Why I won't be upgrading to Apple's Mountain Lion OS X

Why I won't be upgrading to Apple's Mountain Lion OS X

Summary: As a MacBook Pro owner who upgraded to Lion last July, I'm not interested in Mountain Lion. Here's why.


One year after the release of OS X Lion, Apple is already gearing up for the next version: Mountain Lion, which was revealed at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on Monday morning.

As a MacBook Pro owner who upgraded to Lion last July, I'm not interested. Here's why.

Let's go over a bit of background first. Lion was a huge departure from any of the previous versions of OS X, including the immediate predecessor, Snow Leopard. My 13-inch MacBook Pro was running just fine (and quite fast) on Snow Leopard, which came pre-installed on the laptop.

However, I made the (now regrettable) jump to upgrade to Lion for a few reasons.

At $29.99, it was the cheapest operating system upgrade that Apple had offered to date. Also, as I mentioned, it was a huge overhaul for the platform, and I wanted to have and see the most cutting edge software that Apple had produced to date. (Also, being a Leo, I happen to like lions, but that's just a silly additional reason that makes no sense whatsoever but feels necessary to include anyway.)

However, right from the beginning, I discovered that I was not a fan of Lion and wanted to go back to Snow Leopard immediately. The most immediate difference I noticed was that Lion slowed down my computer considerably. A major software upgrade is always going to do that to a computer, but it was to the point where my MacBook has never recovered and still bothers me to this day.

Furthermore, with the exception of full-screen mode (which, I admit, I really do love), I haven't really been impressed by what Lion can do for me. Although it came with 250 new features, it ended up being that most of them just didn't do anything more me.

I also didn't like the option of viewing the desktop screen basically like you would on an iOS device. That works on a smaller screen as seen on the iPhone perfectly, and even on the 9.7-inch iPad. But on a MacBook, it just looks like clutter.

Now with the introduction of Mountain Lion, I just don't see the point. First of all, I already shelled out $30 for the upgrade last year. Mountain Lion comes with an even cheaper upgrade price at $19.99. That's nice, but it's annoying because Snow Leopard users can bypass Lion altogether and upgrade for a much cheaper price. If I chose to upgrade again, I would end up paying $50. No thanks.

Furthermore, I didn't see anything mentioned during the keynote demo yesterday that really piqued my interest. It's a modest update, at best, along the lines of what Snow Leopard was to Leopard. Some of the bigger additions that come with Mountain Lion include Game Center for Mac and system-wide voice recognition dictation -- although it doesn't look like anyone referred to this as Siri for Mac. However, unless you're a serious gamer on your Mac, that doesn't seem all that necessary to upgrade for either.

Apple is also continuing to build the bridge between iOS and Mac OS X by tacking on another notifications center to the desktop, but I already get enough notifications on my iPhone and my iPad that I really don't need this in another place just yet.

I see the usefulness in it being that you wouldn't have to even look up from your computer (or whatever Apple device you happen to be using) to receive notifications. But I'm OK with waiting for this and the other aforementioned features until I completely upgrade to a new computer (likely in the next year or two) before I jump to the next version of Mac OS.


Topic: Operating Systems

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  • Performance

    If you took a performance hit, what was the cause of it? Why didn't you restore your previous OS?
    • If she did that

      She couldn't write on how bad OS X is. Remember, this is ZDNet, where everything Apple/Google/Unix/Linux is bad, and only Microsoft/Nokia are good. Unlike Microsoft, she could have easily restored everything as it was right before the Upgrade. But then there would be nothing to whine, and complain about.
      Jumpin Jack Flash
      • I'd just like to point out

        ...that, every day, I see comments on ZDNet saying that we are either shills for Microsoft or shills for Apple. Which one is it, then?
        • Simple...

          Whichever one the commenter doesn't like, if you're writing about it. :)

          Seriously though, the 'shill' accusation is getting pretty tired.

          That being said, every writer here has some bias. That's normal. Depending on the focus of the site or column, that's not necessarily a bad thing. One would expect, for example, that Ed Bott and Mary Jo Finley have a bias towards Microsoft given that they write about it as a focus to their columns. Similarly posts by the writers of The Apple Core should probably have a bias towards Apple.

          Oddly, though, his claim of an "anti-Apple" bias is weird to me. The numbers are pretty simple... and you, oddly, can do them better than anyone commenting...

          What percentage of the writers and editorial staff for ZDNet use Mac and iDevices either primarily or exclusively compared to the general population? What percentage of the articles posted are about Apple compared to Google or Microsoft compared to their market shares? And the harder one - what is the 'positive/negative' distribution of those articles.

