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Leopard vs XP vs Vista vs Linux update

March 23, 2008 Leave a comment

Part one of the operating system tests has been update following some helpful advice from Dan Kegel. I now have Photoshop CS2 running on Linux Mint, so the Photoshop test results have been added and observations updated.

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Leopard vs XP vs Vista vs Linux part 1

March 22, 2008 5 comments

operating systems challengeI’ve wanted to compare different operating systems on the same hardware for several months, to see how much of an impact the OS has. Now that I have been using my hackintosh daily for over a month with no major issues I felt it was time to start doing some comparisons. One of the benefits of using generic hardware to run Mac OS is that it will happily run any other x86 operating system you care to try. The difficult bit seems to be getting them to co-exist without conflicting. Read more…

iJailbreak 0.6

March 21, 2008 Leave a comment

1.1.4 jailbrokeniJailbreak 0.6 has been out for a few days and I finally got time to upgrade my 16Gb iPod Touch to 1.1.4. The recommended method is using an un-jailbroken 1.1.4 device, so I upgraded through iTunes before starting. The process ran smoothly and resulted in a jailbroken 1.1.4 with installer.app added. The only problem I have found so far has been Mail.app crashing at launch, but that was easily fixed with a quick search that found the page here. Changing the permissions on var/mobile/Library/Mail from 755 to 777 sorted that problem. Nothing very different after upgrading, but it’s always good to get the bug fixes, right?

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FCC redefines broadband

March 21, 2008 1 comment

The American Federal Communications Commission is in the process of redefining what it considers to be ‘broadband’ speeds, to aid tracking the availability of internet access across the USA. Data rates are to be divide into five categories:

  1. 200Kbps to 768Kbps – first generation data
  2. 768Kbps to 1.5Mbps – basic broadband
  3. 1.5Mbps to 3Mbps
  4. 3Mbps to 6Mbps
  5. 6Mbps and above

The first of these categories is the interesting one, as anything under 768Kbps will no longer be classed as broadband. Would this mean someone paying for a 2Mbit ADSL connection but getting less than 768Kbit would not be getting what they paid for? I can only hope we get some similar classification in the UK, even if current 50Mbit trials would make the categories already redundant.

Read the full story at Cnet news.com 

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Safari 3.1 released

March 18, 2008 Leave a comment

Apple has today released Safari 3.1, a far more impressive update than the .1 suggests. Apple promise  huge speed increases for this latest version for both page rendering times and javascript execution. Support for the latest web standards such as the new video and audio tags in HTML 5, CSS Animations and CSS Web Fonts has been added. I’ve been playing with the recent Webkit builds and can definitely see a speed improvement, so if Foxmarks can make a plugin to sync Safari to their service I might just have to switch back from Firefox,

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Wallpapers of the week

March 17, 2008 Leave a comment

PianoLast weeks wallpaper series was English countryside, again taken on my travels. Something different this week, musical instruments starting with the Piano keyboard. One a day for the rest of the week.

New Articles page

March 16, 2008 1 comment

To make it easier to separate the useful articles from the rants and general news I’ve added an Articles tab at the top of the page. This will allow fast access to the ongoing series such as Hackintosh. Leave a comment if you have any suggestions on how to structure this better.

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