Posts Tagged ‘OSX’

Google Chrome Passes Out Safari

December 16, 2009

Google’s web browser, Chrome, has today passed out Apple’s default browser for Mac OS X, Safari, in terms of global browser use. This puts Google Chrome in third place on the “big five” browsers.

The news comes from Cnet that Chrome has managed to spoil the Safari party; interestingly enough, Chrome managed to edge out Apple’s browser in the same month as it was released for Mac. This means that Apple users who might normally have been using Safari may well have switched over to Google’s browser on the release of the official beta.

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Hackintosh: Apple Steamrolls Psystar

November 16, 2009

Apple and Psystar’s long running legal woes have finally come to a fairly unsurprising close, with Apple winning its case against the company that has struggled to legally produce Mac clones.

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Apple and Psystar have danced back and forth around the issue of Psystar’s allegedly illegal activities for the last two or three years now, but things escalated recently when Apple managed to have Psystar stop selling custom-built desktops running Mac OS only to see Psystar then start selling its own custom bootloader, allowing PC users to install Mac OS on their own non-Apple hardware.

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Apple Flip Flops on Atom Support

November 10, 2009

Apple has been back and forth on support for Intel’s Atom processor, with news emerging that the lastest version of Apple’s Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.2) once again not featuring support for the processor line.

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News emerged last week that some people who’d been lucky enough to get their hands on the developer build of the upcoming update to Apple’s Mac OS X had found that the update removed support for Intel’s mobile processor line, the Atom. This wouldn’t have been too big an issue for Mac users (since none of Apple’s devices actually use the Atom processor) but it is an issue for anyone who’s “hackintoshed” their own netbook. Shortly afterwards, folks were happy to hear that support was, apparently returned. That appears now not to be the case.

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Special Offers – Week of November 9th

November 9, 2009

Good afternoon all, hopefully everyone has had a good weekend and Monday is treating you guys well, though we’re aware there are some pretty nasty bugs going around so if anyone’s sick then get well soon. For those of you who aren’t familiar, we like to do a Special Offers post every Monday with the offers for the week.

This means you guys have longer to decide whether or not you’re up for a purchase, it’s a solid plan. This week’s special offers are pretty much all Apple products, from iPods to MacBooks.

We aim to be cheaper than the Irish Apple Store on pretty much all of the Apple products that we stock.

iPod Touch 64GB:

When Apple announced an event in September, many had expected to hear that the iPod Touch would be graced with an iPhone-style camera. While that turned out not to be the case, Apple instead showed off the third generation of the iPod Touch, which boasts a few fairly nifty features of its own.

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Click through to see our page for the 64GB iPod Touch 🙂

Perhaps most impressive of those new features is the fact that the newest version of the Touch boasts increased capacity over its predecessors, scaling up from the previous max of 32GB to a new high of 64GB, which finally gives serious music fans the option to have a proper library on a flash-based device.

The other big bonus about the newest incarnation of the iPod Touch is that it boasts the same processor as the iPhone 3G S, meaning that it’s significantly more capable than on older models. This is good news to fans of Apple’s App Store and the vast number of games and media available from it. For many the iPod Touch is a nice way to get in on the App Store without needing to sink money into the contract you’d need to get the same from an iPhone. It makes a lot of sense in that respect.

The 64GB iPod Touch is €349.

If that feels like a little much, the 32GB Touch is €269, while the 8GB Touch is just €179.

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DIY Hackintosh: Dell Mini 10v

November 4, 2009

This is just a quick project I had some time to check out over the weekend, so with some people asking for some hackintosh info I figured we’d put up a quick blog post about it. With Apple making moves to block Intel’s Atom processor with the upcoming updates to both Leopard and Snow Leopard, it seems that now is the ideal time for anyone using a netbook to get in on Apple’s Mac OS.

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Dell's Mini 10v has kind of become the perfect Snow Leopard machine

Before we start this guide, we should probably point out that the whole “Hackintosh” setup is both pretty illegal and a little awkward to get running, since it depends on running some of Apple’s proprietary code on hardware that it was never meant to run on. That said, it’s very rewarding as a project and a great OS for anyone with an interest in checking it out without the investment price of a Mac.

Proceed at your own risk.

