So I upgraded the MBP to Lion last night. Overall this was a sweet upgrade, as things should be. Open the App Store, Click the Install Button, enter your Apple ID to consent payment, and let it do it’s thang.
The download too about 30 mins, and the install about 28. The configuration to make it useable has taken the best part of a day. Mainly trying to find fixes online, rather than implementing the actual fix itself.
I found three main issues:
1. Natural Scrolling
This may be natural for Steve Jobs, but imho this was as counter-intuitive as it’s possible to be. When I slide my fingers up, I expect the page to scroll down. This was a quick fix. Head into System Preferences > Trackpad > Scroll & Zoom, and uncheck “Scroll Direction: Natural”
2. Getting to https sites on WiFi
This was the most frustrating error. Mostly because I can’t be the only person experiencing the issue (hence this blog post), yet there was a dearth of support or information on the web.
The frustration was exacerbated because I couldn’t access my email (both personal and business run on domains pointed at gmail, which uses https) and even the discussion forums on Apple’s site used https. (doh!)
Also to say that this affected both Safari and Chrome (my browser of choice) on OSX, but neither Chrome, or IE on the Parallels Windows 7 VM. Once I got that working (see below)
So this wasn’t a layer 1 (physical), 2 (logical), or 3 (Transport) issue. Neither was it an issue that affected the Wireless Router, or any of the other computers on the network.
The fix is relatively simple. On Lion you have to check both Auto Discover, and Auto Configure for your Internet Proxy. Why? No idea. But there you go…
To do this Network Preferences > Advanced > Proxies > Check the top two items
In my hunt to fix the https issue, I fired up Parallels to search on Windows 7, as well as to diagnose the problem at a network layer. Imagine my frustration when I couldn’t actually get to the Windows 7 VM.
It was running, and I could see it in Expose. Just couldn’t actually get to the window.
Fortunately Parallels has a far better support site than Apple, and the fix was simple. The issue was having the Parallels session in another desktop using Spaces before the upgrade. The solution was to delete all of the extra Spaces Desktops. This put the vm on the primary desktop.
It’s a simple matter to create new spaces and pop the VM back into one of these again.
My 24 hour review is that Lion is good. Support is limited. I hope this blog helps you resolve some of the small niggles you may experience working with OSX Lion
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