Working on a Hackintosh, Any Hints?

Hey faithful readers! Anyone out there ever work on putting OS X on non Apple hardware? More commonly referred to as a “hackintosh”, I’m looking at creating my own and I’m having a bear of a time. I did manage to find this and they’ve been very helpful. I guess I’m mostly looking for reasons to continue pushing this till it’s 100% working. It’s proving to be a major PITA even on pretty generic Intel hardware. I’m trying it on my girlfriend’s Acer laptop, hoping the lower requirements for OS X will help her enjoy this beautiful two+ year old machine a little longer. Any hints, tips, tricks, links are welcome. No OS bashing though!!! Telling me to give up and go buy a Mac Book is not helpful. Unless you’re willing to foot the $2,000 bill. Then go ahead, I take donations. 🙂

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Windows 8: We’ve got an App Store too!!!

Not to be out done by Apple’s Mac App Store, the Amazon App Store and pretty much any Linux distro the folks in Redmond may just be working on their own version of the “generic App Store” for the next version of their desktop OS, Windows 8. Why the turn towards a centralized software versus the traditional “insert installation disk” setup? Find out after the break. Continue reading

HTC posts new Flyer Video

Well I honestly didn’t think I’d ever be intrigued by a tablet that wasn’t running iOS, stock Honeycomb, and MAYBE Windows 7, but HTC certainly puts up a fantastic case and I’m more than tempted to throw some cash at them. Most impressive I think from this video is their tight integration with the Calendar, your notes, and the audio. This is a real world solution to a very frustrating problem in college or the business world. That, plus the “more for work than play” Scribe Pen seems to brings some valid extra utility to having something running HTC’s Sense versus straight Honeycomb. I still think their home screen widgets (including that abomination of a clock/weather widget) are all a horrible waste of space, the rest of the UI seems to be really intelligently laid out. I hope the overlay on the video calling goes away, that was a little over bearing. Their notes app and the sketch app all seem to bring (dare I say it) an almost Apple like quality to the Android platform. It’s clean, refined and easy to use. It’s also a lot more integrated between Contacts, “People” (not like WP& thank God), Notes, and Social Networking it all seems to bring a very unique interface that has some desktop replacement qualities but remains far enough away that it’s finger friendly and just might take some buyers away from the iPad 1/2 (That’s 1 and/or 2 not half).

Any way, I’ll do more of run down of tablets/their respective OS’s when more come to market probably by late summer/early fall. Here’s the video:

The Android Web Market

Its always one thing after another with Google and Android. They keep coming up with stuff I didn’t know I needed and now I can’t live without! The lack of a desktop variant of the Android Market has bugged me for some time simply because the mobile one tends to feel a little bit cramped after a while. But no more!
The visually rich and immersive experience that is the Android Market online is eye catching and refined. They really hit the nail on the head design wise. There’s no wasted space, but it doesn’t feel gaudy or overwhelming. It keeps the simple green and white color scheme from the (default) Market on Android devices. As such, apps are also divided by paid or free sections, altough it consistently defaults to paid. Login is simple with your Gmail account and clicking any app on screen brings you to its page. The app’s icon is on the top left with all the basic info you were looking for available without scrolling all at a glance. Nice. All app purchases must be made through your Google Checkout account (credit card) so carrier billing is not available (yet!).
The most useful feature this new Market brings is OTA installs of apps. That’s Over The Air installs, as in, no-user-interaction-wireless-just-click-and-BOOM-its-already-installing-blow-your-socks-off simplicity. That’s seriously how my first experience was. I wondered if there was a WordPress app for Android. My previous process of going to androlib.com, scanning the link, going to the market, and then installing manually was gone. All I did was sign in to market.android.com, search WordPress and hit install. Being over WiFi and the app being only 880kb I barely even saw the “Downloading…” in my notifications bar. Now that’s magical (*cough* Apple *cough*).
I can currently find no real faults with the Web Market as it is. Its slick, intuitive and a downright delight to use. It even let’s you give your multiple Android devices nick names! Just in case you have so many you can’t remember them all… ha. I look forward to seeing how this full featured Web Market evolves in the future. Apple, your really gonna have to step it up with this one.
Peace out.
-Willy