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I’m mobile at the moment so I’ll keep this short, depending on the type of hackintosh install method you used, you may run into some trouble updating to 10.6.7, and I mean “trouble” beyond the norm of having to simply delete some kexts or “reinstall” kexts. I recently updated and had a motherload pain of a time getting QE (Quartz Extreme) to function properly.

Keep in mind, since there haven’t been any *major* updates to Snow Leopard since 10.6.6 (well if you call the integration of the Mac App store a major update), so if your running 10.6.5 and everything is working just fine, I’d say you have no real reason to update, the graphics kexts that come with the update are not compatible for most hackintosh users that are using older (9800 gtx, 280,295 etc) graphics cards will not benefit performance wise from it.

I’m just sayin….

Many subscribers have been asking, “should I renew my MobileMe account this year? I’ve heard it’s going to become a free service this year and I don’t want to pay the $99 if it’s going to be free”. That is a really great question since the rumors will most likely become true around April or in September. Recently my Mobileme expired and I debated the exact same question.

Even though I am a huge fan of Apple, I won’t hesitate to call it like I see it, after all, that’s why most of you read my blog…for the hard truth. $99 isn’t a lot of money in this day and age,  however it is a lot of money for cloud storage and the simple services that MobileMe offers. It is a lot of money for starving college students and the like as well. I would say the best method to determine whether or not you should renew should be based on a couple factors.

How much free storage do you have in your MobileMe cloud?

If you only use 1gb or less of space in your cloud, then most likely you are not taking the full advantage of cloud services, Gmail and a ton of other companies offer free cloud services, so if you have mobile me for the not so frequent access of some files, then maybe you shouldn’t renew. I have 6gb free, which really isn’t much. I store invoices and receipts on my MobileMe cloud, so that if a client ever wants a copy of the invoice or i I need to reference back to a past receipt, I can access them all easily from my iphone or ipad. I also store all my company files as a third backup “just in case”.

I like the security of being able to track my iphone/ipad device in case it gets lost.

If this is the case, then my friend, you’ve been kept in the closet. The service has been free for some time. You do not need to have a MobileMe account. READ HERE.

Do you have an AppleTv?

If you have an AppleTv, then you should take advantage of the awesome streaming methods via your MobileMe account. If your like me, all your photos and videos are stored and synced to the cloud, then I remove the videos and photos from my iphone so that I don’t ever run out of space. I can watch videos on my AppleTv from MobileMe. Setting my screensaver on my AppleTv to my MobileMe account is also another small +plus+.
What if I renew and then a couple months later Apple makes it a free service?

Well several things can happen here… Apple may offer a refund up to a certain amount, let’s say $35, they have done this several times in the past on other products. Apple may do nothing, because, umm… the world isn’t fair in case you were not aware. Possibly the service does not become free and you’ll be happy that you renewed your MobileMe and didn’t lose all those pictures of your college girlfriend doing that crazy stuff with the bottle.

Get your mind out of the gutter and go renew your MobileMe.

I know I’m late but in case you missed it the first time around this morning, iOS 4.3 is here bringing some pretty nice changes. Here’s the rundown, some information from

Personal Hotspot:

“…Personal Hotspot — Verizon iPhone users have had access to the feature before now, but as of iOS 4.3, AT&T users can find the hotspot feature under the Network tab, inside the General Settings app on the iPhone. Note that while Personal Hotspot makes it possible for you to share a network connection with a computer, either over Bluetooth, a USB connection, or now over Wi-Fi, there is an extra charge on AT&T, and your phone will ask you to sign up for that service if you haven’t yet.

AT&T calls the service DataPro with Tethering, and it will cost you an extra $45 a month, allowing up to 4 GB of bandwidth, and extra charges beyond that for more. That’s not cheap, but if you are often in places where you have to depend on your phone for an internet connection, it could be worth it.

To use the service itself, you just jump into that Settings screen, set up a password, and then connect from your computer as you would any other Wi-Fi network. The hotspot works with up to three connections via Wi-Fi at a time, so you and two friends can access the internet from anywhere, right through your iPhone.”
Airplay update:

“4.3’s AirPlay allows playback of videos straight from the iPhone’s Camera Roll, meaning that your snapshots and quick clips can be shared immediately. Websites that show H.264 video in Safari can stream to Apple TV as well, which is sure to be useful. Third-party app support is there too, and though it may take a little while for the developer community to catch up the possibilities are vast and very cool (Hulu, anyone?).

In addition to the wireless streaming magic of AirPlay, wired video playback gets a boost with iOS 4.3. The new version allows for “720p HD video playback from the Videos app, iPod app, Photos, YouTube, Safari, Keynote, and enabled third-party apps on an HDMI display,” meaning that you’ll need one of Apple’s new Digital Adapters to make the magic.”
Message Alert Options:

iOS 4.3 also brings some subtle changes to the way message alerts work. The settings for the Messages app now allow you to have alert tones repeat up to ten times at two minute intervals, which will come in handy if you’re away from your iPhone for awhile and miss a text.

