Apple TV vs. Mac mini

Apple TV vs. Mac mini

The Apple Blog has written up a great side-by-side comparison of the Mac
Mini and the Apple TV



Parallels Desktop for Mac Update Beta2 (Build 3094)

There are a lot of features and enhancements introduced in this Beta, such as:

  • NEW!  USB 2.0 support – “Plug and play” popular USB devices like external hard drives, printers, and scanners, and use them at full native speed.
    • NOTE! Current Build 3094 doesn’t support isochronous devices such as web cameras, microphones, etc.
  • NEW!  Full-feature virtual CD/DVD drive – Burn CDs and DVDs directly in virtual machines, and play any copy-protected CD or DVD just like you would on a real PC
  • NEW!  Improved Coherence mode – The groundbreaking feature that lets you run Windows applications without seeing Windows just got better! Now you can:
    • Place Windows applications on your Mac desktop or in your application dock.  Just click to launch them directly from OS X!
    • Use Command+tab to cycle through Windows and Mac applications
      simultaneously, and “hide and show” Windows applications just like you
      would with Mac applications
    • View the Windows Command Console in Coherence mode
    • Use Coherence in Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Windows XP and Windows Vista!
  • NEW!  Better Boot Camp support – Using your Boot Camp partition in Parallels Desktop is now easier than ever. Beta2’s Boot Camp support includes:
    • Full support for FAT32 and NTFS partitions
    • Easy offline configuration.  Simply tell Parallels Desktop
      that you want to create a virtual machine from a Boot Camp Partition
      and click start. No complicated set up required!
    • No need to re-activate Windows each time you switch between
      Boot Camp and Parallels.  Activate Windows only once inside Parallels
      and work in both environments
    • IMPORTANT!  It is not possible to suspend a Virtual Machine that is connected to Boot Camp as it could result in an unstable system.
    • VERY IMPORTANT!  Beta1
      (build 3036) users must boot natively into Boot Camp and uninstall
      Parallels Tools for Boot Camp prior to running it in Beta2 (build 3094).
  • NEW!  Parallels Transporter Beta2 bundled – migrate your real Windows PC, or existing VMware or Virtual PC VMs to Parallels virtual machines! Learn more about Parallels Transporter Beta2 >>
    • IMPORTANT!  Beta1
      users MUST upgrade their Transporter package on their Windows source
      machine before using Parallels Transporter in Beta2. Failing to do so
      may result in a system crash and loss of data



VirtueDesktops – Yo DJ, spin that screen!

“VirtueDesktops” is a
virtual desktop manager for Apple’s Mac OS. It offers features, eye
candy and configurable options that no other desktop manager on the mac
has added yet, and is under active development. It is based upon the
work done by Rich Wareham on DesktopManager, which is a lighter, less feature-packed virtual desktop application. It includes a small amount of Rich’s code from DesktopManager,
which means that presently it is licensed under the GPL – the goal is
to move to a less viral license that would allow VirtueDesktops’
components to be used in other products more freely.

Below are some of the key features of VirtueDesktops.

Virtual screens: an unlimited number of virtual screens at your disposal

Eye candy: exciting transitions and window fading

Universal binary: runs at full speed on your shiny new intel-based mac

AppleScript-able: script your desktop experience

Unobtrusive: VirtueDesktops does not clutter your
desktop – it gets in, switches your virtual screen and then quietly
hides itself, waiting for your next request

Extensible: install plugins to add additional features

Exposé: works well with Apple’s Exposé

Keeps you informed: notifications and current desktop display orient you as you work across multiple virtual screens

“Stick-ify” your windows or applications: Make your windows and applications visible across all of your virtual screens


Pager-dragging in action


Desktop inspector



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Apple Delivers Another Leopard Build

Apple delivered a new build of Mac OS X 1.5 Leopard to developers this week, the objective of build 9A303 is too solve “performance related bugs”.

