How to Run Windows 11 for Free on an M1 or M2 Mac

For many years, Apple made it easy to run Windows on your Mac. Apple’s Boot Camp allowed you to start up your Intel-based Mac in either macOS or Windows, and this dual-boot capability was great for people who needed to use both operating systems.

Unfortunately, Apple only supports Boot Camp on Macs with an Intel processor. Since Apple has been updating its Macs to run on its own Apple silicon (i.e. M1 and M2) processors, few Macs are still available that let you dual-boot Windows or run Windows apps natively with an Intel processor. For now, Apple still sells one model of Mac mini with an Intel processor, as well as the more expensive Mac Pro which is out of most consumers’ price range.

But for those who want to move forward with Apple silicon, there’s another option: virtualization. Of the two popular apps that have been used for years to run Windows and other operating systems on a Mac, namely VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop, only the latter has been updated to run on an M1 or M2-based Mac. Parallels Desktop’s pricing can range anywhere from about $50 (for upgrades from a previous version) to $100 for the Pro Edition, unless you happen to buy it when it’s on sale.

There’s another solution, which is QEMU: a free, open-source emulator that (at least in its standard package) is somewhat difficult to install and set up. You can bypass much of the initial setup complexity by using the UTM app, which allows you to run QEMU on your Mac with very little setup. UTM is not as feature-rich as Parallels Desktop, but UTM is free (more accurately, payment is optional).

In this article, I’ll explain how you can run Windows on an M1 Mac (or any Mac with an M1 Pro, M1 Max, or M2 chip) with UTM, for free—including a free version of Windows 11 Pro.

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.

PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 120: Cameras of the Future

What do the cameras of the future look like? The ones we use now are vastly different from cameras just a decade or two ago, so it’s reasonable to assume that changes will continue to advance. Jeff and Kirk speculate on what’s coming.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #245: Everything You Can Do with iCloud

We also talk about a new phishing scam, how the Strava fitness app is causing problems for the Israeli military, some new Windows feature that copy Apple, and the end of captchas. Then we take a deep dive into iCloud, looking at the many features available with your iCloud account.

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Antigone Kourakou’s surreal exploration of nature & humanity, plus five other photo books for summer 2022

In this month’s photo books selection, we take a look at an expansive annotated selection of Alec Soth’s work; a collection of images by famous photographers all shot on “the other film” (Polaroid); flowers in contemporary photography; Antigone Kourakou’s surrealist B&W images of women and nature; Curran Hatleberg’s photos of the dog days of summer; and the classic monochrome photos by Bill Brandt.

Read the rest of the article on Popular Photography.

Got the Blank Page Blues? Take a Walk. How Walking Boosts Creativity.

Whether you write short-form or long-form works, fiction or non-fiction, no writer is immune from the blank-page blues. We all hit a point when the ideas just don’t come. It’s almost as if the brain, at times, is like a silo, whose grain has depleted and needs to be refilled.

There are many ways to jump-start your creativity in situations like this. Naps are a great way to give the mind a rest and start afresh. Using writing prompts can help your brain make new connections. But one method of replenishing the brain has been used for centuries, and has been shown by science to help you be more creative: walking.

In this article, I’ll explain why a walk – short or long – can be just what you need to move ahead when you hit the hurdle of the blank page.\Read the rest of the article on The L&L Blog.

To learn how to use Scrivener for Mac, Windows, and iOS, check out my book Take Control of Scrivener 3.

The Next Track, Episode #237 – Sid Smith on Robert Fripp’s Exposures

King Crimson scribe Sid Smith joins us to talk about the new Robert Fripp box set, Exposures, which covers Fripp’s years in New York City, from 1977 to 1983, around his Exposure album and his Frippertronics.

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Check Grammar in Your Scrivener Projects with ProWritingAid

When you write in Scrivener on Mac or Windows, you benefit from the spelling and grammar checking features available in those operating systems. But, as you know, these tools are not always comprehensive. They do generally highlight spelling errors, but for grammar, they can be limited.

There are a number of grammar checkers available, such as Grammarly, Ginger, Scribens, and others, but these tools require that you either paste text into a browser or use their apps. Only one grammar checker integrates with Scrivener: ProWritingAid.

In this article – which is not a sponsored post – I’ll look at how ProWritingAid works with Scrivener, and how you can improve your writing with this tool.

Read the rest of the article on The L&L Blog.

To learn how to use Scrivener for Mac, Windows, and iOS, check out my book Take Control of Scrivener 3.