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Update to install OS X Lion Mountain Lion

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If you own a Mac, chances are you already know that the new version of OS X — Mountain Lion, is  now available in the Mac App Store. Here’s how to do an upgrade install from Lion to Mountain Lion.

Can My Mac Run Mountain Lion?

If you’re Mac is already running Lion, chances are it’s going to run Mountain Lion too. But if you’re not sure, here’s a list of models from that support Mountain Lion.

  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

General Requirements

OS X 10.6.8 or later, 2GB RAM or higher, 8GB of Hard Drive Space or more, Apple ID and Internet connection. You can find more details by checking out the OS X Mountain Lion Tech Specs.

Get Your Mac Ready for Upgrade

First, make sure you’re Mac is up to date and running OS X 10.7.4 Lion. Click the Apple icon and About This Mac. You’ll get a screen that lists the basic information about your system.
about mac basic

Click More Info to get detailed information about your Mac. Here you can see I have a Mac Mini Mid 2010 with an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, 8GB of RAM and OS X Lion 10.7.4 (11E23). While you’re on this screen, go ahead and click Check for Updates.

Then install any updates for your Mac’s software that are available.

Apple Updates

After you’re OS is all up to date, open the Mac App Store and check for updates for the apps you have installed. The only app that has an update on my system is iPhoto.

update Apps

This update will take several minutes to update because it’s over 1GB.

iPhoto 1gig Update

When everything is up to date, back up your important data if you don’t already have a solid backup strategy.

OS X Time Machine

Install OS X Mountain Lion

After your OS and apps are up to date, launch the Mac App Store and download OS X Mountain Lion ($19.99 for Upgrade).

Store Upgrade

A Mountain Lion icon will display on the Launchpad while it’s downloaded. The amount of time it takes will vary. Mine took a couple of hours because I upgraded the same day it became available. I also recommend you plug in an Ethernet cable versus upgrading over WiFi.

Launchpad ML Downloading

Installation is straight forward. Agree to the EULA and your system will restart automatically and complete the install process.

Agree EULA Mountain Lion


After the reboot, you’ll see an Install OS X screen with a progress bar at the bottom. On my Mac Mini, the install took about an hour.

After Mountain Lion was installed, I found a message letting me know I had some incompatible software installed.

incompatible Message

The incompatible software was also shown from icons on the Dock. For example, here I’m running Parallels Desktop 6.0 and cannot run it on Mountain Lion.

Incompatible Icon

The software is moved into a folder called Incompatible Software on your drive.

incompatible Folder

I had a few programs that weren’t compatible with the new version of OS X including Avast, Parallels and VirtualBox. Keep this in mind before upgrading your Mac to Mountain Lion. Check to make sure any “mission critical” programs you use are compatible with it.

Often times, third party software developers need time to catch up to the latest OS. It might take a few weeks, even months before there’s an upgrade for the programs to run…if they will at all. Some programs will just stop working, some you can update and some you’ll need to upgrade to the latest version. If this is your only Mac, I recommend waiting a few weeks or until the first update to Mountain Lion is released before doing an upgrade.

It’s also worth noting that Office for Mac 2011 works successfully, but there’s a couple critical updates available. If you have Microsoft AutoUpdate enabled, it will pop up so you can install the new version of AutoUpdate.

You can check for updates manually too. Open an app like Word for Mac, click Help then Check for Updates.

After that it will check for updates again, and it will find the Office 2011 14.2.3 update.

If you’re sure everything will work and you have a solid backup, then go ahead and do the upgrade and enjoy your new Mac OS.

Mountain Lion Desktop

About Brian Burgess

Based in Pelican Rapids, MN, Brian Burgess is Editor in Chief at groovyPost. Got an idea or question? Email it to Brian at

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The Economist - July 28, 2012

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Google Wants Your Full Name on YouTube

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Google has taken steps for users to be able to use their full real name when posting YouTube comments. This seems like a pretty good idea, considering the fact that comments can now be linked to your Google Plus profile. Here’s how to use the feature or opt-out.

youtube real name

The feature has already started rolling out to user accounts, and there’s a few ways of appearing on the site. This can be useful if you want to have a consistent identity all over Google’s sites. In case you didn’t know, using your real name is necessary on Google Plus (even if you can also use a nickname).

For me, the process started when I tried to comment on a video, but if it doesn’t, you can find it in the Advanced section of your YouTube account settings, which you can find here. Click the Begin Using my Full Name on YouTube link.

advanced section youtube account

Then you’ll get the following dialog box. If you’re ok with the Google Plus profile selected, click Next.

youtube real name comment select

In the next dialog box, you’ll be able to Review your content.

youtube real name comment review content

If you don’t want everyone to see your videos, you can make all videos private or select which videos to make private.

youtube real name comment review content select videos private

You can even select playlists you want to make private.

youtube real name comment review content make playlists private

Then, you can decide whether you want to delete old comments, or just some of them. It lets you choose where your full name will appear and give you an example of what it will look like on the page.

It seems like Google wants to make sure you have no privacy concerns to complain about — at least on YouTube.

youtube real name comment review content make comments private

Review your information and continue through the wizard.

youtube real name comment review content make likes subscriptions private

When you’re done, click Update My Name. If you’ve reconsidered, there’s an “I’m not ready to update” link on the bottom left side.

youtube real name comment update my name

If at the beginning of these steps, you choose the blue pill…I mean you choose “I don’t want to use my full name”, you’ll get the following dialog box. You can deny the use of your full name if you have a channel that already has a popular name, or you simply don’t want to use your full name. You can also make up your mind later.

youtube real name refuse to use full name

It’s good to see that users can refuse to display their full name on YouTube. I’m curious whether it will become compulsory in the future, or if this policy will remain in effect.

About Bogdan Bele

Based in Romania, Bogdan Bele is a groovyPost senior writer.

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