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Mac OS X 10.1 seen up close. First part

Try this short experiment: ask your acquaintances what comes to their mind if you say "X". If you get things like a tie in the football pools, the secret affairs of the United States government, or the unknown variable of the equations algebraic, congratulations! You are surrounded by normal people and posed. Visit them and benefit from them. πŸ™‚

If, on the other hand, they say sentences like "a slow and complicated system", "a system in which a lot of stuff doesn't work" and "a system that doesn't give me anything more than what I have" … then it's about discontented Macintosh users, and the time has come to disprove and reverse these claims.

Today's release of Mac OS 10.1, the first true major update of the new generation of Apple Operating Systems, is a candidate to cancel the not completely positive impressions inherited from its previous versions.

This release will help us improve our productivity Or, maliciously, is it still a colorful "aquatic" toy functional to the sale of new machines? The answer is subordinated to the many technical improvements that have been implemented and to the renewed speed of the whole and "optimization" was the key word that guided the work of Apple's engineers. All efforts have been made to increase the Finder's unsatisfactory response to the commands, and the results are evident. The unexpected closures that appeared repeatedly in the various builds that gave the idea of ​​the development in progress, have truly become a distant memory. works with great speed.

Also the functional discourse has been studied, integrations and in some cases revised, obviously for the better. Changing at any cost, a belief that does not pay, and the world of information technology is no exception. Do you remember the unfortunate layout of the public beta screen? The blue melina in a central position, absolutely useless?

The Aqua interface has always abounded in graphic refinements, but now some elements are to be discovered pleasantly with the lantern, such as the icons in the upper right corner which ideally replace the functions performed by the control strip. animation of the modem icon when you connect and disconnect from the internet. Its coloring (faded or sharp) indicates at a glance whether the connection is active or not. The graphical control option on the windows has been improved, allowing you to choose the desired resizing effect, without the need to restart.

The actual installation process consists of about 20 minutes, of which the first quarter of an hour for the actual installation, the remaining time spent on optimizing the files. Most of the tested applications worked without major problems. , a real sigh of relief. Among the most common, AppleWorks 6.2 and Eudora show some sharp edges, hopefully solvable with a short-term update.

Other software suffer from any display bug, for the time being circumvented by changing the color depth of the monitor, but overall, nothing particularly serious.

The computers, connected through the FireWire port, mount on the desk correctly in a flash. The system is particularly resistant to β€œstrains”, that is, to sudden, irregular disconnections, without first removing disks from the desktop. In several trials, OS X has never had blocking behavior.

In the classic "home" networking test, ie sharing files and folders with the PC-Windows, trying to exploit the well-known DAVE in its latest version 3.0a8 (it will be remembered that a short time ago, this version had been made freely available by the manufacturer Thrusby to allow users to test the efficiency of the software pending the release of a definitive one) our installer realizes that 10.0.4 is not available and therefore does not proceed further. on the contrary, it easily lent itself to the job requested, with the advantage of not presenting any particular configuration difficulty.

What about the return of AppleTalk which will allow you to manage old networks without going crazy with IP numbers and having volumes of Remote Macs on your desk as it was in the good old days.

Obviously, all the new network services are active and even if the Samba interface remains a bit cryptic, you can always take advantage of the freeware utilities that take advantage of the potential for networking with the Windows world.

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