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June 10, 2007

First Impressions: Parallels 3.0

Filed under: games, mental notes — fohat @ 3:36 pm

Yesterday I noticed that the much anticipated Parallels 3.0 is now available, and I jumped at it as I’ve been waiting for some ability to have Windows running without restarting my iMac into Apple’s Boot Camp. The main reason I’ve been waiting to plop down my 80$, is that in this version they have added support for OpenGL and DirectX which allows for 3D graphics including games that require Windows to run. Not all games work, and some only work barely, but I am hoping that performance and compatibility improve as now there is at least a nice foothold.

The purchase, download and installation was painless. It was not long before I was installing Windows on my mac (again). The first game I tried was Darkstone. It installed and tried to run but I never got any text or buttons on the screen. I’ve been playing with the settings since then and will try it again later. The next game I tried was Quake 2, which installed and played quite well. I will need to play with some keyboard mapping but not that big of a deal, it runs great. Today I installed Guild Wars and so far I can only get about 3 frames per second. This may very well be the result of me using all my bandwidth right now, and I will try it again later.

To be fair, none of these games are on the list of known working games under Parallels that has been provided by SWSoft, so it’s no surprise my expirimets have been less then perfect. I’ve got at least one of the games on the list if I can find the discs, Baulder’s Gate 2, and maybe that will work better. Until then it’s a new fun thing to tinker with!

The main reason for the purchase wasn’t to play games to begin with, as I have some software that allows me to transfer files from my phone that only works in Windows. I was able to install and update that software today without any problems, and extract the pictures I took last night. It was just as fast as if I was actually running Windows by itself and there were no hiccups.

In conclusion, this software delivers.

June 6, 2007

Censorship Revisited

Filed under: Uncategorized — fohat @ 9:36 pm

Thanks for the comment, Ed.  I think the main problem with these situations is that you have a very small minority kicking up a fuss about it; why should a small minority be allowed to control content that the majority are not complaining about?  These private corporations have a technological control over what goes over their airwaves via timed delay as well as the “dump” button and could have easily hit that button at any time during, for example, Imus’s show when he uttered the phrase “nappy headed ho.”  His was an offhanded comment and (in my opinion) a lame attempt at humor.  Do you think he would have been suspended and later fired if the corporate media machine didn’t go into overdrive when  A small number of people including Al Sharpton decided to take the issue under their wing?

When I was young, I was taught the old “Sticks and Stones” rule.  Why allow what someone says to bother me?  I have the ability to “tune out” or “ignore” the things I don’t want to hear.  I should know, I practiced many times with my parents.  Why can’t these special interest groups do the same thing and tune out what they don’t like?

With JV & Elvis, the original occurrence of the restaurant call-in bit  apparently resulted in no complaints.  It wasn’t until that show was re-broadcast that some people decided to get upset.  I find that interesting.  I think I know why they were fired, too.  About a week and a half after that, their station flipped from an all talk format back to the old K-Rock music station it once was.  Why keep a controversial team on the air and possibly muck up the new (old) station image?  So they got cut loose.

Yes, radio is a private enterprise but it is regulated by the FCC.  My understanding is that none of what has been said by the examples I gave above broke FCC rules.  I think it stinks that these radio stations have no back bone and would rather dump a great radio personality(s) rather than defend them and find new sponsors.  Maybe it’s wishful thinking…

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