Feeds

Apple Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Part Two

The cat scan continues

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Review You find me in better spirits compared to my anxious state during last week’s experimentation with OS X Lion. A weekend of sanity makes quite a difference. That is, sanity achieved through the cathartic process of a clean instal.

Apple Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Safari swipe

Swipe your fingers sideways across your Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad to slide forward and back between web pages in Safari

The steps leading to this were awkward. The OS X Lion installer is only available as a Mac App Store download to Macs running OS X Snow Leopard, and it commits seppuku upon completion. With some fiddling, I managed to make my own OS X Lion installer DVD, backed up my startup volume, erased it and ran a squeaky clean installation.

Does it need saying? My iMac now runs very happily under OS X Lion.

It does not, however, run as well as it does on the MacBook Pro. This operating system was clearly devised with MacBooks in mind, hence all the clever multi-touch Magic Trackpad gestures that don’t work on a - duh! yesterday’s technology! - Magic Mouse.

Apple Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Safari normal

Bah, how can I be expected to read this tiny little web page?

Like many Mac enthusiasts upon discovering this, I considered ordering a £59 Magic Trackpad for my iMac... but of course that’s exactly what Apple wants me to do, so I refuse. Flailing around with multi-touch gestures is all very well but trackpads lack the swift accuracy of a mouse pointer, or for that matter a Wacom tablet and stylus.

Apple Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Safari full-screen

What I need to do is click on the Full-Screen button and... oh

Wacom sells ex-demo Bamboo tablets for £59, by the way. Despite Apple punishing me for being so shortsighted as to buy a mouse with my iMac, I have warmed to OS X Lion. I have found it to be both stable in use and comfortable to use, and the £21 price is admirably low.

New hybrid storage solutions

Next page: Resize matters

More from The Register

next story
Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps
Google offers beta of tricky OS-inside-OS tech
Keep that consumer browser tat away from our software says Oracle
Big Red decides it will only support Firefox's Extended Support Releases
Greater dev access to iOS 8 will put us AT RISK from HACKERS
Knocking holes in Apple's walled garden could backfire, says securo-chap
WordPress 4.0 is here, complete with one-click upgrade process
Don't relax yet, sysadmins, there's still a chance for some big messes here
NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine
Open source? In the government? Ha ha! What, wait ...?
Google extends app refund window to two hours
You now have 120 minutes to finish that game instead of 15
Intel: Hey, enterprises, drop everything and DO HADOOP
Big Data analytics projected to run on more servers than any other app
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.