Friday, February 16, 2007

Parallels Desktop for Mac updated beta

Parallels Desktop for Mac build 3170 RC3 is available for download. - Parallels Support Forum: "Hello everyone!

Parallels Desktop for Mac build 3170 RC3 is now available for download.

Additional details and download information is available on this page:

PLEASE REMEMBER: this is Release Candidate software. While this build gives you the rough understanding of the final set of features to be available in Final Release later on, it is still a “Candidate” and thus is still not recommended for production use. Do backup your virtual machines before trying them with this build.

This build provides several very important fixes to the problems found in previous Betas and Release Candidates:"

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Washington Post

Perils in Parallels? - Security Fix has picked up some discussions and my own opinion is:-

I was an early adopter of Parallels and it has been excellent value -- the betas are free to me.

A windows VM is a windows machine and has to be carefully managed like any other WinXP Sp2 machine

(Don't touch Vista for one year as an update until Sp1 at least - if you remember Windows SE - new Vista machines OK)

AVG or Norton freebie (with Google Pack)

Adaware, Spybot , Spyware blaster

WinXp Sp2 and Sygate Personal FireWall

Parental controls to block unsuitable content
no children - or a restricted log on

Anti-spam e-mail protection
Google mail and AOL mail are OK
the latest Hotmail has poor filters

I have not used ISP email or NNTP services for many years to make travel easier and let me get a best value connection by chnaging ISP as the (now broadband and telephony) market place moves

Talk3 International
£ 9.99 per month + TalkTalk line rental - £11 + Free Broadband
and the local exchange now running at up to 8 mbs after the BT update at Chelmsley Wood last week

News.Individual.NET » USENET NNTP:
"# more than 25,000 newsgroups from over 220 hierarchies (no binaries)
# spam filtering"
# the old Berlin University system updated

Thursday, February 08, 2007

handy tool by Stephen P. Morse

Typing Characters of any Latin-based Alphabet in One Step