Dell Mini 10:

For a long time, Dell’s Mini 9 netbook was considered to be pretty much the perfect storm for getting together your own hackintosh system; pretty much all of the hardware in it had at some stage shown up in one or other of Apple’s own machines in the course of time.

Of course, while making a hackintoshed machine from a netbook has gotten a lot easier, you will have to get your hands dirty. The guys over at Gizmodo have perhaps hit the nail on the head when they point out at the very start of their own hackintosh piece that you really will need to make sure you BIOS version is lower that A06. That could well prove a major stumbling block later on (it certainly did for me), so it’s best to boot your netbook and hit F2 when it’s on the way up to see what BIOS version you’re running. You can roll it back, but it’s a bit tricky.

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I installed off this bad boy... which lends the whole thing a kind of Frankenstein's monster feel 😉

You’ll also need a Dell Mini 10, as well you might have guessed, a retail Mac OS X disc (most likely Snow Leopard, though older versions can be made to work). You can just as easily use an ISO/DMG of a Mac OS install disc, in fact, it will make the whole process a bit easier, since you’ll have to make an image of the disc anyway to get the whole thing working. In this guide I’ve worked under the assumption that you’ll have access to a working Mac to add the disc image to your removable storage.

If you don’t have access to a Mac you can do the same thing from Nero by telling it to restore your bootable disc image to the drive and adding the image to your removable storage. It’s not so very different.

The last thing you’ll need is a piece of software called Netbook BootMaker, but we’ll deal with that in a bit. For this bit you will need access to a working Mac, though not for very long.

OSX Disc Image:

When you’re installing, you’ll want to install from a piece of removable storage, since the Mini 10 has no disc drive. This isn’t as hard as you might imagine, but it’s easiest if you already have access to a Mac to do it with.

If you have a Mac nearby all you need to do is open up Disk Utility and click on your drive, then set it to be “1 parition.” From there, click the options section below the partitioning options and set it as a “Master Boot Record.” Let it do its thing and then select the Restore tab at the top right; restore from the ISO/DMG you’ve got of your Snow Leopard disc and it’ll sit there and chug away quietly for a few minutes adding the image to your removable storage.

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This is the disk utility window, the Restore tab is highlighted in blue 🙂

I used an old iPod Video for this, so y’know, pretty much any extra storage you have lying around that you don’t mind wiping will do, though flash memory will make the process a fair bit faster.

Once you’ve got all that done, you’ll need to run the Netbook BootMaker, which you can find here. Tell it to run on your newly finished removable storage version of Mac OS and it’ll sit there chugging away to itself. This is the reason you’ll need to have a bit of access to a Mac.

That should be all the preparation you need, so from there we’re ready to get moving on actually installing it.

Installation:

For the most part, you’ll be walked through the installation by the Mac OS installer itself. Before you get to that stage though, you’ll want to hit up your Mini 10’s BIOS and make sure that USB legacy support and Bluetooth are both enabled. Then all you’ll have to do is actually tell it to boot from your removable storage and you’ll be ready to start.

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Once you get to the Snow Leopard install you're pretty much home free 🙂

Then all you have to do is plug in your USB stick and let your Mini 10 boot from it. It’ll take a little while to get its head around the fact that it’s doing a Mac OS thing, but once it does you’ll be all good to go.

The OS X install process itself is simple enough that we don’t think anyone who’s made it this far will need to actually… y’know, be instructed beyond what their installer tells them to do.

Closing:

Alright, that’s about the size of it, you should have pretty much everything you need, though I have to admit after I’d done it my own Mini 10 hackintosh effort I was left without proper touchpad support. I managed to use an external mouse to get myself a Safari tab open and Google until I found this Gizmodo step-by-step guide that’s probably better than this one for total beginners looking to install Mac OS on their Mini 10…

I also don’t like to admit it, but if you find yourself in the same position that I did then you’d do well to check out their “Odds & Ends” section, where it has details on how to get your touchpad working as it should properly. Without that I’d have been fairly lost 😉

Anyway, that’s it for this blog post, hopefully this has been, if not useful, a bit entertaining for you guys. It’s a fun project, and one that’ll take up the better part of an afternoon (a little longer if you don’t decide ahead of time to get yourself an image of a Mac OS disc). It’s relatively easy, though I should probably admit this is something I didn’t do with my own netbook so it was a little more stressful… I used my dad’s, but he’s most pleased with the result, so all’s well that ends well.