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Switch from Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X "without trauma"

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"Moving from Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X a trauma? I have been hearing this story for so long. possibly from the public beta of OS X.

I make a summary of my experience and my impressions, both as a user and switched to OS X, and as a "consultant" (with many quotes) who has helped other people, friends, acquaintances, dealing with apple machines and the new operating system.

I switched to OS X in November 2001, after keeping it under observation for a while, after hearing the first, second and third impressions of many users who had adopted it right away.I waited for it to mature a little , and I bought version 10.1. I didn't have OS 9, I was still stuck at 8.6. I had to first switch to 9 and then install X. I decided to dedicate a weekend to the operation. I decided that, since I'm not an idiot, on Friday I would have bought everything, and on the following Monday I should * have * been at least familiar with an approach basic with OS X. and there was no trauma.

Since I have used OS X, I have never had problems, n of privileges, n of baskets that did not empty; I've never had the need to log in as root (to the point that I don't even remember the procedure), I'm not a Process Viewer voyeur and the Console will have opened it only once in 15 months.

It is not a question of being genius, nor of having read a lot of books on OS X (the only state "the manual that is not there" by Davig Pogue, because for work I had to translate half of it). It is a question of having a minimum of patience , to realize that some things need to be reset (re-learned?), to stop a moment before tinkering with things whose procedures are still being learned.

And here comes the fun part, that is when other friends call me to solve the problems that * they * themselves * have created, and * not * OS X, Apple, or Steve Jobs.Friends who are themselves professionals, friends who tell you that they don't have time to learn OS X and make the transition from one system to another but who happens to find all the time to mess up their machines in the most Byzantine ways that the imagination can imagine. People who install a good dozen applications and useful to make OS X look like OS 9, to reset phantom comforts that mourn the disappearance, and find a colossal hybrid that does not n 9 n X and obviously bugs appear, applications that close unexpectedly, and anything else. ex-pc users do some damage, but they are used to twiddling. they like OS X, even before the old mac-user guard. I have a sculptor friend who belongs to this category. He is obsessed with "system optimization". and then he reads half an article here and a half there and begins to remove and put. has a 40 gigabyte hard drive, to keep asking me things like "listen, I don't need TextEdit and Reminders, can I delete them? Even half of the utilities, what do I do with them? I need space on the HD, and then less stuff c 'more you travel fast "(note that he still has 2/3 of free space on the HD, who wanted to delete two" useless "utilities such as Disk Utility and Disk Copy, which reformatted and reinstalled OS X at least 12 times.

Sounds grotesque? I swear I haven't exaggerated at all. This is the real shock of OS X: seeing friends getting lost in glasses of water that they have filled themselves. When sometimes you just have to reflect a second more on what you are doing. Example: I want to uninstall an application. I throw it away. then I ask myself: is this all, or do I have to throw something else too? ah, preferences.Now, if I don't know where X puts preferences, and I'm afraid of doing damage because maybe I've been using X for a week and not that it's all familiar, I'm not looking for that preference file either. it says that: – if the application has been thrown, nobody will claim that file, and there should be no problems. – it will be a few KB file, which does not take away all this space on the hard disk. Well, there are those – obsessed with a few KB – who have thrown the whole folder of preferences: stuff that even with OS 9 … then you they call to remove the chestnuts from the fire and complain that "the fault of the operating system". This is what is now on my stomach: never their fault.

"With OS 9 I could do what I wanted, without the need for e-privileges". True. Now OS 9 seems like a lost paradise, but nobody remembers that in that "being able to do what I wanted" including the possibility – not so remote – of wrapping the machine pretty well, deleting useful parts of the operating system.

I'm not defending OS X with a sword. sometimes there is some perplexity And haste always bad counselor. And time must be taken into account. think about why something happened and, if you are unsure of what you are doing, ask for help.I am not pontificating: as I repeat, my experience since when I use OS X and from time to time, I am called by some friend to do "troubleshooting".

Someone can say that Mac OS X easy to use "only in appearance": I don't understand. Let's forget unix for a moment. (sometimes unix an alibi. people mess with the terminal convinced that "like the dos" and then the fault of unix). Let's look at the interface of OS X. icons, menu bar, applications, a dock with files and frequently used applications, a trash can. Procedures have not changed much. on one thing I can agree: the least practical part was "finding" the various keyboard shortcuts, some of which have unnecessarily changed. but nothing, in general, that cannot be resolved with a reasoning of the type: "therefore, to do this thing with OS 9 I did so, now I have to do so". Clear that it takes a minimum of exploration. nothing, I repeat, of traumatic. I have even heard people praise the order that OS X makes with folders: "finally!" they exclaim, and consider it part of the intuitiveness of the OS X interface. Others complain: there are those who do not want the applications to be in the "applications" or "applications" folder. they want to create a new folder and call it "programs", so that everything changes and becomes intuitive. (And one thing that can be done, however. Only a small part of applications – I noticed – is annoying if placed outside the folder of the same name).

Then, if we want to tweak with unix, we can do it. but unix is ​​not learned in two days. and unix can be dangerous if you don't know how to use it. But many prefer to bang their heads in person, and then complain that OS X is "complicated". tinkering with the terminal can be useful but not essential. freeware programs have even been written to do certain things, just to avoid messes.

I liked and liked OS X more than substance than shape. Thanks also to the positive sides of this "world that longtime Mac users have never seen", a world that will have a few more technical jargon words, but also a decidedly more stable world, which allows me to keep photoshop, indesign, acrobat reader, two browsers, a text editor open, and download a 150 MB folder via ethernet from one machine to another. a world that, if you want to change its innards, asks you for a password. It seems to me the minimum. "