I'm That Guy Who Installs A New OS On My Working Machine, And I Installed Sonoma The Day It Came Out.

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Call me crazy. You're not supposed to do this, right?

Don't they tell you, "Laz, don't do it?" And don't I always upgrade my OS when it comes out anyway? Want to know why?

Beats me. I don't know!

"They don't call me Laz, because it's not my name."

"Fine, you be you, then."

Despite the usual advice I've been upgrading my Mac OS when it comes out since 1987, and Look Ma, never any harm done!

"But Les, what if your all-important DAW doesn't work with it?"

"I use Logic, Apple's own DAW. It works with their damn OS, but I also have zero problems with Luna."

"What if not all of your plugins work?"

"Last I looked I had over 1,200 plugins and I need about six of them. If that many work, I'm OK, and if not, I have the ones that come in Logic."

"Ah, but what about the UA Apollo? That might not work."

"It barely worked with the last system software, and it's no worse on Sonoma."

"I still think you're taking a big chance."

"What's the worst that happens? Someone hires me and my software rig doesn't work, and I book an outside studio, if it comes to that, but it never has. And I used to work to TAPE and HARDWARE. OMG, no DAW! How will I live? It will be like going back in time!"

Blah, blah, blah. And blah. Etc.
 
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And another thing:

"Read the damn manual."

I buy software bundles. Like a zillion software plugins at once. AS IF I'm gonna read every freaking damn manual! I read the manuals for some of my hardware. If it's long enough I get a lot of sleep because I'm sawing wood about halfway through.

"Well then watch the damn software instructional video."

"Can I just skip to the dirty parts?"

"There are no dirty parts in software instructional videos."

"And you wonder why I don't watch software instructional videos."
 
And another thing:

"Read the damn manual."

I buy software bundles. Like a zillion software plugins at once. AS IF I'm gonna read every freaking damn manual! I read the manuals for some of my hardware. If it's long enough I get a lot of sleep because I'm sawing wood about halfway through.

"Well then watch the damn software instructional video."

"Can I just skip to the dirty parts?"

"There are no dirty parts in software instructional videos."

"And you wonder why I don't watch software instructional videos."
So far, so good with Sonoma. Everything appears to work to this point, but I’m early in on a new Mac Studio. Replacing my beloved but aging out iMac 27. I’ve always jumped right in on new OSs too, with generally little bloodshed, though I’m not making my living on mine like you are!
 
"Hey Laz, we just paved you a new sidewalk! Experts agree, it's the best sidewalk you've ever seen! Built to carry 10 times as many people as before, and with fewer stubbed toes!"

"Wow, that's great. When was the sidewalk put into place, and how many people have walked on it yet? Is it fully cured?"

"Everyone says it'll be the best sidewalk you ever walked on, Laz! Go for it, you can upgrade so you don't even have to buy the old sidewalk!"

"Yes, but is it ready to walk on?"

"Are you ready, we take any type of card you've got, Laz!"

"How are your reviews?"

"The views are great from up here, buddy! Version 4:2:1, baby! Let's goooooooooo!!!!"

"Well, OK."

[purchase. download. install. yoursystemisnowf7cked]

"Sh1t. Where is the nearest bridge?"
 
"Are you ready, we take any type of card you've got, Laz!"
Apple. New OS are always free. Every fall.

20-ish yearss ago I decided I liked their products so much, I bought $10.000 worth of Apple stock. Today that stock is worth millions.

Yes. It's true.

But,

I sold it after it went up by about 5 grand, thinking I'd made a killing. I probably bought a guitar or some studio gear with that gigantic haul that I no longer own.

Hey. Speaking of killing, mind handing me that bowl of hemlock?
[purchase. download. install. yoursystemisnowf7cked]
Never happened in 36 years of Mac ownership. Ever! Every so often a plugin doesn't work. No big deal.
 
