vmware fusion

So I have one program from windoze that I still love and need. Mathcad. So I have kept my inspiron around so that I could integrate gaussians and do algebraic stuff that mathcad is awesome at.

Today I decided to install vmware on my macbook (1G memory) just so I could have mathcad.

For those of you who have any desire to do this or have residual windoze programs that you may desire to use then I am happy to say the process is incredibly painless and sub $65. I was able to use mathcad without "seeing" windows in under 70 minutes.


Note on the screen shot, that the winapp mathcad is in the dock along with windows explorer and it is open in the 10.4 screen.

So, completely painless so far, runs faster than the native inspiron, and basically everything I hoped it would be.


a rant about email

So, I'm sure I've ranted enough about how much I hate the blitzmail program. I just don't like how the software was designed. On the other hand, the Dartmouth IT folk were nice enough to make it possible to get your email through a standard IMAP interface so you can use whatever program you want and it just works.

I've found a system that's hugely worse. The email at Loyola College, where I'm teaching a class this semester, is run on Novell GroupWise. It's the perfect example of what I think of when I think of Windows Hell. The whole point of it is to integrate with windows while just completely ignoring any sort of standard behavior of mail clients. To make matters even worse, there is no way to check your mail using anything other than the GroupWise client. You can set your groupwise email to forward to a normal email account, but there's no way to make it actually send along the email address that something originally came from, it says "Samuel Nota" instead of "snota@something.com". Oh, and the quotas are set at about 2 MB, so you can't keep more than 20-30 of the bloated messages in your inbox at any one time.

The integration with windows makes people do stupid things too: all informational letters are sent out as word documents rather than being attached as pdfs or just being typed in the message body. It's amazingly frustrating when you know how things should actually work.

Ok, rant done.