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Upgrade to Lion?

OS 10.7 “Lion” is here! Are you ready, skee-daddy?

Well, if you want to continue using Microsoft Office 2004 or Quicken 2007, don’t even think of going to Lion. These programs will not work in Lion — you must upgrade to Office 2011 and Quicken Essentials for Mac. Rosetta is no longer available in Lion, which means Lion no longer supports PowerPC applications, like the above. (And sorry, be forewarned. Quicken Essentials [spoiler alert] sucks! But you have no good choice. Call me to discuss your options.)

And did you make a complete backup of your system using Time Machine and an external hard drive? How about a bootable backup of the entire system? Could be helpful if things go sour. You should definitely have MACximize come in to check out your system before you do anything this major to your computer. That’s why we’re here.

And hey, who shouldn’t upgrade to Lion? Well, of course if you’ve got a Power PC Mac, you’re not even invited to the party. Heck, if you don’t have 10.6.8, you can’t upgrade. (We’ll see after tomorrow!) Below are the:

System Requirements
• x86-64 processor (Macs with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core i3, Intel Core i5, Intel Core i7, or Xeon processor.)
• At least 2GB of RAM
• Latest version of Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8), with the Mac App Store installed
• At least 4GB of free disk space for downloading.
• Like Snow Leopard, Lion does not support PowerPC-based Macs (e.g., Power Macs, PowerBooks, iBooks, iMacs (G3-G5), eMacs).
• Furthermore, Lion does not support 32-bit Intel Core Duo or Core Solo based Macs.

But as with every other system upgrade, if you’ve got some important work in the next few weeks where you can’t be down, can’t not be able to print, can’t afford to have to deal with upgrade headaches, by all means, let those who must be on the bleeding edge be the first. Heck, are you a pioneer or a follower? I’ve been using a Mac since 1985. My mother advised me to take up Windows 95 in the 90s so I’d be able to feed my family “just in case” Apple went under. I’ve got Apple flowing thru my veins, so yeah, I’ll be upgrading. Well maybe after the weekend!

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