The following are listed as changes since build 9A283;

  • Finder hangs due to network connectivity issues have been reduced
  • As a precaution, please backup your Portable Home Directory before using FileSync
  • Many peformance related bugs have been fixed across the system
  • Timbuktu and Eudora no longer crash on launch
  • Safari’s bug reporting is now fixed
  • Performance improvements in the initial Time Machine backup

The following are known issues present in build 9A303;

  • Upgrades from previous seeds are not supported
  • Upgrades from previous releases are not recommended
  • Configurations with ATI Radeon or Radeon 7500 graphics cards will not be able to use this seed
  • Airport cards not recognized on some of the newst Core 2 Duo MacBook Pros
  • 32/64 bit universal apps built with 10.5 deployment target will now run as 32-bit on Tiger.
  • Can’t print to HP raster printers
  • Can’t login initially after enabling FileVault protection for an account. Wait several minutes and try again to workaround.
  • System Trash still shows deleted items until a reboot
  • Volumes in the Time Machine Pref pane are all named Volume. Quitting and relaunching System Preferences should workaround this.
  • Image Capture fails to recognize USB devices on PPC
  • Memory leaks when using CoreData’s NSManagedObject. This can been seen when sycing files.


  • Automatic iDisk syncing is not currently working. Please sync manually.
  • PHD syncing may generate false conflicts


  • File transfers result in an error
  • QuickTime not working with iChat Theater

    Quick Look

  • Album art downloaded by iTunes 7 is not displayed in the music preview
  • Slideshow (aka Fullscreen from the Quick Look preview panel) doesn’t work for most types

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard is due for release in Spring 2007.


Leapard now features a more functional Firewall preference tab
Leapard now features a more functional Firewall preference tab

Calculations can be performed in Spotlight
Calculations can be performed in Spotlight

Dictionary searches can be performed in Spotlight
Dictionary searches can be performed in Spotlight

File Recovery is now included with Disk Utility
File Recovery is now included with Disk Utility

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Enhance Safari With Inquisitor 3

David Watanabe recently released the successor to the popular Inquisitor Safari
search enhancement with the beta version of Inquisitor 3.

Inquisitor… it’s like Spotlight for the web. Start typing and websites pop up immediately, along with ideas to refine your search. It’ll autocomplete your words (is it reading your mind?) and you can add more search engines to Safari with customized keyboard shortcuts.

Oh, and it’s free.

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Perian – The swiss-army knife of QuickTime®

Perial Logo Perian is a free, open source QuickTime® component that adds native support for many popular video formats. If you own a mac then this is the must have tool for all your movie needs.

Once installed this application will enables QuickTime® application support for additional media types including:

  • AVI and FLV
  • 3ivX, DivX, Flash Screen Video, MS-MPEG4, Sorenson H.263, Truemotion VP6, and Xvid
  • AVI support for: AAC, AC3 Audio, H.264, MPEG4, and VBR MP3

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VMWare’s Fusion


VMware, Inc.

Fusion is the codename for a new VMware
desktop product for Mac that will enable Intel-based Macs to run x86
operating systems, such as Windows, Linux, NetWare and Solaris, in
virtual machines at the same time as Mac OS X. It is built on VMware’s
robust and advanced desktop virtualization platform that is used by
over four million users today.

Fusion boasts the following features and benefits:

  • Ability to create and run a wide variety of x86 operating
    systems on OS X without rebooting. You can easily create virtual
    machines and run multiple operating systems simultaneously on Mac OS X.
    In addition, you can download and run any of the 300 virtual appliances
    available on VMware’s Technology Network.
  • Easily share
    files between OS X and guest operating system. You can simply drag and
    drop files between OS X and virtual machines to easily share files
    between the two environments.
  • Access physical devices
    from the virtual machine. You can access physical devices such as CD
    ROM drives, video cameras, iPods, printers and high-speed disks from
    the virtual machine.
  • Leverage Virtual SMP capabilities to
    gain additional performance improvement. You can assign more than a
    single CPU (on supported hardware with Intel Core Duo CPU) to gain
    additional performance for CPU-intensive workloads.
  • Consolidate
    onto your Mac: If you need a PC to run specific applications that are
    not supported on your Mac, you can consolidate onto your Mac by running
    the PC environment in a virtual machine. In addition to space savings,
    consolidating onto your Mac reduces hardware, power and cooling costs.
  • Safely
    evaluate software in isolated virtual machines: You can evaluate non-OS
    X applications safely on your Mac by running them in an isolated
    virtual machine. If the application crashes or corrupts the system,
    your Mac is not affected.
  • Run over 300 virtual
    appliances: You can download any of the over 300 virtual appliances –
    preinstalled and preconfigured applications packaged with an operating
    system in a virtual machine – available from VMware’s Technology
    Network. Setting up a wiki or blog server has never been easier.
  • Fusion supports all Intel Mac hardware, including the new 64-bit Mac Pro and iMac.
  • Your
    virtual machines can have multiple virtual processors, taking advantage
    of the Intel Core Duo chips in today’s newest Intel Macs.
  • Fusion
    supports high-speed USB 2.0 for a huge range of devices. Even devices
    that do not have drivers for Mac OS X will work in a virtual machine.
  • Simply drag and drop files and folders in and out of your virtual machines to transfer your data.


