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nick68k

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In Topic: Apple Plans to Announce Move to Its Own Chips at WWDC

27 June 2020 - 10:02 AM

I should add that I'm excited to see where Apple goes with this, because I genuinely am, but I'm also completely comfortable with jumping off the bus if need be.

In Topic: Apple Plans to Announce Move to Its Own Chips at WWDC

26 June 2020 - 07:01 PM

I don't live in a bubble, but I do live in an ivory tower. Unusually for a university dept, Macs are the dominant species amongst faculty, grad students and staff at my institution. And a hell of lot of us run VirtualBox or similar, for those apps those don't come in Apple flavours. Things like Microcal Origin, Kaleidagraph (broken by Catalina), VMD (ibid, also OpenGL, lol) and many other deeply unfriendly molecular biology programs. Now, we may only spend 10% of our time in Windows, or even less, but it depends on what we're working on that week. Sometimes it's more. VMs are also useful for our programmers who develop Windows apps on their MacBooks. And yes, they exist in our dept.

How did we manage before the Blessed Steve created Intel Macs? Well, back then those programs came in Mac versions, which have since been discontinued.

Anyway. We are but drops in the bucket, as others have (correctly) pointed out. And we're not sentimental about these things. If the ARM Macs aren't suitable for our research and workflow then dude, we're getting Dells. I'll keep the MacBook Air on the road as it's a fine Office- and Facebook machine.

In Topic: Apple Plans to Announce Move to Its Own Chips at WWDC

24 June 2020 - 03:14 PM

View PostMatt Diamond, on 24 June 2020 - 02:56 PM, said:

VMWare has announced a tech preview of Fusion running on Big Sur: https://appleinsider...le-tech-preview


Very interesting post, thanks.

I'm also interested to know about the plausibility of running a Mojave VM on ARM silicon.

In Topic: Apple Plans to Announce Move to Its Own Chips at WWDC

24 June 2020 - 11:51 AM

I don't 'care' about Windows, and I don't particularly want a big plastic PC on my desk, but I do need to use it from time-to-time for my job. That's just a simple fact of life for me.

i'm reaching the stage of my life now where the path of least resistance for, well, anything really, is the most appealing option, and so if maintaining an Apple-only lab becomes problematic I'll make the switch in a heartbeat. And I say that as someone who's been buying Apple kit for getting on 30 years now.

In Topic: Apple Plans to Announce Move to Its Own Chips at WWDC

24 June 2020 - 07:18 AM

View PostAtticus, on 24 June 2020 - 07:07 AM, said:

So, let me get this right: Apple shouldn't put its own chips into Macs because of....Windows?

o.O

Apple can do whatever they want, obviously. Similarly, if a tool I'm using becomes an impediment to my work, I'll switch to another one. I suspect people in the same boat as me are a rounding error when it comes to the company, which is fine.