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Imagine my surprise when my system couldn’t find svn anymore… it seems Apple left it out of OS X 10.8 for whatever reason.

Luckily, you can just download the “Command Line Tools for Mountain Lion” package from the Apple developer site.

Edit: Make sure you download the package for Mountain Lion, not just Lion. Re-downloading now…

Since I’ve installed Leopard, I’ve noticed all the bells and whistles people keep talking about, but one part I haven’t heard anything about is the much-improved printing facilities that Leopard introduced. In Tiger, the printer setup was buried in the Utilities folder, but now in Leopard it’s in plain sight in the System Preferences, and it is much easier to use now.

Leopard printing

Instead of the minimal (and cryptic) Printer Setup Utility that’s been there since 10.2 (at least, as far as I know), you’re now met with a much friendlier screen that shows you everything you actually need to know about the printer, and buttons to tweak it further. It even automatically added the printer when I plugged it into the USB port, whereas before if I wanted to use it I had to navigate through the printer list in print dialogs.

Even though these kind of improvements are minor, and most users most likely won’t notice them, it shows that Apple is still committed to polishing up all aspects of OS X. Every version just gets better and better.

Leopard

Seemingly months after everyone else has marveled at OS X Leopard, I’ve taken the plunge and upgraded from Tiger to Leopard. Instead of upgrading, I decided to wipe the disk (backing up first, of course) and do a clean install. The first time, the install went fine, but Leopard hung with a blue screen when I booted it up the first time. So, I wiped the disk clean, again, and reinstalled, and everything is fine now.

The first thing I did (after installing Firefox) was change the dock to the “flat” version, then disabled the translucent menu bar. I have to tell you, Leopard is much better now that I’ve done those things.

Negatives aside, I do like the upgrade, but I don’t really see any great leaps similar to what it felt like upgrading to Tiger. Spaces is pretty cool, but Stacks is pretty annoying. I’ve been using Stacks to manage my built-in Downloads folder (new thing in Leopard) and it’s annoying the hell out of me, at least most of the time. Often I just click the huge arrow to navigate to the folder and Finder and just do whatever there, which defeats the purposes of Stacks.

The new UI (the “unified” look) is nice, but the window control orbs (close, minimize, maximize) look really gimmicky. They don’t look like they were drawn right, either — the bottom looks like it was horribly blended. Not to mention the “shine” is really overdone. I do like the new look for Leopard, though, and to me it’s familiar from using Uno on Tiger.

Unfortunately I don’t have an external drive that’s available for use, so I haven’t tried Time Machine out, but I don’t think it would be that great — I’ve been able to do the same thing for years with tools like SuperDuper!. Overall, while Leopard is a solid upgrade, the “wow” just isn’t now (to borrow Windows Vista’s slogan).

I’ve had it with Firefox on Mac OS X. On Windows, it’s fine, but on Mac OS X it’s unbearable. It crashes too often, it’s slow and sluggish all the time, and it just eats up my RAM1. So I’m trying something new — I’m using a nightly build of WebKit.

I started thinking about switching when I read an article on Ajaxian that mentioned that more and more web developers were moving to Safari/WebKit for casual browsing, due to the speed and ease of use. I can’t believe it took me this long — everything is snappy, the way I would expect a modern piece of software to work, and the nightly is running great.

Inquisitor is great, too. It makes searching Google fun and easy, and as an added bonus it looks good. It just took me a while to figure out the shortcut for the search box, but once that was done it’s been smooth sailing since then.

Oh, and the font rendering in Safari is so much better. I’m never going back. Never! Oh, and WebKit is for Windows, too, now. So when I switch to Windows XP when I buy a new PC (gasp), I’ll still be fine.


  1. Put it this way: when I quit Firefox, my RAM usage goes way down. Way down. 

Jealous of Microsoft Outlook users’ system tray icon notifying them of new messages, I’ve begun using Google Notifier to help sate this jealousy.

  • Growl support — why go through the trouble of using your own notification system? How about, if Growl is installed, use that instead? Growl has many advantages over Google Notifier’s built-in bubbles, and it would be great if this could be supported.
  • Google Reader support — Gmail, check. Google Calendar, check. Google Reader? Not there. That would be nice.

That said, it’s been smooth sailing thus far.