The walk

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Yesterday, thanks to very cool final release of Safari 4, I had to do what I call "the update walk". Let me explain.

I generally first hear about a new software update from Apple via one of the RSS feeds I follow. And, because I'm eager to grab the latest and greatest, I launch Software Update on my main Mac to grab the update.

While that's scanning my system to determine what updates I need, I walk to my secondary Mac and launch Software Update. And then I immediately walk over the laptop and do the same there.

Then I go back to the first, click Install Updates and type my admin password. It starts to download and install the updates.

While that's working, I do the same at the second Mac and then the laptop.

By the time I'm done with the laptop, I'm back to the first Mac where I almost always have to click "Restart" to restart the Mac. Ditto the two other machines.

Then I log into the main machine. While it logs in and starts up my plethora of apps, I log into the other two machines.

And, yes, then I'm finally done and I can sit down at my main Mac and continue working on Curio, with a warm contented feeling that all my Macs have the latest and greatest from Apple.

Oh sure, I could just wait until all the Macs have downloaded the updates all on their own in the background sometime during the next 24 hours or so. But then my Macs are out of sync and I have a "Install" and then a "Restart" button staring at my face when I run to grab the laptop or go use the second machine.


All whining aside, I'm of course thrilled with all of the updates! And, in general, the walk is not a problem whatsoever.

It's just when I do this walk for a new iTunes, then QuickTime, then Airport Utility, then Digital Camera RAW converters, then iPhoto, then iLife, and then Safari — all since June 1st — I get a bit exhausted trying to stay hip and up-to-date. :-)