Parallels Desktop 7 from VMWare Fusion Crossgrade

An offer I could not refuse. Here’s the story:

I received a notification that VMWare Fusion version 5 has been released and I could upgrade to Fusion 5 Professional for a mere $49.99 plus tax. As it turns out $49.99 is also the full price for Fusion 5 and half the price of Fusion 5 Professional. Too rich for my blood.

Parallels is offering a cross grade to Parallels Desktop 7 from VMWare Fusion 4 (I think) for just $29.99. A great deal. Reading some of the latest reviews, it seems that Parallels is ahead in the race, so I decided to cross grade. Happy

I converted my Linux VM’s from Fusion without a hitch. Windows XP was a little more difficult and I was having trouble with it under Fusion anyways so I decided to reinstall XP in Parallels from scratch - without to much trouble - I had to update to Service Pack 3 to get windows update working properly, but I think that is a Micro$oft glitch and not Parallels.

Overall I think that Parallels is in fact faster than Fusion by about a factor of 2. So far I’m pleased. It was a purchase well spent.

I’ll also get a free upgrade to Parallels 8 when it comes out next month. Pretty Cool, Parallels!

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Making a new computer

I’m going to build another PC. Not exactly sure if I will be running Windows 7 on it or making another Hac Pro to replaced the one I sold recently.

Here’s the grub:

Intel Core i3 2105 3.1 GHz Sandy Bridge CPU

Gigabyte Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2133 LGA 1155 Motherboard GA-Z68A-D3H-B3

Corsair XMS3 8 GB (2 x 4GB) 1333 MHz PC3-10666 240-Pin DDR3 Memory

Sony AD-72805-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD Burner

Corsair Builder Series 430 Watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply

Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1)

I’ll post pictures of the build once I receive all the parts and put it all together.

Too many computers

My computer collection has grown so much that I am having to store one to get it and its peripherals out of the way to make room for some additional ham radio gear. The Mac mini was the one that ended up going back into its box and into the garage. The main factor in choosing - speed. The mini has a 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo. My PC has a 2.6 GHz quad core AMD Phenom II. The Hac Pro has a 2.93 GHz Core 2 Duo. The Mac mini lost the race. Sad Maybe I’ll feel sorry for it and get it out again in a few days….

Added a domain

Today I registered for my website. Now you can get to my site by using or Cool, huh? Happy