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Parallels adds Installation Assistant,Shared Networking in Build 1970


Parallels today released Parallels Installation Assistant, a utility to ease the installation process of Microsoft Windows on a Mac. The software comes as part of Parallels Desktop for Mac, the company’s solution for running PC operating systems alongside Mac OS X without the need to reboot on any Intel-based Mac.

The Installation Assistant will complete the entire installation process for you – you won’t have to select any configurations, answer and questions, or make decisions about partitions or options. Just sit back, relax, and wait for the Assistant to finish.

The Installation Assistant also automatically installs Parallels Tools, a useful set of add-ons that enable file sharing, cutting/pasting/copyings between OSes, syncs your mouse and system clock, and improves networking, video and sound performance.

Windows Vista running on Mac OS X using Parallels Desktop for Mac.

Shared Networking enables multiple IP addresses to appear as one IP address on a network and effectively hides virtual machines from the outside world, making them far less likely to be the victim of a hacker attack.

Click here to download free trial!

Here are the new and updated features:

  • New! Installation Assislant built-in tool included.
  • New! Shared Networking
  • Works on ANY Intel-Mac with ANY memory configuration with no system
    modification. This includes Mac Pro towers with up to 16GB of RAM, and
    the full line of Core 2 Duo iMacs
  • New! Compatibility with developer build of Mac OS X 10.5, code-named “Leopard”
  • New! Support for Windows Vista
  • Solaris guest OS no longer hangs after suspend/resume
  • An improved Parallels Tools package
  • Full support for OpenBSD 3.8 as a guest operating system
  • G4U hard disk cloning tool now works in virtual machines
  • Better video output improvement and acceleration
  • Added multi interface USB devices support (including Windows Mobile 2005 devices)
  • Added isochronous USB devices support (including WebCam devices)
  • Keyboard support improvement: Eject CD key support, left/right Shift/Ctrl/Alt (Option)/Windows keys difference support
  • Added virtual disk cache policy option: Mac OS X performance optimized or guest OS performance optimized
  • Image Tool fixes
  • Optimized disk cache policy for Suspend/Resume feature
  • Windows ME Suspend/Resume fix
  • Shared Folders first time access acceleration
  • Clipboard synchronization tool fixes (unreadable symbols sometimes added during copy and paste)
  • Sound playback and recording improvement


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Apple joins Windows

More and more people are buying and loving Macs. To make this choice
simply irresistible, Apple will include technology in the next major
release of Mac OS X, Leopard, that lets you install and run the Windows
XP operating system on your Mac. Called Boot Camp (for now), you can
download a public beta today.

System Manager
Optional alt. At startup, hold down the option key (alt) to choose between Mac OS X and Windows.

Intuitive partitioning.
Space maker. Meet the most elegant hard drive utility ever.


Instructions on how to Install Windows on a Mac

Its done finally. 🙂


What you’ll need:

1. An original XP PRO SP2 CDROM. It doesn’t have to be bootable, but it should have a I386 directory on the root.
2. The file.
3. Nero Burning ROM
4. A blank CD
5. A PC of course…
6. 20-30 minutes

More instructions