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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Sept. 18, 2009 / 29 Elul 5769

Apple's Snow Leopard Is Smooth Upgrade

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Apple's Macintosh OS X version 10.6, more commonly known as "Snow Leopard," is perhaps the smoothest computer operating system upgrade in recorded history. At least it is the smoothest in this reviewer's "recorded history," which goes back to 1983. I could almost say it's worth the $29 price tag just for the install experience.


Here's how it worked, on two different Intel-based Mac computers: pop in the disc, click on an icon, make a selection, click some more and wait less than an hour. Restart the computer, which happens automatically when the install is finished, and away we go.


As stated, that's pretty much how it's been with all sorts of computer operating system upgrades, Mac OS and Microsoft's Windows. But things in computing are often more than what's stated, and in the case of Snow Leopard, the "more" is that there wasn't much more in the way of hassles, adjustments and the like.


And that, as Sherlock Holmes would have said, is "the dog that didn't bark," the unusual thing. Often, after an operating system upgrade, users find all sorts of hassles, complications and glitches. This time, there were just about none: one program, Zinio's "Reader" software for digital magazines and books, caused a hiccup but it was easily resolved by reinstalling that program.


Snow Leopard isn't a major upgrade of the Mac OS, but rather refinements and enhancements that should make life easier for all. The biggest of these, for those in businesses and large organizations (e.g., the federal government), is integrated support for Microsoft Exchange, a corporate e-mail and calendaring standard. This should give Mac-toting users a better gateway into corporate information systems, and lowers one more barrier to Mac adoption in "enterprise" (read: corporate or government) operations.


The other big boost is that with Snow Leopard, everything seems to run much more quickly and, as mentioned, smoothly, than under plain ol' Leopard. Whether it's switching between applications, running a bunch of different programs at the same time, or even the "virtualization" of running both the Mac OS and Microsoft Windows 7 at the same time - everything works better here, in my experience.


This is no trivial matter: it's not that I've had any great problems with the previous version, but under any operating system, having all sorts of programs open, plus adding yet another OS in a "virtual machine" kind of setup can tax things heavily. That's why I take comfort in the initial stability of Snow Leopard: if it can work well under pressure, it'll probably do find under "average" use.


Apple's announcement implies that much of the speedup is due to the 64-bit instruction set used by processors such as the Intel Core2 Duo in my 2007-vintage MacBook Pro and in even higher-capacity Intel CPUs in models such as the 2009-issue iMac the firm has supplied for testing. A 64-bit operating system for a 64-bit CPU chip can process more data more quickly than 32-bit architectures, so that's where much of the boost comes from. I would also imagine that in rewriting the OS for these chips, a lot of refining took place.


This is, however, the "rub" for owners of non-Intel-based Mac computers, some of which may have been sold as new models as recently as 2006 or thereabouts. Snow Leopard is the first Mac OS that won't run on non-Intel chips; i.e., the PowerPC processors many users already have in their machines. A good number of such computers are still running quite happily; my father has a PowerPC-based Mac mini at home.


For these users, a switch to Snow Leopard will come when they switch computers, and many of these units will probably be ready for replacement in the next year or so. Otherwise, I'd expect a few continuing updates to "regular" Leopard, at least short term.


But just as the Mac OS has long been a compelling argument for users to switch from Windows to the Apple platform, so Snow Leopard makes a highly compelling case for switching to an Intel-based Mac. It's an easy switch, with results exceeding expectations.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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