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PC Pro: The Average Home User Should Get a Mac

So six months ago they were doing their annual Mac attack, now the schizophrenic PC Pro has swung back the other way again. On the cover of issue 157, one of the headlines is “Apple’s New iMac – Run OS X and Windows on this stunning £799 systemâ€?!

Flip to the review and you’d think you were reading a Mac magazine at times:

This tightly integrated all-in-one offers plenty of performance and fabulous looks, yet it costs less than £1,000. And we can’t name a system by a PC vendor that does all of that.

The review finishes off with this paragraph and a ‘Recommended’ award:

The iMac offers some significant improvements over the old model and good value for money. We’d love to recommend a system from a Windows OEM, but until the rest of the industry takes a slice from Apple’s pie, the iMac remains the most impressive all-in-one on the market.

Later on the magazine reviews VMWare Fusion, the latest piece of virtualisation software for Intel Mac’s. This gets a recommended award, and the review even details what utility you need to download from the VMWare website to package up your old PC as a virtual image to use on your Mac.

That’s not the end of it, the very last page of the magazine has an opinion piece by Jon Honeyball declaring 7th August 2007 as the day the music finally died for Microsoft. The by-line makes Honeyball’s point clear – “With the launch of its spreadsheet, Apple has defined the home appliance of computing.â€?

In case you still haven’t got the significance of 7th August 2007, it was both the day that Apple revealed iWork ’08 which for the first time included a spreadsheet application, Numbers. It’s also the day that Microsoft announced that the next version of Microsoft Office for Mac OS X would be delayed for six months. This is going to prove a point that Honeyball first made last year, that Microsoft are not oriented towards the needs of the home user.

Honeyball contends that the average home user wants to just walk into a store and get a computer in the same way as they get any other commodity like a TV or a dishwasher, and they want to take it home plug it in and it just works. Whilst Numbers is no Excel killer, it does everything the average home user does with a spreadsheet, more than that the iWork suite can open all the latest Microsoft Office better than Microsoft can under Mac OS X for at least the next six months. So the average user can walk into an Apple store, and walk out with a machine that a PC magazine describes as the most impressive all-in-one on the market, more than that it will include iLife which will allow them to work with their digital pictures, home movies and upload them to the web, and for an extra £60 they can get iWork which integrates seamlessly in with the other applications to provide Microsoft compatible word processing, presentations and spreadsheets.

With the launch of its spreadsheet, Apple has completed the circle. It’s now defined the home appliance of computing. There’s no reasonable task it can’t do out of the box or with a few extra purchases while in the shop. And it all works together in the way an appliance should.

Whilst obviously I’d agree with Honeyball, it does come as a major surprise to find PC Pro – them of the “32 reasons why PC’s are Better Than Macsâ€? – essentially saying that the majority of home users would be better off with a Mac!

VMWare Unity

TUAW highlighted this great video preview of the new Unity feature in VMWare: Fusion. The competition with Parallels Desktop is really starting to hot up, as although they’ve had a similar feature for a while with Coherence, Unity seems a lot more slick. I don’t doubt though that Parallels Desktop will respond to this…

The real question is whether it is enough to make having to run a Windows laptop unnecessary…

VMWare Stupid Error Message

Stupid Error Message

This afternoon I’m going through the process of installing VMWare Workstation onto my PC at work. We’ve gone for the product as it is generally better regarded than the equivalent Microsoft virtualisation products.

Having said that, it has given me this classic example of a nonsensical error message. You can click on the image to see it at full size.

What it is actually complaining about is that the existing Virtual Server virtual machine I am trying to import is write protected, as it is one of my base configuration images that I want to ensure can’t accidentally be corrupted. This would be fine, if it wasn’t for the last line of the error, where it maintains that the import process will not change the original files. If that is the case, why does it need me to turn off the read-only flag on the files?

Having said that, there is apparently one pretty impressive feature I’ve spotted so far – the manual seems to imply that it will be able to host a virtual machine running a 64-Bit operating system, even though the host operating system is only 32-Bit, as long as the processor in the machine is 64-bit…