Gettin’ jiggy with VMWare on the Mac

I mentioned earlier that I had installed VMWare Fusion on my MacBook.  One of my objectives with this was to be able to run Windows Live Writer on my Macintosh for editing this blog.

You might rightly point out that there are plenty of blog editors for the Macintosh, some of them reasonably good.  However…I’ve tried several of them, and they don’t work quite as well for my purposes as Live Writer does.  So…how did things go?

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Windows on Mac is Spooky

Everyone knows, of course, that you can run Windows applications on a Macintosh. When Macs started shipping with Intel processors this became almost a no brainer. Boot Camp is the most obvious way to achieve the “Windows on a Mac” experience, but is a bit of a brute force approach: when you boot your machine, it is either a Macintosh or a Windows based system, not both at the same time.

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.Mac Sync: down for 10 days and counting

I mentioned in my previous post that I have subscribed to .Mac, Apple’s online service for file sharing, email, and so forth.

One of the neat things .Mac can do is automatically synchronize your Mac’s address book, email, and calendar so that you can access it using a web browser on any computer. I was trying to figure out why my MacBook’s address book entries weren’t showing up in the .Mac web interface, and finally read the little notice on the site saying that synchronization was temporarily down.

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A Macintosh a day…

27 years ago, I bought an Apple II+. That was my first computer, and I have many fond memories of its 16 kilobyte wonder.

When the Macintosh came out in 1984, I really wanted one. Unfortunately, it was several thousand dollars too expensive, and I had already committed to spending several thousand dollars on a Unix based machine. Years went by: I bought an IBM compatible machine for business related reasons, and eventually ended up working almost exclusively with various types of non-Apple technology. Many Windows+Intel machines have taken their place in my home, and hundreds more have served their role in my place of work.

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Suburbia in the sky…

Folks who live in really big cities because they *want* to live there are, in my opinion, kind of weird.  But I can sort of see the appeal of being able to walk to trendy shops and restaurants, and particularly being able to make it to the office without driving.  I can understand how that would be attractive, and if I didn’t prefer having a bit more space and privacy, I could even see living in an urban core.

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