More on iOS 10 and watchOS 3: Apple Maps, Clock

3. Maps (iOS 10) – After complaining about the UI change on the Activity App on the Apple Watch, here is a change that is easy to get used to: Apple Maps. The new interface is large and readable. Key information is shown in a font that is readable from the dash or console; no […]

Upgrade to iOS 10 and watchOS 3: Activity and Breathe

I did it: I upgraded my iPhone 6s to iOS 10 and my Apple Watch to watchOS 3. All this is preparation for the move to macOS Sierra. I don’t know that I have a burning need to change to Sierra but it would be nice to not have to type in a password all […]

Conclusion: Parallels vs. Fusion

I realized a few days ago that I never came back and closed the lose ends on Parallels vs Fusion. (Of course, we are in the midst of moving from one house to another so perhaps I could be forgiven this minor oversight.) Basically, it comes down to this: both do the same job, they […]

Parallels vs. Fusion

parallels,parallels 8,fusion,fusion 5,virtualization,software As I noted previously, I did get Parallels 8 installed on my MacBook Pro. The culprit was my Wacom Intuous5 touch tablet. They did have a hot fix for it I was able to download and install. Voila! Success! If you have used Parallels for a while, there aren’t that many features […]

I Got Parallels 8 Installed

software,install,parallels,parallels 8,vmware I did get Parallels installed. I found a thread in the forums that suggested the culprit might be my Wacom Intuos 5 touch pen tablet. I unplugged the tablet and the install worked fine. Glad it’s working; not so glad to be a beta tester in this case. Such is life in the […]

Installing Parallels Desktop for Mac 8 is a Typical Pain

parallels,parallels 8,software,install,vmware Our fine friends at Parallels have released a new version of their virtualization software, Parallels Desktop for Mac 8. In the past, Parallels has run about 50/50 when installing the new release without issues; call it a coin flip. This is one of the losers. I suppose to be fair, others have been […]


parallels,software,bugs I’ve talked before about how much I like Parallels’ Desktop for Mac (now at version 7). I’ve been using it since version 3 when I got my first Mac Book Pro. Some of the updates have been painful (I believe 4 to 5 was agony) but all in all, they have delivered new, mostly […]

Have I mentioned…

rant,windows,vista Dear Mr. Balmer, Have I mentioned how much I hate that piece-of-garbage Windows Vista is? Even the I-paid-you-to-get-it copy I have? No OEM bloatware added. (Sorry, HP and Dell,but you "value add" is of little value. Just sayin’…) I’m running Vista in a VM on a MacBook Pro (dual core i7 @ 2.66 GHz, […]

iTunes 10

iTunes,OS X,Wireless Whining,Parallels Apple has released the new version of iTunes, iTunes 10. This one has new features (obviously) including the ability to rent HD TV episodes for 99ยข, a new thing called Ping that lets you keep up with your favorite stars and their most rabid fans, new iPods for those who like to collect […]

"Is the iPad Green?"

apple,iPad,green things,general stupidity I read an article on whether or not the iPad was a green device. (Did I mention that I was reading the article about the iPad on my iPad? But I digress.) The article quotes several reasons why the iPad is a green device: reusable aluminum shell, LED-backlit screen, PVC-free, saves trees […]

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