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Some of Cupertino's alumni could soon meet the raw end of a government axe. Simultaneously, Apple itself has been granted a stay of execution from its iPhone rival Cisco, and Parallels' latest release candidate brings the virtualization software up to spec with the newest technology.

Previous Apple execs face legal reckoning

While the corporate mothership may be safe at the moment, those no longer within its protection won't be so fortunate, according to the Wall Street Journal. The trade paper revealed today that Federal prosecution teams are hoping to fast track their investigations of executives it believes may have illegally backdated company options -- including two of Apple's recently departed executives, CFO Fred Anderson and general counsel Nancy Heinen.

The accelerated hunt may have shifted some attention away from company head Steve Jobs, who remained under scrutiny by the Feds for his potential involvement with the matter. An internal investigation by the company late last year allegedly cleared the charismatic frontman of any wrongdoing but failed to satisfy the US government's expectations.


Apple, Cisco extend iPhone talks again

After causing a minor panic when its self-imposed February 15th deadline ran out, Cisco on Friday gave Apple another week to hash out a deal that would let both companies keep the iPhone trademark.

Apple now has until the evening of February 21st to respond to the networking firm's lawsuit over the naming conflict, which had been filed scarcely a day after the unveiling of Apple's phone. The now-elapsed original extension had been granted at the beginning of this month when both companies decided it would be wiser to reach a compromise than slug it out in court.

Parallels RC3 adds Vista, USB 2.0 support

Owners of Intel-based Macs were treated to a new beta of Parallels Desktop on Friday. Release Candidate 3 (build 3170), as it's known, offers a pair of crucial updates as well as a handful of new features.

Particularly important for some is enhanced Vista support: Parallels Desktop users with a copy of Windows XP already installed can now upgrade to Vista from within the shell itself, sparing the headache of requiring a clean install. Peripheral hardware also received a major boost through USB 2.0 support, letting hard drives and Apple's iSight camera run at the full speed of the serial bus.

Testers willing to try the new test version also had access to Transporter RC3, a tool that creates a virtual machine out of an actual Windows PC's installation; a more secure drag-and-drop tool that prevents files from being shared on a global level without permission; and various fixes for issues with OS X 10.5 Leopard and USB.
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And what do ya know, Fred Anderson is no longer with the company
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Looks like Cisco and Apple are playing chicken.
Cisco held out until Mac World, Apple didn't flinch. Now Apple holds out for the 15th, and Cisco doesn't flinch.
Meanwhile, the lawyers cash their monthly checks.
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Parallels just jeeps moving forwards.

Nothing like Russian programmers for speed!
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It's true Parallels had made huge strides in a very short amount of time.
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post #6 of 27
Parallels is cool. Next up: Give us multicore support !!! 8)
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S...Release Candidate 3 (build 3170), as it's known, offers a pair of crucial updates as well as a handful of new features...a more secure drag-and-drop tool that prevents files from being shared on a global level without permission...

Yeeah BUILD 3150 has a weird "drag and drop" bug, which when enabled, gives the Virtual WINXP2Pro (others[?]) access to your WHOLE Mac. When you click the "Parallels Shared Folders" for example, on the desktop, you can see the whole Mac drive from / - meaning /user /tmp /etc and so on. AFAIK.
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And what do ya know, Fred Anderson is no longer with the company

Yup, the scapegoats have been trotted out. Next up: Off With Their Heads !!11!!
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Yup, the scapegoats have been trotted out. Next up: Off With Their Heads !!11!!

...then kick those heads into federal prison.

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Heh. ...But in the US, prison is just a stepping stone to [further] celebrity, no?
Ah, what a country. Do the crime, spend the time, then sell the grime.
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Parallels is a cool company, i think. Once i get an intel mac, I will sure buy them.
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Heh. ...But in the US, prison is just a stepping stone to [further] celebrity, no?
Ah, what a country. Do the crime, spend the time, then sell the grime.

It's also a law here that you can't make money off your crime. For example; writing a book about in prison won't make you any money.
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It's also a law here that you can't make money off your crime. For example; writing a book about in prison won't make you any money.

But "Backdating Stock Options for Fame and Fortune" would be perfectly alright, right?
OR
"The Real Steve Jobs: (30 Years of) Stock Options Was Just The Beginning".

OR
One of my favourites:

"Get Rich Quick (With Stock Options) Or Go To Jail Trying"
by Fred Anderson and Nancy Heinen, with Foreword by FiddyCent.

Coming Soon to a Bestseller List near YOU.
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But "Backdating Stock Options for Fame and Fortune" would be perfectly alright, right?
OR
"The Real Steve Jobs: (30 Years of) Stock Options Was Just The Beginning".

OR
One of my favourites:

"Get Rich Quick (With Stock Options) Or Go To Jail Trying"
by Fred Anderson and Nancy Heinen, with Foreword by FiddyCent.

Coming Soon to a Bestseller List near YOU.

Backdating options isn't a crime, dummy!

How many times have we cleared that up?

There have been executives imprisoned for hiding their profits and not paying taxes. They have also been imprisoned for not doing the legal corporate diligence.

