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Notes on El Capitan By Josh Blagden

El Capitan is a great upgrade from Yosemite, especially if you’re using either a third-party Solid State Drive or a solid state hybrid {https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hybrid_drive} like Seagate’s Momentus XT {http://www.seagate.com/internal-hard-drives/solid-state-hybrid/laptop-solid-state-hybrid-drive/#specs}.

 One thing I appreciate is that in Mail, I don’t have to have the little viewer up to see when an email is arriving, but rather a little centimeter-tall viewer pops up when an email is arriving and then disappears. Being able to delete emails with a swipe followed by a click is also very nice, particularly because it allows me to use the mouse for deleting emails instead of my MacBook’s built-in trackpad, which is nice because I’ve always preferred a mouse. 

 Safari actually seems faster for the most part, and its pop-up blocker actually works now. In Safari, you can mute tabs, as well as having pinned sites, and a generally faster browsing experience.

 It’s also neat that you can hide the menu bar, which might not be a good thing to use in the long term, but it does let you make use of an extra centimeter or so of screen space. I really appreciate being able to use the flash portion of my solid state hybrid drive, as this adds a great deal of speed for apps and documents I frequently use. 

The upgrade was relatively trouble-free. The download and installation both went smoothly. Though, there were some issues like unexpected little delays and times when CPU usage and temperature were higher than they should have been, as well as delayed ejection of the external hard drive which I use for Time Machine backups. Despite those issues, this has been a relatively smooth upgrade, particularly because I was able to take care of them. To take care of those issues, all you have to do is reset the NVRAM (formerly PRAM) and the SMC. For instructions on that, you can refer to MacWorld’s article regarding the resetting of NVRAM and SMC: http://www.macworld.com/article/2881177/how-to-reset-your-macs-nvram-pram-and-smc.html. After resetting the NVRAM and SMC and rebooting, all of those issues vanished. The only other issue I had was that programs which used Wine didn’t work, but I was able to get them working by updating Winebottler’s wrapper and recreating wrappers for my Windows programs.

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