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Brain Fitness Program and VMware Fusion


My wife and I listen to National Public Radio almost exclusively when in the car these days. And, living in the Bay Area, you are in the car a lot. Trust me.

So, we make sure to donate to KQED, our local station, every year. And, with that donation, you often get a gift in return.This year, we received Brain Fitness Program Classic.

That’s a fantastic gift, and one that we were certainly looking forward to receiving. Because, hey, we all need to keep our brains sharp, right? We can’t just rely on blogging to do it, can we? No. I didn’t think so.

The product arrived today!

Installation into Windows was a snap, but it wouldn’t run:

The error message is: "Protected program can not be run under virtual machine!"

Now, why would they do that?

So, the problem is that we run our Windows system under VMware Fusion on our Apple iMac computer. Works great and saves electricity (two computers and only one plug in the wall).

However, the fine folks at PositScience that created the Brain Fitness Program seem to specifically check if their application is running on a virtual machine, and refuses to start!

That’s ridiculous.

I now have no way to run the program.



Tags: NPR, KQED, Public Radio, National Public Radio, Charity, VMware, VMware Fusion VMware,Fusion, Windows, Mac OS X, Brian Berliner, brianberliner


  1. Hi all great information here and good thread to comment on.

    Can I ask though - how did you get this picked up and into google news?

    Very impressive that this blog is syndicated through Google and is it something that is just up to Google or you actively created?

    Obviously this is a popular blog with great data so well done on your seo success..

  2. Hi martialarts,

    It all happens automatically, thanks to Wordpress and some key Internet standards (like the Ping Services). Just write the articles, and ping some servers, and everyone knows about it. Very easy (and automatic).


  3. Hi -- My parents had the same problem you are having. After a little research on Virtual Machine Detection countermeasures, I found that you can use Virtual Box by Sun as an alternative to VMware. It's not quite up to speed with VMware in my opinion, but is undetectable by the program. It is also free.


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