I didn't want to make this post before Tiger was released, but having used a recent beta over this last weekend I felt compelled to ask - what's so great about this new OS? I'll add now that I used Tiger on a friend's iMac G4 1 GHz, so while I can't compare directly with my iBook, general performance should be somewhat similar. I've seen the demos made in the last three keynotes of this new OS, and obviously there's a few 'big' new features on it that some of you will be highlighting, so I'll give my take just to show where I'm coming from. Spotlight - I don't see how this will affect most people's Mac experience. I'm not allergic to search, because I use Butler almost all the time on my iBook to search for stuff. As a sample, I compared Butler's searching speed on my system to Spotlight's on his. Searching for 'Entourage' (as I don't have it in my Dock, it's a rarely used part of my Office 2004 package) in Butler saw it found as soon as I'd typed 'en'. Spotlight took about five seconds to find it. Problem is, what it also found was examples where I'd typed Entourage in emails, and indeed gave three emails I'd sent to friends as the 'top search result'. Either way, Spotlight with its 'revolutionary' search engine gave a much less satisfactory result than a piece of $18 donationware. I know Spotlight can do other things, such as finding text inside Word docs and pdfs, but, quite honestly, is this something your average Joe Public is going to need? (Please tell me if it is). Core Image/Video - The iMac didn't support either of these, so I can't comment on the performance of this. I think this should be a very cool thing as long as there's some killer apps to use the technology properly. Safari RSS - I just don't get the RSS thing. RSS is for blogs and news sites primarily, right? Ok. What is the main feature of this kind of site? Much of the content is already on the front page for you to see. So why the need to syndicate it? Just visit the damn site. Even easier, just have a bunch of sites of a similar genre in a folder on your browser's toolbar and choose the open in tabs option. I'm sure Safari 2.0 will offer one of the best RSS experiences there is, however. Not a reason to get a new OS, however. Mail - Smart Mailboxes? I've been doing the same thing with message rules for over two years - rearranging messages by content on arrival to different mailboxes. Why is this that different? Incidentally, the new toolbar buttons are grotesque. HTML composing is good, but long overdue - should have been here in Panther when they added Web Kit HTML viewing. The movement of photos from emails to iPhoto is pretty cool, but I don't know if I'm the only one that gets this, but everyone that sends me photos in emails zips them to make it quicker to send. Which kind of invalidates the option. Dashboard - People have said that it's not like Konfabulator at all - I'll tell you what, it is. It's also pretty poorly executed - you can't even close a widget without opening the tray at the bottom to add more. I would hope this (lack of) functionality will be removed by the final version. For me, this is thoroughly inessential. For the things that are there - Calculator, Address Book, iCal, that kind of thing - I always have them running anyway and just click the Dock icon, and I'm sure most people who use these on a regular basis do the same. Why is that any harder than pressing F12? By the way, the 'cool rippling effect' is not a selling point. Quicktime 7 - It's coming out for Panther too, folks. H.264 - Remember Pixlet? I'm not saying it's going to disappear of the radar as Pixlet did, but it's not going to change most of our Mac lives like the advertising might suggest. Automator - I didn't have chance to use this, and do think it could be a very useful app. iChat AV - The text interface is identical to the one in version 2.0. The video chat doesn't affect me, I use Skype for audio chats, and therefore the app is useless to me. Those are most of the major changes Apple have heralded on their website and in their keynotes about Tiger to date. I've posted this to get some thoughts about Tiger in general, and also my opinions. Am I being overly harsh? Is my Mac usage so abnormal that this update which is essential to everyone else is just by chance of little interest to me? My hands on experience with Tiger has - I admit - been less than an hour. So if there's anything I've missed, do tell. Just to say so, the apps I use most on my Mac are iTunes, one of several browsers, Mail, Adium, Skype, iPhoto. My feelings are that general net use and digital photography is a pretty typical consumer's use for a computer, which is why I'm so curious about everyone seemingly thinking Tiger's so essential. I know it's a beta, but we know it's going to be out within three months, and is therefore most of the way towards completion. Thanks for listening.