Flash update and Windows on Mac

1.  Adobe has pushed out another update of its Flash Player for Mac.  Apple will no longer manage these updates.  Flash is one of those programs that you never launch directly, but many websites need it to operate.  These updates are free and done for security reasons.   Go grab  yours….

http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

2.  Let’s say you have an Intel Mac (2006 or later, you know who you are by now) and there are a few Windows programs you have to run on your Mac.  You are sick of maintaining a 2nd computer for them or using the PC at work.  These programs may be work related, school related or due to the notion that you just like them better than the Mac version (ie. Microsoft Office or QuickBooks ).  So now what?

Well, first of all you are going to need to purchase a separate Windows disc (CD/DVD).  That is a given.  You cannot use your Windows XP / 7 disc that came with your Dell.  This will run you $100 from NewEgg.com

The Mac operating system has a built in feature called Boot Camp that allows to you load Windows as a second system.  It runs very well and is it fast — but you can only run Mac or Windows separately using Boot Camp.

What I have been doing for the past year is run an additional software program called Parallels Desktop that allows me to run Windows and Mac programs side by side.  It is an integrated environment.  The Parallels program adds an additional $80 to the cost of this configuration ($40 for a college student).

However, your Mac, with sufficient RAM, running Windows in Parallels — is a very powerful tool that will allow you to consolidate all of your work onto one machine.     It is possible to set this up as a do-it-yourself operation, but if you are the type that would typically have a computer specialist set up a new computer or do a major upgrade.   It is OK to ask for help.   This is roughly a 2 to 3 hour job.