Umm... I can't seem to find the answer to this question but I went to install the program for my dexcom on my Mac and it doesn't work... Is there a Mac compatible program for the dexcom? Please tell me there is! I have an endo appointment in 5 days....
I just don't want to have to buy a PC just to download my Dex. I already have my Ping program on my Mac and it's gonna be a pain in the ass to have to do two programs on two different computers... sigh.
Hopefully this will be an upgrade item in the future. Fortunately I have a PC at the office, but we only have Macs at home. I haven't tried the Dex program on Parallels so don't know if that is an option.
As noted before, the DexCom program is designed for the PC (Windows OS). However the newer MAC operating systems have a PC emulation mode which should work. MAC owners fail to realize that MACs represent only 10% of the personal computer market. There are huge amounts of software and hardware applications that do not run on MACs. The relatively small number of MACs is one deterent and the closed box is the other. MACs often do not provide a large enough market to justify the development costs. I started with an Apple IIe in 1984. It was an open box with slots for other cards that extended the use of their machine. I had a CPM card in my IIe which ran DOS and DOS applications in addition to the Apple operating system. If Apple had followed that pattern they would be the dominant supplier today. The first MAC closed off the box (eliminate the slots) and prevented use of other operating systems. Apple wanted to control it all i.e. hardware, operating system and applications. Apple was the proverbial "dog in the manger." IBM, on the other hand had an open box and published specifications for others to follow to supplement the utility of their personal computers. The descision to close the first MAC box doomed the wide spread use of MACs. Even today the descision to buy a MAC severely limits the range of applications to those with the widest of possible audiences. Niche hardware and software developers continue to provide for the PC only. So while I understand your predicament, I see the other side of the story. From 1984 until my retirement in 2005, I ran a computer consulting business providing computers and networks to small businesses. In addition to having a "closed box" Apple charged a hefty premium for the priveledge of owning a MAC. I am not a doctrinaire type. I weigh the issues objectively. If I were able to provide more for my customers with Apple equipment, I would have done so. In the industrial setting, costs and functions determine sales. The esthetic nuances of the MACs do not balance the reduced utility and the higher costs.
This is well said and I agreed up until Mac went Intel and OS X. Now, I can do everything I need to with the reassurance that my hardware is fairly sturdy. I go through consumer grade windows machines like paper.
When I spected out my last machine, it was either an HP server or a Mac Pro - both same price. With the HP server, it would have been multiboot with 3 OSes, with the Mac, its just OS X with XP on VMware. Its pretty simple that way.
So, in the end I agree with you until about 2005. After that, Mac took the cake for me and the windows registry just keeps getting bigger and bigger. =^)
DM3 works without problems in a virtual machine environment under MacOS X. I use it with VMware Fusion on a Windows XP VM, and it works great. I am sure there would be no problems on Parallels too.
Sure, I'd love to have a native MacOS X Dexcom software, but there is no such thing at this time. It's no surprise that Dexcom made their software available on the operating system which has the largest install base.
No, I run VMWare fusion and run Windows 7 (32 bit) inside of that.. it works fine that way. I don't even own a PC anymore :)
I know some people have bought Netbooks specifically for downloading various Diabetes devices.. since a vast majority are not mac compatible. That seemed like overkill to me since I could get a Window's 7 license for free from my DH's MSDN subscription. If I had to pay for both VMWare and Windows, a netbook might have seemed like the better option, but as it is, I only had to buy VMWare.
When I bought VMWare I actually needed it for my son's schoolwork (he was doing online school), so we we able to get it at the educational discount. If you are a student, it's basically half price.
That's what I do too, although I'm running XP Professional through VM Ware. The Windows licenses for home use are a benefit my hubby gets through his job so we don't have to pay for the Windows license.
I have an Intel Mac but prefer not to use the dual boot.
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