PC in a Mac -- No, it's not a late April Fools joke, though it does point the way to another method for keeping a Mac on your desk and running PC software when necessary. Connectix, makers of RAM Doubler, has announced Virtual PC, Macintosh software that emulates a Pentium-based PC. Because Virtual PC aims to emulate a processor, not an operating system, it reportedly will enable Mac users to run off-the-shelf versions of DOS, Windows 3.1, 95, and NT, plus NeXT OpenStep and OS/2, with support for key PC options including SoundBlaster Pro, Ethernet, printing, and modems. Virtual PC should ship in June and run on any Power Mac with System 7.5. Although there are emulation alternatives like Insignia's SoftWindows or plugging in a hardware card, I expect that Virtual PC will inject new blood into the emulation market. Connectix -- 800/950-5880 -- 415/571-5100 -- 415-571-5195 (fax) -- <email@example.com> [TJE]<http://www.connectix.com/connect/CVPC.PR.html>
Open a Finder Window with the App Switcher
If you don't have any Finder windows open and want to switch to the Finder and open a window in one fell swoop, bring up the app switcher with Command-Tab and tab over to the Finder icon. While still holding down Command, press the Option key, and then release the Command key. You're switched to the Finder, with a new default window open for you.
- Virtual PC News (16 Jun 97)