I started out my online life as a Windows fanatic.  Then, a few years ago, I became a Mac Fanboi.  I have given over my entire technological life to SuperGenius SuperStar Steve Jobs — not Apple, Steve Jobs — and he controls my iPad and iPhone and AirPort and MacBook, and my daily happiness by default, and I just sit idly by and enjoy the fruit of his labor.  I do worry about his demise, though, because I think Apple is Steve Jobs, not the other way around.  Yesterday, I dutifully took the $30.00USD plunge and upgraded my 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook to OS X Lion, and the process was clean, transparent and simple.  I love my Mac!

The longest part of the upgrade process was downloading the files from the App Store.  The download and installation took about an hour.

Last week, I received notifications from Final Draft and Quicken that I had to upgrade my software if I planned to upgrade my OS to Lion.  Final Draft was a simple download and update.  Quicken was a little tricksier.  I was using Quicken 2006 — I have simple financial needs and I like to keep my own records and not download them from my bank — so I have been a happy “Rosetta” user of Quicken for many years.  My Quicken upgrade notice told me I had to purchase Quicken Essentials for $25.00USD if I wanted to continue to use Quicken under Lion.  I did want to keep using Quicken, so I finally pulled the upgrade trigger.  When I first considered upgrading to Quicken Essentials six months ago, the price was $50.00USD.  Waiting until the last moment to upgrade saved me 50% off the price.

When Lion restarted, I was told my system had three incompatibilities and that they had been disabled: the SRS iWOW audio plugin for iTunes, my AT&T Laptop Connect card and something called “Air Display.”  I deleted the SRS software.  I haven’t had my AT&T card for at least two years.  Since I didn’t remember was Air Display was — I think it had to do with my iPhone — I felt happy and content that I wouldn’t be missing anything at all with my Lion upgrade.

There was a strange problem with my mouse and scrolling that I quickly fixed — I think it’s a feature and not a bug — and I don’t like the new F4 interaction at all.  Lion is fast.  Everything responds quicker and better.  My internet connection has never been more robust.  I feel like I have a whole new computer.

My Lion experience after a full day’s work is a blinding success.  I only wish it had happened sooner.

Posted by David Boles

David Boles was born in Nebraska and his MFA is from Columbia University in the City of New York. He is an Author, Lyricist, Playwright, Publisher, Editor, Actor, Designer, Director, Poet, Producer, and Boodle Boy for print, radio, television, film, the web and the live stage. With more than 50 books in print, David continues to write 2MM words a year. He has authored over 25K articles and published more. Read the Prairie Voice Archive at Boles.com | Buy his books at David Boles Books Writing & Publishing | Earn the world with David Boles University | Get a script doctored at Script Professor | Touch American Sign Language mastery at Hardcore ASL.


  1. Great review, David! Look forward to getting it!



    1. Let us know what you think of the upgrade, Gordon!



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