AMITIAE - Wednesday 25 July 2012
Arrival of Mountain Lion in Thailand: Slow Download, Smooth Update, Some Disappointment
By Graham K. Rogers
I was not expecting any problems as I ran this recently. The report showed that all was in order but I took the offer to rebuild the desktop. When complete, I shut down the computer, removed the flash drive and restarted, going back to the user account intending to do some work.
With the update to Lion last year the download became available around 9pm here, so while working I planned to check the Mac App Store and news sources regularly. However, the first check showed me that Mountain Lion was already online, so I restarted once more to install this from the Admin account.
In the Mac App Store panel for Mountain Lion, I pressed the blue button marked $19.99 which changed to a green "Buy" button. Once I had entered my password (20:13) the download began. It was painfully slow, I thought, but then it was probable that a lot of others were also trying the download at the same time.
There is precious little information for the ordinary user while the installation is taking place. The Mountain Lion panel in the Mac App Store shows "Downloading". In the Dock, the Launchpad icon indicates (in blue) the amount downloaded, while pressing that icon shows a greyed out Mountain Lion icon with a similar (white) progress bar.
A restart took a couple of minutes before I could enter the Admin account for a quick look round. One immediate difference I saw was a new icon to the top right on the menubar. When I pressed this, a panel opened that showed "No new notifications". This was different in the user account where I work and two are listed in a similar way to how notifications appear on an iPhone screen.
Over the next day or so, I will be checking this out, but a brief look shows me that as well as the new Notifications icon, there is a new menubar icon for Displays. Taking a screenshot displays a new camera icon.
I am disturbed to find that with a new version of Safari (6.0) all the RSS feeds that I have bookmarked are useless as there is no RSS feed reader included. I am directed to the Mac App Store to download a suitable app. I grabbed something that looked suitable with the name Monotony but cannot say I am particularly impressed by this change. I now have to go through the scores of feeds and re-enter them in a new app. A backward step here and a big waste of my time.
Down in the Dock I now see Reminders and Notes: showing the closer relationship between OS X and iOS that seems almost inevitable. AddressBook has been changed to Contacts, again the same as the iOS app and has been slightly reorganised (at first glance). iTunes seems unchanged, and the iLife apps of iDVD and iWeb are still installed.
Mail has been updated to Version 6.0 and needed upgrading the first time I opened it. This took several minutes but when finished it appears basically unchanged. Disk Utility is shown as Version but on first acquaintance appears unchanged.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs.
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