In the end, resistance was futile.
Ended up installing Windows on the Intel Mini. But in my defense, I had several reasons, one of them even altruistic:
We video conference with my parents every few weeks. (It seems they have some kind of strange desire to see their grandchild.) The only app that seems to work okay cross platform† for video conferencing is iChat on the Mac and AIM on Windows. Unfortunately, AIM on Windows is a gargantuan pile of crap, and only shows postage-stamp-size video. So while I’m basking in the goodness that is iChat AV on my end, my parents are squinting. That’s no good, since the object of the exercise is for them to see their grandchild. So hopefully straight-up Messenger on Windows will work better.
Sometimes you need to see what a web site looks like in Internet Exploder.
On occasion, a man does feel the Need for Speed. As a bonus, the integrated graphics on the Mini forces you to stay in the $20 section at CompUSA, which is good for the wallet.
So now there’s a Windows partition invading my hard drive.
There really isn’t much to say about the Boot Camp process—pretty damn straightforward. That is, until you get to the point of actually using Windows XP. Sigh. Running through activation, updates, and installing virus and spyware defenses really did kill (yet another) little bit of my soul. But hopefully there won’t be any need for a full reinstall for a while.
Interestingly, Disk Utility on the Mac will happily make an image of an NTFS partition, but throws an error message if you try to restore that image. I’d hoped a block level write wouldn’t be hampered by the lack of write support for NTFS, but alas that does not seem to be the case.
Oh, and Apple really does mean it when they say you can’t install XP on an external drive. I figured it needed an internal partition to do that boot manager voodoo it does so well, but since an external hard drive shows up fine in the installer, why not just install on the external drive? Yeah, that will earn you a blue screen and a hand-edit of boot.ini.
In the end, running Windows XP on a Mac is just like running Windows XP on any other kind of Intel gear…
†Hey, Skype, any time you feel like releasing version 2 with video conferencing for the Mac is okay. Really.
Posted Saturday, 06 May, 2006 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.