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28 June 2006
Filed under:Personal,Software reviews at3:32 pm

Having bought a desktop PC (dubbed ‘playmate’) for (mostly) games and (partly) other applications like NVivo which don’t run on my iBook, I find that I have had to learn how to network between them inside the home. So now using VNC I can view my iBook’s screen in a window on my PC then when I have finished working on a file on my Mac I can use Windows Sharing to open my Mac’s filing system as if it were a drive on my PC and copy what I need across. I can even print to my printer in the study from my Mac in the living room. It’s like my Mac is somehow ‘inside’ my PC. Rather eerie – and I confess it makes me feel like I am finally catching up to the level of computer skill exhibited by some of my friends. Of course they have been doing this kind of thing for years…


  1. You sound like a prime candidate for the new Intel-powered MacBooks. Then you could run Parallels and have Windows and Mac OS X on the same machie. Actually, rumours and screenshots show Windows apps running inside Mac OS X in a way similar to classic MacOS 9 apps on the old PPC Macs.

    For the games of course you can dual-boot into Windows for full GPU speed.

    Comment by Reid — 28 June 2006 @ 3:39 pm

  2. Well only the MacBook Pro has sufficient GPU speed to run most games and it’s not available in the 12-13″ size I prefer. Also, it costs £1400 ($CAD 2900) whereas my desktop PC with more powerful CPU and graphics cost me £500. Also I tend to avoid version 1 products where possible! Nonetheless if Apple had given the MacBook 13″ an ATI or NVideo graphics processor I might have been tempted. As it is this setup should last me until 2008 or so by which time the Intel-based Macs should have bedded down nicely…

    Comment by David Brake — 28 June 2006 @ 4:42 pm

  3. sounds to me like you dont have enough to do!

    Comment by Russ — 29 June 2006 @ 10:45 pm

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