Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Snow Leopard experiences

So I've been using Snow Leopard for a while now, so I thought I would detail some first impressions. First the good things:

  1. Cisco VPN support built in. The Cisco VPN client on the mac caused me many problems, and frequently caused kernel panics. Snow Leopard has a built in client so I've uninstalled the Cisco software and my system is far more stable.
  2. It is smaller. I got hard drive space back. This is great.
  3. Faster. It feels much more responsive.
There are some things I want to try out, but haven't had a chance to. I have a mac and an iPhone and keeping my email, contacts and calendar in synch is not as easy as I would like. Snow Leopard has added Microsoft Active Sync support, and the iPhone has it, so I want to try that out and see if I get a better solution. The only problem is that I need to get an email provider that has ActiveSync.

Finally the not so good:

  1. Wireless is less reliable. I turn my wireless network off when I'm not using it. If my mac is turned on when I turn the wireless network on then it doesn't pick up the wireless network. I suspect this might be related to my wireless network not broadcasting its network name, but it is still not good.
  2. 1Password does not work with Safari 4 very well. I have it working now (I had to make Safari 4 run in 32-bit mode), but each 1Password update has a habit of breaking things
So generally I'm very happy, other than a few minor niggles



Anonymous said...

You didn't use 1Password 3 beta? It was available to any users on SnowLeopard, and is now public anyway. I've been using it without problem on SL and 64bit Safari

Adrian Spender said...

D'oh, I need to fix my OpenID provider

Tim said...

I like snow leopard but we've found one major big that they need to fix asap. It's in iCal. I'd you snooze a recurring reminder it resets all reminders for the recurring event. We're getting reminders for peoples birthdays from 2005!

Alasdair Nottingham said...

@Adrian I did look at using 1Password 3 but when the beta was closed I didn't like the license agreement. It might be different now it is open. The main issue I have with 1Password2 on Snow Leopard is each update breaks it and I have to manually work around the problem again.

@Tim I haven't seen that problem, but I have also disabled iCal notifications. Since I sync with my phone I get the notification from that and do not need it twice.

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