It’s Tech Tuesday and time for a little talk about using Wine on a MAC. NO not that Wine! :

Last week I had the unfortunate experience of having to open my old laptop, out of necessity, for the the first time in a year. I was working with an online program that just did not work properly in Chrome, then Firefox, Safari and finally Opera. I had this sneaking suspicion that I would only be able to use this particular site in internet explorer. I pulled out my windows laptop, opened IE9 and sure enough the program I was working on worked perfectly.

But what’s a person to do though if they don’t have a windows machine to go to in a pinch? The solution I found was in a small program called Winebottler. Very simple, easy to use and here is a quick video I found on just how easy it is to use this windows emulator…

Winebottler may be the best option I’ve found so far to allow you to run windows programs on a Mac.

The traditional way to run Windows on a Mac would be to use the included bootcamp program on a Mac to partition your hard drive and then install windows. This is if you have a newer MAC with an intel processor and have a copy of Windows lying around. If not plan on spending $200 just to run the occasional windows program.

I’m not spending $200 to run IE9. So if your a MAC user and need to run a windows program in a pinch, try Winebottler & Wine. It’s free and a great tool to add to your computer.

  • And if you would like all the real geeky, nerdy specs, you can check out the posting I used to understand just how this little program works from mac.appstorm.net

And that’s this week’s tech tip. I will post some quick tips each week that may (or may not) help you get more productive, stay secure or just solve some small nagging problem in your daily computing activities so check back here every Tuesday or subscribe to the blog to have your weekly tips delivered straight to your inbox.

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