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Having been a senior SW support engineer for several decades I can tell you WE never installed the new rev on any production systems, we would always tell the Mission Critical clients ( Fortune 500 ) to wait 6 months.
 
Apple. New OS are always free. Every fall.

20-ish yearss ago I decided I liked their products so much, I bought $10.000 worth of Apple stock. Today that stock is worth millions.

Yes. It's true.

But,

I sold it after it went up by about 5 grand, thinking I'd made a killing. I probably bought a guitar or some studio gear with that gigantic haul that I no longer own.

Hey. Speaking of killing, mind handing me that bowl of hemlock?

Never happened in 36 years of Mac ownership. Ever! Every so often a plugin doesn't work. No big deal.
My experience is similar. Mac or die. Even Macs run Windows better than PCs run Windows, it's great.

Now, ProTools, that's an entirely different situation. I suffered total annihilation after two version upgrades and ended up switching to Studio One. Never looked back.

Now the Apple stock situation, you are not alone, my friend. I passed on an opportunity to buy Bitcoin when it was $4, it sounded like a farce. could have made 9 figures. NINE.

Where's my 594? I need a shot in the arm.
 
"Ah, but what about the UA Apollo? That might not work."

"It barely worked with the last system software, and it's no worse on Sonoma."
The Apollo so far is running BETTER on Sonoma than Ventura. Logic's fine too. Of course there's nothing mission critical on the Mac so occasionally I've signed up to be a beta tester to play with the new stuff.

My hardware story of woe was a two years ago I built a final Hackintosh that dual booted MacOS and Windows: i7 10700k, 32GB RAM, Dual NVMe drives, Thunderbolt 3 on the motherboard, along with a spare Nvidia 2080ti GPU (for Windows only) from my son. Blazingly fast and silent from a few feet away for about the same price as a PRS SE.

Unfortunately the motherboard HDMI port, which was necessary for running MacOS, stopped working so had to send it back to Gigabyte and while they were fixing the HDMI, they also did a non-revertable update of the firmware which killed the ability to run MacOS. It would boot but couldn't connect to the Apollo and pulling up a browser took down our home internet. It's still a nice Win 11 machine but lost a great final generation Intel Mac Pro.
 
Having been a senior SW support engineer for several decades I can tell you WE never installed the new rev on any production systems, we would always tell the Mission Critical clients ( Fortune 500 ) to wait 6 months.
If my Fortune 500 clients were paying me to run their critical systems instead of supplying their ad music, they’d all have Eniac computers with NOS tubes, programmed by John von Neumann’s wife.

Music would be recorded to tape.

And I’d be driving a shiny new Packard.

Come to think of it, this would not be a bad outcome!
 
When I started support , the largest commercial computers only had 3.75 GB of RAM as that is essentially the architectural limit of 32 bit ( 4GB)
Oddly even though 64 bit OS's have been around for decades , NOBODY uses all 64 bits of address space , only 48 . A fully populated 64 bit memory map is 16 Exabytes ..., SUN created a Zetta byte file system anticipating the future about a decade ago ... that will be a while

Kilo , mega, giga, tera, peta, exa , zetta and yotta are among the binary prefixes used to denote the quantity of something, such as a byte or bit in computing and telecommunications. Sometimes called prefix multipliers, these prefixes are also used in electronics and physics.

In communications, electronics and physics, multipliers are defined in powers of 10, from 10-24 to 1024, proceeding in increments of three orders of magnitude -- 103 or 1,000. In IT and data storage, multipliers are defined in powers of two, from 210 to 280, proceeding in increments of 10 orders of magnitude -- 210 or 1,024.

Oddly in my Analytical Chemistry career the system I designed went down to the Fempto gram (2x10 -15 ) to IT where it ended up in the Petabyte storage (2x10 +15) which helped store all the data from the chem system .... such a fascinating universe we live in ..
 
