From Andy Ihnatko’s review of Lion:
Of course you should upgrade to Lion. It’s the ultimate no-brainer. Columnists like me enjoy the woolgathering parts of the review where we talk about infrastructure and UI endemics and then lie back on the sofa and speculate about what all of this could mean for the future. It’s fun and it nicely pads out our word count.
The quote above is basically what every review states about Mac OS X Lion: “It is inexpensive, has its ups and downs, and is ready for your computer right now, so why not… Go get it!” Some even provide direct links to the Mac App Store download. What I find interesting is that every review has a different idea regarding what new features are good or bad.
The use cases for each new feature will be different for different people, which means Ihnatko will like fullscreen apps but hate the scrolling changes, while Shawn Blanc and Ben Brooks will love (or get used to) the new scrolling style and find no use case in their workflows fullscreen apps (at least for now).
Sidenote: I also love reading more comprehensive reviews, including under-the-hood changes, so I will link to John Siracusa’s review for good measure, which is, as always, a marathon review instead of a sprint. Personally, I prefer reading about technical underpinnings and what actual use feels like, something at which Siracusa has always been terrific, instead of a hodgepodge listing of all the new features, but I digress.
In the technology world we deal with these differences in user preference everyday, including instances where a user spends five minutes doing something with the mouse that would take two seconds with the keyboard (this is true of keyboard shortcuts, in general). This is especially true in the Windows world, where there is a lack of UI simplification that can cause technologists and support specialists to weep quietly in server room corners. With Lion, my hope would be that the simplifications can draw the normal user into better workflows and more efficient use overall no matter what the feature that gets them there.
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.