OT: Virtual PC vs "Real" PC

Rob Cozens rcozens at pon.net
Tue Aug 24 13:07:58 CDT 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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