Mac OS X Yosemite

Mac OS X Yosemite

A few days ago I got around to installing Mac OS X Yosemite. Here are some quick thoughts (mostly complaints really)…

  • During the installation process the status bar said “less than a minute remaining” for well over an hour. I know it’s notoriously difficult to have an accurate status bar for long running processes but it’s still egregious. In the end the installation took well over two hours.
  • The look and feel is largely the same as Mavericks. iOS 7+ styles such as icons that are brighter and flatter and the frosted transparency effect are brought over but that’s it really.
  • The window controls to close, hide and expand / contract windows have been moved from the top right of windows to the top left. I find this change counterintuitive.
  • There are new bugs with the mission control virtual desktops. Switching between windows can often cause the application to be hidden and in its place an empty black screen. The most annoying thing is that you are stuck with the black screen among your virtual desktops until you restart.
  • The upgrade broke my Ruby on Rails and Homebrew settings. There are workarounds available thought I had to do a few custom changes to get one of my projects working.
  • I’ve had a weird wifi issue where I couldn’t connect to a network. I’ve had some issues in the past and normally turning off / on wifi or restarting my computer as a last resort would fix the issue but this time it just plain wouldn’t work for the whole day.

Since last year Mac OS X has been a free upgrade which is a nice change. At the same time, even when it’s free I feel like there is no real point in releasing a brand new OS every year when the improvements are minimal and there are lots of bugs. I have this same opinion on iOS and with the rampant problems with that release I don’t think I am alone in this opinion.