What I learned from upgrading to Sierra

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I upgraded my work machine, a 2013 MacBook Pro, to Sierra Thursday morning. I did use Time Machine to back up my files in case upgrading went wrong. Sierra was stunning at the beginning of the day. Although I didn’t care Siri at all, but I enjoyed the new OS in general, especially the new Storage Mangement feature, which I thought Apple should have done it a while ago. Now, I no longer need third party application to optimize my space. However, I ended up not liking Sierra by the end of the day.

I like to update my applications right away when there are updates. Probably because I am a developer, an update has always meant more than a patch to me, it represents a product of an iteration and a result of teamwork. However, when it comes to upgrading the OS of my work machine, I had to be careful. I had many customizations added to my work machine, I ran a bunch of open source tools to keep my workflow productive. On top of that, I am a Tmux and Vim user. Since all Tmux and Vim packages and plugins are from open source, compatibility of newer OS update takes time to develop. With all these in my mind, I didn’t update right away. I waited a couple of weeks after the official release, I consulted with some of my co-workers who did upgrade. Everything seemed working fine. Some of their machines are highly customized as well, which made me feel comfortable to upgrade. So, I did it on Thursday morning.

The first bug I noted was Karabiner, a must have keybinding tool for my workflow, didn’t work at all. I went to their Github repo trying to find answers, realized there were same Issues have been reported and marked bug for days. Then I saw my iTerm had four weird tiny spaces around it when I maximized the window, which bugged the crap out of me. Additionally, Dota2 had a serious mouse delay when moving the cursor to the edge. I couldn’t even enjoy the game. On top of that, there were some other smaller issues that I could barely tolerate. Therefore, I thought about going back to El Captian. It would fix all of the problems. Then, it got me thinking. If I refuse to adopt new things, choose going back. It is not what I wanted in the first place. I am going to stick with Sierra. I am going forward and not looking back. What about the problems? Simple, finding ways to solve them. I am a developer, I do what I am good at, finding solutions to the problems.

Whether you like it or not, technology is moving forward. Instead of staying in the same place and complaining, adopting is the key to existence.

Yifan Chen

a software developer

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