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I'm surprised no one else mentioned it, but a great alternative to WINE-based programs like CrossOver is to run Windows in a virtualized environment. Both Parallels Desktop and VMWare Fusion create what is known as a Virtual Machine, allowing you to run Windows simultaneously with Mac OS X. Both products actually have a "coherence" or "unity" mode, wherein the Windows desktop doesn't even appear anymore, all of your programs are launched by menu and appear as if they're running natively on your Mac desktop (they even minimize to the Dock).

The biggest upside is that compatibility is nearly perfect because the programs are actually running on Windows. The only exception to this is games and programs that are reliant on 3D acceleration (and many will work, albeit slowly).

Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!
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