Running Ubuntu and WinXP on MacBook

Well, this is not a proper review of either the Parallels Desktop or of running multiple operating systems on MacBook. Its just my experience setting up these “Guest OSes” to run on my MacBook using Parallels Desktop. The reason I opted for Parallels and not Boot Camp are two folds – ONE, I didn’t need the full power of any of the “Guest OSes” that I wanted to install by running them solo on their own partition, and TWO, and more importantly, I really wanted all the OSes to run together, without having to boot on and off to switch to one from the other. And Parallels Desktop fitted me perfectly in that respect [AND fitted my budget perfectly as well as I got it off on sale at John Lewis at half price (£24.95!) with free upgrade to the latest version!]. Anyway, here I present my experience with some screenshots!

Let me start my telling that you really need to have at least 2GB of memory on your Mac (if not more – I started with 1GB and the day after installing WinXP, upgraded to 4GB!) to run these “Guest OSes” smoothly. Anyway, as I said I started with my original MacBook whose specification was Core 2 Duo 2.2Ghz, 1GB DDR, 120GB HDD. I installed Parallels, and after a couple of emails to the support was able to get my FREE upgrade to the latest version. In the meantime, I managed to install WinXP Pro, and using this windows installation, was also able to upgrade the OS on my Nokia N800 to OS2008! So far, I was impressed with the performance of my “Guest OS”, which I had set to use 512MB of memory and installed on a virtual HDD with maximum space set at 32GB.

The next day, I installed SPSS on WinXP (reason being that I couldn’t get a mac version SPSS from the computing service at my uni coz they hadn’t received the latest version for mac). I started my data entry on SPSS on XP running on Mac, and started to notice the system getting slower and slower. At the end I was not able to run multiple programs at all when XP was running. Thats when I decided to get memory upgraded – I found relatively good deal at Crucial-UK and got their “4GB Kit for MacBook for under £70! It arrived the next day, and I immediately opened up my 1-week old MacBook (after making sure it wouldn’t void my Apple warranty of course!), removed both the original 512MB pieces and installed two 2GB DDRs in their place. I had no problem booting up my mac after this upgrade, and not surprisingly, Parallels started to run lot smoother immediately.


My MacBook specs with 4GB DDR

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nokia n800 tablogging

let me first tell this is going to be a very short post. what i am trying here is to see if i can post a new entry from my newest gadget – nokia n800 internet tablet. and these lines have been typed using touchscreen qwerty keyboard. i think i’d need a bluetooth keyboard if i were to post a normal entry using this tablet. my fingers are already aching so i stop here…

Just wondering…

who this Sabina-di (sister Sabina) might be…apparently I was at hers for a morning meal on Sunday 27 February…no year mentioned but looking back at the calendars, I think it was in 2005!?!

missed appointment?

Found this note in one of the boxes while unpacking my stuffs at my new place so couldn’t help wondering what I ate if I had made it to that meal! I think I was still a vegetarian then!!

new abode and sub-standard kit kats

Well, its an update-post for the sake of it. I am now back in York after seven months in West Africa – from +30 degrees to -3 degrees pretty much sums up my experience being back. “Reverse culture shock” is another phrase that comes to mind frequently. But its great to be back in York after all these months away. The immigration officer at Heathrow was asking me how I could call myself a full time student in the UK and spend more than half a year elsewhere! My response was that I was still a full time student while away :)

Anyway, as usual I found myself lucky in that I didn’t have to struggle too much to find a temporary accommodation for the next 3-4 months here in York. I have a nice little room in what seems to be a recently refurbished student house – at walking distance from the uni, city centre, and a newly opened Morrisons (which wasn’t there when I left York at the end of May!). In fact quite a few things seem to have changed in these seven months – well, thats the impression I got. Firstly, I tried to book a GNER train to York as soon as I arrived in London, only to find that GNER was no more and that the train that I would be travelling to and from London will now be the National Express East Coast. The familiar colours of the GNER trains were all replaced by dull grey of the new operator. At least they should have kept the nice colours if not the name!!! Can’t complain about the free wireless on the train though, although my laptop wasn’t working so couldn’t make use of it :(

Well, other than that, lots of new developments everywhere in York, not just the Morrisons that I go to but also lots at UoY and elsewhere in the city.

Oh, here comes the sub-standard kit kat that I saw on the kitchen table in my “new” house!

sub-standard kit kat

And a close-up of the small prints!

sub-standard kit kat

These goods are sub-standard, sold for household consumption only and must not be re-sold.

Then why sell them in the first place if they can’t be “sold” again!!

So thats the story of my new abode and the sub-standard kit kats!!