It was six years ago…

Time sure flies by. Wasn’t it just yesterday, when Apple launched Mac OSX Tiger (or simply: 10.4) for our Macintosh computers?

I remember April 29th, 2005. I was one of the “early adaptors” of Tiger. The initial version was still plagued by a bug that prevented me from connecting to my wireless network. Frankly, I wasn’t too happy about Tiger at first. Luckily an update soon followed and fixed the issue and I began to be more and more satisfied with Tiger. Love on first second sight.

I really started to like the new features. Spotlight was perfect for unorganized people like me. The Dashboard was arguably a memory hog, but had some cool small apps that I still use every day. Too bad it never really took off. I may actually do a separate posting about the dashboard. Also lots of new programs came with Tiger, such as iChat AV, the Mail 2 e-mail client and a powerful scripting tool called “Automator”. Not to forget Xcode 2.0, Apple’s Cocoa development tool for you coders out there. And of course the ability to finally create PDFs and share them via e-mail right away.

But most of all, it was the first OSX version that really felt “complete” to me. Both classic emulation and overall speed were improved over Panther. The look was still “aqua-ish”, but more elegant than the older “OSX meets Anime” versions. And everything simply worked as supposed. In fact, many users wondered what Apple could actually do to further improve the operating system from a user’s standpoint.

Well, they did some changes. Can’t say I’m too happy with most of them. Actually, it sometimes worries me how fast things develop in the computer industry. You set up your system, you learn the tricks and dodges and suddenly when you learned all the shortcuts, just starting to work efficiently, another version comes around with new incompatibilities and interface changes. I’m sometimes baffled by most people’s desire for the LAGS – the Latest And Greatest System. You just upgrade and upgrade, investing all your money but your level of productivity stays the same. I can somehow relate to gamers with a desire for photo-realistic 3D graphics, although there are so many great game classics you’ll need two lives to enjoy them all!

As for myself, I’ve lost the LAGS desire a long time ago. And I can only recommend that to everyone else. Takes some pressure from your shoulders. And besides, it helps saving a lot of money. Instead of spending two grands for a new Mac that basically does everything the old one did, I grant myself an update for my Dual 2 Ghz G5 PowerMac. Add some extra RAM here, a faster hard drive there.

This machine is from January 2006, Apple says we’re obsolete. Who cares? I will continue to use Mac OSX 10.4.11, as one of the most reliable and versatile operating systems ever made. What will you do?

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4 Responses to It was six years ago…

  1. mel says:

    After reading this blog I am waxing nostalgic for OS X 10.4. Tiger was and still is great for running on my Power Mac G4 Quicksilver 700. The best thing about Tiger is that it can run classic Mac OS 8 and 9 apps in “classic mode”. This has allowed me to run old software such as Adobe Pagemaker 6.5, Photoshop 5 and WriteNow 4.0 without any problem… plus I got to use all of the OSX apps up to the compatibility level of Tiger for Power PC. Of course if I really want to I can also boot into Mac OS9 with the Power PC Mac. Can’t do that with my Intel MacBook Pros.

  2. Teri Pittman says:

    Looks like the G5 I bought. I can run Ubuntu on it, but I really miss the Mac OS (which is why I bought the Mac.) I’ve picked up a copy of Tiger and will be installing it this weekend.

  3. Red says:

    I currently run a few machines daily with 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, and 10.7. On my G4 and G5, Tiger runs smoothest. It doesn’t need a ton of memory or a lot of space to install and it has the best looking version of the Dock in OS X (minimalistic and simple.) I use to run 10.5 on my dual G5 and reverted back to 10.4 because I was having so many issues with software compatibility, plus I missed the UI. Of all of Apple OS’s, I still feel that 8.6 and 9 were faster compared to X. Though we have much nicer looking icons and neat graphics in the UI, even 10.7 doesn’t feel as snappy as 9.

  4. Wow, this is very interresting to read. I am currently reading through the archives of this amazing site. It’s such a shame that you stopped, but I understand you about that. Great job!

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