After upgrading my MacBook Pro to 10.10 (and then to 10.10.1), I experienced 2 problems.
First, when I used certain programs, the save dialog box would continually get bigger. So each time I saved something in Safari or BBEdit, the dialog box would get longer by a line of text or so until the bottom was off the screen. I use Default Folder so at first I thought it was a problem with that, but after completely uninstalling it, the problem remained. I figured out some workarounds, like making sure I made the dialog box smaller after a few saves, but I couldn't resolve it. Jon Gotow, the developer behind Default Folder figured out the problem. He found that Apple changed the file dialogs so that the title bar is now considered to be part of the window—and changed the math everywhere except in save sheets. Yesterday, Gotow released a beta version of Default Folder that fixes the problem. It is a beta release but I haven't had any problems with it. If you are affected by this bug and don't use Default Folder, you could use Default Folder's 30 day trial and maybe Apple will fix this in 10.10.2.
My second problem was I was no longer able to connect to the VPN service, PrivateInternatAccess.com. I could connect using PIA's own VPN app, but I couldn't use built-in app for L2TP VPN. I figured out that my static IP that I set for my local network broke the VPN app, both for wireless and wired connections. I was able to change the setting to "DHCP with manual address" and the built-in VPN worked. Hopefully, this will be another issue that 10.10.2 fixes. I'm sure this affects a pretty limited number of people, but it was very annoying.
Yosemite changed the default behavior of the window zoom button (green circle) to bring the window full screen instead of resizing (zooming) to the content. You can of course hold down the option key on your keyboard when clicking the button to toggle between full screen and zoom. However, if you want to change the green button to always zoom again and not have to hold down option, you can accomplish this with a free app called BetterTouchTool.
Once you have BetterTouchTool installed, go into Preferences and configure a new trigger.
Make sure Global is highlighted in the left sidebar.
Click the Configure New Trigger button.
From the Trigger drop down select Leftclick Green Window Button
From the Predefined Action drop down select Zoom Window Below Cursor (this can be found under the Window Interaction section).
From now on the green button will zoom to the content instead of going full screen.
Prior to Yosemite, I had been using RightZoom to have the green button maximize the window to the full area of the screen similar to how the maximize button in Microsoft Windows works. As of now, RightZoom is not compatible with Yosemite. So instead I can setup BetterTouchTool to do the same thing. Instead of selecting Zoom Window Below Cursor, select Maximize Window.
I also setup another trigger for Rightclick Green Window Button to Restore Old Window Size.
And just in case I ever do want to go into full screen mode, I setup a third trigger for Leftclick Green Window Button plus the option key and select Enter Fullscreen.
BetterTouchTool has many other features besides these, definitely worth checking out.
The next Mini’app’les meeting is tonight, October 21st, the third Tuesday of the month, at the Hackfactory (3119 E. 26th Street Minneapolis, MN 55406). At 6:30 p.m., members of the board and other knowledgable people will be available if you have speciﬁc questions you would like answered. We will do our best to address your question and help you troubleshoot the issue.
At 7:00 p.m., we will look at OS X 10.10, Yosemite, and iOS 8.1. We will talk about the upgrade process and why you should or shouldn’t upgrade. We will look at some tips and tricks for using both of the new systems and how to manage some of its quirks like how to stop (or enable) your other devices from ringing when you get a phone call on your iPhone.
With a new version OS X 10.10 named Yosemite soon upon us, I remembered back to the first version that was released in March of 2001. Actually there was a server version in 1999 that I never used. Yosemite is 11th version for the desktop since the first was 10.0. I still have a copy of OS X 10.0, code named Cheetah though the box did not have the cat name on it. That version cost me $129.
In version 10.1 Apple formally used the name Puma. They continued with big cat names until 10.9 which they named Mavericks. I have copies of all and actually run 10.3 Panther, 10.4 Tiger, 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard on various old Macs in my collection. Tiger supports OS 9 in Classic mode as well. You can read about all versions of the Mac OS at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Mac_OS
I am also in the process os scanning all old Mini'app'les newsletters to add to our web site. It appears that the first substantial mention of OS X was in the May 2001 issue where an article from Tidbits was included. Since an OCR of the scan copy required cleanup, I looked on the Tidbits site to find the original. Not finding it, I emailed Adam Engst, the author, who provided the following link: http://tidbits.com/article/6372 . This article still has good advice as to who should install a new version of Mac OS X and when.
If you plan to upgrade to Yosemite, the following is a good resource though there are plenty of other free articles being published.