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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov. 5, 2009 / 19 Mar-Cheshvan 5770

A puzzling compatibility idea

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | PORTLAND, Ore. — So there I was, looking at Quicken 2009, the Windows version, on my Mac, and something seemed off. In fact, a fair amount seemed off.


For one, it seemed a bit pokey. I could understand that, since I was using CrossOver Mac Professional, a $69.95 application built on top of the Unix-and-Linux-based WINE non-emulator, which allows you to install and boot a Windows program on an Apple, Inc. Macintosh computer without having a copy of Microsoft Windows loaded.


Why would anyone want to do that, with a world of very good Mac applications out there? Well, one of the applications that's not out there for Mac, these days at least, is Quicken, and there are legions of folks who have relied on the Intuit product for their personal and/or home business finances. Instead of switching to a Mac-created application, or because their bookkeeper/accountant/tax professional prefers stuff done in Quicken, having a way to run the program might be a help.


Or perhaps you're a gamer. The "Professional" edition of CrossOver Mac includes "CrossOverGames," allowing you to play "World of Warcraft" or "EVE Online" or "Half-Life" to your heart's content, again, on a Mac without loading Windows. And while Mac OS X allows you to "dual boot" an Intel-based Mac with either the Apple or Microsoft OS, you still have to buy a copy of Windows, and when booting in Windows mode, you lose your Mac functionality. "Virtual machine" software such as VMWare Fusion or Parallels can provide so-called "dual boot" functionality, running both OS X and Windows side-by-side, but the programs can squeeze memory if you don't have a lot installed.


I tested CrossOver Mac Professional not because of a burning desire to play "Grand Theft Auto 2" (and, yes, I know there's "GTA4" out now), but to get into this emulation-that's-not-emulation thing a bit deeper. As noted here over the past two weeks, there's a growing interest in Linux as an alternative desktop operating system; some users like the no-cost aspect of versions such as Debian and Ubuntu, and look at CrossOver's underlying WINE software as a way to bring some Windows apps over. Since Mac OS X and Linux both have the Unix operating system at their core, I figured that CrossOver Mac Professional would be sufficiently similar to a Linux-style emulator that I could judge the whole process. (Linux defenders may dissent, of course.)


Installing CrossOver Mac Professional was rather easy, as was installing Quicken 2009. The Quicken install procedure was similar to that under a real copy of Microsoft Windows: everything fell into place quite nicely. Until start-up.


My big beef is that the fonts and screen layout of Quicken 2009 under CrossOver seemed very basic, as if the normal fonts weren't available, and pale imitations were in their place. Everything just looked "off," and that made the program uninviting.


Then I toddled over to the CodeWeavers Web site (www.codeweavers.com) and found the news: Quicken 2009 Premier, the version I used, rates a "Bronze" level of compatibility: "The Bronze is awarded to applications that install and run, and that can accomplish some portion of their fundamental mission. However, Bronze applications generally have enough bugs that we recommend customers use them with caution. don't be surprised if there are some bumps along the way," is the way the Web site described it.


The firm says future versions of CrossOver should bring compatibility up to a "Silver" level, which means an application that would " install and run well enough to be usable," but still with a bug or two that would keep it from "flawless," or "Gold" level performance.


So, it seems this whole Utopian vision of running applications independent of an operating system might have a few miles to go. But at least there's a roadmap, and people working towards a useful goal.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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