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Any Mac users running Sierra?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Bunk McNulty, Oct 4, 2016.

  1. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly. Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    Once upon a time I installed Apple updates without fear. That ended several years ago. Changes I need to know about in iTunes or Garageband? Or anything else?
  2. I run Mainstage on my Mac for my keyboard rig so I'm too much of a chicken s*^% to update--I'm still on Mavericks. ;) My day job is at a campus computer repair shop and I've only seen one Mac come in with it so far. Haven't seen anything too bad on the interwebs about bugs or incompatibilities.
  3. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Nope. I'm still on Yosemite with no intention to move on. Every "upgrade" that Apple has done to its software products of late has been worse than what it replaced.
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  4. Exactly.

    I'm relatively new to Mac and am running El Capitan. I have pondered Sierra but every new OS since Lion has made my machine more unstable. It's quirky and crashes, something I was told never happened when I had a Sony Viao running Windows XP.

    I'm beginning to think there was more to S Jobs than advertised.
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  5. I'm running El Capitan on my older first gen aluminum iMac vintage 2008. A few hiccups for sure, but overall "meh." I don't like how they removed the secure erase, and now I have to use the command prompts to do it. I'm not a programmer and am always scared when I use it.
  6. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    That was a huge selling point for Apple for years, to help get converts uneasy about the UI differences.
    It was true for quite some time, but not so much anymore.
    I'm not sure the angle you are taking with your Jobs comment, but many outside observers have commented on the decline at Apple since his death.
    BTW....I had one of those Sony Viao's running XP for years also. I remember getting it brand new as trade for some IT work I did and the guy couldn't pay me, so he gave me his brand new PC. I trashed it just last year as part of our downsizing efforts.

  7. I'd always heard Jobs came up with ideas about what he wanted and would bend others into accomplishing them, but I'm beginning to think he was instrumental in the product's reliability. It seems since he moved on, everything Apple releases is a little buggier than previous versions, as if the longer he's away, the reputation Apple had as worry-free decreases.
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  8. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist ZOMG! I'm back from the dead!

    Jul 30, 2010
    Houston, TX
    That certainly seems plausible

    I used to sell iMacs and Macbooks like hotcakes at Best Buy when Vista was Microsoft's newest OS. After you demo'd and told them about it not needing antivirus with responsible use, they were practically beating you with a credit card, but Apple was definitely on their game back then. I own a Mac Mini (unfortunately the newer dual-core proc) that runs El Capitan, it's ok as long as you turn off Spotlight. Does REAPER, Pod Farm 2, and various DAW plugins with ease.

    It's a shame to see Apple releasing such lackluster OS updates. I saw a lot about Siri in the update notes for Sierra, but nothing that particularly piqued my interest. Risking compatibility issues with my programs for that? Unlikely...
  9. cheechi


    Mar 10, 2015
    If Jobs hadn't resigned and started NeXT, the first iPhone would have come out around 98 or so and been a resounding failure. Then again the web might have just started to be usable around 98 or so if he hadn't done that.

    Moral of the story is I miss Snow Leopard.
  10. Sierra has a few quirks.

    Yesterday, while streaming a video on Hulu, it crashed. It restarted by itself and crashed again. It restarted, I managed to sign on and see my desktop and CRASH!! Then it did it five more times, each time making a noise like it was ejecting a CD. I had to power off and restart it, and it's been fine ever since.

    That isn't how I remember Apple products being talked about a few years ago. I have a second-gen iPad, I'm on my second iPhone, and I have had the Mac for about 3 years. They are still the best electronic products I've owned but if the Mac keeps misbehaving, that feeling will fade.

    Edit: maybe I want too much. It didn't even remember all the original settings and it forgets to hook up to my wifi automatically on start up. I'm a dummy. I don't want to have to figure out how to set that again.
  11. cheechi


    Mar 10, 2015
    if 'ask to join networks' is checked, uncheck it. If that doesn't fix it forget the wifi, join it again as if it's a new network, if that doesn't fix it call apple. I'm on El Capitan and I doubt the wording would have changed as it's been the same since 10.3 at least.

    Biggest thing is when going from Mav to El Capitan I lost the ability to rearrange the icons at the top right. What a dumb thing to take away. I mostly haven't bothered with Sierra because I don't care that much to change what's working now. Probably will in a few months.
  12. Thanks you. That was perhaps the first thing I looked at and have since checked and unchecked the box. It connects by itself half the time. Half.:mad:

    Yesterday, it crashed a half dozen times while streaming Hulu. This morning I was notified of an update (I de-selected auto update after it got stuck once running El Chappo) and got the window (paraphrased) "installing update- about 19 minutes remaining" then after about 10 minutes, I heard the "chord" startup tone, went to it, and it said "installing update- about 10 minutes remaining".

    That was about 25 minutes ago.

    C'mon Apple. I love this computer, but I'm ready to lay it in my bathtub and turn on the shower.
  13. Do you mean Airport, Bluetooth, TimeMachine, etc. icons? Have you tried Command-clicking them and rearranging? Works for me and I'm running El Cap.
  14. Are you using the Hulu Desktop app or watching in your browser? Is your app or browser up to date? If you're using a browser, have you tried a different one?
  15. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Nope. My iMac won't install it.
  16. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    I was cautioned by the IT guy at my university not to install Sierra for a while until the bugs are worked out. Still running Yosemite both here and at home and rock solid.
  17. Mvilmany


    Mar 13, 2013
    Upstate NY
    Running 10.12 Sierra on a mid-2010 27" iMac. (i7 processor, 8GB Ram)

    No problems.
  18. marko138


    May 24, 2013
    Perry County PA
    I'm running Yosemite on this 2013 Mac Pro. Crashes more than I'd like. Oddly, on my Macbook Pro it's rock solid. I think the Mac Pros are garbage (the trashcan looking ones). We've had nothing but issues with them since the day we got them here at the office.
  19. gttim


    Dec 12, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Macbook Pro 2013. I upgraded. I really have not noticed any difference at all, except for the Siri icon. I run Windows 10/Bootcamp, which is what I worry when I upgrade. No issues there either.
  20. RustyAxe


    Jul 8, 2008
    I've been running Sierra for a couple of weeks. No problems with applications, but my external USB 3.0 1TB drives often fail to mount properly after the Mac wakes up from "sleep". Finder shows them mounted, but they are not. I have to shut 'em down and spin them up again. I've worked around it by not allowing the computer to sleep, just the display.

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