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Pre-Order your Tiger

March 28, 2005 | Computers

Amazon.com has Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger available for pre-order. Pre-orders are offered with a $35 discount that brings the cost down to $95. Not a bad way to lessen the yearly OS X update tax as it has come to be known.

I’m not sure if I’ll pre-order but I will be on top of 10.4 once released as a developer release of the next major update showed that a major hinderance of mine was solved: when pulling items from an NTFS volume to OSX there is a strong chance that the long filenames will be lost in favor of the shorter 8.3 filenames of the earlier DOS eras. This is not limited to transfers from NTFS to OS X – it happens from NTFS to NTFS as well so it is a larger windows error. But the fact that it gets fixed with Tiger makes bringing work files home much much much much easier…

That’s not to lessen the importance of other improvements like spotlight, improved mail.app and RSS reading in Safari, but I have to say that this is the improvement that will make my life that much easier.

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  • I’m so nervous about this upgrade because I’m afraid it’s gonna kill my 2.5 year old TiBook performance wise. But that is a sweet deal.

    oh the dilemma.

    John Pennypacker, March 28, 2005 11:07 am | permalink

  • From what I could tell on the G4 at home, performance is either the same or better. I noticed no drawbacks. There was some background processing as it created the spotlight database for the first time but other than that it seemed pretty quick.

    shawn, March 28, 2005 11:18 am | permalink

  • Did the DB take up a lot of space? I will pre order with my education discount from apple when ever they allow preorders

    alden, March 28, 2005 9:27 pm | permalink

  • I’m not sure – to tell the truth I didn’t mess with it long enough for the db to finish updating…

    Shawn, March 28, 2005 9:45 pm | permalink

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