My next netbook- Dell Latitude 2100 N-series

May 21st, 2009

uses the Atom N270, GMA950. ruggedized exterior, ‘cool’ colors.
can be ordered with:
a touch screen
camera built-in to the display,
6 cell battery
Dell 1510 802.11a/g/n wifi card
Carrying handle

The only drawback?
10.1″ WSVGA (1024 x 576) LED Display. thats a little smaller than the MSI Wind.

The formula above is hackintosh ready, right out of the box.

T-Mobile netbook? my prediction on apple’s next concoction.

May 5th, 2009

So there’s gonna be something new at WWDC. the iphoneOS3 presentation practically shouted it at us.

Just saw this in my Reader.

http://www.tmotoday.com/content/ground-zero/blog-posts-and-discussion/t-mobile-android-netbook-horizon#comment-634

If T-Mobile is bringing this out, running Google’s Android, it would be a serious, direct competitor to whatever the next Gizmo Apple wants to cram down our throats. They claim they cant make a netbook for sub $500 that isnt a total POS. They are kinda right, and kinda wrong about that.

My MSI Wind U-100′s 1.6ghz atom feels responsive enough when doing what a netbook is designed for – Using on the intartubes.* When you try to put the Mac brand name on it, disappointment is all you will have when you remember one of Apple’s core tenants- THEY ARE BETTER FOR GRAPHICS. When you try to play YouTube HD, it skips. The limited screen res also is a killer in many apps – Quickbooks 2009′s toolbar doesnt fully cooperate and wastes lots of valuable screen real estate. Adobe CSx wont even bother to install, as 1024×600 is a dealbreaker. There are a few other netbooks out there with 1366x758s out there, but they will not cut the mustard when it comes to doing real ‘work’. What did you expect? it’s a sub $500 portable!

But take that same atom chipset concept and you’ve got a VERY powerful iPhoneOS device. In reality they might go with a Duo Core ARM instead for true cross platform simplicity, but you get my point – A real serious product that could lead the entire netbook market, simply because of apple’s existing software infrastructure investments in syncing thru iTunes.

*i am conjugating and spelling this wrong on purpose. If congressmens can make the news for trying to talk about the facebooks, with the twittering…

Android/T-Mobile G1 WiFi tethering made easy

February 17th, 2009

It requires root, so you’ll need to sort that out first.

From the home screen, press menu, then choose settings. then choose applications, and enable “Unknown Sources”. then open this link from the G1:

http://www.androidactivity.com/tetherWifi.apk

and Launch the app after its installed. the first time you “start tether”, be sure to choose “always” when asked about superuser access, lest you want to be prompted every time. i’m posting from my G1′s 3G connection right now… speeds are around 700Kb/s down, 300Kb/s up with a mid-grade 3G signal.

[Android G1 Wifi tethering - Android Activity]

Sync Google Contacts with Apple’s Address Book WITHOUT an iPhone/iPod Touch, and without MobileMe

February 9th, 2009

Step 1. Get the “Synchronize with Google” option to show up in Address Book. You will need 10.5.3 or later, and just the right entry In the com.apple.ipod.plist file stored in ~/Library/Preferences. If you have an iPhone or an iPod Touch , you wont need to do this step. From the terminal, run the following:

defaults write com.apple.iPod Devices -dict-add red-herring ‘{ “Family ID” = 10001; }’

Step 2. Run Address Book. Go to Preferences, and enable “Syncronize with Google”. Accept the warning/agreenment and put in your credentials.

Step 3.  We change the GoogleContactSync from being an ‘app’ which requires iTunes to trigger the sync, to a ‘server’ which can just be triggered on its own. Again, from the terminal:

sudo defaults write /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/GoogleContactSync.framework/Resources/ClientDescription Type ‘server’

sudo chmod 644 /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/GoogleContactSync.framework/Resources/ClientDescription.plist

Step 4. Run iSync. Go to Preferences, and enable “Show Status in Menu Bar”.

Step 5. Very important. Reboot.

…and that should do it. Choose “Sync Now” from the iSync menu bar item whenever you want to sync them.

Windows 7 – even good on older hardware?

January 8th, 2009

i was hesitant to install it on my Dell Latitude D505 – Its only got a Pentium-M 1.5ghz proc, & 768mb of ram. but since my curiosity knows no bounds, i took the plunge and installed it the other night via a USB key.

it didnt immediatly work with all my hardware – But after connecting it to the internet via a WiFi-N USB dongle it was able to download all of the drivers, save video… I had to manually download and  install the Intel 855GM WindowsXP driver, so it runs under the XPDM. So unfortunately it doesn’t run Aero, so i dont get the switcher or the other neat shiny things that it can do. But hey, its old, and was frankensteined together from parts from three broken laptops. Cant ask for too much. ;-)

So now for the million dollar question – how does it run so far? Its faster than when it was running XP Pro SP3, just from the feel of things. Microsoft, you’ve finally got something right.

Windows 7. Serious Buisness.

January 6th, 2009

Ok – I’m sold. Windows 7, even while its still in the Beta 1 stage, is good. Really GOOD. My MSI Wind isnt the fastest performer, but it boots the 7000 Build faster than the pre-installed XP home did… and unlike XP/Vista, its actually ready to use the moment the desktop appears. XP/Vista would load the desktop while the rest of the system was still starting in the background, making the end user wait another minute or so till it ‘settled down’.

Application/Driver compatibility isnt going to be as much of an issue, as long as your hardware already works with XP/Vista. I’ve installed Windows 7 on four seperate computers without EVER being prompted for a driver.

Only one drawback so far… its still a beta, and not scheduled for a retail release until 2010. I personally feel that is ready for primetime as it sits… Only a few IE8 bugs(surprise surprise) show the sign of ‘betaness’. Of course, you can just run Chrome or Firefox for now…

A longtime friend made a good point to me recently- If Microsoft has me excited about Windows 7 (and i’m essentially a macfanboy now) they are finally doing something right!

Retail Leopard 10.5.6+PC EFI v9+EFI Strings = 100% Hackintosh

December 23rd, 2008

thanks to the guys who made Boot-132, OSX86 Universal Installer, netkas, taruga and others, i am able to enjoy a retail DVD based install on my Gateway 1.8ghz C2D hackintosh. It all works – Networking, Audio, AND Time Machine.

Contrary to what you’d probably expect, you dont build a hackintosh to save money. If i was to invoice myself for all the different iterations i’ve put this thing through, i’d easily spend as much money on a new iMac. So why do we do it? Because of the challenge.

sun blade 100

December 18th, 2008

my sun blade 100 was ‘loaded’ when i bought it in 2001- base price of $995, about 3k when configured. Now, you can buy one for $125:

eBay

i cant bring myself to sell the one that i’ve got. its taught me so much, and is the #1 reason why i’m so good at OS X now. maybe i should hang it and the Ultra5 that i have on the wall in my office… like a trophy? :-)

Happy Halloween!

October 31st, 2008

It’s been a while since I’ve posted – Having a dream is one thing. Working hard to attain it is what I’ve been up to. But I’m glad i took the time to go buy some candy for trick-or-treaters… The neighborhood kids all seem to love the pumpkins my girlfriend and I carved.

My new dream machine

October 14th, 2008

If money were no object, I’d get a new 15″ MacBook Pro configured like this:

  • 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM – 2x2GB
  • 128GB Solid State Drive
  • SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • Backlit Keyboard (English) / User’s Guide
  • Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter
  • Apple Remote
  • AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Pro (w/or w/o Display) – Auto-enrol

Total: $3,766.00

a guy can dream, cant he? ;-)