Gently patting my original MacBook baby, I replied "She's still going strong - even though I got her way back in 2007 when I started grad school."
Well okay, fine, I didn't really say "she." But I do feel attached to my laptop. Not only was it a gift from my father at the start of my career as a grad student, but it's been pretty much fused to my fingertips for over 12 hours a day for the past four years.
I use it a lot.
"The reason I asked," continued my advisor, "is that my daughter also has a Mac, and it's been giving her problems - and I was wondering how much to sink into it before I get a new one."
I considered a moment, and told him that the hardware has always been excellent on every Mac I owned. "But," I said, "you know what's really starting to hold me back? Having an old operating system." I still was using the OS X version that the laptop came with (10.4), and enough new releases and time had gone by that the newest versions of the most of the software I use is no longer supported. And some software that I would LIKE to have, wasn't compatible. What I really wished I had was OS X 10.6, Snow Leopard.
|Figure: Girl can dream, right?|
"Oh, well that's easy!" said my advisor. "Buy yourself the upgraded OS X, and put it on the lab account. We can't have you held up over THAT."
Reason #863 I love my advisor.
|Figure: So pretty....|
So you see that picture right there? That beautiful, sexy picture? That's my desktop right now.
I have just upgraded to OSX 10.6, from 10.4. It's gorgeous. Snow leopard, I have arrived.
Last night I eagerly dove into installing the newest versions of all the software I need/want. I updated Microsoft Office to the latest version, and iTunes to the most recent release. I've installed Papers 2 (now I can reference media types other than just journal papers - like textbooks, patents, websites, etc.). And I've had my eye on EverNote for a while - now I have it!
But then I went to upgrade to the newest version of Safari - and it told me, "must have OSX 10.6.8 or 10.7."
Wait a minute - hold on. There's a 10.7? I could have sworn I got the latest OS. I mean, who bothers paying for an old version?
So I did some Googling, and guess what happened in July.
|Figure: Ah, Jobs, we will miss you.|
They announced OSX Lion, which is 10.7.
CLEARLY I have not been reading enough Mac fan sites. I did not realize this was coming - and if I had, I would have held off a few more weeks.
But you know what, I will take 10.6.8. It's a whole lot slicker than what I had, and of course, you never want to be too early of an adopter (right? work with me here). Because, you know, they haven't had a chance to work out all the bugs yet.
Yep. I did this on PURPOSE, I tell you. :)