First impressions with Lion on Mac, with some problems and solutions
Thursday, July 21, 2011 5:30:35 PM
Yesterday evening I updated my Mac Book Pro to Lion (10.7). The download was in the beginning terrible slow. It used a fraction of the available bandwidth. My solution here came from the good-ol-times: Pause the download, wait few seconds and continue the download, check the bandwidth and redo if still too slow. With some luck you'll end up in a fast slot. That might not be nice to the server, but I did not want to wait 6 hours for the download.
The installation went flawless and took on my SSD equipped MBP about 30 minutes. But before(!) you install you might think about to make a bootable medium from the installation (google it you'll find it, it's very simple).
Teh first look was nice, a new default background image. Then further playing around brought up some tings: First the annoying scroll direction. If you're used to the normal way the inverse direction feels just wrong. And since I use different operating systems on different Computers I decided not to go the "something totally different...again" way of Steve.
The next strange thing I noticed that the volume was not adjustable using the volume up/down keys, the volume slider or even in the settings. Some search in the Interweb I stumbled over the following hint: Plug in a headset (e.g. from a iPhone) and viola 5 seconds later everything worked *confused* The second one (deleting the audio plist file) I haven't tried and I would recommend not to delete the file but move it to somewhere else.
And finally I have a none Apple SSD build in (nice and I highly recommend it). Despite all earlier rumors Lion does not support the trim command on third party SSDs! So if you're want to keep the SSD in a nice shape you might consider to patch your Lion (on your own risk!) and check it regular that the patch is still there (I think kernel updates will disable the patch).
Something additional I noticed for the developer without a Apple developer-status: xcode 4 is free if you have Lion installed.