Fortunately the scream has led to a soft gurgling sound now and I’m happier……but had you talked to me two hours ago…..you would have gone the duck and cover route!
Often my Mac will notify me in the morning that I have updates for the system. Lately I’ve ignored them and gone right to work. I think it’s the right response, ignoring them that is!
Yesterday I was feeling extra productive. When the OSX software update utility popped up I said, “Sure thing, let’s get caught up!” Oh yeah, bet you can see where the primal scream fits in.
This morning I had a list of canvas prints to do first thing. A client called late yesterday afternoon, and I spent the end of the day prepping her files, but not printing them. Figured I’d save that for today. Glad I did, or I would have been grouchy last night!
This morning I tossed Lightroom up on the screen and went into the print menu. Things had changed drastically when I hit print. My file setup was changed, the dialogue for Image Quality and Paper type weren’t available the way they had been. When I found the updated version I noted that I was no longer able to query the HP Z3100 about the custom papers I’ve loaded. My printing operation for the morning was completely crippled!
My first instinct was to replace the library files that were over written with yesterday’s update. Heck, I’ve got Time Machine running, just resurrect those files…… Mistake again!
Restoring only those files suddenly disabled my Photoshop, Lightroom, and the rest of my Adobe suite. All just going after the printer files and everything became supremely hosed……What to do next?
The next step was a simple decision. Totally restore the system to an earlier version prior to the update. Glad to say I’ve got my OSX disk here, so I booted off of the disk and asked Time Machine to do a full system restore. I chose Saturday as the restore date since it was the last time I’d used the system.
After nearly an hour the system finished its restore. Glad to say most everything came up right. A few issues with Mail that I’ve already resolved. And I’m glad to say that my Adobe apps are all working again! Better than that, my printer setup is functioning again!
Putting today’s glitch aside, I’ve now got a major complaint for Apple…. This isn’t the first time guys, and you know what? I expect more from you!
3 months ago when I was just getting the print side of our business setup I did an Apple upgrade on my new system. Everything was working fine, the new printer was happily communicating with the Mac, and then the upgrade happened. Completely hosed communication with the printer, and it caused several issues with other programs. I had to do a full restore that time as well.
I returned to Mac in 2002, and I’ve been an extremely satisfied customer. Upgrades were always proven out, and I never had issues previously. But I’ve been running into more issues in the past 6 months with updates, and I’m beginning to think about ignoring them going forward. Or at least reading around the forums to make sure that folks aren’t getting things broken with the latest patches!
In total, these two failures have cost me nearly 8 hours of my time. All due to updates! Almost makes me feel like I’m using a Windows system or something! 😉
Glad that Time Machine works! Otherwise I’d be really out of luck today……. Hope Apple gets back to their “standard” operating style soon, they’re starting to make me worry……