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Is Mac OS X Leopard Better than Apple's Tiger?

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I had someone call in tonight on the 888-PIRILLO line to ask me whether Leopard is so much better than Tiger that it is worth paying for the upgrade. He asked “is it extremely better… is it worth $120.00?”.

Is it worth the money? YES. Is it “extremely better”? I wouldn’t say that. However, the incremental improvements definitely make it worth the cost. There have been a few issues that have been raised with certain applications on Leopard.

He also asked me if the new features on Leopard are “cool”. Yes, they are. It was worth it for me to upgrade, for sure. My system is actually faster with Leopard than it was with Tiger. That was shocking and unbelievable. With Windows… I always dreaded upgrading an OS… knowing it would likely make my system slower. To have an OS that is actually faster with each new OS is refreshing.

The best feature in my mind is Time Machine. Time Machine uses a unique interface that turns the rather boring task of backing up and restoring files into something that you may actually enjoy doing. And you may not even have to think too much about the “backing up” portion of the exercise—according to Apple, Leopard will automatically back up your files as you work.

The next caller asked about the Sony PSP software. I happen to think it is pretty much crap. The caller wanted to argue, saying that the software for Vegas is great. I reminded him that Sony didn’t make Vegas… they acquired it. To me, it’s quite smart for companies to buy software and refine it for themselves, instead of creating something from scratch. Why reinvent the wheel?

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Mac OS X Leopard Bugs

Jeff Hatz asks a good question:

I know that you have likely signed a non-disclosure agreement with Apple, so you may not be able to answer my question. Given how Microsoft has dropped the ball with both Windows XP and Vista by releasing them for sale before they were done, do you feel that Mac OS X Leopard is/will be ready for prime time by the time it is released?

According to appleinsider.com, sources tell them that the last full build (Sep. 21, 9A559) only contained 1 bug, which was patched shortly later. So when it comes to Leopard, can we trust the statement that there are no known bugs, or are there some that Apple does not plan on fixing before going mainstream but will fix after the release?

First, nobody at Apple has ever reached out to me (I think that’s just the nature of the beast). Second, no operating system is without its share of bugs. Third, any showstoppers have likely already disappeared (in stark contrast to the various showstoppers that obviously still exist in Windows Vista as well as Vista’s first service pack beta).

Fourth, both Apple and Microsoft have a track record of breaking app functionality between OS revisions. Apple generally sacrifices backwards compatibility for overall improvements – whereas Microsoft places shims and hacks throughout Windows to ensure backwards compatibiity at countless costs. Make no mistake: Apple is not Microsoft, for better or for worse.

If your favorite developers aren’t already on the ball, you may just find yourself sticking with Tiger for the time being.

Cross Platform Parental Controls


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – What? You want ONE piece of software that will work as a parental control on EVERY operating system?? Sorry… not gonna happen. YOU are hands down the best parental control you can find.

OS X Tiger has an excellent built in parental control. “When setting up your child’s user account, Mac OS X Tiger lets you specify any account as a managed account and limit the changes a child can make to your system. For example, you can lock all System Preferences. Save paper and sanity by granting or limiting printer access. Enable or disable CD and DVD burning, installation of new programs and more — however you see fit.”

Windows Vista also has a very good parental control included. “These controls help parents determine which games their children can play, which programs they can use, and which websites they can visit—and when. Parents can restrict computer use to specific times and trust that Windows Vista will enforce those restrictions, even when they’re away from home.”

There is no end to the number of parental control software titles. Wikipedia has compiled a long list of them for you to check out.

However, I have to say this. I may not be a parent yet… other than to my dogs. I am an adult, and I happen to be technologically minded. Parental control boils down to one thing: PARENTS. Take an active interest in what your child is doing on the computer. Communicate with them about your expectations, and whether they are meeting them. Parental controls should be less about software, and more about people. NO software can ever trump your abililty to parent your child. Software can only control so much. Take that control back!

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Tiger vs Leopard vs Microsoft Service Packs


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – There is a fundamental difference between a “service pack” and an Apple update. When Microsoft rolls out its free Service Packs, it generally only addresses security flaws, which were the fault of Microsoft anyway. When Apple releases an update, it costs money. However, these updates are major upgrades to the system’s functionality and features.

While Microsoft issues its Service Packs on a regular basis, it can take quite a while before Apple releases an update to its operating system, OS X. The current version is called Tiger. The new version, due in October, is called Leopard.

Microsoft’s Service Packs are free, yes. As I said above, they pretty much only fix security holes that should have been fixed to begin with. Any major upgrades on a Microsoft O/S are generally left until an entire new operating system is released. Vista – in my mind – still feels very Beta. Will a Service Pack address some of that? I guess we’ll hope for the best, and wait to see.

With Leopard, Apple is unveiling a lot of new features and functionality. It has totally revamped how you find files within the system. It now will work more like iTunes, and have a better interface. There is a very cool new feature called Time Machine. This will allow you to go back to any previous version of a file and re-save it if need be. Let’s say you made some changes to a picture, and saved it with the same name. Two days later, you realize you don’t LIKE those changes. Good news! With the Time Machine, you can access that previous version of the picture. Leopard will also have better parental controls, an integrated virtual desktop, and nifty new ways of organizing your desktop. I’m not going to give everything away here. You can read about them on Apple’s site. I’m definitely looking forward to the new version myself.

What’s your opinion on the differences? Do you like OS X? Are you looking forward to Leopard, or are you happy with Tiger? Do you prefer Vista, and the way Microsoft handles its updates? We always want to hear from you.

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