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10.5.3 hackintosh problems

May 30, 2008 3 comments

I had a try at upgrading my hackintosh earlier today using the Kalyway 10.5.3 combo update followed by the Kalyway 10.5.3 kernel update. All looked good until I tried using spaces which jerked about horribly. A look at the System Profiler shows Core Image running in software and no Quartz Extreme. Looks like the install screwed the display drivers. Lots of hackintosh owners are having the same problem over at OSX86, so it’s time to trawl the forums until someone figures out a fix. It’s time like this I’m glad I backed everything up before the upgrade.

10.5.3 released

May 29, 2008 Leave a comment

The Leopard 10.5.3 update is available now in Software Update. My Macbook is currently being backed up using SuperDuper, then 10.5.3 goes on for testing. If I get time I will try applying the update to one of my hackintosh test partitions to see how that goes. Fingers crossed the networking issues are finally sorted out for everyone, and hopefully Leopard will now be the (relatively) bug free OS we wanted.

UPDATE

The Macbook update worked fine, and it’s now showing my iPod Touch and hackintosh in the Finder sidebar. Trying to update the test partition on the hackintosh crashed the install and it’s now not bootable. Looks like I’ll have to wait for the hacked version of the software updater.

Windows 7 previewed at D6

May 28, 2008 Leave a comment

Biggest news today is that Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer last night previewed Windows 7 at the All Things Digital conference. From the details revealed, the future of Windows is multi-touch in a big way. Full details of the interview and video can be found at engadget (and here), osnews and allthingsdigital.

While it looks very impressive, I’m a bit puzzled at the big focus on multi-touch interfaces. While they work great for a handheld device, or a tablet PC, they’re not so great for a desktop PC where lifting your arms to the screen constantly would quickly become tiring for a lot of users. Tablet PC’s have so far met little success, so does this mean they will become the focus again for Windows 7? I can’t see big business adopting multi-touch interfaces any time soon, where home users are more likely to embrace a tactile interface. Hopefully someone is developing a fingerprint resistant screen to go with this. Read more…

Sony HDR-TG3 review and prices

May 27, 2008 Leave a comment

I’ve previously mentioned Sony’s impressive TG3 HD camcorder, and it’s now available in the UK. Dixons in the Gatwick departure lounge had it for £499, and while I wouldn’t agree that it’s the size of a mobile phone it is compact. The Rejuvenated Simplydv.co.uk have a good review that praises the TG3 for image quality and lists the only negative points as a fiddly zoom control and having to use the touchscreen for most adjustments.

While in the Dixons store I also got my hands on the Sanyo Xacti HD1000, which surprised me by its size. This is one camcorder that won’t be going into your pocket which is a major change for the Xacti series. The small size of my Xacti HD2 is what keeps it in my travel bag while the Nikon D50 and Canon MiniDV camcorder stay at home, so I won’t be upgrading to the HD1000.

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Panasonic HDC-SD5 for £349

May 26, 2008 Leave a comment

Amazon.co.uk currently have the Panasonic HDC-SD5 at £349 including free delivery. That’s not bad for a model released at the end of 2007 and still selling for over £600 at some sites. The SD5 offers 3CCD’s recording 1080i AVCHD video to SDHC cards, and 1920×1080 stills.

Flash Memory prices

May 24, 2008 Leave a comment

It’s holiday season again, the time of year when I look at the gadgets and memory cards that will accompany me on my travels. For my recent week in Italy I took a Sanyo Xacti HD2 for photo and video capture, two 4Gb SDHC cards to record to and my Macbook to transfer everything to every night. A 60Gb portable hard drive backup up what was on the Macbook, so I had a fairly bombproof system of storing my holiday snaps.

The Macbook was a bit of a problem though. It’s a large chunk of the hand luggage weight allowance on flights, and the Hotel we stayed in didn’t have large safe boxes. There was only one safe in which you could have an A4 envelope stored. Fine for passports and money, no good for a laptop so the Macbook was hidden in the room every day while we were out. There was no accessible WiFi internet either, so taking the Macbook was a bit of overkill for what it did.

For my next trip to Spain at the start of June I’m debating leaving the Macbook at home, and the deciding factor will be if there is internet access so I can update this site while sitting around the pool. If the Macbook stays at home, my 8Gb of SDHC storage may not be enough for video. So the next question is, how much have memory cards fallen in price? Read more…

iPhone Apps

May 22, 2008 1 comment

The one aspect of the upcoming iPhone/iPod version 2 software that has me most excited is the appstore. Although there are already some impressive and useful applications available through the installer app, I can’t wait to see what coders release once the fruits of the SDK are finished. Several apps that have already proven useful and interesting, so here are some of my favourites. Read more…

Did I miss anything?

May 22, 2008 Leave a comment

It doesn’t look like my jaunt to Italy made me miss anything important. Apple have still not released 10.5.3, and the latest rumours now suggest it may appear with iPhone firmware v2 in mid to late June. Mac sales in April were up 50% over April 2007, so the Apple juggernaut doesn’t look to be slowing down yet. And that tablet/eeemac story seems to be getting people worked up again. Sounds like any other week to me.

Holiday Season

May 13, 2008 Leave a comment

Things have been a bit hectic here at Basshead towers for the past week, hence the lack of regular updates. I’m off to Italy tomorrow for a week’s holiday and it’s doubtful I will be able to find Wifi internet access. Normal service should be resumed on 21st May

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Hackintosh part 10

May 8, 2008 6 comments

When I completed the build and testing of my hackintosh I still had plans for some future updates to the hardware. 2Gb of Ram is fine for general use but gets used up fast if you start running windows in a virtual machine as well as Mail, Firefox, Graphic Converter and several other apps. I’ve now added another 2Gb of PC800 Kingston ram of the same spec as the original, and it’s working fine. System Profiler reports four banks of 1Gb PC800 ram and no problems. I can now allocate 1Gb of Ram to a virtual machine without slowing down the rest of the system. Read more…