But you have to go to trial, and be convicted first, remember?
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While the corporate mothership may be safe at the moment, those no longer within its protection won't be so fortunate, according to the Wall Street Journal. The trade paper revealed today that Federal prosecution teams are hoping to fast track their investigations of executives it believes may have illegally backdated company options -- including two of Apple's recently departed executives, CFO Fred Anderson and general counsel Nancy Heinen.


It's also a tradition in the U.S. legal system that prosecuted criminals will testify against a corporate CEO in exchange for a reduced prison term, if they can't avoid prison altogether.

Watch for perjury charges and obstruction of justice accusations in the weeks to come. As the article states "Federal prosecution teams are hoping to fast track their investigations of executives".

Buy oranges for Steve.

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Parallels is a cool company, i think. Once i get an intel mac, I will sure buy them.

You'll buy the company? How much money do you have?

Still no 3D support from Parallels though. Plus I wish they'd find a way to share the internal memory with the Mac system. As soon as the VM loads, it sucks up the entire chunk of Ram so it's using too much when it doesn't need it and it can't get enough when it needs more. It would be good if you didn't have to assign Ram and each process had it's own memory segment allocated like a native system.
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Yeeah BUILD 3150 has a weird "drag and drop" bug, which when enabled, gives the Virtual WINXP2Pro (others[?]) access to your WHOLE Mac. When you click the "Parallels Shared Folders" for example, on the desktop, you can see the whole Mac drive from / - meaning /user /tmp /etc and so on. AFAIK.

That was not a bug. That was a feature, called global sharing, which was originally enabled by default.

A big stink ensued on the Parallels Forums about the security implications of the feature, and so it is now disabled by default, allowing users who accept the security implications to turn it on if they desire.
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That was not a bug. That was a feature, called global sharing, which was originally enabled by default.

Ahh....

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A big stink ensued on the Parallels Forums about the security implications of the feature, and so it is now disabled by default, allowing users who accept the security implications to turn it on if they desire.

Good fix, I think. ...Giving Windowze full access to your Mac hard drive is, well.... I'll let y'all make the analogies.
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Backdating options isn't a crime, dummy!

How many times have we cleared that up?

There have been executives imprisoned for hiding their profits and not paying taxes. They have also been imprisoned for not doing the legal corporate diligence.

But you have to go to trial, and be convicted first, remember?

My witty book titles do not imply one way or another whether who was guilty or when and why and so on... It's a book! Not a journal article. It's a book meant to *sell*. Let's not let facts get in the way of well, a good read, right?

Trial? Conviction? Yeah, it's all factored into the book deals. First the dodgy videos and leaked documents and/or he-said she-said. Start writing the book. Then investigations and so on, continue writing. If it looks like trial and conviction is too far away, release the book, start talking movie/ cableTV deals. No trial still? Release the book with litigious material, libel is a good bit as any to throw in.
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You'll buy the company? How much money do you have?

That's funny, I was going to make the same comment, but said; Nah!

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Still no 3D support from Parallels though. Plus I wish they'd find a way to share the internal memory with the Mac system. As soon as the VM loads, it sucks up the entire chunk of Ram so it's using too much when it doesn't need it and it can't get enough when it needs more. It would be good if you didn't have to assign Ram and each process had it's own memory segment allocated like a native system.

3D support is not guaranteed. There is no known way to do so, though they may be able to get around some of the difficulties. The mother OS "owns" the graphics system. So far, after many years of trying, no one has ever been able to work around that. It's possible that 10.5, however, might have some loopholes in that, but we'll see.
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That's funny, I was going to make the same comment, but said; Nah!

It's alright, we were all thinking the same thing 8).

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3D support is not guaranteed. There is no known way to do so, though they may be able to get around some of the difficulties. The mother OS "owns" the graphics system. So far, after many years of trying, no one has ever been able to work around that. It's possible that 10.5, however, might have some loopholes in that, but we'll see.

VMWare Fusion Beta for Mac has apparently demonstrated this with DirectX8 (some leaked video is out, authenticity unknown AFAIK). VMWare is massive in the corporate space. They've got the skillz to bring out VMWare Fusion for Mac by middle of 2007 with DirectX9.0c hardware accelerated support, + multicore support, + Vista hardware acceleration support.

I think by the end of 2007 we'll have multicore, solid Vista, and full DirectX9.0c hardware acceleration support in virtual machines. Either from Parallels or VMWare or both. 2008 - DirectX10 support.

Also by the end of 2007 - as one of the posters mentioned here or somewhere, smarter memory management - so that instead of the virtual machine "isolating" a chunk of memory you assigned to it, applications and virtual OS will take what they need from the host OS and swap out to disk when not being actively used.

What's so exciting about Macintels right now is that the hardware is there, it's a matter of software catching up. That's a great position to be in, in terms of longevity of Mac hardware, given software upgrading is generally cheaper than eBaying and buying new Macs every 0.5 years or whatever... well, kinda... y'all get my drift...
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It's alright, we were all thinking the same thing 8).



