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Like the Pythagoreans when they discovered irrational numbers and tried to suppress the knowledge, it is too late for the Macfiists' inner praesidium. For a month now, everyone has known that, with difficulty, it is possible to run Windows on Intel-powered Macs. Now Apple has made it super-easy, using its newly downloadable application, Boot Camp.

(http: //www. apple. com/ macosx/bootcamp/) It's a bit like the Vatican suddenly giving its approval to The Da Vinci Code. Apple's shares jumped by nearly 7 per cent on the announcement of Boot Camp.

Two days later, Parallels (at http: //www.parallels. com/en/ download/) brought out a beta of its Workstation, which runs Windows inside Mac OS X. Expect to hear, through the wailing and gnashing of teeth, Mac people repeating Apple's assertion about 'superior hardware'. But please be kind.

As for my endorsement of the question of who on earth would want to run the Evil Empire's Windows on a Mac, apparently Apple marketing people think lots of people want to dual boot.

For a while, I dual booted Windows and Linux. Not for long. In the red haze of early morning, having to make a rational choice of operating systems became intolerable.

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