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    Originally Posted by esposj-ninja
    I really want an SSD, but holding ISOs, and running as many VMs as I do for labs would make it tough capacity wise
    I ran into the same problem. My solutions was to use a Momentum XT (SSD/HDD hybrid) as my system storage. Then I expanded with another full-size HDD by using a hard drive caddy in place of my optical drive. The only downfall is that the second drive is limited to the speed of your optical drive bus (typically Sata I). Of course, this only works if you don't use your optical drive. Also, you'll want to limit how often you access the second drive when working from battery power. Drive spin-up is one of the biggest killers in power efficiency so Windows users will want to disable shadowing on the second drive. For you crazy Apple folks, they also make them for Macbooks.

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    Here are my favorite programs in Mac:

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    Terminal - yeah, its a system utility, but you can use vim when in terminal, which color codes your text (variables, methods, objects etc) and is a great (but technical) text editor which is highly programmable.

    Gimp - This is a free alternative to Photoshop. Maybe not as good, but free.

    Inkscape - Free vector art prgram

    MAMP - Allows you to set up a development environment on your localhost

    VirtualBox - Want to emulate Linux/Windows with a free utility? This one is perfect.

    KeePassX - a great tool for storing many complex passwords in a secure and password encrypted location.
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    Originally Posted by ryansa
    Here are my favorite programs in Mac:

    Development:
    Terminal - yeah, its a system utility, but you can use vim when in terminal, which color codes your text (variables, methods, objects etc) and is a great (but technical) text editor which is highly programmable.

    Gimp - This is a free alternative to Photoshop. Maybe not as good, but free.

    Inkscape - Free vector art prgram

    MAMP - Allows you to set up a development environment on your localhost

    VirtualBox - Want to emulate Linux/Windows with a free utility? This one is perfect.

    KeePassX - a great tool for storing many complex passwords in a secure and password encrypted location.
    All but KeePassX are also available in Windows.
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    Actually, KeepassX is a port of the Windows program KeePass.

    So all of these are open source programs with Windows and Mac support.

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    Is there any way to convert exe download to dmg so I can install them
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    Originally Posted by NureAlam
    Is there any way to convert exe download to dmg so I can install them
    No. An installer contains operating system specific resource references.

    However, there are Windows emulators for Mac that can allow you to run some Windows programs on Mac OS.
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