Switching from VMWare Fusion to Parallels 8, Stay Tuned…

May 2nd, 2013 No Comments »

I’ve now switched from Fusion to Parallels.  Too much hanging with Fusion. Let’s see how it goes and I’ll report back.

VMWare Fusion and MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Update 2.0 === Big Fail!

December 18th, 2012 2 Comments »

I don’t think it’s too much to ask for Apple to provide to huge companies like VMWare with popular programs such as VMWare fusion a little heads up when they release a core graphics driver.  Last week, I downloaded a small update for my MacBook titled “MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Update 2.0”

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After installing, my vmware fusion kept crashing.  Sadly, the backup gods were not my friend and after a series of failed time machine restore and a wasted 8 hours I finally got most of my data back.

The issue is still out there in a big way.  Apparently everyone still knows about it and nothing is being done!

“This Issue Is Under Investigation”

Very Aggravating.  I hope my mac does not auto update this one.

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http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2040249

Keyboard Shortcuts for MacBook in VMWare Fusion (single select, etc.)

September 24th, 2012 No Comments »

Here are some short cuts I just learned:

    • Select one row:   Control-Option-Click  (same as control-click on PC)
    • Delete Text:  function-delete (acts like windows delete, instead of backspace)
    • Move to End of line: function-right arrow
    • Move to Start of line: function-left arrow
    • Ctrl-Shift-Eject: Blanks the screen without sleeping macbook

Thanks to my secret friend Paul (who also uses a MAC) for the tips

Surprisingly Disappointing Experience with Apple Care

August 30th, 2012 No Comments »

So, I have to say that almost all my Apple interactions have been good (until yesterday).  About 2 months ago, I bought the most expensive laptop I’ve ever purchased.  A Retina fully loaded.  Over $4000 and not only that, I plunked down another few hundred for Apple Care.

So, I’d heard that there was a new version of OSX (Mountain Lion) coming out that was designed to better support the Retina display that I have.  My computer works and I’ve been on some pretty busy projects so I did not want to update until things calmed own a little.  Well, now is the time.

So, I look on the “update” menu and it’s not there.  I call Apple Care and they tell me that had I updated last week it would have been free but now I have to pay and there is absolutely nothing anyone can do about that.  Sorry they say.

WOW!

So, on my eval for the call I said this:

“Pigs Get Fed, Hogs Get Slaudered.  Which one are you Apple?”

Just Sayin…

Macbook Retina Verses V.Previous Macbook

July 29th, 2012 4 Comments »

About a month ago, I spent the big bucks and bought the new Retina.  Biggest one available minus .1 Ghz (2.6Ghz verses 2.7Ghz).  Well, all I can say is

WOW!

I don’t even want to think about how much money I spent and have not yet purchased the $300 extended warranty (which I probably should do).  I partitioned it with 500GB for my windows 8 bootcamp partition and 250 or so for OSX.  I still have two monitors I usually work on and since Windows 8 will not drive the second thunderbolt monitor when booting from bootcamp, I find myself 95% of the time running VMWare fusion accessing the bootcamp partition.  Also, the blue tooth drivers for the external keyboard and mac don’t seem to work when booting from the windows partition directly.

So, here are some random observations

  • Running Windows 8 On Retina Native Display is awesome
  • On Retina Display with Windows 8 I use 150% font size an it works well
  • Keyboard and Mouse don’t work with Windows 8 Native but do with VMWare
  • It is amazingly not gravity challenged
  • It’s nice having two thunderbolt ports
  • When backing up to super fast external drive, thunderbolt external monitor does not slow down like on my previous Macbook
  • Bluetooth keyboard and Bluetooth track pad go through batteries about once a month (random thought, but annoys me)
  • VMWare is very sold running windows 8 on Retina
  • I have not had one OS crash!!!
  • I have no regrets (and no left over money either)
  • Battery Life is about the same as my previous 17” macbook  (last one made)

Macbook Pro Retina Windows Experience Index

July 4th, 2012 No Comments »

 

This is for a new MacBook Retina, 768GB Hard Drive, 16GB Ram, 2.6Ghz running Windows 8 Native on the bootcamp partition

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Managing Sound Is Just So Easy on a MAC!

April 26th, 2012 No Comments »

I’m use to struggling with sound drivers, custom sound players, funky USB devices, built in speakers and other strange things.  With Windows it can be very frustrating just to get sound to work.  Years ago, I bought a little USB device from creative called an XMOD.  It stopped working with my Windows computer but I did not throw it away.

Well, now, with My MacBook Pro, I’ve got the Thunderbolt

27” thunderbolt monitor that has a full range of IO devices hanging off of it, and turns out in it also.  Without even mentioning it’s built in camera that just works with Skype, it also has pretty nice speakers. 

So, I plugged the USB creative XMOD device into a USB port in the back of my monitor, that goes to my nice high end stereo and all I had to do make it work was go to preference, sound and I get this menu:

 

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Then, all I had to do is switch between the devices and immediately the sounds transfers from the build in speakers on my MacBook Pro, to the speakers on my Thunderbolt Monitor and finally, right to my external Stereo. No config, nothing. It just works, and every time!