It’s not Apple’s fault
I whine and complain as well as the next person.
No need to confirm with my friends and family.
In the grand scheme of how we use technology, once we own a computer, we are forever tied to and at the mercy of the folks who make them.
My 2006 MacPro desktop is being left behind by Apple even though it is fully functional.
I understand they have to make the cut somewhere whenever they create a new operating system but my beef is the way I had to find out.
I was a MobileMe user even though it wasn’t touted as a success story for Apple.
Using iDisk, I used my Public folder as a means for my students to submit their work online.
When MobileMe was canned by Apple, I dragged my feet on upgrading my MacPro from Snow Leopard (10.6.8) to Lion (10.7) because it was my production machine.
When Mountain Lion (10.8) was released on Wednesday, Apple removed Lion from its Apps Store completely.
Mountain Lion will not run on my 2006 MacPro, so I have no way to use that machine with iCloud.
For a while there I had hopes I could buy a thumb drive with the Lion from Apple.
Unless the fellow on the phone I spoke from Apple is misinformed, it looks like I won’t be able to upgrade to 10.7 and have access to iCloud.
Do I need iCloud? Can I live without it? Is it that big a deal?
No. It was convenient when I could synchronize the commonly used data between my computers, that’s all.
I can still drag and drop files from my MacBook Pro to the MacPro when I want to sync them. I just have to do it manually or just remember to start a project on one computer and end on it.
With Mountain Lion installed on my 17″ MacBook Pro 4,1 , do I notice any changes?
Everything seems peppier but that shouldn’t surprise me.
Since I’m spend the majority of my time with Safari, Lightroom and Photoshop these days, it’s too early to tell what works and what’s broken.
Needless to say, before I upgraded, I cloned the hard drive just in case the apps I really need don’t play with with the new cat.
So far, Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop works and yes, I can print wirelessly to both my printers the Brother HL-2170W and the Epson Workforce 845.
As long as I remember to keep things simple and I don’t run out and get an iPhone or an iPad, I can live without iCloud.
Even if I did, I just have to remember to use the MacPro for photography intensive work.
At least I have alternatives. I have access to a darkroom, film and film cameras.
Slowing down and thinking about my pictures isn’t a necessarily a bad thing.