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MobileMe 60 day trial – part 2

July 15, 2008 Leave a comment

Part 1 detailed the initial setup of a MobileMe 60 day trial, and the issues I encountered with logging into the web account. The update at the end of part 1 explained that syncing had become more consistent with contacts, calendar items and bookmarks syncing across my hackintosh, macbook and iTouch. The problem with speed delays has now been explained, with several sites detailing Apple support document TS1155, ‘MobileMe Push: About automatic syncing’. From the article:

Selecting Automatic in Mac OS X allows your computer to immediately sync and update when there are any changes on the MobileMe servers.  Those changes can come from your iPhone, iPod touch, the MobileMe website, or another computer.  Changes made on your computer will be synced to the MobileMe “cloud” once every 15 minutes (or every hour in Mac OS X 10.4.11). Read more…

MobileMe 60 day trial – part 1

July 13, 2008 8 comments

MobileMe offers many useful features for anyone with more than one computing device, and since I am using a hackintosh, macbook and iTouch it could solve all my synchronisation needs. A sixty day trial is available just like the now obsolete .Mac service. I signed up to see how well it would work, specifically with my non-apple hardware. Read more…

The case of the suddenly appearing SMB shares

July 6, 2008 Leave a comment

Macs surprise me sometimes, and my hackintosh even more so. It could be a simple way of doing something that just makes sense, or something you would never believe was that easy because other operating systems make it so hard. Occationally something happens that I wasn’t expecting at all.

I just had one of the later. After much time spent searching for solutions to the missing SMB shares in my Mac’s network, they just appeared.

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10.5.4 released – hackintosh update

July 1, 2008 9 comments

10.5.4 has now been released and is currently running on my hackintosh. The final release is build 9E17, and comes with a new kernel v9.4. This probably means sleep won’t work until Kalyway or one of the other hackers releases a patched kernel (I haven’t had a chance to try sleep yet). Here’s the steps I took to get it installed. Read more…

Serious OSX Security Vulnerabilty

June 29, 2008 Leave a comment

This one broke around a week ago but I’ve only just had the chance to try it out. And an OSX security flaw is big news so no harm in spreading the cure. The advisory at Washingtonpost.com concerns the Apple Remote Desktop Agent which runs as root and accepts applescript commands. Typing the following into terminal, you can copy and paste and it works fine.

osascript -e ‘tell app “ARDAgent” to do shell script “whoami”‘;

On my 10.5.3 installation this returns ‘root’, so the vulnerability can be used to do anything on the mac. The following code will change the file access permissions of ARDagent

osascript -e ‘tell app “ARDAgent” to do shell script “chmod 0555 /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/MacOS/ARDAgent”‘;

Again this can be copied and pasted into the terminal. Running the first commands again should now return your username rather than ‘root’.

Read the full article at the Washingtonpost.com

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.

Hackintosh disaster recovery part 1

March 30, 2008 2 comments

If you use a Mac, making bootable backups are easy, and definitely easier than on a Windows Computer. Using software like Carbon Copy Cloner or Superduper you can clone your Mac’s hard drive to another internal or external USB/Firewire drive. This copy is an exact image of the original drive so you can boot from it and see no difference to using the source drive. Add in smart copies that only copy the changes since the last backup and you have a fast, reliable and easy backup system. Scheduled backups even mean you don’t have to remember to backup, just check it’s working as planed.

I used this method with my Macbook and felt a lot more relaxed making big changes to the system. Updating to 10.5.2 was easily reversible when the wireless networking stopped working. Even the Leopard upgrade from Tiger was no problem when I could easily revert to Tiger if a show stopper surfaced. This ease is one of the factors that made me move my daily computer use to Mac OS, but what happens when you build your own? Read more…

Leopard vs XP vs Vista vs Linux part 2

March 25, 2008 Leave a comment

operating systems challengeIn part 1 I looked at results from Geekbench, Photoshop and VLC to see how much of an impact the operating system has on application speed. For part 2 I used two more cross platform test, the first person shooter Doom 3 and 3D modeller and renderer Blender. Read more…

Leopard vs XP vs Vista vs Linux part 1

March 22, 2008 5 comments

operating systems challengeI’ve wanted to compare different operating systems on the same hardware for several months, to see how much of an impact the OS has. Now that I have been using my hackintosh daily for over a month with no major issues I felt it was time to start doing some comparisons. One of the benefits of using generic hardware to run Mac OS is that it will happily run any other x86 operating system you care to try. The difficult bit seems to be getting them to co-exist without conflicting. Read more…

Hackintosh part 9

March 13, 2008 4 comments

I’ve been using my DIY Mac for about a month so it’s time for an update on how well everything is working. I haven’t had any major show stoppers so far, more minor irritations and puzzling behaviours. It’s a pleasure to use the hackintosh and having run Mac OS on several machines in the past the huge performance improvement makes the OS more responsive than ever. I’ve read reviews in the past that say you haven’t experienced Mac OS at it’s best until you try a Mac Pro, and they’re not exagerating. Read more…