Snow Leopard Facts
Some operating systems bring smiles while others bring tears, and you'll find no sorrow with these 10 best Snow Leopard facts. Computers without programming tend to be far too bulky paperweights or expensive ship anchors. Fire up the old Apple computer and see if these facts suit your fancy:
- No more language switching for your applications. What used to be a simple couple of clicks is now the property of third party software. So if you're looking for a prank to play on your friend's computer this is it. Make sure you speak the language before you decide on it because it's staying with you unless you're willing to find or buy software that will allow future changes. Sometimes, Snow Leopard facts can hurt but it'll be okay.
- It contains Quicktime X. Featuring a general smoothing of how it performs and runs, Quicktime X is a long awaited glossy finish to the player. The one thing that any media player needs to make users happy is to be codec friendly, and Quicktime X has gotten on board with the present day codecs that are out there. Another shiny Snow Leopard fact is it can open up to 2.4 times faster which is icing on more icing.
- Less space is needed for the install. Around seven gigabytes less which is one long song or a couple of "Voltron" episodes. It's nice to see an operating system that even refines the property it takes up. Extra hard drive space is never a bad thing unless, of course, you put your hard drive on a powerful magnet.
- A decreasing of the bandwidth for uploading during iChat sessions. Much like more hard drive space, having extra bandwidth lying around is a giant boon. At the very least, it won't be making you a pretty target for throttling by your ISP provider. This is a great Snow Leopard fact that allows you to finally step up your uploading of all those vacation pictures from your childhood you haven't yet shared with the world.
- GPUs can now help out with more than just games and modeling. OpenCL breaks graphics cards out of their shell and sets them to work. Extra help is a great thing for applications, and this is an excellent idea come to life. This is a Snow Leopard fact that seems like it should've been done years ago.
- Twice as fast wake up speed. Few everyday events seem to take forever in a person's perspective than waking up your computer. Seconds seem like days as that first technological fix seems delayed for hours. A little decrease in time is nice but a 50% decrease is sweet like sugar.
- Screen recording via Quicktime. Choppy video when you're trying to share your latest online raid or just show a buddy how to use a program is no fun. Making movies look like they're from the 70s should stay as filters and not be the way screen capturing ends up some of the time. This enhancement is a Snow Leopard fact that is a wish come true.
- Grand Central Dispatch is born. Not just a project manager but the project manager, this optimizer watches everything like a task force and makes sure you get the most out of your processes. It's a watchdog that ensures that applications use what they need and don't get greedy. Sometimes it's nice to take the workload off the user and put it back on the operating system.
- It's for Macintoshes with Intel chips only. Although there are proposed work-arounds, they all break certain licenses so for legality's sake, stick to the Intel chip Macintoshes. An interesting restriction to progress the computing power out there, certain diehards could be dissatisfied with this line in the sand. Sometimes upgrades mean tough love and this is only semi-tough love.
- Braille mirroring. In a fascinating move, Snow Leopard will allow groups to follow the leader in terms of presentations and lessons as the Braille gets transmitted to everyone connected to the leader's computer. USB Braille has got to be one of the most interesting things in terms of accessibility. This group lesson execution makes this a truly amazing Snow Leopard fact.