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An Introduction to Mac OS 10.8, MOUNTAIN LION

The long awaited release of Apple's Mac OS 10.8, Mountain Lion, finally arrived in the Mac App store on July 25, 2012.

I went through the steps to download the 4 gigabyte file. I don't know if it was because millions of customers were downloading on their server at the same time, but the download took about half an hour to complete on my system, which I found a little long considering I'm using an extremely high speed server from my carrier.

At any rate, after the download was complete, I figured I'd find the downloaded file in the download folder on my system. Once again, like when the release of Lion happened in July of last year, Apple has stuck to the transitional method of downloading the installer in to your App folder which is somewhat misleading, as you would figure that the file would go in to your download folder.

I suppose there must be some logical explanation as to why apple would set the downloaded file in to your app folder.

At any rate, as the saying goes "beggars can't be choosers," would apply here. Alright enough of my ranting and raving, at this point, I proceed to install the upgrade.

As to be expected, the whole installation went off without any problems, and this time around it was possible for me to install the upgrade by myself and not have to depend on sited assistance to finish up the installation. The cool thing about apple is that when doing an installation, especially if you are doing a full installation, an individual who is totally blind can do his or her installation without sited assistance, as Apple has been providing the talking installer since the release of Leopard, which is amazing since I haven't seen such a feature in Windows as of yet.

My upgrade installation went off without any problems, and I was pleased to see that my Boot Camp section was not lost like in the previous version of the Mac OS.

I'm also pleased to report that the typing response with Voiceover has improved.

The only thing I haven't been able to figure out is when I get to the log in screen for some reason my sticky key feature is turned on. I'm not sure if this is something that apple has put in to the log in screen for users who have motor skills issues, but I found this a little strange when trying to launch voice over to log me in, since I have my system set up with a pass word.

It took me a little time to figure out that I need not hold the command key and then press f5 to launch Voice over. What I figured out was to simply press the command key on its own and then press the f5 key after.

The rest was as usual in which I simply had to enter my pass word, and "bingo," I was on my desktop ready to go from there.

I'm going to stop here, and report in a future post to discuss the new features, as I learn them in the process.

I can definitely say to anyone who is considering upgrading to Apple's latest operating system for the Mac that it is definitely worth the $19.00 price. Finally, anyone who has purchased their system as of June 2012 will be able to upgrade for free.

I don't believe that Microsoft has ever released an OS upgrade for that price; it would be interesting when the new Windows 8 comes out to see what upgrade prices are available.

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Comments

Heather, I'm so glad you posted this info!!! I just ordered my new-Mac NoteBook today, and was wondering how the voice Over differed from JAWS, I can't wait to see the difference, so to speak! If you can share some more of your experiences, I'd appreciate it! My IPhone 5 is on its way, and then I'll be in apple-Mode! LOL.