So I’ve already started receiving concerned pirates out there about whether or not to download and install the latest SP1 for Win7 which if I am correct, dropped on the 22n….errr today. I’m going to jump the gun before even I install it on my singular PC system, and say that I would believe it to be quiet safe. Microsoft has learned in the last few years that even upsetting users of Windows who didn’t pay for a copy, isn’t a good idea.

Sure there may always be a small intrusive little star that pops up and reminds you that your copy is in fact not genuine, but there are always people like me out there that create ways for you to remove them. 🙂

Sometime this weekend amidst the madness of editing more video, converting PSD’s to XHTML, and testing a new eCommerce site I built for a friend, I will set aside my 5 hour energy drink and install SP1 and report back on my findings. I really hope that there were fixes to dropping connections when connecting to windows via SMB, and I’m crossing my fingers, though unlikely for a lost cause, and am hoping that there is major fixes to Optical Audio device handling, because right now it’s shitty at best.

For those of you that have installed SP1 for Win 7, if your having problems let everyone else know. Since I linked my facebook to my blog I noticed a lot of you post comments there instead of here, so lets try to keep the comments on the blog 🙂

UPDATE: Installing SP1 went very well, not hiccups or issues, and no problems with annoying “Not genuine” popups for a “non-official” version of Windows 7 on a test system. Depending on how you obtained your copy of Win7 and how you cracked it, your results may vary. I know that Daz’s and Hazar loaders do a pretty damn good job at retaining the copy of Windows as “legit” so if that’s how you cracked it, you should be fine. There are several versions floating around the torrent sites that come pre-cracked and I can’t confirm or deny that those will have the same results, but I think we would all like to hear if anyone is having problems (or if your not).

Cheers,

David

 

UPDATE: A full two days later and I was greeted by the “This copy of Windows is not Genuine” on the bottom right hand side of my screens. If your a Win7 ULTIMATE user, then simply download THIS , double click and run, the program will auto reboot you, and you should be good to go. For Win7 users that are NOT running Ultimate, Try downloading older Hazar or Daz loaders and re-applying the crack. As always if your having problems drop me a comment and I’ll walk you through it.

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Today at 5:00 am PST, TwelveSouth a company that most Apple owners are very familiar with and love dearly, launched a new product called MagicWand. MagicWand connects your wireless Apple bluetooth keyboard to your Magic Pad, something that a lot of us had wanted to do for quiet a while. Here’s the description from TwelveSouth and a video:

“What is MagicWand? It’s a cool little accessory that connects Apple’s Magic Trackpad to your Apple Wireless Keyboard, creating the sleek, one-piece input device you’ve been imagining. MagicWand creates an amazingly efficient keyboard you can pair with iMac, MacBook and your Apple home theater setup. Use it on your desk, the sofa or anyplace else you use your Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple’s Magic Trackpad.”

For only $29.99 it’s a pretty good deal and they beat some competition to the finish line (I can’t find the damn link to the product that is almost identical to the MagicWand sorry!), if you want to add a number pad to the keyboard, check THIS out.

What I mean by the title is that not many people are aware (not that it’s of any really earth moving importance) that Dreamworks uses AMD/HP computer systems, and are partnered together, while Pixar is with Intel and Apple? I had always assumed that Dreamworks used Apple computers as well, but watching the “Think Beyond” HP event, made me dig a little deeper. And whatddya know. As I stated before, it’s not that it makes any real world difference, but I’m sure it adds a little fuel to a future debate from the ol’ classic “Apple vs PC” book.

Not many people are also aware that Steve Jobs is still the largest shareholder of Pixar Animation Studios, which he  founded (he purchased “The Graphics Group” from Lucasfilm Ltd which he renamed Pixar in 1986, pretty amazing history of events.

GreenpoisOn has released a update for jailbreaking up to 4.2.1 . The latest release can also jailbreak your appleTV if you wish to do so. Just click the link and follow the included instructions. I’d say this is as safe as it comes… but then again, there is always that one person who just can’t seem to get it working right. Download it HERE , just select your OS.

 

Better touch tool is a tiny app that does so much for an Mac user. It adds more touch gestures and touch locations to your magic trackpad, magic mouse, or trackpad (and add shortcuts with keyboard).  It also adds windows snapping (the feature in windows 7) . Best of all it’s FREE. You can download it HERE and setting it up is extremely easy.

Just select which device you want to configure and then select whether you want a gesture or keyboard shortcut or mouse shortcut, it really can’t be any easier…but I’ll say it… if you need help you can always find the help here.

🙂

-David

I like Gizmodo, can’t say I love it like I love engadget.com or tuaw.com, or the infamous exempt.wordpress.com (your already here…remember?) , but what’s up with their new layout? It’s horrible!

Go check it out for yourself, and come back and tell me what you think.

-David

Pictured above is what I was greeted with upon updating from 10.6.5 iacktos to 10.6.6. I reinserted my kexts for my Nvidia card, and repaired permissions, although FCP and all other apps still report QE as enabled, magically the OS still does NOT recognize QE as enabled.  And don’t forget to delete sleepenabler kext before that reboot otherwise you’ll most like see a kernel panic.