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Old 01-03-2010, 02:00 PM   #1
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There was a useful review of the virtual machine software for running Windows on a Mac in today's Washington Post. Here are Rob Pegoraro's conclusion about the 3 different software offerings:

"In other words, VirtualBox could be the right option to run an old copy of Windows XP, thanks to that releases's simpler graphics and lower appetite for memory. On a new, fast Mac, Fusion offers the simplest option, while Parallels looks like a better fit on slower Macs and for people who make a habit of changing a program's default settings." [© 2010 The Washington Post Company]

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Interesting ... thanks for posting the link, Terrie. When I get another Mac, I'll probably go with VMWare, if only because that's what I use on the PC already. Familiar territory.

   
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steve: Interesting ... thanks for posting the link,
You're welcome...


>>When I get another Mac, I'll probably go with VMWare, if only because that's what I use on the PC already. Familiar territory.

I knew you used something but I thought I couldn't remember the name except that I kept thinking that the subject I used was for this thread off somehow and now I know why...'-}}

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Old 01-04-2010, 04:53 PM   #4
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Thanks for posting this. I still toy with the idea of installing Windows on the Mac I got in March, but I find that I don't really need Windows that much any more. The applications I haven't replaced I don't need all that often. I just fire up the old laptop when I have to use one of those programs.
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You're welcome...I thought it was informative...


>>I just fire up the old laptop when I have to use one of those programs.

Sounds reasonable and it's a way of making sure the laptop is still workable...

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Last week I helped a client import his Dell Vostro 200 into a Fusion installation. He has three or four Windows apps that are not available for the Mac. He recently had to become more portable. Mothballing his tower computer helped a lot.

He had most of his data on a separate partition under Windows (D, so we copied that to a Mac folder, then used Fusion's sharing option to make the Mac files visible to Windows. Map network drive then made that data appear on D: so the apps that expect data on D: can find it there. He is a very happy camper. The only thing he now needs to locate is an external sound module for the Mac that will replace the high-end sound card he had on the Vostro. He needs 24 bit, 192 khz sampling for input and more power on output that the headphone jack on the Mac can supply.
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