FAQ for the Non-Techie – Yosemite Beta

Yosemite Betta

A few weeks ago, there was a lot of buzz about Yosemite Public Beta and fortunately, I have a chance to test it. Here’s a basic six-question FAQ about this craze in “non-tech” terms.

1. “What is Yosemite Beta?”
Only open to the first one million, Yosemite Beta is the early public release of the new operating system (OS X) on the Mac for the everyday consumer. Note the word beta as it means, “a trial of machinery, software, or other products, in the final stages of its development…”

2. “Is that what #YosemiteBeta is referring to social media sites?”
Yes. Folks that are using that “hashtag” term on Twitter are basically excited to share that they’re more than likely one of the 1 million that got access to the program. If you’re not sure what a hashtag on Twitter is, read Twitter’s tutorial. If you spot someone being a “hastag abuser,” send them this love link: howtohashtag.com

3. “How did you get a copy of the new version of Mac?”
I signed up to be on the waiting list on the OS X Beta Program. The program is limited to the first 1 million people, so if you’re interested, hurry up!

4. “How do I find out more about Yosemite Beta’s features?”
The popular tech blog Mashable has a great preview article by Christina Warren titled, “The Mac Never Looked So Good: OS X Yosemite Beta.” It quickly highlights the new look and features and includes a concise 2-1/2 minute video, making it easy to understand.

5. “What if I already switch over my computer but I want to go back to the old version?”
If you’re comfortable with your computer skills AND you have everything backed up, check out this great article on how to go about it by Christopher Breen, Senior Editor at Macworld.com, titled “How to revert to Mavericks from the Yosemite public beta.”

6. “How’s everything going on your Mac so far with Yosemite Beta?”
Pretty good and happy with it. One minor bug that, well, bugs me but I have sent the feedback to the Feedback Assistant provided. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to use it at oxsdaily.com, titled “Don’t Like Something in OS X Yosemite? Let Apple Know with Feedback Assistant.”

What about you? Do you love the new OSX or hate it? Did you installed it? Share your comments below.