The Frankenstein Monster Mac Mentality

I'm more than a bit perplexed with the mentality of Mac Computer users who think nothing is wrong with changing the Operating System on their computer and expect that all important applications, such as Microsoft Office for the Mac, won't be affected. In fact, many of these people get incredulous and begin spouting conspiracy theories about Microsoft having it in for Mac users.

A computer's Operating System (OS) is the equivalent to the brain in humans, it controls everything. Changing the OS on a computer is like brain swapping… so Doctor I must ask, "Why are you surprised that there are issues with the monster you have created?"

To be fair, these new young Dr. Frankenstein's have been misled by their marketing professors at Apple Computer into believing that brain swapping is just a normal part of keeping your computer hardware looking and acting cool. And, that might be true with most of the mindless iPhone applications but it's not true for full function computers that require complex internal processes that rely on dependable interactions with the computer's brain… its Operating System.

So how do you keep from turning your computer into a deranged Frankenstein monster?

1) Keep your important third-party applications up-to-date with
their version patches.

By "third-party" I'm referring to Microsoft, Adobe, etc. and I'm not referring to the built-in Apple applications such as Safari, iCal, Pages, etc. I can't tell you how many times I've heard the conspiracy complainers try to support their assertion that it's Microsoft or Adobe's fault because iTunes or iCal runs fine with the new OS they just carelessly installed.

2) Do some research.

Go to your third-party providers web sites and/or community forums and ask if the product version you have is compatible with the new Operating System you are thinking about installing. The key phrase here is "thinking about installing" … find out the answer before you install!

3) Fully shutdown the computer (turn off the power) and then
power back up after installing any software, even updates to
existing software on your computer.

In computer jargon it's called a "cold start" and it refreshes all the stored memory caches of data that the OS, and applications that automatically restart, are holding onto. By-the-way, closing the lid on a Laptop/MacBook is neither a system restart (warm start) or shutdown (cold start), it only puts your computer to sleep and does not clear data from memory.

4) Refrain from running Alpha and Beta test versions of new
software, including the OS, unless you are a developer of
computer applications.

If you need your computer software running so that you can complete your important work, you shouldn't be risking your productivity with barely tested Alpha/Beta software.

If you do these things that I have suggested, then I'm certain after you do perform the next "brain swap" operation on your system that you will be able to enthusiastically shout out…

It's Alive! It's Alive!