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Mavericks Review

4 years ago in Articles, Reviews by Wardy Miller | No Comments

Mavericks-OSXOn October 22nd, much to everyones surprise, Apple gave everyone an early Christmas present. It released the newest version of OSX 10.9 (Mavericks) for free, as well as some other titles that we will focus on at a later time. Todays focus will be on Mavericks. Other than being a shot across the bow of some other software makers that will remain nameless. This OS X release has a lot of stuff under the hood, such as memory management, and multi-tasking enhancements. 10.9 focuses some attention on some older apps that were missing for functionality as well as making apps more visually pleasing.

Finder: Of all of the Mavericks applications Finder (in my opinion) got the most attention. With the new finder, you can categorize things with tags. While this might sound pretty weak, once you get used to using tags you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them. Another welcomed addition to finder was the ability to use tabs, just like in your favorite web browser. Now instead of having finder windows all over your screen, they can be gathered into a single pane, making your work that much easier.

Calendar: Calendar got more of a visual makeover as compare to a functional change. The new calendar looks much cleaner and speaker. Gone is the “leather binder” look. The functionality hasn’t changed. I do notice that the interaction between my desktop and iPhone seem to work better through iCloud. That has been my experience, other users experience may vary.

New Applications: With Mavericks Apple has also rolled in iCloud Keychain, Maps and iBooks. The Maps feature is very much like that on iOS, with a few exceptions because it is now a desktop application. Now you can use “flyover” more easily than you can in iOS, just because it is a desktop application. One of my favorite features of Maps is that I can now find directions and with a single button-click share them with my iPhone. Which makes getting directions to my phone much easier than searching for multiple routes on my phone. The other iOS application the got some desktop love was iBooks. Now ebooks aren’t relegated to your iOS device. If the book is created with iBooks author or in a standard e-pub or PDF format, they will be readable on your desktop. Previously, this could be done with an application like Calibre or the Kindle application. It’s once that for once Apple isn’t letting the competition eat their lunch. One more application I wanted to address today was iCloud Keychain. This solves one of the problems I used to use Mobile Me for, keeping all of my keychain in sync. It does that and a bit more. This will allow your iOS device to share your Keychain as well as all of your desktops. iCloud Keychain will also store credit card numbers allowing you to auto fill your credit card number. (For security iCloud Keychain won’t store the security code on your card.) All of the data is stored in iCloud, using AES 256-bit encryption giving you total security.

Other notables: Some of the other notable applications included in this release are Safari, Multiple Displays and Notifications. The Notifications update is particularly interesting. With this update, when you get an email notification, you can reply directly from Notification center instead of having to open the application. (This also works for the messages application.)

The Bottom line: This isn’t a hugely ground breaking upgrade, but at the price rage of free, it is well worth doing the upgrade.

What do you think about Mavericks? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Apple Users

4 years ago in Apple, Articles by Wardy Miller | No Comments

I guess the name of this article should be what kind of Apple user are you. I have been giving this a lot of thought lately. (Well since the release of Mavericks) and thought I would ask you the question. To my thinking there are 4 kinds of Apple users. Let’s go through them now […]

Mobile Security

4 years ago in Articles, iPad, iPhone by Wardy Miller | No Comments

When people usually here the words mobile security or computer security, their eyes glaze over and they tune out what is being said. I am going to try to change that. Today we are going to focus on mobile security, if there is any interest after this article I’ll right one about computer security. Mobile […]

Keynote Aftermath

4 years ago in Articles by Wardy Miller | No Comments

Now that the keynote is done, and everyone is putting together their own take on what was presented, here at I bought a Mac, we figured we would throw our two cents in. Mavericks – Apple’s new Operating System was released, with the most immersive features under the hood in my opinion. Memory management is […]

Apple Keynote

4 years ago in Articles by Wardy Miller | No Comments

On October 22nd, Apple is having an event at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. We can guess the topic will be the release of the new iPad models, OS X Mavericks, and maybe the new Mac Pro that was shown at WWDC. But my question is “What else?”. It’s almost funny that we […]

Launch Lines

4 years ago in Apple, Articles by Wardy Miller | No Comments

Most of the readers that come to this site, do so because they have at least one Apple product. (or are doing research to buy one.) I got to thinking about this last week, so I figured I’d write something up and see what other Apple people thought. Last week was the launch of the […]

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