Upgrading to Mac OS Lion

I’m a die hard Macintosh user having had one since 1986 – a Mac 512K E that I purchased with a grad school loan.  (This was back in the day of not having as much grad school debt as one might expect when buying a home.)  Still, I’m never an early adopter of the latest operating systems.  I’ve got a MacBook Air at work that I like a great deal, and it’s been running on Lion for the past several months.  My personal computer is an older MacBook and until a little over a week ago, had left it running with Jaguar.

Seeing as Chrome will no longer be getting updates for the older Mac OS X versions, and that I rely on my computer for my livelihood, it became harder to justify not upgrading my OS simply because I didn’t want to deal with the hassle; it was becoming a bigger pain dealing with the work-arounds than it might be to go through the upgrade.

The upgrade to Snow Leopard didn’t go well at all.  Several attempts were made only to fail in the last 5 minutes with a rather useless error dialog telling me that the software update had failed and to contact the maker.  Ummm… Apple?  I finally decided to reformat the drive, do a clean install of Snow Leopard and then import my latest files from a Time Machine backup.  That took about 10 hours of time and somehow failed to get all of my iTunes music.  Well, any of my iTunes library actually.  Fortunately, I could re-download my purchased music and I’ve got access to other copies of all of my ripped CDs so that wasn’t too painful.  However, this was now two days into just upgrading to Snow Leopard!  I see again why I resist doing these massive updates as long as possible.

As my father-in-law says, “God hates a coward” so I decided to download Lion next and get to the latest OS X version in one painfully long upgrade.  Lion surprisingly installed reasonably quickly and without even a hint of an error.  I’m going to make a thumb drive with a Lion install and startup disk on it soon, too.  My older MacBook has only 2 gigs of memory and the cost of moving to 4 gigs is only about $32 making this jump a no brainer.

One thing the clean install of Snow Leopard did was force me to reconsider which applications I want to put back on my Mac and how I might not need certain files and apps any longer.  I’ll save all of the choices this led to for my next post.  I’m happy to find my older MacBook running like a new Mac with this newest OS X on it.