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Save Some Cash On Apple Products

This past weekend I happened to be near an Apple store and stopped in to inquire about their new OS Snow Leopard. I found out I needed the full version for the price of $169. They also did not offer a student/ teach discount on this product. I did a good thing and walked away because later that day I checked on Amazon.com and found it for 15% off!

I should have whipped out my Amazon.com iPhone app right at the store and checked but totally forgot. Amazon.com offers a full line of Apple products including laptops for up to 6% off from what I could tell. If you spend $25 or more, shipping is free! So if you don’t need something right this minute and want to skip the crowded Apple stores, check out Amazon.com.

Parallels Screws Up Version 4

Recently Parallels released version 4 of their virtual machine software which I have been using for many years now and have been recommending to everyone I can. I use the MAC version so I can run Vista (even tried Windows 7) and until this version it worked like a charm! But after upgrading to version 4, spending 12 days emailing tech support back and forth the performance is much worse than version 3! Here are just some of the issues I was having besides the terrible performance:

  1. Takes 4 minutes to boot the image.
  2. While running,
    programs run slow in the virtual image AND on my MacBook Pro! Clicking
    on programs etc. sometimes does nothing for up to 30 seconds.
  3. Network (internet) runs very slow in the virtual image AND on my MacBook Pro!
  4. Takes 4 minutes to shut down image.

Tech support was very helpful and tried every trick in the book to get my vm to run faster, which it did, but still was too slow. Why should it take 12 days of emails to get it to work better, shouldn’t it just work like that when I start it?

So my recommendation is do not use this version until these issues are worked out and I will not be recommending it anymore. Sorry Parallels.

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