Mac OS Lion, The First OS Where I’m Not Excited To Upgrade

Well I’m sad to say that OS X Lion is the first OS where I’m not really excited to do the upgrade. And that makes me sad.

I remember getting excited about Windows 95 after using Windows 3.1. Proper multi-tasking! Beautiful graphics! A suite of built-in applications! So much nerd-joy.

Then Windows 98! Better software! Better device support! More stable! A solid upgrade.

Windows XP! This was huge! The stability and support of Windows 2000 with the consumer experience of Windows 98. DirectX with improved graphics! Improved media capabilities! Fantastic. Easy upgrade.

Windows Vi….

Windows 7! Finally Microsoft got it. A more sleek, stable and fast upgrade geared towards both the power users, and reduced spec Netbook PCs.

Soon after this, I made the jump onto the Mac bandwagon at Mac OS 10.5, Leopard. I was initially very concerned about the OS, and whether my previous workflows could be easily transferred across from Windows. I pondered the purchase for weeks and months, reading tens of reviews.

I finally bit the bullet and bought a MacBook on Mac OS 10.5, Leopard. I had about a week of OS-shock, and after that, everything was running beautifully. Some workflows were a bit clunkier, but some were far smoother and easier.

Then 10.6 came out. 10.6! Snow Leopard! Apple says that theres over 300 new features! This is incredible. Instant upgrade, and almost as instant regret. A bunch of programs stopped working. There was a bug in spaces. Previous tasks that were effortless and fun became clunky, as various pieces of software experienced various problems. To be fair to Apple, a lot of these issues were caused by 3rd party software. Over the next few weeks, various patches and workarounds came out, and within a month or so everything was fine.

10.7….! Hm. No hugely compelling new features. The next step to the iPad-ification and dumbing down of the PC. The knee-jerk motivation to upgrade to gain quick access to all the cool new features was replaced with a sense of suspicion, as memories of weeks of frustration after the last OS upgrade came flooding back. I really like how everything works right now. On top of this, there are multiple reports saying that Lion renders multiple displays nearly useless. Multiple displays are a big part of my workflow.

So, sadly, after years of jumping onto the next big thing bandwagon, the upgrade motivation is gone, and I’m a bit sad. I used to jump head first into a new upgrade and brave the problems, disruptions and failed software, and I’d wear it all as a badge of honour. Now I look on the whole process as a potentially inevitable drag, rather than an opportunity to get access to a bunch of new and exciting features.

How about you? Did you upgrade? How are you finding it?

Jay Winder

Jay Winder is the Australian Co-Founder of MakeLeaps. Jason came to Japan in 2001 to study martial arts, set up his first business called Webnet IT in 2003, and set up MakeLeaps in 2010 with the vision of unlocking the potential of freelancers and businesses in Japan with clean and powerful software. If you like, follow me on Twitter.

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