Computing Updates: III

Computing Updates: III?  I’ve not been careful in creating this thread, but Computing Updates: I, was named A Clean Install of Windows XP and Computing Updates: II was named Computing Updates.  Got it?  I’ll do better in the future.  This is not work solely for “Tags”.

Firefox 5,6,7.  The too frequent, very visible, updates are out of control.  But worst, I have much more frequent crashes.  Enough that I have adopted Chrome.  It of course updates at a similar pace.  But they are invisible!  This is not a sound approach, but at least Chrome doesn’t crash once a hour.  Nice run with me Mozilla (dating back to the earliest days of Netscape), but the crash reporting had become intolerable.  May reverse this course, but time will tell.  (I see in my RSS feed I need to deal with Firefox 8; Chrome has not crashed as of yet.)

VMware Fusion 4.  I’ve long used VMware Fusion as my way of using a Windows app, Quicken, that is so much better than the OS X equivalent.  (Probably should have done the same thing for Quickbooks, but didn’t.)  But as I’ve returned to the classroom, I need ArcGIS Desktop.  Only a Windows app.  First I decided to bring Fusion up to date, by upgrading from 3.x to 4.x.  That worked with little pain, though I decided not to “migrate” my Windows XP virtual machine to “take advantage of features in this version”. And then in the updated Fusion, I used the UW license to install Windows 7.  Much faster than the “Clean Install of Windows XP” I thought until the 75 patches appeared.  Eventaully it seems quite stalled on #43.  And I mean stalled. Typical Windows, I disovered a hidden window asking for permission for a particular step.  And finally while I should have figured this out more quickly,  my office network is heavily firewalled and I needed to attach directly to the UW network for just a few seconds to activate Windows.  All is well now.

Then ArcGIS Desktop.  Proceeded smoothly, thankful though for some  notes to guide through some of the obscure dialogs.

OS X never takes this kind of time…

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