Posts Tagged ‘10.6’

Hackintosh Atom server

July 27, 2009 3 comments

In a previous post I told the sorry tale of my Synology DS106e network attached storage box. It served me well for 18 months until the fan stopped working and a scheduled backup led to the hard drive overheating. It was time to upgrade my server, and there were several options available.

  1. Buy a replacement NAS box, either a newer Synology model or something similar from Qnap, Thecus, Netgear etc. This would cost anywhere from £70 for a used item on eBay to £300 for a top of the range home/soho device. The current Synology one drive budget NAS is around £180 online.
  2. Buy a used Mac Mini from eBay. The newer Core 2 Duo/solo models fetch a high price but the original G4 versions at 1.25 or 1.4Ghz are selling for around £120. Ready made server in a small and silent box, easy to setup and expand through software.
  3. Build a mini hackintosh based on an Intel Atom processor. This is perhaps the most flexible approach, is should be able to run Leopard and hopefully Snow Leopard. Linux and windows shouldn’t be a problem either, so it has plenty of options for software.

I decided to go for the third option, not really surprising since I have already built a Quad Core hackintosh and a Home Theatre hackintosh. Building something is usually more fun than buying a ready made device, although this depends on how well the end result works. With the decision made I started looking at the Insanelymac forums for details from people who had already used Atom processors. Read more…

Snow Leopard videos

June 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard has been marketed so far as a refinement of the existing 10.5 Leopard operating system, offering a smaller footprint and increased performance as opposed to lots of new features. That doesn’t mean there are no visible changes for the end user, as many components have seen additions and improvements in existing features. The video’s below show some of the improved interface elements in Snow Leopard.

The enhanced Dock ‘Stacks’ feature of Snow Leopard Read more…

What to expect from Snow Leopard

June 16, 2008 Leave a comment have an interesting article looking at what you can expect to see from the next version of the Mac OS. As previously covered, Snow Leopard, or 10.6, will not add any major new features but instead concentrate on increasing speed and stability while reducing the size of the operating system. As they state in the article, this puts Apple in a strong position to go head to head with Microsoft, pitching 10.7 against Windows 7.

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10.6 Snow Leopard page at

June 10, 2008 Leave a comment

Wasting no time after yesterdays first details of the next version of its operating system, Apple has posted a Snow Leopard page at There’s nothing we haven’t already heard about 10.6, but it looks like Apple is keen to play the publicity game in the constant comparison with Windows.

Am I the only one who finds it strange that Apple are concentrating on speed, stability and reducing the size of the operating system at a time when Microsoft are starting to talk about new features? I can understand the reasoning for Apple’s choices, since a smaller OS X as used in the iPhone can power a range of consumer electronics, or portable devices using SSD’s. And if Snow Leopard lands in early 2009 there’s plenty of time for 10.7 in later 2010 to go head to head with Windows 7.

10.6 Snow Leopard Due Jan 2009

June 8, 2008 Leave a comment

Hot Rumour this week has to be first details of the successor to Mac OS 10.5. ‘Snow Leopard’, as ArsTechnica and several other sites are claiming it is labelled, will be an Intel only OS containing no major OS changes and focusing on performance and stability. The interesting part is the ‘no major OS changes’, which appears to refer to the parts the software developers use. You can be confident that there will be lots of new features, a given nowadays for any new operating system.