Archive for osX

Pystar’s Hax4u a bit overpriced

Posted in hardware, software with tags , , , on 2008.04.30 by ipv5

Here we go again with the open computer scam mac clone. Ars has some more coverage, but what’s really interesting there are the comments imo.

Oh, and there’s some photos too, but the guy posting it might be someone from pystar, so beware.

So, the deal it’s this: you get more or less 200€ worth of hardware, with a copy of Leopard. You got osx already hacked and runing, but to reinstall it you need to re-hack it too (or download the hacked images you find floating on the net). In your Country the Apple eula might not be legally binding, so it could even be legal, but given the number of people installing osx everywhere (including on the eepc and on the OQO) you’re probably better off buying the pieces wherever you want and assemble your own mac clone.

Apple, P.A. Semi and the Alpha

Posted in hardware with tags , on 2008.04.23 by ipv5

Apple bought P.A. Semi, it’s making the rounds everywhere.
Why? Dunno, but even if wired has four credible reasons to explain the move, they did mention just in passing that behind an unknown chipmaker there’s Daniel Dobberpuhl, i.e.: one of the fathers of the ALPHA. (man, how I liked that architecture… pity it’s gone down the drain)

I doubt the chip is for the iphones, not Right NowTM at least, but it’s a good excuse for Apple to build a blade server, or to bring back the Newton from the dead.

(many thanks CHIPNIT for the wired link)

Mac clones a moving target

Posted in hardware with tags , , on 2008.04.18 by ipv5

Well, it seems the whole mac clone story is shadierthan I tought.
The guardian tracked down Pystar’s movements, both on the web and on the map.
Yep, on the map. Not only their website appeared out of nowhere a couple of weeks ago, but their physical address is moving around too, seems they’re changin it every few days.
Maybe it’s to escape the wrath of netkas, who claims pystar stole his v8 efi emulator.

Scam or no scam? Well, they promised Ars they’ll send them a unit for review, so we just have to sit back and wait.

Buy an already-hacked mac clone

Posted in hardware with tags , , on 2008.04.15 by ipv5

There’s people buying apple hardware because it is quality stuff, people with a ton of hardware already around hacking macosx to run on their iron.

And then there’s people offering you a pre-hacked mac minitower for sale at 400 bucks, yep, that’s right. Those soon-to-be-sued-to-hell guys at psystar offer you a mac clone with osx already installed.

If you want it, do get it fast, this box is making the rounds on the net and I doubt it will be avaiable for long.