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Improve Yosemite’s text display on non-Retina displays

The other day, I upgraded my wife’s MacBook Air to OS X Yosemite. Immediately, her first concern was that the UI text was harder to read. This is, in part, due to Helvetica Neue replacing Lucida Grande, but also because Yosemite’s LCD font smoothing seems rather harsh on non-Retina. Fortunately, a Terminal command makes for a crisper and easier-to-read display:

defaults -currentHost write -globalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -int 2

Log out and back in and you should see some improvement in text rendering in the Yosemite UI.

Perks of the job

Mac OS X Desktop

I got a MacBook Pro through work, and I am in love. I’m in love so much, in fact, that I can’t possibly see my next computer being a PC. After spending several days working in Mac OS X, going back to Windows seems like stepping back in time ten years. Perhaps it’s the excitement of regular exposure to something different, like an exciting new girl or something. I dunno. Windows definitely seems antiquated, though. This Mac blazes, and gets me to a login screen within 10 seconds on a cold boot. Try getting Windows to do THAT. (I don’t think the 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo inside hurts.) The Mac resumes much faster and much more reliably. For a laptop, I just don’t think you can beat a Mac. I’m using GeekTool to display the system log, kernel version and load average, running processes, and disk usage on the desktop.

With the Vista debacle being what it is, and Linux just not ready for prime time on the desktop, the Mac truly is the way to go. Guess Steve has ensnared another one…

Reporting to Boot Camp

Apple product naming in the last several years has been fantastic. Their latest utility, Boot Camp, enables Windows XP to be installed on an Intel Mac alongside OS X with full driver support, and uses a boot menu. It’s available for a free download and will be an integral part of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard (whew!).

This is pretty fantastic – no more hacking needed to put Windows XP on a Mac. That makes one of those machines that much more attractive now.