XP Software

I’m setting up my old Windows XP machine for my dad, going to send it off to him tomorrow or Saturday.
Any suggestions for useful software to put on there?
So far I’ve got:

AVG Antivirus

I’m thinking some kind of music software, like iTunes or WinAMP… for some reason I’m drawing a blank on other software.


Parallels vs. VMware Fusion

I’ve been using Parallels on my MacBook to run a virtual machine with Windows XP on it. Mostly for my Sony eBook reader software and Family Tree Maker (Mac is lacking when it comes to genealogy software).

I was reading some reviews of VMware’s new entry to the market, Fusion.

Fusion has two big advantages over Parallels:

1) it is written in Cocoa, so is completely native and fast.
2) it can use a BootCamp partition as its “virtual” drive.

So after reading about 10 reviews, all of which said essentially “after trying Fusion, I stopped using Parallels”, I decided to take the plunge and switch my MacBook over.

It was a straightforward setup:
1) install BootCamp
2) install Windows XP
3) install Fusion

Although it’s an easy install, it’s time-consuming. I didn’t have time to test out how it compared to Parallels yet. But it *seems* snappier…

Maybe tonight I will re-install XP on my overly cluttered Dell machine… and after that, maybe I’ll install XP on my cat. Mrrow!