I’ve come to the realization that since I graduated with a BA in English in 2010 I’ve only finished one book. That book, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. It had me hooked, every chapter seemed to end on a cliffhanger and I had to read on to figure out what was really going on. And just when I thought I had it figured out, I was wrong. Maybe I need another book like that?
I started reading JK Rowling’s ghost written The Cuckoo’s Calling about six months ago, and though I enjoyed it, I still haven’t finished it (I’m on page 431 on iBooks on my MacBook). I also have about 30 other books in my iBooks library that I’ve either read a page or two of or haven’t opened.
Part of it might be that I no longer have my iPad which I’d use to read in bed (I had intended to get an iPad Air but ended up with an Xbox One instead). Even then I’d get distracted by Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, CNN or several other apps or websites. Yet I can’t find myself ever wanting to touch a paper book again. I just don’t like physical media. I subscribe to the New York Times but read it via the Chrome app (which is nice because it’s still laid out like a newspaper). Paper books and newspapers are just an unecessary waste of resources. Same goes for DVDs, Blu-Rays, etc. Why waste all that plastic when you can just go digital?
Anyway, enough ranting. Maybe I’ll finish one of these books while I’m on vacation. I don’t mind reading on my MacBook (I love that Mavericks included iBooks) but again I can’t force myself to sit still long enough to focus on just one task.
I finally got updated to OS X Mavericks on my MacBook Pro this afternoon and I have to say I’m mostly enjoying the upgrade. For the most part things feel the same as before, so it’s no jump from iOS6 to iOS7, but it still has some nice features. Mainly, iBooks. It’s nice to be able to read books on my MacBook, I’m not sure why it took so long to implement this feature.
What’s missing though, is Newsstand. I was almost certain that with iBooks we’d see Newsstand, but it’s nowhere to be found. I’d love to read my newspapers and magazines on my MacBook, but for whatever reason we can’t do that yet. I can only hope it’ll be coming sooner or later.
Another feature that should be nice (haven’t tried it out yet) is the improved multiple monitor support. I like to connect my MacBook to my TV via HDMI when using my Dish Anywhere service or NFL Sunday Ticket. For some reason I occasionally run into some weird issues where things don’t work the way they should. Maybe it’s just me, but for example if I set the output to anything other than 720p I get black bars on the sides of the screen, even on a 1080p TV. Also if I send a window over to the second monitor (the TV) and hit full screen, on some apps it goes fullscreen on the MacBook screen rather than the TV screen. I hope outputting to a TV works better with Mavericks. I’ll check it out later tonight to see for sure.
There’s also some improved performance and battery features that I will probably never notice, a new notification system (which seems nice so far), tabs in finder (could be useful I suppose) and a few other new features.
Lastly they added Maps to OS X, though I can’t understand why. If I’m on my MacBook why wouldn’t I just go to Google Maps in Chrome rather than using Apple’s map app? Especially since Maps already is pretty much useless when compared to Google Maps on my iPhone.