Every computer needs an operating system to operate, just like we humans need our brains to function. Unlike us, computers can have more than one brain, running multiple operating systems at the same time. Virtualization is the process of concurrently running another (fully functional) operating system over the main OS X installation.
The great advantage of a virtual machine is that your original system is untouched – you can operate or remove a Windows installation without causing any harm to OS X. This how-to will walk you through the process of setting up Windows on your Mac using the free VirtualBox application.
It’s a simple process, requiring an Intel Mac with at least 512MB RAM and a copy of Windows – we’ve used XP, but any version will do. Without further ado, let’s get started!
Three winners have been randomly chosen, and I’m excited to announce that they are:
- Blue Perez of createfolios.com
- Stephen Coley of selectwebdev.com
- David Turnbull of tutorialsfornoobs.com
Congratulations to the winners, who will be contacted via email shortly. I’m very grateful for all your useful comments and input on what you’d like to see on AppStorm. I’m still working my way through all the suggestions, but so far have found some fantastic ideas.
If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry! A competition to win a copy of WriteRoom will be coming later this week. Rather than entries via comment, this time I’ll be asking you to send me a tweet. In preparation, feel free to follow AppStorm and I’ll let you know how to enter in due course!
Today marked the beginning of the latest installment of the MacHeist software giveaway, coming back for the third time since 2006. The project begins with several “missions”, each one providing opportunity to earn free software and gain credits to reduce the price of the software “bundle” announced at the end. The bundle generally includes a number of well known Mac applications from independent developers, and is priced at around $49 (a discount of several hundred dollars over purchasing each app separately).
Previous MacHeist bundles have included software such as TextMate, Delicious Library, RapidWeaver and various games from Pangea. If you’re new to the Mac, it’s a brilliant way to get your hands on a selection of popular software at a heavily discounted price.
I’d recommend heading over to the MacHeist site and signing up – doing so will allow you to download a free copy of ShoveBox along with a selection of Valentines email stationery designed by Equinux. Good luck completing those missons!
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One week on from the launch of the AppStorm blog and the site is flying along.
Close to 2,000 2,149 RSS subscribers and a little over 60,000 pageviews served already! With so much traffic coming through, we’ve decided to open up the sidebar for advertising at a cheap early ad rate of $160 p/month.
We’ve got big plans for this site both in content and features. So hopefully a few of these spots will go and help pay towards getting the ball really rolling!
You can purchase a monthly ad spot at BuySellAds.com. Thanks for your support!
As I mentioned a couple of days ago, Cultured Code have been kind enough to provide
a copy three copies of Things to give away to AppStorm readers. If you’re unsure of what Things does, please feel free to read our review. Essentially, it is:
- A to-do list manager
- A place to quickly store thoughts and ideas
- A powerful scheduler to ensure you’re notified about tasks at the right time
I love giving away free software, and am sure that this will be the first of many competitions on AppStorm. Entering will be kept as simple as possible. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post with your name, email address (make sure it’s valid so we can contact you if you win), and a message stating something you’d like to see on AppStorm – it can be anything at all!
The competition will run for one week, and the winning comment will be chosen at random on the 9th February 2009. As with all competitions, there’s just one legal point to make – you aren’t eligible to take part if you work for Envato. Only one entry per person please!
Good luck, and I’m excited to hear your ideas!
Editor’s Note: I’m pleased to announce that AppStorm will be running a weekly feature cartoon by the talented N.C. Winters. Author of the popular Freelance Freedom and Creative License strips, N.C. will be gracing the blog with a Mac-related comic every week. Without further ado, here’s the very first edition of MacTastik Weekly! (more…)
Hello, and a very warm welcome to AppStorm – a site dedicated to Mac application news, reviews, competitions and tips. If you’re a Mac user, I hope that the upcoming articles will open your eyes to a whole range of innovative new applications. If you’re not a Mac user, be careful; reading about the fantastic software offered for the platform may cause you to switch!
The next few weeks have some great content in store. I’ll be reviewing several fantastic pieces of software, rounding up a selection of the best Twitter apps, keeping you up to date with all the latest Mac software news and giving away a free copy of Things. We’ll also be launching a weekly Mac comic strip by the talented NC Winters!
To keep up to date with what’s going on, I’d recommend following AppStorm on twitter or subscribing to our RSS feed.
Thanks for stopping by!