VMWare Fusion Beta for Mac has apparently demonstrated this with DirectX8 (some leaked video is out, authenticity unknown AFAIK). VMWare is massive in the corporate space. They've got the skillz to bring out VMWare Fusion for Mac by middle of 2007 with DirectX9.0c hardware accelerated support, + multicore support, + Vista hardware acceleration support.

I think by the end of 2007 we'll have multicore, solid Vista, and full DirectX9.0c hardware acceleration support in virtual machines. Either from Parallels or VMWare or both. 2008 - DirectX10 support.

Also by the end of 2007 - as one of the posters mentioned here or somewhere, smarter memory management - so that instead of the virtual machine "isolating" a chunk of memory you assigned to it, applications and virtual OS will take what they need from the host OS and swap out to disk when not being actively used.

What's so exciting about Macintels right now is that the hardware is there, it's a matter of software catching up. That's a great position to be in, in terms of longevity of Mac hardware, given software upgrading is generally cheaper than eBaying and buying new Macs every 0.5 years or whatever... well, kinda... y'all get my drift...

No one really knows just what those video's were showing. D X 8 is so primitive compared to MS's latest offerings, that emulation, in that jerky way, might not be at all that major. But 9, and now 10, are very different beasts.

With dual core, It's possible that the Dx 8 emulation was being done on one core. That can''t be done with 9 or 10.
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I installed it over my current Parallels, and when I tried to open a Win XP machine, it told me that I had installed new hardware, and wanted to look for new drivers. Then it asked for a new video driver, I gave it one from Parallels, and it gave me a black screen. I think that Windows is running under there, but I see only blackness. Anyone else experience this? Waiting for a reply from Parallels.
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VMWare Fusion Beta for Mac has apparently demonstrated this with DirectX8 (some leaked video is out, authenticity unknown AFAIK). VMWare is massive in the corporate space. They've got the skillz to bring out VMWare Fusion for Mac by middle of 2007 with DirectX9.0c hardware accelerated support, + multicore support, + Vista hardware acceleration support.

Here is a video of 3D supposedly in VMWare - it's always hard to tell if these things are just videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xF_CoXsXtk4

I think even DirectX8 will suffice for a lot of people. Some may only want Half-Life 2 and the only option is Crossover, which isn't a great solution for much beyond HL2. 3D support for older games plus full Windows compatibility without rebooting is what a lot of people are looking for. If VMWare does indeed come up with this, I could see Parallels dropped very quickly.

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What's so exciting about Macintels right now is that the hardware is there, it's a matter of software catching up. That's a great position to be in, in terms of longevity of Mac hardware, given software upgrading is generally cheaper than eBaying and buying new Macs every 0.5 years or whatever... well, kinda... y'all get my drift...

Yeah, but I wish some of the software would catch up quicker. I can't believe that it's been over a year now and major professional software is still PPC. I imagine that all the required software will be updated around the middle of this year and possibly optimized by the end of it but what do professionals do in the mean time?

I do like that there has been some really nice advances from the x86 switch though and I hope we continue to get serious software advances. I'm strongly of the opinion that more focus needs to go on software than hardware. As the OpenGL development shows, just doing something a bit differently can give as much as a double increase in speed and all it takes is one extra line of code or something.
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I can't believe that it's been over a year now and major professional software is still PPC. I imagine that all the required software will be updated around the middle of this year and possibly optimized by the end of it but what do professionals do in the mean time?

You can't? How long did it take before Adobe got switched to the Power PC from the 680X0 chips? How long before a usable release of an OS X version shipped? We've not waited that long yet. Keep in mind that Apple finished this transition almost a year ahead of schedule. At least the Apps run with Rosetta, whereas there are more applications out there not running at all with Vista and have no time table at all for when they will, I speak specifically of AutoDesk in this case.
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You can't? How long did it take before Adobe got switched to the Power PC from the 680X0 chips? How long before a usable release of an OS X version shipped? We've not waited that long yet. Keep in mind that Apple finished this transition almost a year ahead of schedule. At least the Apps run with Rosetta, whereas there are more applications out there not running at all with Vista and have no time table at all for when they will, I speak specifically of AutoDesk in this case.

Actually, PS 2.5.1 came out at about the same time as the first PPC machines came out. And Adobe released filters for the older program that added PPC native speeds.

But, that was much easier. It can't be done that way now.
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I installed it over my current Parallels, and when I tried to open a Win XP machine, it told me that I had installed new hardware, and wanted to look for new drivers. Then it asked for a new video driver, I gave it one from Parallels, and it gave me a black screen. I think that Windows is running under there, but I see only blackness. Anyone else experience this? Waiting for a reply from Parallels.

You don't have to always install the latest Parallels Beta. I know it is fun to have the latest, but stick with the stable builds if you are needing a good rock-solid WinXP2Pro virtual machine.

As far as drivers go, all I know how to do is fire up the virtual machine, then "Install Parallels Tools" to get the drivers up to the latest Beta spec.

Anyway the builds that work best for me have been 1970 and Build 3150. 3170 that's just out may still be buggy, you may have to wait for something past that. Try 3150. Coherence works alright in that.
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