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Articles: Maverick Without A Cause


Frankly, I don’t even remember using Mavericks (OS 10.9). It was at a time during my life that I didn’t pay attention to such things because my focus was elsewhere, namely writing and publishing fantasy books, not to mention endlessly marketing them. When the notification came to update software, whether an app or the OS, I dutifully did so. I’d let my computer do it’s thing while I grabbed a mocha or took a walk, only to return when I could get back to work without interruption.

Probably the thing I remember most about Mavericks is that it. was. so. slow–at least on my machine (Macbook Pro, Late 2008). I only recall this much about it because when I upgraded to Yosemite, my computer ran like new again. No one was more shocked than I was. I had been trying to find a way to get a new machine, or to milk a few more years out of mine. I had actually ordered more RAM, an SSD hard drive, and a new fan because my frustration had reached an all-time high. Then Yosemite came and all was right with the world. I ended up canceling the order because my machine was running great. Don't fix it if it ain't broke!

The coolest thing for me about Mavericks was that the Finder suddenly had tabs, offering the ability to have one Finder window open and navigate multiple folders at once in separate tabs. You could even move files from folder to folder by dragging from one tab to the other. I like that quite a bit, as I try to keep my desktop as clutter-free as possible. Otherwise, I waste too much time scrolling through applications to find the open app I want. I love tabs in browsers for the same reason. Fewer open windows = less desktop clutter = less distraction = more pleasant workflow.

iBooks was also a cool addition, as it was able to house both purchased books as well as downloaded PDFs. I like that feature. Even though it was supposed to have better multi-display support, I still had repetitive issues with my display losing all its preferences, so it wasn't that much better.

Bottom line, its moniker strikes up images of a devil-may-care outlaw, living by their own rules (even though it's actually named after a surfing location in Northern California, hence the "s" at the end of a name everyone expects to end in "k") but in reality, I didn't find Mavericks all that spectacular or revolutionary. Although I don't speak with many customers who lament the loss of Mavericks, there have been a few who love it and refuse to update unless absolutely necessary. For those depending on Adobe CS6 (or older creative, high-end media apps) for your income, it's best to stay where you are unless you're having troubles. The more you upgrade, the further you get away from the OS on which your important apps were built to run.

If nothing else, Mavericks was a cool name because as much as love cats, I don’t miss the cat names. So far I've covered El Capitan, Yosemite, and Mavericks. Next we’re about to delve into the catty versions of OS X, starting with Mountain Lion (OS 10.8).


See you next time!



ChristineChristine is a Technical Support Specialist and Content Writer for PowerMax. Follow her articles as she posts great Tech Tips, helping you get the most of your Mac apps as well as write about some common technical issues and how to fix them. Find what you’re looking for in the categories on the right.

If you have a tech question or issue, please don’t hesitate to contact Christine for help.

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