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Flash Memory prices

May 24, 2008 Leave a comment

It’s holiday season again, the time of year when I look at the gadgets and memory cards that will accompany me on my travels. For my recent week in Italy I took a Sanyo Xacti HD2 for photo and video capture, two 4Gb SDHC cards to record to and my Macbook to transfer everything to every night. A 60Gb portable hard drive backup up what was on the Macbook, so I had a fairly bombproof system of storing my holiday snaps.

The Macbook was a bit of a problem though. It’s a large chunk of the hand luggage weight allowance on flights, and the Hotel we stayed in didn’t have large safe boxes. There was only one safe in which you could have an A4 envelope stored. Fine for passports and money, no good for a laptop so the Macbook was hidden in the room every day while we were out. There was no accessible WiFi internet either, so taking the Macbook was a bit of overkill for what it did.

For my next trip to Spain at the start of June I’m debating leaving the Macbook at home, and the deciding factor will be if there is internet access so I can update this site while sitting around the pool. If the Macbook stays at home, my 8Gb of SDHC storage may not be enough for video. So the next question is, how much have memory cards fallen in price? Read more…

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Hackintosh part 8

February 20, 2008 6 comments

In previous articles I’ve covered the choice of components, build and testing of my new DIY Mac. There’s been very little in the way of problems so far, and I have a machine that measures up pretty well to the current low end Mac Pro. To get some idea of how the hackintosh and Mac Pro compare, here’s a list of components and prices. Read more…

Hackintosh Part 1

February 5, 2008 10 comments

It doesn’t look like the mac 10.5.2 update is landing anytime soon (i’m hoping that saying that triggers a quick release), with macrumors reporting that a new 9C30 seed was released to developers on Monday.

GA-P35C-DS3RRather than sit around waiting I have started planning my hardware purchase. First on the list is a motherboard, and the model I have settled on is the Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R. The whole GA-P35 family looks to be fairly popular with the hackintosh community, and most models are listed on the 10.5.1 hardware compatibility list here. The GA-P35C-DS3R supports the latest Intel 45nm processors, DDR2/DDR3 memory, 8 Sata ports and only needs a patch for the built in audio. I’m quite keen to use a Gigabyte motherboard with the Dual Bios feature, having used them for many of my computers. I only once killed a motherboard with a Bios update back in the days of floppy disk updates, and that was one time too many. Everything on this motherboard apart from the built in audio appears to work with no modification. The board is available for £72.56 from Aria, though I will of course shop around before ordering. Read more…