          When I look at things like relative coverage of Apple's WWDC or an Apple "event" compared to say Google IO or Microsoft's //Build, Mix or PDC, clearly far more attention is paid to Apple. When Steve Jobs died, ZDNet went into a two week period of mourning and angst fest that literally was unrivalled by any other site I read.

          So his accusation of ZDNet as being 'anti-Apple', to me, is quite surreal and falls into the 'you aren't loving me enough so you hate me' area of fandom. :)
          The Werewolf!

          ZDNet is definitely a shill for Windows even when their own "pro-M$" writers say that W8 will "blow" big-time! Apple dissed or pissed off this site in the past, most likely by ignoring them or making them look "retarded" by way of rumour. Either way it's only ZDNet that looks stupid in the end + speeds-up this sites fall into irrelevancy!
          • I never ceases to amaze me...

            "Either way it's only ZDNet that looks stupid in the end + speeds-up this sites fall into irrelevancy!"

            Comments like this make me wonder why you're here. Are you THAT bored? If the site is irrelevant and stupid to you, yet you show up and read the posts, and even comment on them... what does that make you?
          • Yeah, it cracks me up...

            People continuously accuse ZDNet writers of being shills and fanboys of platform X and talk about ZDNet deteriorating into oblivion but for some reason, they stick around like there's no other sites they can go to for pure tech news and articles.
      • andrew.nusca

        Please elaborate. Yes here are highly biased bloggers (I.E. Miller), who are "Microsoft Evangelists (Schills)" Miller actually reminds me a lot of another blogger, George Ou. George never, met a fact he couldn't twist, and spin, to fit his twisted agenda. Miller is actually praising Nokia for releasing a defective phone.
        "With two updates already released for the Nokia Lumia 900, they are showing they are committed to making the experience for consumers a good one." [i]By Matthew Miller | June 6, 2012, 11:01am PDT[/i] Yet if it was an iPhone, or even an Android phone, we'd be hearing how it's either some -gate issue, or just bad Q.C. We see endless stories, on how Apple uses Foxconn slave factories, yet Nokia is also a customer, for those same factories. "Foxconn customers, including Dell, HP, Motorola, [b]Nokia[/b], Amazon, [b]Microsoft[/b], and Sony. ". Why do we not hear Nokia, Dell, HP Microsoft, etc, getting their names dragged through the mud? Why is Microsoft given a pass on ZDNet? These are serious questions, which to this point have gone unanswered, the only response to date has been
        "andrew.nusca 7 hrs ago
        Enough with the conspiracy theories. Really."
        Why cover up the activities, and biased agenda of another, it only brings you down to their level!
        Jumpin Jack Flash
        • So you picked on one person...

          ...and lumped them altogether? Sounds like you! What about Adrian? Steven? The many people that write for things with Apple in their name... like the Apple Core for instance. I guess you're right though... they don't count. Maybe ZDNet should just fire them.
      • @Andrew

        I think you'd find less of that if the bloggers actually wrote more usefully.

        Really, the bloggers (experts all apparently, but honestly, no) trot out the most useless pap day in, day out. It's all rather sad and I believe it encourages a plethora of somewhat useless commentary and commentators.
      • @Jumpin Jack Flash Methinks thou doth protest too much

        Maybe the bias is, in fact, yours. I have seen you post where everything Microsoft and Nokia is bad and everything Linux/Google is good.

        Matthew Miller likes his Nokia. OK. In and of itself, that is benign and harmless. He shared his opinion that he liked his phone.

        SJVN goes on some fact-free rant about how UEFI is some wicked conspiracy by Microsoft to kiill off the Linux Desktop market and you chant Amen.

        See the difference?
        Your Non Advocate
      • facebook You need to read the older version of Miller's bio

        I found this part interesting "Matthew co-authored Master Visually Windows Mobile 2003, [b]was a member of the Nokia Nseries Blogger relations program, and is a member of the invite-only Microsoft Mobius mobile device evangelist group[/b]. I show affiliations with Nokia, and Microsoft, and Miller lives near Redmond! He claims to be an unbiased writer, yet chooses to hide his affiliations with Nokia, and Microsoft?
        Jumpin Jack Flash
      • @Jumping Jack Flush you did not demonstrate bias

        You demonstrated Millers professional accomplishments and confirmed his subject matter expert credentials.