Most of the 17 new (iPhone 4-only) text tones introduced in iOS 4.2 have been retooled. These new tones were quite lengthy before iOS 4.3, with some of them seeming more suited to a ringtone than a text message alert. 11 of the tones have been dramatically shortened and/or sped up — including Noir, which I thought was short enough to begin with — while six tones remain at roughly the same length they were before iOS 4.3.

Most tones are now less than a second long, and they sound much less overdriven, too; several of the new tones were so loud in iOS 4.2 that they sounded distorted through the iPhone 4’s speaker. That’s no longer an issue now as far as I can tell.

Another subtle change that you might not even notice at first: vibration alerts for messages have been changed up. Before, new messages had the same, brief vibration as the new mail alert. As of iOS 4.3, new text messages will instead give two sharp and quite noticeable vibratory pulses.

We’re unsure if the new tones have made it to the iPhone 3GS as of iOS 4.3; they weren’t available on the older iPhone in iOS 4.2, so chances are they’re still iPhone 4-only.

MLB NBA as streaming content

(Yaaawn) I guess this will appeal to some of you, forgive me if I save the confetti for another announcement.

“…additions of MLB.TV and NBA Game Time as streaming content options. Subscribers to these services (starting at $20/mo for the baseball side, and $65 for the NBA season) get streaming video of games, on-demand content and more. It’s a big step towards enabling the Apple TV as a digital hub for the living room — although, as pointed out, the Roku and Boxee devices have had this capability for a while (not to mention the Sony PS3).

Beyond the new streaming content, the update includes 5.1 Dolby sound for Netflix streaming, an improved onscreen keyboard, new slideshow themes, and the souped-up AirPlay feature to work with iOS 4.3 devices. Lots to enjoy!”

What kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t at least mention the news release of the Ipad 2? Well it’s not like I could tell you anything that you can’t simply find out yourself, so for the full scoop, see it at or my favorite

The ipad 2 is not a whole world of a difference from the original, faster dual core CPU (a5), output support to 1080p, thinner, lighter, and entering the market as the same price as the original release of the “OG” ipad. There wasn’t any technical specifications posted quiet yet at the time of this writing in regards to the graphics processor or whether or not the RAM was increased. But I will update as soon as I see it!



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.

If your running a hackintosh system and are debating whether or not to update to 10.6.6 from 10.6.5, I’d personally say that it’s not worth it. The only major addition to 10.6.6 is the “App Store”, however it also updates graphics drivers to support more CUDA cards, so if you had a difficult time enabling QE previously I’d hold off unless your willing to do some additional work to get back to where you currently are.

For those that are feeling up to the task, download the update, and before you reboot, run multibeast, replace the IOUSB kexts, and replace your Nvidia (or ATI) kexts with your old ones, and (sometimes applicable) delete sleepenabler kext, otherwise you might get a kernel panic on reboot. If you didn’t do all this and rebooted, you can always use a linux USB bootable distro and simply goto your extras/etc/ and delete the kexts and do some replacing. And lastly, always remember to repair permissions after making any changes to your kexts or system files.


A couple weeks ago Apple sent me a nice letter and a little box. They had sent me a free Magic Trackpad as a gift for nondisclosure information and I was thankful for the small gift. The Magic Trackpad measures 5×5 roughly, slightly larger than the trackpad on your Macbook Pro, and functions exactly the same. Is it innovation? Not really. Is it cool? Kinda. Do you need one to replace your Magic Mouse? Not in my opinion.

I’ve been using it for a couple weeks now, actually, it’s been connected for a couple weeks sitting right next to my magic mouse (which I use with my 27″ iMac). I used it for a day, and then was pretty much over it. It’s really about personal preference, and after about 10 minutes of whipping around on the web and iMac, the tips of my fingers whether its on my Macbook Pro, or on this new trackpad, I kinda get this irritating feeling on the tip of my fingers.

If you’ve always wanted a over sized touch responsive trackpad for your computer, then “Oh My Gawwwd”, this is for you. Rotating pics in preview is nice, and flipping through the always over sensitive Finder in Coverflow view is nifty, but the novelty wears off pretty fast. The build quality as always with Apple Wait…what about that iphone 4 antenna gate problem? is top notch, it’s solid and sexy. For power users, I’d say give this a pass, even at their price of $69. Or don’t take my word for it, but I’m sure you’ll think the same thing in a week.

Quality work, as you can expect from apple.

See the video here

Live from WDC2010, will post coverage as soon as it ends in about 10 min!

