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10.6.6 on Hackintosh

January 9, 2011 12 comments

Mac OS 10.6.6 has been out for a couple of days now, and I have successfully updated my main hackintosh to this release. The previous 10.6.5 release had required the addition of “pmVersion=21” to the kernel flags section of my com.apple.Boot.plist file, but this latest update required no further modifications.

I haven’t found any problems with this release on my hardware. System updates always take a little longer on my hardware since I make a full bootable (and tested) backup before every major change, but that’s a good idea on Apple hardware as well since problems after updates are not unheard of.

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December 2010 Macintosh Software Bundles

December 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Software bundles have always been a great way of building up a collection of useful applications, and the massively discounted price means you only need a couple of top class apps to make the price a bargain. There are several software bundles available for Macintosh users right now, offering a range of applications for prices between $9.99 and $63. Unfortunately there’s nothing currently available from Macheist or MacUpdate. The bundles are listed here in increasing price, with the second price in brackets a pound/dollar conversion at the current exchange rate (on 6th December 2010).

Macbasket.com7 apps for $9.99 (£6.36), ending 9th December 2010:

  1. NuKit – Finder productivity enhancer
  2. Money³ – Financial Management
  3. rooSwitch – profiles for your applications
  4. Radium – Internet radio player
  5. Healthnut – Diet/health tracker
  6. Chronicle 3 – Manage your bills
  7. Tracks -Play/browse music from the menubar

MacbundlePro7 apps for $19.95 (£12.69), ending 31st December 2010:

  1. AirRadar 2 – Wireless network scanner
  2. Inpaint – Remove objects from your images
  3. MacHider – Hide private data
  4. TranslateIt – Language translation
  5. ManPower – Man page GUI
  6. PacketStream – network monitoring tool
  7. DVDsnap 2 – capture screen shots from Apple DVD player

Mac Bundle Box12 apps for $29 (£18.45), ending 23rd December 2010:

  1. Compartments – Home inventory
  2. QuickScale – Batch image resizing
  3. Semonto – Web server monitoring for 6 months
  4. Radium – Internet radio player
  5. iCollage – Image scrapbook
  6. AllMyTube – Download/convert FLV video
  7. DVD Ripper – Convert DVD’s to other formats
  8. PDF Converter – PDF to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, EPUB, Text and HTML
  9. Photo Recovery – recover lost, deleted or formatted photos, videos and music files
  10. iMedia Converter – DVD ripping and video conversion
  11. TinyGrab – Screenshot utility
  12. Caboodle – Snippet machine

BundlesForMac – 12 apps for $49.99 (£31.80), ending 15th December 2010:

  1. skEdit – Text/html editor
  2. Yummy FTP – FTP client
  3. MyStuff – home inventory
  4. BlogAssist – blog/website editor
  5. AlienDestroyer – Secure erase sensitive data
  6. Involer – Invoicing app
  7. Deliver – File delivery to local and remote destinations
  8. ProfCast – Lecture recording app
  9. PDF to Word – Document converter
  10. iCash – Personal finance
  11. PDF to Epub – Document converter
  12. GadgetTrak – Laptop theft recovery

MacPromo.com10 apps for £39.99 ($63), ending 31st December 2010:

  1. TypeIt4Me – Text expander
  2. PathFinder 5 – Finder replacement
  3. DragThing – document, folder, and application and URL dock
  4. Name Mangler 2 – Batch file renamer
  5. Personal Antispam 10.6 – Antispam component of Intego Internet Security Barrier
  6. MacFreelance 2 – Invoice management
  7. Keyboard Maestro 4 – Keyboard macro app
  8. Personal Backup – backup component of Intego Internet Security Barrier
  9. Folx Pro – Download manager
  10. CuteClips 3 – Clipboard history
  11. The First 5000 buyers get Star Wars: Empire at War

iOS 4.2.1 Jailbreak released

November 23, 2010 Leave a comment

New Firmware, New Jailbreak. Following yesterday’s release of iOS 4.2.1, redsn0w 0.9.6b4 is now available to jailbreak it. There are some conditions attached, so best read the post at the iPhone Dev Team Blog before attempting the jailbreak.

Another thing to remember is that this is still beta software, so may not work as expected. I followed the instructions the app gives to enter DFU mode, but found redsn0w stopped at the waiting for reboot screen. I got around this problem by putting my iPhone 3GS into DFU mode manually before running redsn0w, then pressing the power button when redsn0w stopped at waiting for reboot.

Once Jailbroken, there are a few more issues. SB settings isn’t currently working for me, and crashes springboard when I try to use it. No doubt this will be quickly fixed, but for now just remember this is new software, so either wait for the jailbreak ecosystem to catch up or enjoy the ride.

Update 25th November – Cydia updated SBsettings Toggles today, and SBsettings is now working perfectly with 4.2.1 on my 3GS.

iPad iOS 4.2 new features

November 10, 2010 1 comment

iOS 4.2 is due any time now for the family of iOS devices, and the GM (Gold Master) for iPhone, iPod and iPad is available now from several places for those who want to try it. The iTunes 10.1 beta is required to activate and sync with a device running 4.2. I found both at gumballtech, and have been running the Mac version of iTunes 10.1 beta and iOS 4.2 on my iPad for the past week. The features introduced with iOS 4 for iPhone are now available on the iPad, and it’s doubled the amount of tasks I do on the iPad. Presented here are some screenshots and details of the new features I have used. This is certainly not a complete list of new features, so if you you have any requests for more information leave a comment.

Multitasking
Just as with the iPhone, the addition of multitasking to the iPad makes it a joy to use. Tapping a link in the Mail application takes you straight to Safari to open the link, then a double press of the home button and a tap of the Mail icon takes you back to where you were in Mail. Being able to quickly jump between apps makes iOS 4.2 much faster to navigate. Read more…

Xmarks to end sync services

September 29, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s always sad seeing a useful service shut down, especially when it’s one as good (and free) as Xmarks. The bookmark/password/history/tab synchronisation service has announced it is to end operations in January 2011. It appears a failure to turn Xmarks into a financially viable business is the cause, and a buyer for the service could not found.

I’ve used Xmarks since it first became publicly available as Foxmarks, and while the bookmark sync across firefox and safari on Mac and PC was great, the real killer feature was password synchronisation. I’ve recently moved password sync to LastPass for the mobile platform support, but will continue using Xmarks for bookmarks until Firefox sync goes mainstream. Farewell Xmarks, and thanks for the great service.

JailbreakMe.com for iOS4 (and 3.2) devices

August 2, 2010 Leave a comment

The iPhone Dev Team has announced that jailbreakme.com is now live offering a Safari based jailbreak for iOS4 devices, as well as iPads running 3.2.1. Their blog post states the site will jailbreak iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads so it may work with older software versions but details are a little scarce at the moment.

The screenshots above and below show the simple jailbreaking process on my 3.2.1 iPad which now has Cydia installed as well as the marvelous iFile. Read more…

iOS 4.0.1 and iPad 3.2.1 released

July 15, 2010 1 comment

Software updates for the iPad and devices running iOS 4 are now available through iTunes.  iPad OS 3.2.1 includes fixes for Wi-Fi, handling of PDFs in Mail and video playback, as well as adding Bing to Safari’s search options. iOS 4.0.1 for iPhone 4, 3GS and 3G lists an improvement to the formula used to calculate the signal strength bars as the only change.

I’ve just updated my 32Gb WiFi only iPad to 3.2.1, losing the Spirit jailbreak. I’ve found the benefits of a jailbroken iPad to be limited so far, so intend to wait a few months for the bugs to be ironed out of existing jailbroken apps.