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The Great Divide Part 2

The Great Divide Part 2
by Gary Woods

Last week we talked about my move through computing history and what my current arsenal of Apple Computers look like as well as the transition to OSX 10.7, Lion and iCloud. This week we’ll make the move into Mountain Lion.

When Mountain Lion OSX 10.8 arrived there I was once again with my nose pressed against the glass on the first day downloading and installing it on the 3 iMacs. Unfortunately my 1st generation Intel MacBook didn't make the cut and is left stuck in the Lion. Still, Lion isn't a bad place to be but this could be the opportunity I've been looking for to get that 13" MacBook Air I've been fingering at the Apple Store.

Since I made those 2 operating system upgrades so quickly you just know that as soon as iOS 6 comes out I'll be there too but here comes the "but" because you knew it was coming.

After all those upgrades I started looking at what I was getting from all that updating. With Mountain Lion as I said I love the reminders and notes as well as iMessages and the Notification Center. But, features like Power Nap, Dictation, Game Center and Twitter??? Gatekeeper is pretty cool and a very Mac like way of keeping our Macs safe but of those 200 some features I don't see much that's really pointed at the professional.

Then I heard that Apple was releasing a new Mac Pro. At that point I thought, okay, here it comes, something for people who make their living with these boxes. But, when I looked at the feature set I found that the Mac Pro can be configured with up to a 12 core CPU. That's nice, but it means I can do everything I'm doing now, but faster. The next feature is a High-performance ATI Radeon HD graphics card. Again, it's nice but you kind of need that if you've got 12 cores of CPU pumping away. And of course the Mac Pro will be available with Solid State Drives (SSD). Since everything is going that way any way, Solid State Drives were another given to me. The only other feature they're touting on the Apple Website is "easy-access interior for simple expansion." Well at least I can get inside this box. Just try that with an iMac.

Apple did re-fresh the MacBook Pro line with the Retina Display which is great for our photographic and cinematic brethren but they also took away the DVD Drive which also means they still haven't embraced Blu Ray. Then there's the iMac line which hasn't had a re-fresh in a couple of years now.

Next week I'll talk about the merging of Mac OS with iOS and the disposability of our new computers. If you have any suggestions or questions for me please drop me a note at or see my column on the Internet at or call me at (805) 729-0910

Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors and he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc.