Fri May 29, 2020 1:24 am Post
Fri May 29, 2020 7:02 am Post
nontroppo wrote:Catalina IMO is an unmitigated disaster, by far the worst macOS release ever. Calling it macOS Vista is most apt... https://mjtsai.com/blog/2020/05/22/maco ... by-design/
Fri May 29, 2020 7:11 am Post
mbbntu wrote:I've been using Macs since about 1993, and I think this is the first time I have ever rolled back to a previous operating system. It was a relief to go back to Mojave. As to iCloud, well, it would be nice if that worked. If anyone has trouble with it, look for Howard Oakley's utility called Cirrus. It may help.
Fri May 29, 2020 7:22 am Post
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Fri May 29, 2020 8:43 am Post
mbbntu wrote:If you follow the link in the first post you will get an idea of the problems -- meaning the link to Michael Tsai's blog, of course.
Fri May 29, 2020 9:01 am Post
Fri May 29, 2020 9:20 am Post
mbbntu wrote:Well, Michael Tsai is one of the most respected and best-known names in the "Mac universe", and one of his programs, SpamSieve, often receives plaudits. Some of the others mentioned in that blog post (Marco Arment, John Siracusa) as well as contributors like Howard Oakley are very well known names. I think they are likely to be running fairly new machines.
I can't really remember the details of the problems I had (and I am running machines only a couple of years old) because I have largely erased the experience from my memory. However, I do remember that some people experienced Apple Mail failures (one friend of mine had to install Outlook just to be able to send and receive email). My brother had to spend several days and some time on the phone with Apple Support (one tech and his supervisor) to try and sort out his difficulties with Catalina. I seem to recall that it was reported on MacRumors that Apple realised that the roll-out of iOS and MacOs last autumn was so badly botched that they convened a meeting to overhaul their procedures to ensure better co-ordination between the teams working on various elements. Will I be upgrading to the next OS after Catalina? Not until it is well bedded in, I can assure you.
Fri May 29, 2020 10:03 am Post
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Fri May 29, 2020 11:48 am Post
nontroppo wrote:Perhaps if you only use notarised software from the App store, and don't do anything too advanced,
Fri May 29, 2020 11:58 am Post
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Fri May 29, 2020 2:26 pm Post
mbbntu wrote:I'm not very techie, either. I only know enough to get myself into trouble on occasions. But I find it valuable to at least know enough to realise that there are problems that may affect me if I don't watch out. And I think a problem with what is happening with MacOs is that people who are not doing unusual stuff are beginning to be affected by the underlying problems. Instead of everything "just working" the jobbing writer with no particular interest in software will suddenly find themselves the victim of a bug that stops them dead in their tracks. And they may know nothing until it is too late. When I rolled back to Mojave I was shocked to discover that my Time Machine backups had been rendered useless by something or other, and I still don't know what it was, though I suspect filesystem changes. This was not reassuring. I also use Backblaze and CCC, fortunately.
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