Saturday, August 12, 2006

MS beta

A presentation of Microsoft Vista and Office 2007 were done on a Mac (MacBook Pro)! Tom (”Developer Audience Marketing Manager”) did his intro, and when David (”Development Platform Advisor”) flipped up the screen of the laptop, there was that bright brash apple right in our face. Looks like Bootcamp didn’t have to wait too long to find its way on Microsoft desks.
see | Lobster and Vista on a Mac:

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

what is X11?

I kept seeing this on usenet and got googling

11 for Mac OS X offers a complete X Window System implementation for running X11-based applications on Mac OS X. Based on the de facto-standard for X11, the open source XFree86 project, X11 for Mac OS X is compatible, fast and fully integrated with Mac OS X. It includes the full XFree86 4.4 distribution including a window server, libraries and basic utilities such as xterm.

so I have a UNIX work station too

more here

FTM 2006 on Mac OS

A) On legacy Macintoshs (not Intel chip)

Virtual PC is going to be discontinued by Microsoft
(it always was slow)

On Mac OS on a new generation intel CPU machine

there are four alternative virtual machines all of which will require a valid copy of WinXP sp2 with ante virus (eg AVG)

which is what i am using now for FTM 2006 (and internet banking using MS IE 6)

Instaling the parallels tools enables one or more shared network folders on my desktops for WinXP sp2
Mac OS - 10.4 upwards

In those I put my gedcom retrieved from World Connect isong the Mac and converted them back to FTW and FTM files

The logic of this is that the files are not lost if a virtual machine faills for any reason (usually a windows problem ) and they are shared with all virtual machines
Parallels Desktop for Mac


Bootcamp is a freebie in beta
Boot Camp dual-boot software that lets users install Windows XP in a separate hard drive partition on Intel Macs.

MacOS 10.5 Leopard due to be released in 2007 will have Bootcamp as an integratred part of the OS

another company is planning to enter the WInXP on MacOS on intel market

VMware after some googling

VMware Announces New Product for Apple Mac OS X Users

New Intel-based Macs will be able to Simultaneously Run Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, NetWare and Solaris

SAN FRANCISCO and PALO ALTO, Calif., August 7, 2006 — VMware, Inc., the global leader in software for industry-standard virtualized desktops and servers, today announced a new product 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. VMware will demo the product today during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2006 in San Francisco.

“We are excited to bring our desktop platform product to Apple Macs. The demand for this has been unbelievable and it is clearly front and center for Mac users,” said Diane Greene, president of VMware. “VMware is in the business of providing the most advanced and robust virtualization platforms as well as phenomenal add-on functionality that leverages our virtualization platform. This announcement brings our desktop platform and add-on capabilities to Mac users, and it will allow them to run a wide variety of operating systems without rebooting. Mac users who also use the PC will be able to use this product to consolidate onto the Mac.”

The new Mac product is based on VMware’s robust and advanced virtualization technology, shipping for more than seven years and used by more than four million people today. Moving forward, virtual machines created with any of VMware’s products will run on Intel-based Macs and, similarly, non-Mac OS X virtual machines created with the new product will run on the latest versions of other VMware platform products.

In addition, Mac users will be able to leverage more than 250 virtual appliances for solutions such as security, load balancing, collaboration, databases, development, communications and business applications that are available for download from VMware Technology Network (VMTN) at Virtual appliances are pre-built, pre-configured and ready-to-run software applications, all packaged within virtual machines that can be run using VMware virtualization products, including VMware Player and VMware Server which are both available for free download at

Pricing and Availability
The beta release of this product is expected to be available later this year. Interested parties will be able to sign up for early access by visiting

Topic: Remote Console support for Mac OS X forum


Apple has introduced its new Mac Pro professional desktop line, which will use the Intel Xeon chipset, as CEO Steve Jobs took the stage at the company's annual developers conference.

to an audience of thousands at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

with link to the movie

now you guys are only one day behind :-)


Hugh W

and watch out for a new Danish census FAQ to be posted on

Monday, August 07, 2006

Apple WWDC 2006 Keynote Address

Watch Apple CEO Steve Jobs kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote preview of Mac OS X “Leopard” from San Francisco's Moscone West. See the video-on-demand event right here exclusively in QuickTime and MPEG-4. Voiceover users click here to listen to keynote address.

but the streaming is overloaded and breaking up - try again later

Sunday, August 06, 2006

rejoining the community

All google groups > USENET > comp . sys . mac

I chose three groups of 44 listed and I read them in Mozilla Suite Newsreader
just like the old days in Netscape which took 2 or 3 hours to download by modem
this mac links to a mobile phone instead of a dial up if I need to

Group description: Discussions of Macintosh system software.
Category: Computers > Systems, Language: English
High activity, 1682 subscribers, Usenet

Group description: The Macintosh computer family compared to others.
Category: Computers > Systems, Language: English
High activity, 667 subscribers, Usenet

Group description: Discussions of Macintosh applications.
Category: Computers > Systems, Language: English
High activity, 1093 subscribers, Usenet

macintosh parallels - searching Google Groups

fine adjustments

adjusting the gamma and stuff of the old HP50 screen
I prefer 2.2 for web work like a PC or TV
not the Mac 1.8 which is best for repro work

WiXP sp2 with Family Tree maker 2006 looking its traditional colour at last

I shut the PowerBook lid whilst I ate (it went to sleep) but when I opened up again, my work was all squashed on the little screen

So a little panicked I clicked in memu line
Screen >> Detect Displays and it all migrated to the lower screen

I had a little trouble with my FTM 2006 file becasue I did not close the app before I shut down the system
but thst is the same on any other pc
no work lost and a manual back up made

Friday, August 04, 2006

control B

I haven't used a mac every day for about five years and I was very happy when I suddenly remembered the keyboard short cuts control + b gives BOLD and Control + i gives italic

- except writing here in blogger via firefox

The Parellels adventure has stabilised with two virtual computers running MS WinXP sp2

I colour coded their folders
Green is in Danish and connects to the net with MS IE6 for net banking and stuff

Blue is in english with Family Tree Maker 2006 for editing family trees which I store on tne macintosh desktop in shared folder

Microsoft auto switches off the Blue LAN connection to the internet because it has a different MAC number to the other

Parallels Tools make a big difference enabling immediate mouse movements across the windows and copy pasting between trhe Mac OS and the Win XP files

having an old monitor above the laptop enables me rapidly to compare how images look under the different gamut when blogging or making webpages