Originally Posted by brlawyer
Again, kid: stop being condescending when you don't even know who you talk to or how many years one has been using Apple computers.
I asked nicely and got way worse than that...so just don't write back if you are not adding anything to the original request. By the way, is this related to nerds having zero social intelligence or what?
What's the matter with you? It's obvious that you didn't take into consideration he actually might be older... and even if younger... far more knowledgeable than you!
Your question does NOT come across as a knowledgeable experienced user in the least!
So far, is it good enough to use on your main Mac or not? I am not gonna whine of course; just wanna know how much of a "beta" it really is as far as daily usage is concerned.
Main Mac? Are bloody freakin' serious?! NO!
Because you or brlawer couldn't be bothered to answer (and prove your knowledge as a pro I might add),"The 3 main things to prepare your Mac for ANY upgrade or install"
question I posted, here they are:
1) Make sure that your trash is emptied and your desktop is free of anything AKA clutter (put files or aliases in a different folder within Documents to add back to your desktop later);
2) Open Disk Utilities; verify your system drive and repair permissions (I go a step further and use Onyx or Disk Tools Pro to empty/rebuild caches and launch services, execute maintenance scripts, and verify a "clean" system); do a restart.
3) after all of the above, manually do a Time Machine backup, then disconnect it. Next, create a complete bootable clone of your system drive to a fast external one using either Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper. Restart and verify that the clone is working. (I consider "backups" as one step!)
Now it's your personal choice... but for testing purposes I personally prefer to update/install on the clone drive rather than the internal drive. I consider the clone to be the throw-away if anything goes downhill, and I can get back to peak performance and productivity and await when I have the time to figure out "what I did wrong" and report it to the masses. NOTE: If you choose to use your Mac's internal system drive, restart and remove the external drive for safe keeping before updating.
BONUS TIP: after the update/install, repair permissions. You should be doing this every time before and after any system software updates.
NOTE: in 30+ years of using Apple computers and installing/repairing literally 1000s of Macs, I've used variations of this approach depending on the system and tools at hand. I have NEVER... not even one time... have had any nasty surprises (data loss, bricking, etc.) that I couldn't recover from immediately. I consider immediate, by simply changing the start drive at start-up. Troubleshooting later when I have the time, the client does, or production software and the system is working again to our standards. Experiment and learn at your own risk and time. I don't do any of this on "Main Macs" either(!!!)
I couldn't possibly live up to the "A**hole Kid" label you and mjtomlin slapped on me... without punching back cheekily and asking, "so you knew all that... still asked that question... and want to be taken seriously as a pro?". Dream on. You're both old hacks that think your age qualifies you to be considered wise and knowledgeable, yet your actions and words belie the truth: wannabes! My personal advise: go mow your lawn instead.