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Blurb Imagewrap photo book review

October 1, 2009 2 comments

blurb_logo_smallI previous mentioned the Blurb photo book I had ordered with the intention of updating that post with my thoughts when it arrived. Now that it’s here there’s quite a bit to say so those thoughts are now presented as this new post. There are also plenty of photo’s of the book, shared for anyone trying to decide whether to go ahead and place an order.

Delivery took seven days from placing the order, and I received an email the day before notifying me of dispatch with UPS. The book came from the Netherlands to the UK so to me this was very good since Blurb claim 5-6 business days to make the book and 1-15 to deliver dependant on your shipping choice. I had specified priority 2-4 day shipping at £10.37, in effect I got the 1-2 day £21.37 express option. To save more money in future I intend to order multiple books in one order as the shipping cost for ten books was still £10.37. Read more…

Snow Leopard 10.6.1 update released

September 12, 2009 1 comment

Two weeks after Snow Leopard went on sale, Apple has released the first system update. 10.6.1. is described as containing ‘general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac.’ Available now through Software Update or as a direct download, the 71.47Mb package is recommended for all Macintosh’s running Snow Leopard.

iPhone/iPod software 3.0 released

June 17, 2009 Leave a comment

Apple has today released the V3 software for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Available through iTunes as a free (iPhone) or paid (iPod Touch) update, much has been written of the new features so I won’t repeat it here. My own 1st Gen iPod Touch is currently updating so there will be some update screenshots and V3 screengrabs added soon.

Update Not much new in the update process, I’m currently working through the new features to see what works on the iPod Touch 1st gen.

UK iPhone pricing

June 9, 2009 Leave a comment

I had hoped O2 would be replacing the 8/16Gb iPhone 3G with the new 16/32Gb 3GS, but the AT&T pricing of $199/$299 made that look unlikely. O2 now have an iPhone 3GS pricing page and they’re not coming cheap.

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The last generation iPhone 3G stays at £96.89/free, but the new 16Gb 3GS rises to £184.98 on cheap/shorter contracts, compared to £155.61 for the replaced 16Gb 3G. The 32Gb 3GS comes in at a wallet busting £274.23, or £175.19 if you are willing to sign up for a 24 month contract. That’s a TCO of £890.91 for a 16Gb model on the £35 tariff for 18 months, or £926.91 for 32Gb. The new 3GS is also available on pay as you go:

  • iPhone 3G 8GB – £342.50
  • iPhone 3G S 16GB – £440.40
  • iPhone 3G S 32GB – £538.30

That’s an eye watering price for the 3GS, but since it includes 12 months of unlimited data it works out cheaper for anyone with light call and text usage.

The real issue here is the use of 18 and 24 month contracts, especially when Apple seem dedicated to a 12 month release cycle for its iPhone hardware. Macworld has some details for users looking to terminate their contracts to get the new model, and the bad news is that it looks like O2 will want the remainder of the contract paid in full. That means an iPhone 3G owner 12 months into their contract would have to pay £205.56 plus cost of new 3GS model, with the prospect of doing the same in 12 months when the next version is released.

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Mac Os 10.5.7 released

May 13, 2009 1 comment

Software UpdateApple has today released the latest update to its Mac OSX Leopard operating system. 10.5.7 offers the usual mix of bug fixes and security updates, and is available as an updater for 10.5.6 or a combo updater for any version of 10.5 Leopard.

Many components are updated in this release, including RAW image support, Nvidia graphic updates, Widgets, Finder network searches and printing. Knowledge base article HT3397 covers the update in greater depth. And for anyone wanting the last word in detail, Macworld has an article that lists just about everything updated.

My advice for anyone applying the update (hackintosh or macintosh) is make a backup before attempting. We all make regular backups though, don’t we? I’ve just had a 120Gb hard drive die that was fortunately used exlusively for playing games on Windows XP, but at just over three years old and light use it was certainly not an expected failure.

