Apple OS X

Is Yosemite Apples Vista?

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OS-BeachballOne of my first computer had MS DOS installed and I loved and used PCs for years. I remember very well my first Windows 3.11, followed by Windows 95, later Win 98, the not so great Win ME and of course the fantastic Win XP. I felt lucky getting my hands on Windows Vista, before it was officially released. I remember how exited I was when I first saw it and how disappointed after using it for some time.

My disappointment with Windows Vista, dealing with the problems for quite some time and the clever marketing campaign from Apple made me think if I should switch to a Mac. After doing  research for some months and talking to other Mac users I finally decided to get one myself. I bought the MacBook 13-inch Mid 2009 and remember that I was quite nervous when I first opened it. I was scared that I may have bought an overpriced laptop and that I would need to get a Windows version after all, erase the Mac OS and be angry with myself for falling for a clever marketing campaign. But I loved my Mac from the first day. I even decided to go “all in”  and didn’t  bothered getting MS Office for Mac and started using iWorks instead.

I became a real Apple fan. I upgraded almost immediately to the next Mac OS as soon as it came out. Bought later an iMac to have a bit more powerful machine and liked the fact that it was so easy for me to work on my documents thanks to iCloud.

It was amazing to me that my Mac seemed never to crash, at least not as bad compare to Windows. Opening an Application was almost in the blink of an eye and working such a pleasure.

But then Yosemite happen…

Since I upgraded to the new Apple OS X called Yosemite I have so many problems. Sure… my old MacBook might get too old for the latest and greatest Mac OS, but I also have issues with my iMac. And I am not the only one.

When I was using my Mac with the previous operation systems I almost never saw the rainbow coloured beachball, which is Apples version of the hourglass and indicates that the computer is processing your request and need more time. But since Yosemite I constantly have to deal with the beachball. Even opening a simple plain text document with TextEdit can take more time now. Starting the computer seems to take forever and shutting down too.

The Notification Centre, a great feature, is useless because of the fact that it is slowing down your computer even more.

It is especially frustrating that the issue seems to be random. Sometimes I have no problems opening more than one application and work for hours without any problems and than there are times where I can not even open a website without seeing the beachball of hell.

As mentioned earlier, I am not the only one with issues. Friends and colleagues have also problems. Even a MacBook Air, bought a few weeks before Christmas, has problems.

Beachball and to be forced to Force-quit applications are just a few of the annoying features of the Mac OS X Yosemite.

With a little research we found out that the so called kernel_task is responsible for slowing down your machine. A problem Apple knows about.

The experience with Yosemite is for me very similar to the one I had with Vista a few years ago.

I am very disappointed and frustrated. My hope is that Apple will not make the same mistake as Microsoft did with Vista. In my opinion Microsoft main problem with Vista was that they tried too hard to make it work and invested too much in marketing instead of fixing the problems. I even have the feeling when working with a Win7 computer that it is simply a repainted Vista with a new name. Well and Windows 8 does not know what it wants, in my opinion. Is it a tablet OS? Is it a desktop OS? It tries to be both and ends up to be nothing at all.

Lets hope Windows 10 will be as good as promised ant that Apple will be able to fix issues with Yosemite.

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