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When I started support , the largest commercial computers only had 3.75 GB of RAM as that is essentially the architectural limit of 32 bit ( 4GB)
Oddly even though 64 bit OS's have been around for decades , NOBODY uses all 64 bits of address space , only 48 . A fully populated 64 bit memory map is 16 Exabytes (1024 Terrabytes = 1 exabyte) ..., SUN created a Zetta byte file system anticipating the future about a decade ago ... that will be a while A zettabyte is equal to a 1024 exabytes

Fun bit of trivia - all exabytes are stored in Texas.
 
When I started support , the largest commercial computers only had 3.75 GB of RAM as that is essentially the architectural limit of 32 bit ( 4GB)
Oddly even though 64 bit OS's have been around for decades , NOBODY uses all 64 bits of address space , only 48 . A fully populated 64 bit memory map is 16 Exabytes (1024 Terrabytes = 1 exabyte) ..., SUN created a Zetta byte file system anticipating the future about a decade ago ... that will be a while A zettabyte is equal to a 1024 exabytes
Wow, there's no limit to human ingenuity.

Just think of the improvements in our quality of life that fast, powerful computers loaded with zettabytes will bring.

"What do you think the improvements will do for you, Les?"

"You mean, besides higher-resolution porn?"

"Yeah, besides porn."

"Well, it's hard to ignore the porn. I can't think of any offhand, but I'll as A.I. and see if it can tell me how all this will improve the quality of our lives."

"No more Ouija Board?"

"I've trained AI to use my Ouija Board."
 
Call me crazy. You're not supposed to do this, right?

Don't they tell you, "Laz, don't do it?" And don't I always upgrade my OS when it comes out anyway? Want to know why?

Beats me. I don't know!

"They don't call me Laz, because it's not my name."

"Fine, you be you, then."

Despite the usual advice I've been upgrading my Mac OS when it comes out since 1987, and Look Ma, never any harm done!

"But Les, what if your all-important DAW doesn't work with it?"

"I use Logic, Apple's own DAW. It works with their damn OS, but I also have zero problems with Luna."

"What if not all of your plugins work?"

"Last I looked I had over 1,200 plugins and I need about six of them. If that many work, I'm OK, and if not, I have the ones that come in Logic."

"Ah, but what about the UA Apollo? That might not work."

"It barely worked with the last system software, and it's no worse on Sonoma."

"I still think you're taking a big chance."

"What's the worst that happens? Someone hires me and my software rig doesn't work, and I book an outside studio, if it comes to that, but it never has. And I used to work to TAPE and HARDWARE. OMG, no DAW! How will I live? It will be like going back in time!"

Blah, blah, blah. And blah. Etc.
My computers are too old for Sonoma. No sense in updating because I get everything I want with Big Sur.
 
When I started support , the largest commercial computers only had 3.75 GB of RAM as that is essentially the architectural limit of 32 bit ( 4GB)
Oddly even though 64 bit OS's have been around for decades , NOBODY uses all 64 bits of address space , only 48 . A fully populated 64 bit memory map is 16 Exabytes ..., SUN created a Zetta byte file system anticipating the future about a decade ago ... that will be a while

Kilo , mega, giga, tera, peta, exa , zetta and yotta are among the binary prefixes used to denote the quantity of something, such as a byte or bit in computing and telecommunications. Sometimes called prefix multipliers, these prefixes are also used in electronics and physics.

In communications, electronics and physics, multipliers are defined in powers of 10, from 10-24 to 1024, proceeding in increments of three orders of magnitude -- 103 or 1,000. In IT and data storage, multipliers are defined in powers of two, from 210 to 280, proceeding in increments of 10 orders of magnitude -- 210 or 1,024.

Oddly in my Analytical Chemistry career the system I designed went down to the Fempto gram (2x10 -15 ) to IT where it ended up in the Petabyte storage (2x10 +15) which helped store all the data from the chem system .... such a fascinating universe we live in ..
So many interesting band names in this post.
 
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