August 13, 2014
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Yes, You Can Run Windows on a Mac
by Tony Reveaux
Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac, Third Edition by Joe Kissell; TidBITS, O'Reilly: PDF $10.00 @
"You're traveling through another dimension -- a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. That's a signpost up ahead: your next stop: The Windows Zone!"
Joe Kissell's Running Windows on a Mac is a clarity-driven guide for your venture into a parallel programming universe on your Intel Macintosh. It's a machine that uses the same processor as a PC, and, with a little bit of help, it can host the complete Windows environment as well. This comprehensive book helps you know which version of Windows you need, how to partition your two platforms, and how to install everything.
Apple's Boot Camp is part of OS X and lets you easily switch your desktop to Windows and back again. The author devotes good attention to virtualization and lays out the territory for installing and using programs like Parallels and VMware Fusion. Unlike Boot Camp, they allow you to freely copy and paste, or drag and drop, data between Mac OS X applications and Windows applications.
The Irish proverb "Never bolt the door with a boiled carrot" could be a caution on anti-virus software. "[Malware] programs are few and far between on Mac OS X," said Kissell, "but they're a gigantic problem on Windows." He reviews and explains the various anti-virus programs available so that your Windows side does not become the dark side and fight a bot vampire war with your Mac.
Posted on Jul 13, 2009 - 12:13 PM