As an owner of a web hosting and web design company, I have to use several Internet browsers to check and see if my sites turn out okay in different browsers. And if you’re a web designer, you’d agree with me that most, if not all, web designers just don’t like IE6. Period. But unfortunately, many people are still using it! Therefore, I had no choice but to install a Windows XP Pro in my Mac so that I check if my websites turn up ok in IE6.
Yes, you heard it right. Install Windows XP Pro in my Mac!
No. I did not use Apple Boot Camp to do it. Because Boot Camp requires me to reboot each time I want to switch between OS X and Win Pro. Instead, I installed a software called, “Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac” With this software, I can run Windows in my Mac just like I run any other programs like Safari, Mail, etc. I don’t have to reboot. In fact, I think this software allows you to even run other OS’s too!
Installing Parallels was a jiffy. But installing Windows XP Pro? Eh…. what’s new?
And guess what? It took only about 2 to 3 minutes to start up the Windows XP Pro in my Mac!. It takes my Windows notebook forever to boot it up. What a joke! A Windows actually works faster in an Apple!
A side note for my Singapore readers: The “Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac” is retailing for US$79 in the Internet and the major stores in Funan Centre are selling it about S$129 to S$149. But there are a couple of stores there that sell the OEM version. The cheapest I got was S$79! If you’re interested, go check it out yourself.
Now, I wonder if I must install anti virus software for my Mac….. For those who’re using Windows, the word, “anti-virus” doesn’t exist in the Mac dictionary! ;p