The entry level Macintosh

March 7, 2009 2 comments

Apple updated it’s non-laptop hardware this week, and the one thing that really struck me was the UK Mac Mini pricing. In January 2005 I bought a 1.42Ghz Mac Mini G4 from the Apple UK store for £441. At the time this was a good spec with 512Mb of ram and an 80Gb hard drive. The top Mac Mini model in March 2009 is now £649. Hardly an entry level computer any more.

The spec is greatly improved, but nowhere near current average desktop specs. The lower Mac Mini model has the same processor and less Ram/Hard drive space for £500. A catalog from Dell turned up in the post this week, and for £400 I could buy a mini tower with a Core2Duo E7400, 2Gb Ram, 250Gb Hard Drive, DVDrw and a 19″ widescreen monitor. Thats a lot of computer for the price. While I understand the exchange rate is not favourable in the UK at the moment, how does Apple expect to sell at these prices? Apart from the size and software I can’t see what the Mac Mini can offer at the moment. And why does it still look the same as three years ago?

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Apple releases Safari 4 Beta

February 24, 2009 1 comment

safariAvailable now, Safari 4 Beta is a preview of Apple’s next web browser. Boasting many new features and greatly improved Javascript performance the Beta is available for PC and Mac from Apple’s site. As with many of Apple’s other apps this release makes extensive use of coverflow, this time to view tabs and bookmarks. Security update 2009-001 is required to install Safari 4 under Leopard and I haven’t had a chance to test that with my hackintosh yet so I’m unable to comment on the new features. Macworld has a couple of screenshots and it looks good, so it’s time to make a backup and try that security update.

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Apple asks Wired to remove Hackintosh video

January 15, 2009 Leave a comment

Looks like Apple is starting to look beyond Mac clone builders using OS X. The latest news is that Wired has been asked to remove a video detailing installation of Leopard on an MSI Wind netbook. Is this the exposure level that Apple is unwilling to accept? There have been many articles published on building a hackintosh and installing OS X on non-Apple hardware, so it looks like Apple is willing to ignore the practice as long as it remains a hobbyist pursuit. Who knows, the latest move to trademark ‘OS X’ without the preceding Mac might be for a generic hardware version (yeah, and the press might give Steve Jobs some privacy).

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10.5.6 on Hackintosh

December 16, 2008 3 comments

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The latest update to Mac OS Leopard is now out, and 10.5.6 looks so far to be working fine on my hackintosh. I installed Leopard using the Chameleon/Boot132 method a while back which allows the use of Software Update for OS upgrades. This time around the update installed just as it would on any other Mac, a couple of restarts and the system was up and running again. Apple have an article listing all the fixes and changes for anyone interested.

As usual, I strongly recommend making a backup before the upgrade, especially for hackintosh users. SuperDuper has been suffering a problem recently on my system so I’m back to using the excellent (and free) Carbon Copy Cloner.

UPDATE While the install was painless the results since have been less than smooth. I expected to copy some kext’s from my backup to get audio and the basics (reboot, sleep etc) working, but even with these the hackintosh would not sleep correctly. Every time I tried waking from sleep the system rebooted, so for now it’s back to to 10.5.5 using Carbon Copy Cloner to restore from the backup.

Is Apple going DRM free?

December 9, 2008 Leave a comment

The biggest rumour of the day is that Apple will start offering music from all the major labels DRM free. Lots of sites are claiming this will start today, but Greg Sandoval of Cnet says the claims are bogus. That’s a shame, as the Amazon MP3 store has recently opened in the UK offering DRM free MP3 singles from 59p and albums from £3. I bought one for Mrs Basshead at the weekend and used Amazon’s download software to get a chart album in under a minute. This was one of the £3 albums in 256kbps MP3 format. Nice to see the download software is available for Mac and Linux as well as Windows.

Looks like Apple need to get their store in order pretty quick or Amazon and others are going to start clawing back part of the music download market.