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One week on leopard

author alang

As I mention before, I am getting a MacBook Pro and my dream machine has finally arrived on Sunday 28th October, one day earlier than expected. Here is a technical specification of my MacBook Pro

15.4″ wide screen
2.4Ghz core 2 duo processor
160 GB5400 rpm internal hard disk
500 GB7200 rpm lacie d2 quadra external hard disk (as a backup using time machine)
4GB ram
Wireless mighty mouse

I have leopard pre-installed so I don’t have to upgrade it from tiger. And I also do not have a chance at all to experience tiger since this is my first ever mac machine. Previously, I am using Acer Aspire with Windows Vista Ultimate.

Even though I have 4 years experience emulating mac on my windows machine and know most of mac features and how it work, but to experience it myself if something that hard to describe. There are no doubt that it is beautiful but there are few things that make me think how powerful is Mac OS.

Few things that I likes about Leopard is

  • Well likes everyone else, I love the beauty of leopard. Even though there are complaints about the menubar and dock, I love it. It is simply match the entire leopard appearances.
  • Until you using it, you never know how useful the time machine is. Right now I feel like I couldn’t live without it. I have a habit on deleting those files that I no longer need. But after few days later, I changed my mind and keep looking for that file again. This is the beauty of Time Machine, you don’t have to worry about deleting any file because you know you can go back in time to get it again. But make sure that you always connected to your back up disk, otherwise, Time Machine unable to perform back up for that file and you will lose it forever.
  • It is very easy to connect any peripheral to your mac. Just connect the cable or pair it via bluetooth, it will automatically setup for you. And it is very fast too. On vista, I have to wait few minutes to the windows to scan hardware change and installing drivers.
  • After I press the power button on mac, it only took about 30 seconds to boot up and I can start using it. On vista, I have to wait at least 2 minutes. Same with shutting it down, it is extremely fast compare to vista.
  • Before using mac, I never know that installing applications is extremely easy. Just drag and drop? But, for uninstalling, even though you can drag and drop the application icons / folders to trash, it won’t entirely uninstall it. You need 3rd party applications like AppZapper in order to completely remove it.
  • The new spotlight on leopard is extremely fast and useful too. I am depends on it to search for everything on my mac or on the web. And I occasionally use it to launch applications too.
  • Spelling and grammar checking is really and awesome tools for non-native english speaker like me. I am using it every time I write and email, posting in forum and writing and article for blog. I am using this tool to write this article so if you found any spelling or grammar error don’t blame me :)

There are few things that I do not like about leopard (perhaps because I’m still not use it)

  • Open windows are cluttered on mac. Unlike on windows, where you can maximize it, on mac seems like I unable to maximize the windows (perhaps I still do not know how to do it). And sometime I feel a little bit lost to find which applications that I open. Applications like quicken and photoshop make it worst because there are no background for it. Each opened documents just like sitting on desktop and I think in this case I think what windows did is more efficient.
  • Even though stacks is useful but it is confusing. On leopard docks, stacks will show you a collection of icons for that stack depends on how you sort of them, the first icons in the order will be display at the front and you just can see glimpse of other icons at the back. For applications stack, I just see Address Books icons all the time. I would prefer that stack just display a folder than a live preview of all icons.
  • On windows, when you click on the close button, you will close the active windows and quite applications. But on mac, you have to click on quit applications from the menu. Its quite surprise for me since they make it very easy install and uninstall application but make it hard to quit applications. Sometimes you have to use force quit to quit applications.

I know that I won’t using windows anymore after this even though I might install windows via bootcamp for testing purpose, but there are few features in windows that I wish to see in mac.

  • On vista, when you hover your mouse on taskbar, it will show you a live preview of that applications. I really missed this feature and wish apple will add it on next mac version
  • On vista, I can see and use open widgets (gadgets) all the time on the sidebar but on mac, I have to activate dashboard before I can using it. Sometime, I need to use the widgets with active applications for example using unit converter and currency converter with some documents on excel. Even though there are a work around for this but I wish it will be a default feature on Mac.

Currently, this is how my leopard desktop looks like. I’m still using default wallpapers from apple.

To own a mac will be a good news for osx-e visitors because after this I can make a review on mac emulated applications and themes and compare it with the real one. I will also extract an icons from leopard (when I know how to do it) and share it with you.

What I write here is my personal opinions based on my experience only after 1 week using Mac OS X Leopard.


