How To Create Mac OS X Lion USB Key (Video)

While creating a Mac OS X Lion USB key for myself, I also had decided to record the whole process of doing it and released it in a YouTube video which you could watch below.  First though, why am I doing such a thing?  Even though Mac OS X Lion isn’t yet stable enough for me to love it, and my Macbook Pro is definitely having problem with Mac OS X Lion since it keeps on getting black screen when switching to Nvidia graphic card.  Nonetheless, I want to make sure that I can have a copy of Mac OS X Lion on USB key so I will be able to do a clean install of the operating system when Apple eventually comes around to make the operating system more stable.  So, the benefit clearly is that using USB key to install a clean version of Mac OS X Lion onto your Mac is attractive, but only if it’s that Mac OS X Lion will become more stable in time.  You can check out the video on how to create Mac OS X Lion USB key right after the break.

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Out Of Frustrations Of Mac OS X Lion Comes Solutions, Dual Boot Mac With Snow Leopard And Lion Then Transfer Information From Lion To Snow Leopard To Retain User Accounts’ Information

I’d been messing around with Mac OS X Lion, and I’ve to say that I’m very disappointing of this newer version of Mac OS X.  Just in the last two days, my MacBook Pro got crashed four times or so.  Last three times I’d to deal with MacBook Pro’s monitor turned black which consequently rendered the keyboard unresponsive.  I’d to power off through the physical power button on the MacBook Pro itself, and I figured if I keep on doing this, I’ll eventually allow my MacBook Pro’s hardware go bad.  This was why I’d installed Snow Leopard onto a newer partition which I’d resized specifically for it, and now I have dual boot option where I could boot into Lion whenever I want to play with it.  Nonetheless, I’m going to stick with Snow Leopard for now since Snow Leopard is bug free, and so far my system hums happily with Snow Leopard, without any trouble at all!  Snow Leopard is rock solid!  Lion will be as stable as Snow Leopard someday, but not today, this week, and this month I guess — unless Apple is going to look into Lion’s bugs evermore intensive and come out with fixes soon, and I mean really soon!

Let say, I’d done everything in trying to have Mac OS X Lion works the right way, but I failed terribly!  First, I’d done a hardware test, because my MacBook Pro crashed and monitor turned black.  Fortunately, the result of the hardware test came back and told me that my hardware are working perfectly — meaning everything is OK!  Breathed easier, I decided that the culprit of trashing my MacBook Pro had to be Mac OS X Lion.  So there is my answer!  I think earlier adopters of newer operating systems as me are suckers for suffering from the madness of having to fight against the operating systems just to be happy!

Out of frustration comes resolutions, and out of resolutions comes awesomeness — I’d uploaded two videos to YouTube that talk about dual boot Mac into Snow Leopard and Lion but yet users are going to be able to transfer information from Lion to Snow Leopard.  This way, Mac users won’t have to lose their data.  Nonetheless, make sure you back up your data anyway before you even try the dual boot method and transfer information, because you never know your system might act wonky at times and render the methods I’m talking of useless!  Check out the videos right after the break!

‪Dual boot Mac with Lion and Snow Leopard and Transfer Info‬

‪How to recreate user accounts on Snow Leopard right after t‬he installation

Snow Leopard Will Not Kowtow To Lion

Apple’s Mac OS X Lion is an enhancement over Snow Leopard in a way that it’s providing some features that Snow Leopard is lacking.  Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s big of a deal, a personal opinion in earnest.  Why?  Although new features such as Airdrop and Versions and Auto Save and Multi-Touch Gestures and Resume are quite delicious, but I can only see Auto Save and Versions are useful — considering it’s a newer version of Apple’s Mac OS X.

What about Multi-Touch Gestures, you ask?  Well, it’s fun to use and quite intuitive after getting to love it, but it’s not a must have feature since the old way of doing so with Snow Leopard wasn’t flawed!  Resume is an awesome feature to have for Mac users who with newer Macs, but for users with older Macs I fear this feature might lag their machines, right?  (I’m not sure, but come to think of it, Resume requires Mac to recall many applications!)  Airdrop appears to be very useful, but it’s too simplistic to be a killer feature (i.e., it works only with local network).

Security enhancement such as Filevault 2, improvement over the older version of Filevault, is a welcoming thing.  I’ve no quarreled here, but the whole point is that even with other included newer features that sum up in hundreds, the user experience of Mac OS X Lion isn’t so drastically different than Snow Leopard.  I was wishing that Mac OS X Lion was somehow to be a major overhaul of Snow Leopard, but if you’re so familiar with Snow Leopard, you won’t have a problem of playing with Mac OS X Lion at all.  Some people are definitely welcoming this very experience, because they don’t want to have to learn a whole new operating system.  For me, it’s same old same old, and so I feel a little bit bored with Lion and disappointed with Apple.

Perhaps, I should not complain since the price is just right, but the Apple folks might knowingly knew that even they would feel brutal if they overcharge customers and loyal fans with what to be only a minor overhaul of the older operating system.  Sure, some of you might want to point it out how cool it’s to have Mission Control and Launchpad, but I still feel Mac OS X Lion lacks in functionalities.  Why?  Think harder!  Mission Control and Launchpad are more of eye-candy features than real purposes.  To make my main point more precise, Mac OS X Lion lacks innovation, considering when one wants to compare it with Snow Leopard.

In summary, I like Mac OS X Lion, because it’s somewhat an enhancement over Snow Leopard.  Unfortunately, I think it’s not a must have upgrade over Snow Leopard, because Snow Leopard runs just fine and still very awesome in its own right!  Sometimes, this phrase is so true, if something isn’t broken, then don’t fix it — it seems Mac OS X Lion isn’t fixing Snow Leopard.  This is fine with the phrase, but for me — it’s like, what the point of having Lion when Snow Leopard is just fine!  Unless, Mac OS X Lion is something Snow Leopard will kowtow to whenever the two meet up!

Please note:  This isn’t about me wanting to have some hate from other Mac users and fans, but it’s an earnest feeling of mine about Mac OS X Lion.  Please also know this, I’m also a fan and a user of Apple and Apple’s product lines such as Mac.

Update:  Forgot to mention, Mac OS X Lion feels sluggish when comparing it with Snow Leopard.  Oh, and I did upgrade my Macbook Pro’s 4 GB of RAM to 8 GB of RAM, but in reality the RAM won’t make Mac OS X Lion goes faster than Snow Leopard.  Perhaps, more RAM is to help Mac OS X Lion to handle more applications at once, but the overall speed of working with applications and starting the operating itself isn’t as fast as Snow Leopard, I think!

Upgrade Mac OS X Snow Leopard To Lion Today!

OK folks, are you ready to upgrade your Mac OS X Snow Leopard to Lion?  I think you have to update your software first before you can upgrade to Mac OS X Lion!  See that Apple icon on very top left of your screen?  Click on that and move down till you see Software Update, and click on that to update your software.  Done?  Go check Apple App Store to see if Mac OS X Lion is ready for you to download (i.e., purchase).  The news is all over the web that Apple will release Mac OS X Lion today (July 20th, 2011).

Alright, go upgrade your Mac to Mac OS X Lion!  Have fun!