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laptop! - Qualified Perceptions
I have a new laptop! To replace the old Vaio with the two minute battery life which had also begun to run annoyingly slowly. I've been convinced to drink the Mac kool-aid, but between tunnelling X from work and running Windows via Parallels... it's getting pretty hard to tell. I've got the bouncing Mac apps that keep leaping up to tell me things, and the Windows installer putting Photoshop on, and the Unix zephyrs popping up in the corners... and then I put on the internet radio, just to make some sort of mental point to myself. I have my Windows cake and get to eat my Mac cake too, and plus I have zephyrs!

I'm not sure I can totally blame the users who assume everything on the computer has to be a web page, any longer. All the edges are blurry and all the apps are stacked on top of each other. My knowledge wants to live in separate boxes, but it's all getting jumbled together.

Sorry, babbling. But look at all the windows, playing together!

Current Mood: bemused
Current Music: pandora.com

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firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: August 8th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just noticed that the Mac thinks it's 7pm, up in the top right hand corner, and the Windows box status bar (bottom right hand corner) thinks it's 6pm. Somehow, this makes everything right in the world again.
arcanology From: arcanology Date: August 9th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Time often gets confused as I boot from one to the other.

and... pssst... if you do Boot Camp to go into full windows you can pretty much play whatever games. ;)
From: readsalot Date: August 8th, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I want a picture of all of the windows playing together!
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: August 8th, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

There, that has Photoshop (Windows) over on the left, and Mac system control panel and Mac Firefox in the middle, trying to figure out how to do a screen capture, and Emacs on geskekelud on the right, and a typical example of a zephyr down on the bottom left.

On the other hand, I discover that they don't play together as well as all that, as if I (even accidentally) try to select text in emacs with the mouse, it crashes it with an X protocol error. Oops.
unclenomer From: unclenomer Date: August 9th, 2007 12:07 am (UTC) (Link)
If you're tunneling via ssh, use the -Y flag with ssh for trusted X11 forwarding. I used to have that problem on my FreeBSD box and the -Y solved it. I think I even got the solution to the problem from some Mac board, so it should work there, too.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: August 9th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Woo! That works! Thank you! :)
merastra From: merastra Date: August 9th, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)


That is just too cool.
twe From: twe Date: August 13th, 2007 01:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I must get you to show me how to get the zephyrs!
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: August 13th, 2007 12:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
The trick is to ssh from an X11 xterm window, not a plain terminal window. If you don't have X11, you should be able to install it from the OSX CD. ssh -X machine.mit.edu works to get in and tunnel X, but ssh -Y machine.mit.edu that unclenomer suggested works better to make it not crash if you (accidentally) try to select text.
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