Comment by Leon on 2007-11-04 20:04:54

I’m happy for you, a Macbook it’s a beatiful piece of hardware, and your configuration with 4GB of ram make it more powerfull, I’m using Leopard too on my iMac, I own the iMac since 4 day, and I’m just a bit confused because it’s very different from Microsoft Windows, anyway why your stacks are floating away from the dock?


Comment by alang on 2007-11-05 00:20:19

since I’m going to use this MacBook Pro for my work, I need a powerful hardware. But at the same time, I need it to be portable too. Too bad that the new 2.6Ghz processor come out late few days after I got this one.

Regarding the stack, reason why it looks floating away because my mouse was not hovering the dock when the screenshots taken thus it looks like it is floating.

Comment by jimmyjazz on 2007-11-04 22:50:57

Hmm, well I’ve found more than a couple of grammatic faults/errors here! ;P So, dunno how dependent it is. haha..
Sounds rly cool though - makes me wanna buy 1 myself ;)


Comment by alang on 2007-11-05 00:14:14

I guess nothing can be done to help my english then :D

Comment by Erix on 2007-11-05 02:58:24

I dont take you for an idiot but do u know about expose? and command q to close an app for good?

Comment by alang on 2007-11-05 07:15:59

I know about expose but thank you on the command q to close an app tip. Remember, I’m just using mac for one week and what I wrote here is my opinion based on that.

Comment by ramzan on 2007-11-05 04:04:44

reading this review make my desire to own one become stronger. Oh!

Comment by Vitagik on 2007-11-05 05:03:16

Congratulations for your new Mac… i hope one day have one.

Thanks for this page, is really awesome :D, all the utilities here are very useful, my PC is more efficient with the utilities and more beautiful :D. I’m thinking now the difference between the XP look and the given with Flyakite, there’s no way to choose XP look.

All I’ve learned a lot with this page… i’m really happy (and my PC) with all I’ve download and read here. Thanks for the great things that you have made with this page :)

I get here from When i was crazy with Vista. With this page, I discover the graphics and functionalities from the mac and Apple world…. without this page, maybe that wasn’t possible for me.

My Grandpa has one iMac, from approx. 97… it has OS 9… he works with my PC ’cause I’ve internet… and when he saw the effects of Flyakite on the desktop and UI, he went crazy xD

Anyhow, I really appreciate the mission of this page. Thanks again.

And I’m impatiently to see the new features uploaded here with your new Mac.

Finally, I hope that my English is readable xP


Comment by alang on 2007-11-05 07:18:39

without spelling and grammar tool on mac, your english is already better than me. Glad that you like this site, hope that you will become like me and thousands of our visitors before, end up be a mac user

Comment by STWeston on 2007-11-05 10:58:11

Hey, Alang. It’s been a while since I’ve been on.

I just wanted you to know of a little trick I’ve picked up for putting Widgets on your Desktop.

1) Open Terminal (the app that looks like a screen with a few symbols)
2) Copy-and-paste this into the Terminal:

defaults write devmode YES

to reverse this, simply type NO instead of YES.
3) once you’ve pressed enter after that, type this EXACTLY:

killall Dock

This will close your dock for a bit. It WILL come back up.
4) Open Dashboard (or press F12) and click and hold on the widget that you want on your desktop. Press F12 again as you hold on to your widget. It should go onto your Desktop once you let go.

This worked on Tiger. I haven’t tried it out since I’ve only been on a Windows PC and haven’t even SEEN Leopard in action. It should still work on Leopard, though. Apple almost never goes back on their designs… Well, except for their eMac design, but that was hardware.

Anyway, I hope this worked for you.


Comment by alang on 2007-11-05 11:11:40

hey, thank you very much. Its working. Just one problem though, how can I close the widget on desktop? I tried to reverse the process but the widgets is still there.

Comment by alang on 2007-11-05 11:23:29

never mind, I have figure it out :)

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Comment by STWeston on 2007-11-06 08:44:56

You’re welcome. I just found that somewhere on the ‘net and wanted to share it anyway before I actually tried it. LOL.

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Comment by K on 2008-01-28 00:05:49

Buy me one??? Please! Haha…
No, but I really do want one, so bad :(…

Yours looks / sounds cool, and I’m currently using an Acer Aspire, emulating Mac, sooo, maybe my dream will come true soon, much like yours did..


Comment by bobwama on 2008-04-22 11:02:15

pretty sweet machine
but windows is still better
and my pc looks almost exactly like that neways

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