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Ok, we bought Lise a new-to-us Macbook Pro (last year's model) so I get her original Intel Macbook.

Suggest stuff for me to put on my new-to-me Macbook!

Thanks!

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    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    Ok, we bought Lise a new-to-us Macbook Pro (last year's model) so I get her original Intel Macbook.

    Suggest stuff for me to put on my new-to-me Macbook!

    Thanks!

    (edited by Guru Zim on 9.12.08 1555)
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Read it and weep, fella


I also received a new-to-me Mac G5 PowerPC (late 2004) a couple weeks ago. It's pretty cool so far, but I'm still getting used to it.

What can anyone tell me about Parallels? There are a few Windows programs that I'm not ready to give up yet and the Mac-equivalents I've found so far arent doing it for me. I keep reading that since Microsoft bought Parallels out, the latest version is crap. But what about previous versions?



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I don't think that MS owns them - can you provide a link?




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    Originally posted by DJ FrostyFreeze
    What can anyone tell me about Parallels? There are a few Windows programs that I'm not ready to give up yet and the Mac-equivalents I've found so far arent doing it for me.


The few people I know who really need Windows apps all use VMWare, but the main issue you may have is finding support for the G5. If you're running Leopard, you also might be able to use Boot Camp, which is in the Utilities folder in your Applications folder.

http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/bootcamp.html

Edit: Never mind. Boot Camp requires an Intel processor.

Unfortunately, I've been on a Mac long enough that I've learned to live without Windows apps, but, if you get stuck, feel free to PM me and I can talk to the few people I know who run VMWare.

And, I hate to even mention this, as I am a pretty huge fan of Apple products, but - in my department and our sister department, we've had a combined 9 G5 iMacs fail in the last six months - 6 had logic board failures, the other three had HD failures. All were about 3 to 3.5 years old. We were able to salvage some with part-swapping, but that's... not supposed to happen.

By comparison, our last round of iMacs only became obsolete because Apple moved from OS 9 to OS X (we tend to make things last around here). And I have a G4 tower that was purchased in 1999 that I just pulled out to make room for some new machines.

And given that AppleCare ends at 3 years, it was doubly annoying. The tech guy in our sister department drew the short straw and is writing a fairly strong letter to the campus Apple rep, so we'll see what, if anything, comes of it.

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    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    I don't think that MS owns them - can you provide a link?
I could've sworn I read a big long thread at a tech messageboard (or maybe one of those Amazon-like "review this product" sites?) last week where everyone was trashing the new Parallels and blaming MS's involvement for it's suckiness. Of course I cant find any of that now. Maybe it was allll a dream???

    Originally posted by Leroy
    Unfortunately, I've been on a Mac long enough that I've learned to live without Windows apps, but, if you get stuck, feel free to PM me and I can talk to the few people I know who run VMWare.
How do VMWare & Parallels work exactly? From what I've been able to gather, Parallels partitions off a portion of your HD, then you install WinXP/Vista in that partition? And what's this nonsense about Parallels only recognizing *some* of your USB peripherals??



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When I first started using Macs I bought Virtual PC, which did exactly what you said - partitioned off part of the hard drive - and it came with Windows 98 (I think). It was OK, as long as I didn't want to print anything, because the file went from the partitioned Windows-part of the HD to the Print Spooler and in that journey it got tweaked so nothing printed just right. Honestly, if I were confronted with a similar situation now (like say they wanted me to use the ACT! database here at work) I'd just get a PC instead of trying to make it work on my Mac.



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    Originally posted by DJ FrostyFreeze
    How do VMWare & Parallels work exactly? From what I've been able to gather, Parallels partitions off a portion of your HD, then you install WinXP/Vista in that partition? And what's this nonsense about Parallels only recognizing *some* of your USB peripherals??


As I understand it:

They're emulating the hardware, so the when the Windows OS makes a call to use some aspect of the hardware, the "real" OS "pretends" to be the hardware as identified by the Windows OS, and should forward the call to the appropriate hadrware. I don't know how much "emulation" is currently involved in these virtual desktops since the Mac and Windows hardware has become somewhat homogenized by Apple move to the Intel chip (e.g. if the "real" OS is just able to back off and allow direct access to the hardware or whether its all still emulated).

As far as "some" of your USB devices being recognized - it might have to do with which OS has priority to that device. Handing off a keyboard and mouse from one OS to another is one thing, but handing off writing privileges to an external hard drive is another matter entirely. In other words, it would entirely depend on the device, but that's just a guess.

I think it's similar to why you can't just connect an external drive to two different computers at the same time via USB or firewire.

(edited by Leroy on 10.12.08 1704)


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On a side note, with the ability to run Windows on a Mac being easily available...is it possible to run OSX on a PC?



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    Originally posted by Oliver
    On a side note, with the ability to run Windows on a Mac being easily available...is it possible to run OSX on a PC?


Is it possible? Yes. But doing so is a violation of Apple's end-user license agreement.




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Read it and weep, fella


I'm about a month in to my Mac ownership and it's all smooth sailing so far. I've found some good Mac-equivalent programs to my favorite Windows programs, but I still need a few more before I can completely kiss my Windows machine goodbye.

Anybody know where I can find a good Mac-equivalent to Paint.NET? Or how about ONE Mac program I can use to backup my own bought & paid for retail DVDs, as opposed to running the files through 3 different programs before I can burn them to a blank DVD?



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    Originally posted by DJ FrostyFreeze
    Or how about ONE Mac program I can use to backup my own bought & paid for retail DVDs, as opposed to running the files through 3 different programs before I can burn them to a blank DVD?

For DVD backups, I've used Handbrake or Mac The Ripper.

As for Paint.Net - GIMP is good, but for OS X it requires X11. I've just heard about Seashore, which, supposedly, is GIMP minus the X11 emulator, but I've not yet used it, so I can't give you a good review.

You might want to check out this website now that you're Mac-ed.

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