Some of them will be mine ;-). I finished installing my Xcode Tools today via my Leopard Upgrade disc (which only took a few minutes actually) and I plan to start writing apps if I can figure out what everything in the package is. What an adventure that is going to be.
If Parallels is really such a piece of junk, then I wouldn't bother trying to work with it. So by the sound of it, you've tried two versions of Parallels and both crash OS X and fail miserably. Two strikes against them; now you can wait for version 4.0 and see if it works better, if it manages to work at all! Reminds me of my internet connection... You know, I got my new modem last week, and I set it up perfectly. My connection was actually working at its full capacity for the first time in a long time... Then, Monday came, the day my ISP was going to double my connection speed. Now, I have dial-up speed and the modem hasn't be getting a full connection, but it is still getting one. I called tech support and they ran some tests and we seem to be working it out, but so far, it's not working. But, we did clarify that the problem has something to do with the DSL line and connections, not my networking hardware or computers. Ironically, when I had to reconnect my modem, I ended up having to plug it into my iMac, which is never used on the internet, and it now has to suffer from the slow speeds. Still, I have to keep this setup until the technicians find and fix the problem. Not fun at all. If only they would install some fiber optic cables in my area. That would take care of everything...
iTunes could use some reworking too, at least, for the iPod Touch. On Monday (I guess it should be called "Trouble Day"), the cover flow feature on the Touch started assigning the wrong pictures to the wrong songs. Syncing it to my Mac had no effect and I was forced to restore it yesterday. Little did I know, the restore process had deleted that January Upgrade pack I downloaded after MacWorld. When I figured out where to look for the file, I found that the backups that iTunes makes for the Touch had not backed up the apps, and they were not on my Time Machine drive either. But, I'm lucky; Apple had not replaced my MBP until after I had downloaded this upgrade, and I found the files for them on my other hard drive, which I have neglected to clean since I purchased my newer disk. Anyway, iTunes should know when the iPod is supposed to have the pack installed or not, by using serial numbers, but it does not, instead relying on the account that paid for it. At least, that's what I saw somewhere.
You know, I don't use Windows on my Mac since it's a notebook with limited space, and I have other PCs to use, but that doesn't mean these emulators shouldn't be available. I think they're better for desktops, like the Mini, so that's what they should be aimed at, yet from your tale, this particular VM does not function correctly at all. It's not going to last long if this happens frequently to other users.
If this gets long, I apologise.
If there are any loyal parallel users out there I apologise, but my experience with the parallel desktop software has been such a dire one that I just have to get it out somehow.
Ok so it first started off about two months ago. I got a version of parallels, I think it was prior to the new version 3.0 release. before I could even begin judging it, the machine was kernel panicked by it. I thought 'screw that' and deleted the software and instead got the vmware fusion which i've been very impressed with. Now, earlier today I had a little urge to try out parallels again. I'm fanatic about virtual machines, and I run everything from Mac System 6 up to 9, Windows 3.1 to XP, and nearly every OS in between. I just thought I'd give parallel another chance and add it to my arsenal of emulators. So I did. I went to their site and downloaded the trial for version 3.0, the new version.
Well. What an adventure. After hours of trying to get it installed and troubleshooting, I finally got it. First of all I tried installing Windows ME, and after several attempts that failed. So I thought, ok, I'll try Windows XP. Windows XP managed to install actually, and appeared to be quite fast. Good, I thought, and quitted out and tried to install Windows 2000. That wouldn't work either, the setup process just froze before halfway. Kinda disappointed, I went back to the XP installation, which, on my bootcamp side and in vmware, works flawlessly. But oh no, in parallels explorer crashed on me countless times and it would often hang before completing an operation. The app sucks up memory like you wouldn't believe and the only advantage is that coherence is somewhat more polished than vmware's unity, and it's a little faster (the virtual machine) than vmware. But everything else, stability being the main factor, seems non existant.
I was so disappointed with the software that I wrote a very harshly worded complaint directly to parallels basically stating that the price they charge -and the fact that they even charge anything for such a POS- was outrageous and that I had nothing but trouble with their software. Needless to say there were some phrases used which I probably shouldn't mention here...
So has anyone else had parallel problems? I have read bad things about it all over the internet. it's just a joke, I actually laugh when I think of how much it fails.
That is all...