Well, as the title says, I gave Lion a good try (for three weeks), but it’s not for me.
Let me count the ways.
First and foremost the loss of the “save as” function has literally destroyed a work pattern I had developed over many years, that worked very well for me to write columns and maintain the updates on my website every day.
The loss of that function and the inappropriate “locking” of all my personal files by Apple via Lion is simply unacceptable. It added hours every week to my normal work flow. I am sick to death of seeing this Microsoft-like warning and having to deal with it on 99% of the files I use daily:
Then there is the template system I had developed and relied upon for many long years. Files I used as templates were simply opened, copy changed, copied and pasted into RapidWeaver and the file closed, but not saved, yet left intact for use tomorrow. Lion changed all that (with that ridiculous auto-save thing that some propellor-head deemed would be “better” for me to work with) and any alterations I made were immediately “saved” and destroyed my self-devised system. Oh, I know. If I wanted to make a few extra steps and do it a new way, it would become 'natural' to me. Bullshite. Why add keystrokes to accomplish the same darn thing?
Then Lion went on to ruin Netflix for me. I watch Netflix a lot on my 37” Samsung HDTV via my MBP, but as soon as Lion got involved, I got a notice telling me I could no longer watch Netflix unless I upgraded Silverlight by clicking here and downloading the new program. I did just that a dozen times and no joy. Lion didn’t like it. So I called Netflix help and they passed me off the *shudder* Microsoft help. I contacted them three full days ago and still no call back nor email. Why am I not surprised? That after calling Netflix back after 24 hours without a response to tell them Microsoft was doing nothing for their customers. So no more Netflix with Lion.
Then I ran into the wall called YouTube and Flash. I got the same type of “you cannot watch YouTube videos unless you upgrade to Flash 10.3. I did that too. About a dozen times again and still no joy. Lion does not like it. So, no more YouTube with Lion.
And don’t even get me started on my Java experience. Reinstalled and updated Java until I was blue in the face and still it would leave half the Java based stuff on web sites blank.
And before anyone blames the installer of Lion, I downloaded and re-installed it three times to be sure it was no the OS, but to no avail with no change in all the symptoms above.
Then there was scrolling backwards. I gave that a try for a full week and it is just wrong when one is not on an iPad or iPhone. Putting on a computer was likely the thinking of some horse’s ass at Apple. Yeah I know, I can change it and I did, but I still could not get back the arrows in the scroll bars. I liked them and used them a lot. Lion does not like it. So, no more scroll arrows.
And all those fancy moves with your fingers on a track pad drove me crazy. I just want to scroll or click and no matter how I tried to set the track pad, it did strange things to my computer that I could not even get out of via the good old reliable “escape” key. Lion did not like it. So, I wound up having to quit programs and restart them to fix an inadvertent finger movement on the track pad. One more time waster extrordinaire.
So As I type this on Lion on my external HD, SuperDuper is copying my Snow Leopard clone back onto my MBP.
Oh I saved a clone of my Lion HD first just in case Apple suddenly comes to their senses and makes Lion a computer operating system, not some bastardization designed to try and make a computer a semi-iPad.
Disappointment does not adequately describe this mess called Lion for me. Your mileage may vary.