Parallels 6 and Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

This week I upgraded to Parallels 6 because it was once again part of the MacUpdate bundle. Primarily I use it for Dragon NaturallySpeaking when my hands are getting achy. But it always leaves me feeling like the battered spouse who keeps going back to her husband because she’s sure that this time it’ll be different. Bottom line: these products still don’t work.

Windows and Dragon One More Time

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

I had a serious and scary flareup of RSI this weekend, so I decided to give Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Windows one more chance. If Dragon craps out on me again, I’ve discovered that I may actually be able to get in touch with Nuance technical support by posting nasty comments about them on their Amazon product pages. You’d think it would be more efficient to just answer customer e-mails in the first place, but apparently Nuance doesn’t agree.

One other thing I’m trying, is to run Dragon NaturallySpeaking in Parallels 5 on my Mac. Parallels 5 is a little faster than VMWare Fusion was, and is actually usable on my MacBook for basic web surfing and other simple operations. However, I’m skeptical of its ability to run CPU intensive applications like Dragon NaturallySpeaking and FPS games. I am considering upgrading my Mac to either one of the new MacBook Pros or perhaps a Mac Pro if Apple ever gets around to releasing new models.

Microsoft is Leaving Money on the Table

Friday, February 5th, 2010

If Windows were priced similarly to Mac OS X, I would have by now bought at least one full copy each of XP, Vista, and Windows 7. Instead the last non-bundled Windows I bought was Windows 2000 right before XP came out. It’s too damned expensive, and the DRM is too annoying. In fact, I can buy a full computer with Windows for roughly the cost of one Windows 7 license; but I can’t reuse the software on my Mac in Parallels or Bootcamp so I won’t even do that.

Windows Vista Network Printer Offline

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Here’s a troubleshooting tips it took me a few days to figure out. If Windows Vista reports your network printer as off-line and won’t print anything, but the printer will print just fine from other computers on the network, especially Macs, check to see if the printer picked up a new IP address from the DHCP server. Macs are smart enough to still recognize and find the printer even when its IP address has changed. Windows Vista PCs aren’t, and get seriously confused when a printer moves from one IP to another.

If this is indeed what happened, you’ll need to delete the old printer from the printer control panel and add the printer as if it’s a completely new printer. I don’t happen to know how to retrieve or reassign any jobs still pending for the off-line printer.

Vista Slow to recognize the Belkin Flip

Friday, February 6th, 2009

I have a couple of Belkin Flip KVM switches, one I use to switch between a MacBook Pro and a Linux desktop (Ubuntu Dapper) and another I use to switch between a MacBook and a Vista Dell. Switching to the Macs or to Linux is almost instantaneous. However, the PC takes maybe 30 seconds before it will recognize the keyboard and mouse. (The monitor is usually asleep until it the keyboard or mouse wakes it up.) Any ideas?


Thursday, February 5th, 2009