This year, Apple did something they haven’t done before: they made a Mac OS X beta available to the public. Now, you don’t have to be a Mac developer or a member of the press to get your hands on the next version of the new version of OS X before it’s available for everyone. You can get on the early release program (cleverly named “Apple Seed”) here. Apple will then contact you when you can download Yosemite from the Mac App Store. The moment I received the email I excitedly downloaded the beta and updated. After starting the install, I walked away, so I’m not sure how long it took to update. Still, once it finished, I was happy I updated a bit early. There are a few rough edges here and there, so I don’t recommend installing it on a Mac that you’ll need for work. Still, it’s fun to test something early, especially when it’s been so dramatically improved over the last version. You can read more about the updates to Yosemite here, but I’ve got to say, it’s definitely something you’ve got to use to really understand. It looks beautiful, probably the best looking version of Mac OS X yet, and it has some truely fantastic features. Somehow, it’s more fun to use. If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, check it out.