We went to the Century City Apple Store (because we wanted to do some other shopping at that mall). There were 50 or so people in line when we got there, and the line nearly doubled by the time 6:00 came. As we walked in, the store people cheered us and handed us t-shirts. We did little besides wait in line and buy Leopard.
Like many people I’m sure, I’m trying to decide on how to set up a Time Machine backup drive. The Apple Store sells LaCie and Western Digital drives. The Amazon reviews show that there is a failure rate to worry about, but it’s hard to gauge. Unfortunately it seems to be worse for the terabyte drives, so for the moment I’m leaning towards a 500GB LaCie drive.
At first the installation was supposed to take 3 hours, but as usual the first couple of hours went by really fast and the last “about a minute” took much longer.
When I launched iChat, it asked me for my AIM password, which it normally doesn’t. I typed something in, checked the box to store it in my keychain, and got a message that it couldn’t find my keychain.
Further poking around revealed that my keychain was broken. The Keychain Access app couldn’t unlock it, display its contents, or even show a proper icon for it. There were no error messages to be found, either. Not in dialogs, not in the console log.
I tried re-importing my ~/Library/Keychains/login.keychain file and deleting the old keychain. This left me with a keychain named “login” instead of “uncommon”, and apparently you can’t rename a keychain. But it’s working again.
Some other initial thoughts:
At first I thought the menu bar was opaque after all, but it turned out it was just that my desktop picture lacked detail at the top.
The help viewer is now a floating system window instead of a separate application. This is a pain because the window is big and stays in front of everything else. I had already complained about this in the original WWDC seed.
The same folder icons are there, with their spots and monochromatic badges. I still don’t like them. I’ve started working on converting some Paper Folder icons to 512x512. It’s harder than it sounds. If you want them to look good, that is.
The window title bar controls look shinier than in Tiger, which is odd since the rest of the Aqua UI is heading towards duller gradients.
Unfortunately, installing Leopard also installed iTunes 7.4.2, which threatens to kill my ringtones. Fortunately, I did an Archive And Install which preserved my old iTunes 7.4.1, and it still runs.
I think Mail is getting bloated with its notes and RSS (I use Sage for RSS). I can see how, with the notes feature, they’re trying to accommodate people who were trying to use Mail before for things it wasn’t designed for - sending yourself notes by email. But people were doing that just because Mail happened to work well enough as a kind of document database. Making it an official feature turns Mail into something it’s not. I think this is a missed opportunity for innovation.