OT: Virtual PC vs "Real" PC

Rob Cozens rcozens at pon.net
Tue Aug 24 14:07:58 EDT 2004

Hi All,

FWIW [virtually nothing, since the product is now discontinued], 
there is an alternative that was consistently rated 4 to 5 times 
faster than VPC: SoftWindows.

Whereas VPC emulates the entire Intel instruction set, SoftWindows 
translates some instructions directly to Mac OS calls.  Running 
SoftWindows 98 on an original iBook & Mac OS 9.2, I was able to run 
ESRI's ArcExplorer "GIS for Everyone" tutorials with "reasonably" 
acceptable speed.

Once again, the better product bites the dust...flattened by the 
Microsoft juggernaut.
Rob Cozens, Staff Conservator
Mendonoma Marine Life Conservancy

"...three factors have forever altered the traditional ''freedoms''
  coincident with the hunter-gatherer way of life:

  * swift population increase...,
  * the rapid advance of technology, and, most influential &...dangerous of all,
  * a perverse self-centered mind-set that shapes the character of 
many human actions"

Sylvia A. Earle, in Sea Change

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