April 7, 2006

Apple & Boot Camp

Filed under: Apple/Mac — Brian @ 6:04 am

I do have a few things to say about Apple and Boot Camp. I’m just too short on available time to write much about them. That “don’t blog from work” rule really puts a damper on things when work gets crazy and normal life intrudes…

So, quickly, then.

Boot Camp reminds me of those dual-platform Macs Apple had a long time ago. They were two computers in one box: a PowerPC Mac and an Intel, uh, computer. They ran on separate hardware (mostly – I think they shared RAM, and I know they shared the hard drive and I/O devices) but you could copy and paste from one OS to the other and back again.

Eric points to Jon Gruber’s post on the subject, and suggests that we may go from “dual boot” (choose your OS at startup) to “concurrent operation” — which is what Apple used to offer 6 or 7-ish years ago in those dual-platform Macs I mentioned.

Of course they will. And that will rock like little else. I have a Windows box at home for two reasons – to see how websites look through the Windows browsers, and so my dear, sweet wife can play the vast array of solitaire games that Windows spontaneously generates every couple of months. (It was bought years ago for other, more compelling reasons that no longer hold.)

So, I can ditch that whole computer for an Option-Tab to see the site I’m currently working on in Windows, immediately? Sign me up!

Who says “Macs are Expensive”? One computer is cheaper than two.

I haven’t read Jon’s article yet, but I’m with him on the “now that they’ve announced this and I’ve had a few minutes to think about it, it seems an obvious and good thing for Apple to do,” sentiment.



  1. Um, and for the kids to play their games on.
    Not just for my solitare addiction…;-)

    Comment by Beanquestor's Bride — April 7, 2006 @ 7:17 am

  2. Yes. Those, too.

    It *is* kind of nice having them on their own computer, now that you mention it…

    Comment by Brian — April 8, 2006 @ 2:24 am

  3. There will undoubtedly be a whole slew of hand-me-down Windoze computers available for “needy” kids once Apple polishes the Boot Camp strategy.

    I’ll resist elaborating on the observation that assigning used Windoze computers to little ones might constitute child abuse. ;-)

    Comment by Eric — April 8, 2006 @ 10:54 am

  4. I’ll point out here that the Windows box is a dual-boot XP/Fedora one. The games they play there are one of two types:

    1 – Linux-based games

    2 – Cartoon character-based games (which are usually done with some Macromedia software, so they’d run on a Mac if we wanted them to.

    As I mentioned, though, it’s awfully nice having them on their own machine. If something breaks, I can just do a clean reinstall and not worry about losing anything critical.

    Now, I’m going to take a nap.

    Comment by Brian — April 8, 2006 @ 11:34 am

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