Posing with conviction
Getting Maps on your GPS from a Mac
Comfort for some of Mac users out there that have a GPS but are feeling no love from Garmin.
If you have a newer Intel based Mac you can get your Garmin working very easily if you have a copy of Windows to install on it. A couple of caveats though. First and most importantly you have to use VMWare's virtualization software called Fusion. Boot Camp and Parallels do not cut the mustard at least not yet. Their USB support is poor thus far.
For the geeks/sysadmins in the crowd VMWare is well known to them for their excellent virtualization software that has been available for standard PCs for over a decade. Parallels has gained a lot of mindshare with the Mac community as a result of being first out of the gate and most Mac users aren't aware of VMWare's history and lineage of software development.
Anyway great part about this is if you get VMWare's Fusion software now in beta it is free and you can preorder it for under $40 USD.
It is unbelievably easy to install and the Garmin unit just works. Plug it in. The new hardware wizard comes up (assuming you have Map Source already installed).
The second caveat is if you are going to install Windows I would suggest you install XP unless you were crazed enough to buy the Vista Ultimate or some of the more expensive versions of Vista. Home Premium and lower will not install in a virtualized environment. M$ wants more of your wallet for that feature.
Another couple of features about Fusion is it has built in Muti-Processor support and experiemental 3D support for DirectX 7.1 and earlier. I haven't installed any games yet but I will try this weekend.
This software is very cool.
A screenshot below with 3 OS's up and running as well as Garmin's Map Source communicating with my GPS
Posing with conviction
BTW I used an existing BootCamp WindowsXP partition that Fusion bootstrapped. It took all of 3 minutes to install and boot up Windows. The longer part was dealing with Microsoft's validation tool. It didn't like the fact that I installed Windows on this machine several times while trying out different sized virtual partitions. All got cleared up when I got through to a support guy in Redmond.