idea whether a program is running at 32-bit or 64-bit, and if I should even bother. 32-bit apps work, but 32-bit addons don’t run on 64-bit apps. My add-ons for Safari stopped working, and the only way to get them to work again is to run Safari in 32-bit. Simple things like 32-bit screen savers totally stop working. The kernel has to run at 32-bit for legacy 32-bit drivers or every damn peripheral made by someone other than Apple will stop working.

This makes Snow Leopard not any more 64-bit than Leopard was. The only difference is that the system apps are 64-bit. Not even the iLife apps are 64-bit. And yet, there are much more compatibility issues compared to the transistions of PPC to Intel, or Tiger to Leopard.

I am only falling in love with Snow Leopard for the new Dock Expose, the more responsive Finder, and its more finished look. Other than that, the so-called underlying improvements have been a bag of hurt so far.