The return of snow leopard (Mac OS 10.6)

This MacBook Pro for several years where not only visited with me. He fell from three-meter height, smoky summer of 2010 together with me breathe the fumes from peat bogs, and in June 2013 I sent in his resignation, intending to repair and give someone from the younger generation…

But come the 18th the year 2018, and there was some “thing”. For writing articles, to update the data, and everything remains only second-generation iPad mini. I wrote a lot about the iPhone and the iPad, I wrote programs for them — but all this happened on a Mac, but in iOS, so dense and uncontested, I did not fall never.

Experience with iOS and the mobile version of Pages, when the period of life’s problems, and these painful memories become just memories, maybe I’ll just write.

Old MacBook Pro that looked at me from the bookshelf for almost five years, I returned to my Desk. Temporarily. To install the El Capitan, and use for everyday needs, I’m not going. Write this text on the iPad mini, it is-torture — but when the first “mini” only just came to light, I highly praised… And apparently messed up his karma.

By the way, as I get used to it, so to speak, oddities and inconveniences, I realize two things: they (iOS and “BJ”) is indeed very personal, and I had to take the full-sized iPad. But it’s unreadable bunch of ochepyatok not about them.

The journey back was even more fun than I expected.

MacBook Pro (Late 2006)

I bought this machine in 2008, after Steve jobs opened the iPhoneOS for third-party developers, and announced the App Store. In my opinion, all this was announced in March, almost the eighth day. SDK for iPhone OS, of course, did not work on Macs with PowerPC, and one of my clients (Apple dealer), suggested that I not entirely new MacBook at a discount.

Laptops is “less computer for the same money”, the experience of using these toys I had, and quite negative, but the toad was prompted by a decision I never regretted. Us with MacBook ohms was expecting big things, travelling and interesting projects.

The first MacBook Pro was announced in January 2006, it was the year of the great transition (from PowerPC processors to Intel processors). Computers at that time was the most important aspect of Apple Computer, and the transition to Intel was a critical operation on the critical direction. So they were guaranteed the permanent attention of Steve jobs, and in bringing them to the highest achievable gloss — disproportionate to the aim of the efforts of engineers and designers.

The very first cars “flying”, many of them working so far, reviews in the reviews were so favorable that crept bad suspicion.

However, very quickly in the first series of machines found flaws, fixed them, and a little vkusniy their configuration. I got the top model with a Core 2 Duo with a clock frequency of 2.33 GHz, 2 Gigabytes of RAM and hard disk capacity of 120 Gigabytes.

At that time this funny configuration still commanded respect, Xcode it fluttered like a ballerina, and about the reliability of the device I wrote in the subtitle. 5 years of hard work killed the battery, wiped the paint on several keys of the keyboard, and one of the keys (“9”, she’s open parenthesis) does not react on clicking.

Everything else is working. In our time computers with such care if they do, then by special order for VIP clients.

Snow Leopard (Snow Leopard)

At 10.6. The release of Mac OS 10.5 in 2007, in my opinion, was even more controversial than the release of Mac OS 10.0: the first users, the most restless and energetic, was faced with an incredible number of problems and incompatibilities.

Then head all the developers of Mac OS X Bertrand Serlet, by the way, graduated from the same University d’orsay in Paris that Jean-Louis Gasse, was forced to defend. But it did not materialize. He said that within six years of the operating system worked in a very busy schedule, adding to each release hundreds of innovations, and now it’s time to pause, clean and optimize the system to remove from it excess, therefore, 10.6, 10.5 is actually bis, will be named Snow Leopard. Let me remind you: a marketing name for 10.5 was Leopard.

Clean and optimize took two years, as a result of mega-refactoring many of the elements of the system “lost” about three times, my MacBook Pro has accelerated and a half times, and it never overheated. I sinned on the hardware, apparently I was wrong.

After the release of 10.6, Bertrand left Apple, he took the post of Craig Federighi, the former first Deputy.

Bertrand promised that in the future, from time to time, the company will be issuing releases with a minimum number of improvements to bring the system back in order.

Nevertheless, even the really youthful and very clean 10.6 in its very first release, “not done”. Breaking all my rules, I put it on a MacBook Pro almost the very first day, and was punished for it… for Example, the system hung on exit from a state of “sleep”, and not always. I had to deprive her of sleep in the settings of the economy. Were still some problems with “demons” (a background application without UI), I can not remember how they appeared but I remember how they made me mad.

In 10.6.2 all these problems have been solved.

In our time, just yesterday, I learned that on my old MacBook smart people can easily put the El Capitan, Mac OS 10.11. To do this, though, it is necessary to increase the RAM to 4 Gigabytes, something else to upgrade is to change, and if it works.

El Capitan at 4 Gigabytes with a hard drive from the last decade would have turned Xcode into a dull unwieldy beast. Two stupid, believing me is too much.

Snow Safari

In 2009, some Oleg Swingster what-about-computer publication has published a series of articles about WebKit. In one of the articles showed how to build your own browser (or “browser”) using the WebKit and Xcode.

Of course, this browser would not be able to compete with a true Safari, or Google Chrome, and even with the WorldWideWeb, the first browser in the world, but the most important browser functions he performed.

Yesterday I was able to look through the source code of this program, the text of the article is lost.

Comparing yesterday and today

I was struck by the speed with which the Snow leopard starts on a MacBook Pro, which is a little more than a month will be 12 years old. Iron here there is nothing. There were different versions of the system, more and less successful. In our days this is not very good.

Maybe because of nostalgia, but the old interfaces seems to me…more comfortable. Not all, but many. Think I will explore this question deeper, if my working Mac back on my Desk. 10.6.8 on one of the Macs on the desktop is a great subject of study.

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