Hello, Mojave.

I upgraded both my Macs from High Sierra (OS X 10.13.3) to Mojave (OS X 10.14) yesterday. Here’s my take.

Night mode: Meh.

Apps have to get user permission to access things like contacts: Yes!

I had to grant various access (half a dozen things so far) so apps would have access to things. Secure by default is the way to go for the operating system!

Screen shot tool: Yes! This is better for me than Greenshot for Mac because it auto-saves the file to my pre-defined location with less clicks. It’s still inferior to Greenshot for Windows — that lets me control whether it captures an area or a window using different hotkeys (saving me mouse actions) and it lets me define an area with two points rather than resizing an existing rectangle. But this still beats Greenshot for Mac and is really good! Best Mojave improvement for me after the security improvement mentioned above.

Hello, SSD.

I finally bought an SSD for my Mac mini. CamelCamelCamel notified me that my chosen SSD, the WD Blue 1TB 2.5”, had reached my price point so I went for it. It had a bonus 20% off, making the total price before sales tax about $170. Previous list price had been $260 and seems to be settling in at $230 at the moment.

I cloned it using Super Duper last night and it was ready this morning. Here’s the thing. This is fast. Logging in on my Mac mini with my internal hard drive was awful. Took forever. Booting from this SSD (still via a USB cable), login is blazingly fast. I expect this to get even faster once I take it off of USB and install it internally, connected via SATA III.

10 June 2018 Update: It’s been running fine over USB (holding Alt/Opt during boot to get a volume choice menu). So today I put it on the SATA bus, replacing the 1TB internal drive.