Hackintosh Performance Boost

This month I did two things that enhanced the performance of my little Hac Pro. First of all I replace the E4400 CPU with a E6500 2.93 GHZ dual core CPU. This is much faster and also enabled VT for Fusion. Now I can run 64 bit guest OS’s. Happy

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Secondly, I rearranged my hard drive partitions:

Lion is the boot drive and is a 64 GB Crucial M4 SSD. It is home to the System, Library, Extra and Applications folders - the OS.

iTunes is a 1 TB Seagate Barracuda and holds the iTunes library

Users is a 500 GB partition on a 1 TB Seagate Barracuda and contains my Home folder

and of course Time Machine is my backup

Atlantis is a 2 TB external drive containing my Plex movie database.

Boot times are very fast and the system is snappy all around. Happy Definitely a happy Mac Hac.

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To Hackintosh or not to Hackintosh….

Ok…. I’m a diehard Apple fanatic. I own three Macs: a PPC mini, an Mini 2010 and a MacBook - I love them all. My first Apple computer was an Apple IIC. I’ve been running OSX since 10.0 Puma. I also had a lonely Intel Core 2 Duo PC sitting near by doing nothing. So one day I was thinking…. “I wonder if I can run Mac OS on this thing?”. So I ordered an additional copy of Snow Leopard from Apple. A note inserted here… DON’T STEAL SOFTWARE. It takes developers hard work and long hours developing all this incredible software and it isn’t vey nice to steal it.

Here are the specs:

Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L rev 2.4 main-board FI bios
Intel Core 2 Duo 4400 Conroe 2.0 GHz CPU
TrendNet RTL-8169 Gigabit Ethernet PCI card
ASUS GeForce 8400 GS Silent PCIe Graphics Card
4 GB (2x2GB) G Skill DDR2 800 MHz SDRAM
Dynex DX-PCI2PF Firewire 800/400 PCIe Adapter
LG HL-DT-ST GH24NS70 DVD burner
Acer P235H 23” LCD display
1 512 GB and 2 1 TB internal SATA Seagate Barracuda Hard Drives
1 External 2 TB RAID 0 Firewire 800 Hard Drive

How does it work? Well…. nearly perfectly! Happy

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Remembering Steve Jobs…..

A couple of weeks ago, I bought an old G4 Mac Mini, the original 2005 version, so that I could run some experimental PPC stuff. Well, just after the death of Steve Jobs last week, I did a fresh install of OSX 10.5 Leopard. This is the result:


Thanks Steve, for the wonderful things you’ve brought us over the years!

My friend, Brad, gave me a Nucube for the mini, a very cool Steve Jobs memorial:


Vonage Weirdness

Starting this morning my Vonage phone started acting weird. There would be a 1/2 ring and the caller would be sent to voicemail. I checked on Vonage’s dashboard and everything looked normal. The fix? I unplugged power to the VOIP adapter for about 30 seconds and then plugged it back in. Hadn’t done that in a year or so. Happy Guess it would be a good idea to cycle power every now and then.

Netflix Rate Increase

Effective with the Sept 2011 billing cycle, Netflix has changed their billing tiers. I was paying 9.99 plus tax for 1 DVD at a time and unlimited streaming. They are increasing it to $15.99 plus tax for the same service. I’ve never had any trouble with the service, however I don’t wish to pay that much so I am canceling my service for now. Maybe Netflix will change their mind eventually and lower the rate again? Probably not, but I did want to be listed among those leaving the service due to the price increase.

I’ve decided to instead spend some money on some good books to enjoy with my new eyes!

Lion is Here!!!! Yippee!!!

Mac OSX Lion 10.7 arrived this morning at about 8:45 AM this morning in the Apple App Store. It took about 15 minutes to download. The file size was 3.7 GB. Thank goodness for fast internet - imagine doing the same on the old 300 baud acoustic modems from years ago. Before I ran the installer I made a DVD. I upgraded my Mini and MacBook at the same time, the Mini from the download and the MacBook from the DVD that I made from the download. Both installs went without a hitch.

So far there are three major application problems I’ve encountered:

  1. EyeTV and ZephIR: EyeTV no longer talks to the ZephIR IR blaster for changing channels on my FIOS box. I’ve had to temporarily move my TV recording to my PC using Windows Media Center until a fix is made. 7/23/2011 Update: ZephIR driver 3.3.3 and EyeTV 3.5.3 have solved the problem so I’m back in business recording in HD! Excellent!
  2. DPS iTunes plugin and iTunes 10.4. The new iTunes 10.4 is 64 bit and breaks the DPS plugin. My music doesn’t should as good. They are working on a fix. 7/25/2011 update: The plugin will work if iTunes is opened in 32 bit mode in the ‘Get Info’ dialog. The developers are working their buns off getting out a 64 bit version of the plugin. Great guys.
  3. Mariner Paperless 2.04 is unstable running on Lion and is basically unusable. I don’t know what it is about Mariner. This happened when Snow Leopard came out too - like they are suddenly startled by a new OS release. I ere ally hope that this is fixed soon as my life is scanned into Paperless. 8/2/2011 Update - Mariner has released version 2.1 to address many crashing issues with OSX Lion. I’ve just installed it so we’ll see. Happy 8/3/2011 Update - Well, version 2.1 is a flop. Still crashes on close of multiple document scan. I’ve purchased a simple program called PDFScanner in the Apple App Store for use in the meantime. Come on Mariner - get it together!! Happy Update 8/6/2011 - Mariner released update 2.1.1 and the software still crashes when scanning multiple page documents. PDFScanner is looking more and more to be a permanent solution since apparently Mariner does not have the skill to write OSX Lion compatible software. 9/16/2011 - Version 2.1.2 has been released and the program still crashes when scanning multiple pages. PDFScanner is now my main scanning program since it has been mostly trouble free. Goodbye Mariner Goodbye.

Here’s some pictures:





Anticipating OSX 10.7 Lion!

It is now July 14th, the day I was hoping would be the release date for Apple’s new OSX Lion but so far I haven’t heard any roar! Happy Maybe tomorrow will be the day!

My computers are ready. I’ve gotten rid of any leftover PPC apps, done maintenance and backed up the hard drives.

Hurry up Lion!

7/15 Friday: It is now 10:00 AM Friday and no Lion yet. I bet it is going to be next Friday - the 22nd. That’ll be cool since that is my birthday. Happy

RapidWeaver 5

Apple has decided to discontinue the MobileMe service this fall when their new iCloud service is fully implemented. One of the services that Apple is not moving to iCloud is web hosting. I’ve had a web site on .Mac and then MobileMe for several years now since that web hosting service will be discontinued i needed to find other hosting.

Initially I thought that I’d just buy hosting and use iWeb to publish my old site there. I registered the domain dslund.com and purchased a year of hosting from atspace.com at a very reasonable price. I set up iWeb to publish via FTP but ended up with just a black page no matter what I tried. Frustrated I downloaded the demo of RapidWeaver 5 and in less than a minute had published a working site. That was enough to convince me to go ahead and buy RapidWeaver from the developers site. It is also available from Apples ‘App Store’.

To get close to the drag and drop functionality of iWeb that I’m used to I also had to purchase a plugin called ‘Stacks’ for an additional $25.00. Supposedly there is a large number of plugins and themes available for RapidWeaver, some of them free. The good thing is that there is active development of 3rd party themes and plugins for RapidWeaver.

Like any web design software there is a learning curve, bus so far it seems to be easy to learn. And best of all it is still Mac software!

I’ve read some reviews about folks having trouble with the software and calling it buggy however I’ve seen none of that. I’ll let you know if I do.

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