HOMEBREW Digest #6083 Tue 15 April 2014

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  Old Software (Thomas Rohner)
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  Re: Homebrew Recipe Software (Scott Alfter)
  re:Software problems (Brian Myers)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:07:38 +0200 From: Thomas Rohner <t.rohner at bluewin.ch> Subject: Old Software Hi Have you tried the virtual XP, that comes with Win7 Pro and higher? Sadly, it doesn't come with the home version. I guess, most old software will run on it. (if it doesn't make use of the hardware extensively, or uses strange programmers tricks) By the way, i also got a "new"(used Dell, like new for 300$) notebook with Win7 64 Pro. I will try to install Promash, my preferred brewing tool. If it doesn't work in native Win7, i will use virtual XP. (In the brewery, it runs happily on Win98 for now. No need to change, until this HW dies... i use a old 256Mb USB-stick with Win98 drivers for backup) Cheers Thomas Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:31:12 -0400 From: "Bill Pierce" <BillPierce at aol.com> Subject: Brewing software and Windows compatibility Ian Ramsay asks about old brewing software and Windows compatibility. I'm still a committed ProMash user and have successfully run it with every version of Windows from Windows 95 to 64-bit Windows 8.1. There was a problem with ProMash not loading with 64-bit versions, but this was addressed about 2007-2008 with a "new" version of the ProMash installer. It's still available for downloading on the ProMash website. You, will, however, have to enter your registered user code and key. If you no longer have them, there is an automated utility on the site to send them to you, but it uses the e-mail address you first used to register ProMash. I don't use much other old brewing software apart from some spreadsheet utilities, so I must say I haven't had compatibility problems. If you do have an old piece of software you're attached to, and you are certain it really requires Windows XP, the solution is to download and install a "virtual XP machine" and run it under later Windows versions. A virtual XP machine (it needs to be installed) came with the Professional and Ultimate versions of Windows 7, but this was discontinued beginning with Windows 8. However, there are a couple of free virtual machines available if you do a search for them. Incidentally, a virtual XP machine is the solution for all software that truly requires XP. If you are concerned about the security implications now that Microsoft no longer supports XP, running a VM is an excellent choice. It keeps XP isolated from various security threats by "surrounding" it with Windows 7 or 8. Brew on! Bill Pierce Cellar Door Homebrewery Burlington, Ontario Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:50:48 -0700 From: Scott Alfter <scott at alfter.us> Subject: Re: Homebrew Recipe Software On Wed, 29 Jan 2014 at 09:27:27 -0600, Mike Schwartz wrote: > Promash was the go-to software for many years but unfortunately is no > longer being actively updated and who knows how long it will still > function. When you look at the web site there are "news items" from > 2003 when he released the last update. I'd expect it to keep running indefinitely. I run it on Linux under Wine; while early versions of Wine had some layout issues, those have been fixed for several years now. I have the program and all my recipe and brew-session files checked into my Subversion repository, so pulling it onto a new computer (even one that still runs Windows) is trivial. Another option, if Microsoft does something with future versions of Windows that breaks ProMash, would be to set up a VM with a version of Windows that will work (or do like me and use Linux and Wine in the VM). This VM would be portable across whatever OS and hardware upgrades may come. About the only issue I foresee becoming a problem would be if the BJCP styles changed substantially. AFAIK the last such change was in 2008; an update to ProMash was made available at the time. If a similar update isn't forthcoming the next time around, I'm not sure how big an effort it would be to roll your own update. Scott Alfter scott at alfter.us Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:35:22 +1200 From: Brian Myers <brian.d.myers at gmail.com> Subject: re:Software problems Hi Ian, long time no see. Google "xp virtual machine", or look here : http://windows.microsoft.com/en-nz/windows7/install-and-use-windows-xp-mode- in-windows-7 Win7 can run a virtual Windows XP machine as a program, and old XP software will usually run fine inside that shell. regards, Brian Return to table of contents
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