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Mac VM’s – November 2008 Part 1

November 18, 2008 Leave a comment

It’s been a while since I took a look at three Virtual Machine packages for the Macintosh, and all three have moved on from the previous versions. Parallels has recently seen a step to version 4, VMware Fusion is now on version 2 and so is Virtualbox. With the release of Parallels came claims of big speed improvements so it’s time to try all three again and see if one has edged ahead of the pack.

To start I decided to try a simple task. Most users  will likely be installing Windows (Vista was used here) in their VM, so the first tests are how long does it take, how many steps are involved and how good are the default options chosen for you. Read more…

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Mac VM software updates

September 4, 2008 Leave a comment

Two updates to report today in the Macintosh VM market. First, VMware Fusion 2.0 sees the release of RC1. Lots of bug fixes in the update, as well as the addition of McAfee VirusScan Plus for Windows. I tried this yesterday and found it easy to install from a menubar option. This is a sensible addition given the risks attached to accessing the internet on an unprotected Windows machine. Other improvements include Spanish and Italian language support, Unity 2 and multiple snapshots. Full details at the Vmware web site.

The other update is Virtualbox, which has today seen the release of version 2. Again, a lot of updates which are listed at the Virtualbox web site. I haven’t had a chance to try this yet, so it’s next on the install list. It’s nice to see the free option progressing well along with the comercial offerings, and I’m wondering how long it will be before Parallels has a big announcent.

Security Update 2008-005 released

August 1, 2008 Leave a comment

The latest Apple security update is now avaliable, and has installed fine on my hackintosh. There’s no major changes with this, and the kernel is still version 9.4. As usual be sure to make a backup before installing. For more information on what security fixes are included visit http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2647

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…

Macpro overclocking tool

June 29, 2008 Leave a comment

ZDNet.de has released a tool for overclocking the Macpro. It’s not a perfect solution and raises some interesting points about how the Mac keeps time, so read the notes before using, especially on a first generation Intel Macpro.

The more interesting point is that this has been released at all. The PC overclocking field is well established but until now there has been little of interest for overclocking Apple Macs. It’s different in the hackintosh realm, where overclocking the Intel Core 2 Duo/Quad is well documented and common. My own hackintosh has been running an overclocked Core 2 Quad 6600 at 3Ghz (up from the stock 2.4Ghz) for several months. This is set from the Bios and doesn’t appear to have any effect on OSx’s timekeeping ability.

Read the article and download the overclocking tool at ZDNet.de

firefox 3 now available

June 17, 2008 Leave a comment

Firefox 3 was due to hit the download sites at 6pm UK time but it’s just appeared at mozilla.com. Download the version for your OS here or choose an OS and language here. Spreadfirefox.com appears to be down at the moment, so hopefully this won’t interfere with the world record attempt.