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Snow Leopard

images-5Finally did the upgrade to Snow Leopard this week. At the first look you would would be hard pressed to notice much difference between Leopard and Snow Leopard. There are many, many reviews about the changes – by people far more geekier than I, and they will tell you ALL of the differences. So I will restrict this post to the things that I found interesting or important.

Time Machine – It is a lot quicker than what it used to be, especially for new time machine setups.

Startup / Login / Sleep – All a lot faster.

Bluetooth Menu Bar – This used to be a real pain in the backside, but now it seems to work properly.

Some of the other things that I discovered was:  Upon investigating why my Cisco VPN client no longer worked, there is now a built in CiscoVPN client in the network preferences.

CiscoVPN Client

CiscoVPN Client

Similar to what is already available on the iPhone, Snow Leopard now has native support for Cisco VPNs. Something that ‘The other OS’ will never have! It supports certificates and group authentication, just as the iPhone does.

The last thing which almost put a spanner in the works was that my Huawei EC226 modem no longer worked. Fortunately there is a work around and I was able to get it working again.

I removed all the connections to the Huawei modem in the network preferences and then went to :

 /System/Library/Extensions

I removed the HuaweiDataCardDriver.kext and the USBCardCantWake_Huawei.kext extenstions.

Inserted the Modem and waited for the internal disk to mount. There is usually a mobile partner application supplied with the modem on the internal drive that you can drag into the Applications dir, but if you right mouse click and select view package contents, you can navigate and find the installer pkg and re-run it.

I have not included the details as it will look different to every modem / provider. My one is  MultiLinks Telkom branded application, but the are all probably similar. After running the installer, I was able to now see the Huawei interfaces again in the network preferences.

It does require that you reconfigure your dial-up settings, but it is better than it not working at all.

Overall, Snow Leopard was all the changes that are necessary for the next big upgrade. Really Snow Loepard was primarily done to remove all of the legacy support for PPC and pave the way for the next big cat. But there are some really useful tools and enhancements that have come along with it.

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One response

  1. Do

    Many thanks for the tip… ! I was connecting previously via a convoluted way, setting up a bridge to VMWare and launching the Internet connection on Windows XP, then coming back to Mac to work…

    January 11, 2010 at 9:45 am

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