I Got Me a Snow Leopard

I’ve been a Mac guy now for 3 years. I’ve loved the moved from the PC world to the Mac world and I have no regrets.

I have been using Tiger for the past 3 years now and my MacBook Pro has been acting sluggish lately that I have started to think of buying myself a new computer. Though the price of a new MacBook Pro is still hard to swallow ($2600), I was starting to think long and hard, especially when Apple announced their new operating system Snow Leopard.

I knew I wasn’t going to spend the $160 to upgrade to Leopard and then $35 to upgrade to Snow Leopard when I was only a few months short form probably purchasing a new MacBook Pro. But then a good friend of mine, during the Friday launch, told me that I could just purchase the $35 upgrade and it would convert my Tiger into a Snow Leopard. So I purchased it on his advice and also his reassurance that if it didn’t work, he would buy it off me.

Photo by Tris Hussey

So here I was at Future Shop on Friday afternoon purchasing the Snow Leopard operating system.

I got home that night and started to read if it was true about upgrading from Tiger to Snow Leopard. I was pleasantly surprised that it was true. The upgrade was actually a full install. I couldn’t pass it up I had to install Snow Leopard that night.

I performed my backups to make sure all my important data files were secure and I proceeded to upgrade. I was scared to death as I have performed this same task many times with Windows and it never went smoothly. I thought the worst case scenerio was that I would have to install Tiger back and begin from scratch.

I was pleasantly pleased how easy the process was. One click and a reboot and Apple took care of everything. Granted at one point during the install the “42 minutes” left stayed for a fairly long time. At that point I just took Junior and went for a walk.

When I got back my system was back up and I was now running Snow Leopard. Yeah that easy! The simplest operating system install I have EVER done!

I quickly began starting some my programs to see if they were compatible and running and I had no problems. Everything was great.

I felt like I got myself a new computer. Everything seems to look crisper. Icons look great, the system loads quickly, and some how I’ve gained more than 20GB of space. Yeah I can’t explain it either as most I’ve heard of you get back about 7GB of space. I’m not complaining mind you, but very happy indeed!

As I’m a Tiger user, I’m not use to a lot of the features Leopard users are used to, including Time Machine, Expose, and Spaces. These are all new to me and I’ve managed to get all but Time Machine working. For some reason everytime I try to create a time machine, it doesn’t see my Network Drive and it always opens Airport Utility.

After a full day of using Snow Leopard, my computer is new and improved. The $35 investment has given my 3 year old MacBook Pro some new life and I probably won’t be getting a new computer just yet.