Archive for April, 2010

Hackintosh Software Updates

April 15, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s been a busy week for Snow Leopard updates, with the 10.6.3 V1.1 Combo Update closely followed by Security Update 2010-003. Both have been tested on three of my hackintosh machines, the original P35-DS3R hack, the Acer Aspire One hackbook and the as yet undocumented hackinfireplace. The only update that caused any issue was the last, requiring the AppleHDA.kext from 10.6.2 to be re-installed to get audio back. I had to do the same after the original 10.6.3 update so it wasn’t anything unexpected.

As usual backups of all three systems were made before installing updates. Where only one hard drive was available Disk Utility was used to resize the existing partition and add a new partition to the empty space, which then became the backup partition. It’s not as good as a separate hard drive but for a quick ‘just incase the update causes a problem’ backup it’s fine.

What’s new in iPhone OS 4

April 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Apple today unveiled many of the new features of iPhone/iPod/iPad OS 4, with the disappointing news that some of the features will only be available on the current generation of iDevices. More on that later, the new features were dominated by the seven chosen for attention:


There wasn’t much chance of this being left out if Apple wanted to stay competitive with Google’s Android platform. New API’s are provided to allow apps to run as background services until resumed. Background apps can allow control from the lock sceen, and display notifications. There are seven background services available:

  • Background Audio
  • Voice over IP
  • Background Location
  • Push Notification
  • Local Notifications
  • Task Completion
  • Fast App Switching Read more…

iPhone OS 4 unveiled 8th April

April 6, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s an exciting time for Apple fans just now, and the fun continues April 8th. Apple has announced the unveiling of iPhone OS 4 this Thursday, and the Apple promotion machine (that’s us) has gone into overdrive speculating what might be new. Here’s a few of the suggestions:

  • Multitasking seems to be the big focus, but Apple have previously commented on the effect this would have on battery life. The Pre offers multitasking and battery life sucks, so maybe iPhone OS 4 will freeze the running app when you switch to another so it’s not using up the battery in the background. Just an idea.
  • Unified Mail Inbox is much needed and has been hinted at, so looking like a good bet for inclusion.
  • Home Screen is one area the iPhone is lagging. We don’t need a huge battery indicator when the space could offer customisable RSS feeds, weather, stocks or any other information a plugin could provide. Just think, a whole new section for the App Store.
  • Interface Updates After three years the iphone interface is getting a bit old, isn’t it time for a refresh? I’ve been using the Mobileme GUI 3.0 theme since getting my 3GS, and while interface themes aren’t likely to be in iPhone OS 4 a new look would be welcome.

Snow Leopard on Acer Aspire One AOA150/ZG5

April 4, 2010 244 comments

Over the past few years the equipment I take on holidays (vacations) had shrunk to a Canon HF100 video camera, Panasonic Lumix LC3 camera and Macbook. The cameras are compact and capable of excellent results, but the Macbook while not enormous is still bulky. Since my holiday usage is storing photo’s and video with a bit of email and web browsing the ideal replacement would seem to be a netbook. Read more…