Meanwhile, I've been building out the sleek new black MacBook I acquired as a 40th birthday gift to myself. Lest you accuse me of being a traitor to Lenovo and Thinkpads, fear not, I own several...but I'm tired of living in a Windows world, and I really dig the Mac OS -- and now that I can run Windows on the Mac, it was too enticing not to have the best of both worlds.
Of course, the one thing I needed most, my AT&T VPN "Net Client," which is what enables me to connect back to IBM's network, was the one thing that didn't pop right up...seen those Mac vs. Windows commercials recently? Yeah, they're pretty much spot on...(If anyone in IBM IT is listening, please please please find a way to make it easier to get the AT&T Net Client up and running. I'm pretty good at troubleshooting stuff on my own, but I've spent more hours troubleshooting that technology on multiple machines than I care to count -- I'll never get those hours back, and trust me when I say it's not a good use of my time, which is ultimately IBM's dime. And from talking to others I get the sense that I'm not alone.)
Back to the Mac...I was torn between loading the Apple "Bootcamp" software, which requires one to boot back and forth between Mac OS X and Windows, and the new Parallels virtual machine technology, which allows you to run both Mac OS X and Windows at the same time. I tried Parallels out over the weekend using Windows 2000, but reloaded it when my new Windows XP CD arrived yesterday.
So far, it's mostly good, and the downsides are outweighed thus far by the fact that I can run both OSes at once. It's clear there are some issues, as reported, with DirectX controls running smoothly or at all (I couldn't get my virtual golf program to run!), but on the other hand, Firefox, FeedDemon, and others came up without a hitch. I also got streaming video to run under Windows just fine, able to see both YouTube and CNN videos with no problemo.
Finally, having been one of those geeks who used to load the new builds of OS/2 Warp everytime they released a new beta circa 1992-1994, I'm most excited about being able to use Parallels to load Warp as a virtual machine. I haven't run OS/2 in years, but I miss that OS/2 command line so.
If anyone has a CD of Warp they're not using, feel free to email me at email@example.com I suspect I can find one on eBay for a buck or so. LOL Meanwhile, if anyone has had any experiences working with Parallels, feel free to share your experiences here in the comments.