OS X Lion is quite demanding for old Macs. Even though I own a 15'' MBP early 2011 with the 'powerful' Intel HD 3000 for integrated graphics, some animations just don't feel right (low fps).
This is especially very noticeable with Mission Control: It's choppy.
When ever discrete graphics are be...
@daviesgeek Thanks for the vote. It was hard for me as I wanted more people to support than votes I had to cast.
@gentmatt I have one of the last MBP that requires me to choose a graphics card and log out to effect the change. It turns out in hindsight to be a nice feature to have this control - as cool as the auto switching is - it feels really nice to always know where I'm at.
Thanks for asking that question - hopefully it gets voted up highly to become a need to know tip for people looking for help with the newer hardware.
This have to do with apple having a built in program that you can activate during startup. I came to knowledge of this program when contacting my support. Since I am curious of nature of course, I wanted to know what the program was and what it did.
This is were the not so funny things begin. If...
A friend of mine bought an iPhone 4S. It was a showroom model and it came with his limitations. You can't delete or move around apps. What does he need to do to get rid of this demo-modus. Or is it irreversible?
10.4 was such a speedy demon for me. Going to 10.5 felt slow until 10.5.3 or 4 (I don't recall when they had worked out the kinks). Then 10.6 was laggy and glitchy for at least the first three releases. 10.7.3 is the first release that I would put at par with 10.6.8 in terms of polish.
I love to boot to an older OS - even this far into the Lion side of things and just remember what things used to feel like. Yes - it was snappier in some ways, but almost always I'm impressed by how the changes made in the new OS are materially faster in productivity despite those niggling changes where it's slower or glitchy.
@gentmatt I could easily see a team that's 100% focused on new features for 10.x.0 - cutting any that need final tweaks.
10.x.1 releasing those late coming features and fixing the big bugs - no optimizing at all.
10.x.2 making it really solid - still no general optimizing - lots of patches and bug fixes and some low hanging optimizing.
10.x.3 - finally time to polish things and really optimize.
In this case - Lion has a lot going on under the hood - so this is less true with sandboxing on the horizon, huge injection new features - Lion really added some major things under the hood. Local time machine - new storage layer for file vault. Do you use either of those perhaps?
@gentmatt Well - anytime I see major increase in the function of the software, I just assume the engineers have seen what hardware is coming in the pike and get my older mac on the used market sooner rather than later.
That's the thing - apple isn't shy of "skating to where the puck will be" and the graphics capabilities of everything iOS, Mac is jumping a lot at the moment.
It's fine. But I do most of my navigation with QuickSilver. I'm probably not the best judge because I find that I adapt to the tool readily and don't spend a lot of time doing "hypercritical" level thinking.
And I spend more time in applications than I do "in the Finder" per say.
I can use it in full screen if I'm reading RSS or doing "single task" things. But in research mode I'm too haphazard. Sometimes I use tabs, sometimes new windows (Service to collect all tabs in top window and paste the URLs into Markdown document)
@gentmatt BTW, I do have momentum scrolling at my desk--I use a Magic Trackpad.
Presume you have a tag that is considered no good. Let's imagine one of the typo ones, IOS5 instead os IOS-5.
You want to clean those suckers up. Removing tha tag will likely de-tag the question
or will it? Will it leave the tag shown, but now allow you to use it on new posts?
Assume it removes all instances of the tags. You are now left with questions that may not be tagged at all.
So in order to do it properly, you list all questions with the tag in one window, remove the tag in another, then go down that list opening each one individually in another window and readding a more appropriate tag?
@bmike Interesting. My experience with 10.4 was that it was unusably slow compared to 10.3, but 10.5 was a breath of fresh air. Spotlight was unusable on 10.4, but it flew on 10.5. I actually downgraded back to Panther after trying Tiger, then skipped up to Leopard (which I still have running).
(or rather I knew about quick cursor, and forgot that it was what did it and byword merely supports it)
I have an app that has a similar function to quick cursor (clearly it opnly works in that one app and isn;t system wide) which will punt the current window into a selection of text editors) which is what I was actually referencing, incorrectly as I got the 2 mixed up, if that makes sense.
If you need to see the full structure of the tags, including synonym and master tags, you need to search on multiple items at one, version numbers (10.7), colloquials (Lion), Generics (MACOS) etc
a selection box ticker next to each tag allowing you to build a larger list (or better, a method of implementing more than sungle word search in the filter) would give tag checkers a lot better understanding without missing stuff
@stuffe Indeed - I think the main thing that users can help with is to keep shifting the tags to be as generic as possible. When I see a Lion tag - I ask myself is there any reason why this question isn't tagged OSX instead of Lion - is it something narrowly Lion specific?
doing that work question by question makes it easier to maintain the tags systematically
Our list of tag badges is pathetically small in my opinion, and in dire need of changes, the most obvious of which is iphone -> ios, yet I feel that any iOS answer (iPhone, iPod, iPod-touch and related, iPad) should count towards iOS. The inability to make a tag synonym that is iPhone, iPad, iPod...
iOS 5 is here! Geofencing, new Voices in Voice Command/Siri, and Notification Center for all!
We all know how heartfelt iOS makes you seem (Cards), how much control it gives you for managing your network (Airport Utility), and how it will easily turn you into a stalker (Find Your Friends), but w...
I would like to call for a place to list some little things that surprise you about Lion. There are so many articles and lists of all the new features with information overload, I would rather focus this spot of the site on tiny delights with a note why it makes a difference to you.
Please one t...
Would it be better for the site if mine is tagged more broadly OSX and Lion? I'd say probably. Is it more "pure" and according the the idea that a more narrow tag is better? I don't know and given we want the reputation of people that answer the Lion question to help earn them an OSX badge - probable needs an edit IMO
@stuffe Well - not exactly. We want the Lion tag for questions where Lion is central to the question - different than previous versions - where it's a Lion specific issue. I think we can't change the system at this point (all of SE / SO) and need to curate the tags for the benefit of both people searching for questions as well as for awarding people for their specific experience.
It would be very easy to make a tag set to collect the tags you care about into one folder. You can't apply them to the site in general AFAIK - but it's a start to ease the pain @stuffe is observing in using tags to collect similar questions.