The last few weeks of October 2013 have seen a bunch of news on the technology front, especially in updates/upgrades.
Google finally said thumbs-up for a vanity URL for my Google+ personal page. I believe we all have waited for some time for this to be release. I even kept the suggested URL, which is google.com/+DavidGumpper. I kind of like the + in beginning of my name and this should make Google+ more relevant in the social space.
Other news, Apple sent out MAC OS X Mavericks (version 10.9) update this last week and yes, I performed the upgrade to my MacBook Pro. The upgrade was seamless, but it took forever. Leave yourself plenty of time to down load the 5+ gig payload and at least an hour for the install. My MacBook Pro is 3 1/2 years old (2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 4GB RAM) so it could be just the age of my computer. The only problem that I have experienced so far is some of my Open Source apps do not function anymore, such as FreeCAD. I kind of thought that would happen, so no big deal. Was there anything new and impressive? Nah, neat little features here and there.
Apple again is making a bid for users in the office productivity space. I was able to upgrade Pages, Keynote, and Numbers to the latest version for free. The UI for these apps have changed alot and will take a little time to become familiar with the features. I did test Pages to see how the new export to .docx file would come close to Microsoft. It is still not great and I do not recommend exporting out of a .page format to .docx. The formatting and layout when opening a converted .docx in Microsoft continue to have flaws.
Microsoft update on my Windows 8 to 8.1 also occurred this week. I really like Windows 8 and now 8.1. I do agree you need to have a touch screen to really use the OS interactions. Again, leave yourself time for the 3+ gig download and around a 45 minute for the 8.1 install. I did do the upgrade to my Windows 8 ASUS Ultrabook with a touch screen.
Busy month for updates to our computing devices and as always, having fun using all of it.