Got my Mac Book Pro at work

Many of us at work are migrating to OS-X. It’s logical since our deployment environment is a Unix variant, Solaris, and most of us on Windows run Cygwin to create a developer environment that resembles a Unix-like environment.

Now I’m not a stranger to OS-X. I’ve been convincing my family to switch for the past four years and now they mostly run iBooks and Mac Books, decreasing the time I used to spend helping fix problems. Fact of the matter is, if you are using a PC mostly to send email, surf the web, manage photos and video, it is a great all round choice.

The irony is that within minutes of getting my laptop I froze it! Turns out it isn’t all that smart to run Parallels, out of the box, the way I did, and run, oh, 8 or so programs simultaneously outside of it!

Anyways, in less than an hour I had my favorite web browser, Firefox, my organizer, Wikidpad (which required me to run it from the Python source – but it worked!), my encryption software TrueCrypt (Edit: TrueCrypt development was discontinued, see the link for background and alteratives), my IDE of choice Eclipse, my favorite OS-X free text editor, TextWrangler, all up and running. With Maven, SVN, Java and Python pre-installed made it easy to checkout my current work and get a build going. I won’t be needing Parallels all that much since so much of the work I do can be done in OS-X, but it will be convenient to be able to test websites in different browsers, on two of the three primary desktop OSes, with little effort.

5 thoughts on “Got my Mac Book Pro at work

  1. It’s a work machine Cash πŸ™‚ But I’ll keep that in mind for when Richelle and me upgrade. These days we could share the same machine and so a new Mac Book Pro makes a lot of sense (with a whole lot of external storage!).

    I’ll check out VMWARE Fusion Steve – thanks.

    Yeah Anshu – I’m one of the last two πŸ™‚

  2. (Here’s a TOOL for you)

    [ Hey, here’s a clue for the clueless ‘tards — pass it on}:

    WHO is behind the Barack Obama for President

    …….. GE ….and a gaggle of other corporate elitists.

    Are a lot of working class Americans Bitter?

    Well, they SHOULD be: Another GE candidate for President (SOLD to the public by the Corporate-Controlled “Mainstream MEDIA)…Ronald Reagan…began the MASSIVE Robbery of the American people that has continued to this day.

    About every day the TV Talking heads say: “The Rich are getting richer and everybody else is getting poorer”

    …& You’d Think…after nearly 30 years they would FINALLY ASK: (& Answer) WHY?

    The answer is simple: Reagan cut the top tax rate down from the 70%’s to the low 30%’s.

    (If you made $100 million & your tax rate was 70% you would pay $70 million to Uncle Sam & keep $30 million…earning interest, or dividends THE NEXT YEAR on that $30 million. If, instead, you paid $30 million in taxes and KEPT $70 million-You’d make a lot MORE money the next year on that $70 million)

    Simple: tax the rich a lot less AND they damn sure WILL get a whole lot richer a whole lot faster. There was 2 PARTS to Reaganomics tho. The second part was: “The Two-Tier Wage Structure”

    i.e. Pay the Top level “executives” a Whole LOT MORE; Pay everybody else a Whole LOT LESS. (Newspapers & TV in the early 80’s had articles & coverage of the “Two-Tier Wage Structure” that CORPORATE America trotted out IN CONCERT with Reagan’s election & tax cuts.)

    WHEN its CORPORATE POLICY to PAY Everybody else a WHOLE LOT LESS—everybody else is going to get—a whole lot poorer…huh?

    a. It was deliberate. b. Its been going on for nearly 30 years.

    Next Question: Is Obama likely to fix it?
    Answer: Hell No. Because THE SAME PEOPLE are running him for President – The SAME WAY they got Reagan/ Bush1 / Bush2 elected: MEDIA PROPAGANDA.

    GE owns MSNBC & NBC. AOL Time Warner owns CNN. Westinghouse owns CBS. (GE is the 2nd largest corporation on the planet). They have interlocking directorships. THEY ARE the Corporate-Controllers of the Corporate-Controlled Media.

    MSNBC/NBC have become the CHIEF propaganda mouthpieces of the Obama Pushers (BOPN-Barack Obama Propaganda Networks)-just like FOX has been the the Bush Propaganda Network all these years.

    There are no more Journalists, no more NEWS People. They have all become court jesters & clowns doing their bit to please their corporate masters..Top Level..PAID A WHOLE LOT MORE—Media whores.

    Here’s a glimpse of ONE of the $Billions of Dollar TAXPAYER-RIPOFF-Reasons GE wants to “elect” Obama President: GE & Westinghouse are in the business of building nuclear power plants. They are planning to reap $Billions in RISK-FREE Profits by building the lion’s share of those 29 new nukes.

    The Cheney Energy Bill passed in 2005 – made it possible for the nuclear industry to begin planning to build 29 new nuclear power plants (licensing hearings are already scheduled for the first few of them).

    No new nuke plants were built for 30 years because the banks wouldn’t loan the money – too risky. The Cheney Energy Bill solved that problem by Guaranteeing TAXPAYER PAYBACK of any of the nuke loans that default (The Congressional Budget Office rated the risk of default at 50% or greater)

    Obama voted FOR the Cheney Energy Bill. Clinton voted against. Clinton says her Energy plan does not include nuclear & if they want to be considered they will have to FIRST Make it Cheaper and find a safe way to dispose of the nuke waste.

    McCain, this week on the Campaign trail said…we just have to face it we need to start building new, “CLEAN”, nuclear power plants. i.e. The Corporate Elitists are running OBAMA AND McCain for President.

    (“Getting off coal to go to nuclear is like giving up cigarettes to take up smoking crack”.)

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