        In the unlikely event that SJVN was a RHCE would you consider that evidence of bias or demonstration of technical prowess?

        Are you stating that uncredentialed amateurs and hacks like SJVN are fit to write here?
        Your Non Advocate
      • I guess you missed the important stuff

        Like he helped write a book on Windows Mobile an is an elite Evangelist, After he was recruited to be an elite evangelist, for Windows Mobile, which was renamed Windows Phone. I call being a "member of the invite-only Microsoft Mobius mobile device evangelist group" a slight conflict of interest at best.

        Also making fun of my screen name is not a sign of maturity. Sure I've pointed out trolls by mixing their various screen names (ie. William toddbottom3) but that was to highlight something, rather than to do the typical Windows troll thing, and insult others.
        Jumpin Jack Flash
      • @Jumping Jack Flash You continue to demonstrate Miller's prowess

        Your "smoking guns" are nothing of the sort.

        1. his zip code is immaterial. So he lives in the Pacific Northwest? so what?

        2. He wrote a book and is recognized by his peers as a subject matter expert. That is what most people refer to as a demonstration and proof of ability.

        3. He writes about products he is knowledgeable about. Where is the conflict of interest? Are you the same person who complains about Ed Bott writing about Apples security issues because of "bias" because he wrote a few Microsoft articles? How can you be a subject matter expert and write about something you are extremely knowledgeable about and then not have a "conflict of interest"? Can we then get SJVN to STFU about how Linux is "superior" to anything that Microsoft can imagine as a clear case of bias and conflict of interests.

        4. Flush was a typo. simmer down.
        Your Non Advocate
      • The bloggers are biased, not ZDNet per se...

        Most bloggers are homers for their preferred tech spaces, both at ZDNet and everywhere. Guess what? So are the readers. I work in .NET, so I pay more attention to Ed Bott and Mary Jo Foley. I laugh at SJVN articles and want to pat him on the head and say "good try, little guy..." Why? Because his biases do not align with mine.

        Also, it's pretty trivial in Windows to create a system image before upgrading, then reverting to that if needed, so Jumpin Jack Flash's comments are even more biased and less-informed than the articles/bloggers he flames.
      • look up the word Evangelist


        evangelist (vndlst)

        1. an occasional preacher, sometimes itinerant and often preaching at meetings in the open air
        2. a preacher of the Christian gospel
        3. [b]any zealous advocate of a cause[/b]


        Number 3 clearly indicates a bias. Miller is a Zealous Advocate for WP 7, and that should be taken into account after all that is the definition of an Evangelist, as it pertains here. Matthew Miller is a [b] zealous advocate for WP 7[/b], do you see now?
        Jumpin Jack Flash
      • @JJF Wow. You now jumped the shark on that one

        A marketing term used in promotional material is now the foundation for your tirade?

        I have an MBA. Should I not be allowed to post about business? I have both Linux and Microsoft certifications. Should I only now be allowed to write Apple comments?

        Miller's damnable defense is that he has proven himself to be a thought leader in a particular discipline? Let's find the nearest tree and string him up.

        Should ZDnet only hire the ignorant and the incompetent? Anyone who displays any modicum of talent or knowledge should be summarily removed from the blog rolls?
        Your Non Advocate
        • bias

          Your Non Advocate does not understand how someone may achieve and unhealthy bias... like say I practically work for XYZ company and all their products are awesome because!
          Bee Ryan
      • Since when is pointing out facts, jumping the shark?

        "I have an MBA. Should I not be allowed to post about business? I have both Linux and Microsoft certifications. Should I only now be allowed to write Apple comments?"

        Are you a blogger, claiming to be unbiased? John Carrol was at least honest enough to admit to being a Microsoft employee, so even if I did not agree with his position, I understood it. Miller on the other hand is hiding his bias, by [b]deleting it[/b] from his Bio. He should step up and say "Hi, I'm Matt miller and I'm a huge Microsoft Zealot"

        Miller's damnable defense is that he has proven himself to be a thought leader in a particular discipline? Let's find the nearest tree and string him up."
        How about instead of putting a Pro Microsoft spin on everything, just report on the facts. Every piece he's involved in reads like a Microsoft Ad! I understand he's a [b]Zealous advocate for WP 7[/b] (according to dictionary.com).

        "Should ZDnet only hire the ignorant and the incompetent? Anyone who displays any modicum of talent or knowledge should be summarily removed from the blog rolls?" ZDNet has, and has had quite a few bloggers that fit that bill, remember George Ou?
        Jumpin Jack Flash