Last week, I was discussing the Mac Pro octos with Adam, and bemoaning how expensive they are (the top price you can configure is over $18k for a single machine). I was saying I could really use more than 4 cores, and Adam didn't seem to believe me.

Today, I ran Parallels Transporter on my Dell (via Remote Desktop Connection) to make a VM for running inside Parallels. I was impressed with how simple it was, although the VM didn't actually work.

I also installed Solaris 10/x86 in a VM, which was painless, although it insists on running at 1920x1600 (the 23" CD's native resolution), which is not what I want. I set the resolution within Parallels (I hate that you can't do that without shutting down the VM!), but that doesn't help. I'm sure I'll get it soon, but it's lame.

I was also burning the latest Leopard Server seed for testing (the first time I tried it never finished closing the session, but this one seems good), with the source image being served up via Samba.

So with an install and a DVD burn locally, and an RDC session, plus background tasks, I passed 50% on 3 cores. Note that I wasn't actually doing anything, except waiting for the installs to complete. Ideally, I'd just leave Solaris 10, WinXP, and RHEL5 all running idle or paused, but with 4 cores that would be foolish.

4 cores working

The old PMG5 had 2 1280x1024 displays (2.5mpixel); one died, and I replaced it with a 1600x1200 Samsung 20", but the video card couldn't handle it (design flaw), so I stuck with dual 1280x1024; one of those won't work with the Mac Pro (no ADC), and the other will go home, where it belongs. With the Mac Pro upgrade, I am moving up to 1920x1200 + 1600x1200 (5.5mpixel). Sweet!