I’ve just installed the latest beta from Parallels. This is the software that allows you to run windows natively within OSx on your Intel powered Mac. The newest beta has some amazing new features, notably:

  • The ability to run Windows (any version I believe) in a “native” Mac environment (check out IE7 and Safari together above).
  • The ability to drag and drop between os’s.
  • The ability to boot from your BootCamp partition (meaning that if you have BootCamp installed, you only need a single install of Windows clogging up your hard drive)
  • Pretty significant speed improvements. This thing zigs.

The only downside is that you can’t play games in Parallels – nothing involving 3d anyways. Personally, I’m not a gamer, so it’s not a big deal. Regardless though, I think I’m not running the ultimate machine. It’s a Mac, it does Windows, and it does Linux. Excuse me while I have a nerd moment.

Best Holiday Present Ever

Without a doubt, the best holiday present I ever received would be the Tyco slot car set I got when I was about 7. If I recall, I spent about 3 seconds ripping open the rest of my loot in a mad rush to start playing with the thing.

What I recall most, oddly enough, is the rough texture of the black track itself – remember that? I’m pretty sure I never got the flimsy yellow corner guards on properly. Besides racing with those on was like cheating. Anyone could drive with the corner guards. It took real skill to navigate the track’s treacherous corners with no safety guards. Just you, your smoking hot yellow controller (can you smell the metallic tang of it burning?), and your car

I think the track lasted in circuit form about a week. After that, it was all straightaways and jumps. The straightaways were the most fun. We’d make one long dragstrip down the upstairs hallway, ending smack into the bathroom door. We’d take turns smashing our cars at full speed into the door. Ah, good times.

(Not) Understanding Yahoo SEO

Once again I’m turning to the brilliant minds of the blogosphere for insight into the weird and wonderful world of SEO.

My work site, The Blog Studio, ranks quite well in Google, and fairly well on MSN. But on Yahoo, we barely even register – we’re listed number 73 for the same keywords that rank us #4 on Google.

The research I’ve done seems to indicate that Yahoo’s ranking algorithm is similar to Google’s in that it considers things like titles, h1 tags, etc. I’ve built sites that perform quite well on Yahoo, so am at a loss as to the poor performance of TBS. Anyone have any insight into this?

Update on MacBookPro: backup your backup

All’s fine and dandy finally in computer land. The hard drive ended up failing while the machine was in the shop – something the tech said he’d never seen before. I had all my data backed up, but still lost a day reinstalling everything.

The lesson here is that it’s not enough to have your data backed up. If you make your living with a computer, you need to have access to a computer at all times. In my case, that means having two backup computers – a mac and a pc. I guess there is a downside to having both OS’s running on one machine: if/when that machine bites it, you effectively lose two computers.