They say a leopard can't change its spots, but I upgraded anyway!

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2007/10/28 18:49 -04:00, original URI:

I decided to say what the hell and pick up a new copy of Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and went to upgrade my Mac earlier today (you know, the MacBook Pro I have mentioned before).

This was a scary thing to do, since I had no AC adapter (I accidentally left in San Jose after my last IUC 31 talk, after having previously left it twice during the conference and getting it back!).

So, armed with a battery with what I thought was only a 50% charge, and even with the setup warning me that I should plug in, I decided to throw caution to the wind.

Leaving the DVD aside for days and not installing it just seemed like a worse idea!

Of course as soon as the time had been calculated I decided I was in trouble -- it was saying the setup would take 2 hours and as it happens I had only 48% left on my battery.

"I'm screwed," I decided.

Luckily, Apple is just as bad as Microsoft is in this area (and Mac is better on battery life than Vista!) -- the time went down much faster than the battery power did, and setup was able to finish. :-)

I even had enough to boot into my 32-bit and 64-bit Vista Boot Camp partitions and install the updated drivers right off the Mac OS X 10.5 disk.

I barely had time to look at it yet, but 10.5 looked nice and spacey and 32-bit Vista seemed okay.

The 64-bit Vista looked good before the reboot but would not let me log back in after (the keyboard wouldn't recognize the DELETE key for the CTRL+ALT+DEL and it failed in with the soft keyboard as well -- I'll have to plug in a USB keyboard once I have a power cord again and try and figure out what is failing there).

But for the most part, it looks like the Tiger is now a Leopard and the spots have been upgraded! :-)

I am sure I'll be blogging about this more once I have a power source again!


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# Tom Gewecke on 30 Oct 2007 3:15 PM:

Ever get a copy of MacOffice 2008?  Still wondering if it will do Arabic and Devanagari or not.

Leopard can finally use Windows Arabic fonts I think.  Also a number of new input keyboards.

# Michael S. Kaplan on 30 Oct 2007 3:19 PM:

I did, though I am unable to do any Mac testing or even viewing until after I have an AC adapter again!

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2007/12/16 Why my IUC31 talks were presented on Vista (even though running on a MacBook Pro)

2007/11/28 There is more to being an OEM for Windows than having the coolest hardware

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