Wow, some amazing things were covered today with the iphone 4 release. We’ve all seen the leaked pictures from Gizmodo (no need for a link,  you know where to go), so aesthetically there is no need to really go over the overall design of the body. One thing I will mention regarding the design, is that a lot of people were saying “Oh why does it have the metal band around the edges?” The metal band is actually stainless steel, and it acts as an antenna for the iphone 4. Some people also complained about the compatibility of their old cases and whether or not it will work with the new phone. Your answer is NO. But don’t be cheap, just go out and buy another case for $20-$50.

A part of the Keynote that is hard to grasp with pictures, is the difference in the quality of the LCD being used on the new iphone 4, it uses Retina Display, allowing the screen to display up to 4x that of the current iphone screen (I may be wrong in this fact, my notes are scattered as I tried to keep up with all the information being presented).

As most of you know, the iphone 4 has a front facing and rear facing camera, the rear facing now having a LED flash and is 5 megapixels, with a low light sensitive camera.

The most amazing part is that the new iphone also films in TRUE 720p, and for $4.99 you can buy the imovie app from the app store to edit your movies (titles, transitions, effects) directly from your iphone 4. This is a sad day for the Flip camera!

The front facing camera came as a “Oh one more thing..” towards the end of the keynote, you can now video chat (over wifi currently) to your other friends and family with an iphone 4 via “FaceTime”, and Steve stated that “we are currently working with cellular networks” in order to expand the possibility of being able to do this over your typical cell network.

Some other aspects was the CoreMotion API’s for “extremely precise location” , and Steve spun around on stage with the iphone 4 in his hand and the screen (with wood blocks on it) spun around with him simultaneously.

Also covered was iOS 4 , which is the OS for the new iphone 4, however nothing stunning or amazing was really covered here that we are not already aware of (iads, ibooks etc). Multitasking was covered briefly as well, but again, we were all aware already.

Some of us were expecting to hear something about Tmobile or Verizon availability but most of us know that the official contractual agreement between Apple and At&t is not up until next year (around this same time) , so sorry folks, if your waiting because of carriers….keep waiting.

I am still here and will be updating this throughout the day, so I am sure I missed points here and there, I took over 500 photos so bear with me! Make sure to check back often!

As we move further from the press release of the iPad, and move further into getting the actual details, and some of us get hands on with the iPad, we all begin to see where Apple is going with the iPad. Today I’ll talk about the CPU specifically, the mystical A4. Not to far back, I called the A4, “a glorified SPARC processor”, and some of the younger, or less techie readers probably wondered what I was talking about. SPARC processors by Sun Microsystems was first introduced to the public in 1987, and are actually still manufactured today, albeit with some upgrades.  ”

The original SPARC processor contained as many as 128 gpr’s (general purpose registers), you can think of this as a prehistoric version of floating point calculations. At any point, only 32 of them are immediately visible to software – 8 are global registers (one of which, gO, is hard-wired to zero, so only 7 of them are usable as registers) and the other 24 are from the stack of registers. These 24 registers formed what is called a register window, and at function call/return, que a command, it returns a response,  this window is moved up and down the register stack. Each window has 8 local registers and shares 8 registers with each of the adjacent windows. The shared registers are used for passing function parameters and returning values, and the local registers are used for retaining local values across function calls.

Ok I get it, your most likely not tracking, and you may be wondering what the outdated architecture of the SPARC has to do with the iPad and it’s A4. Just wait my young paddawans, I’m getting there.

The iPad is said to run up to 10 hours of battery life. This is achieved by have the CPU only run processes that are absolutely needed, like an iPhone on airplane mode. The A4 accomplishes this by using (well not using but by being) SoC technology. System-on-a-chip (SoC) technology is the packaging of all the necessary electronic circuits and parts for a “system” (such as the not included iPad camera or the included USB ) on a single integrated circuit ( IC ). For example, a system-on-a-chip for the iPad  includes an audio receiver (to record sound), an analog-to-digital converter ( ADC ) (to process the audio signals), necessary memory , and the  input controller (touchscreen keyboard) control for a user – all on a single microchip. How this begins to make sense, is that when all circuits are on a single chip, only a single chip requires power, and then it filters the power to the departments that need it only when needed.

As John Stokes wrote this last Sunday, “the chip really isn’t anything more than an ARM Cortex A8 that has been stripped of much of its I/O functionality. The ARM Cortex A8, running at 600 MHz, is the SoC that powers the iPhone 3Gs The [“new”] A4 is a 1GHz custom SoC with a single Cortex A8 core and a PowerVR SGX GPU (Graphics processing unit). Common Cortex A8-based SoCs often have more onboard functions than are really required by mobile phones so that manufacturers don’t need to design a special chip. The usual Cortex A8-based SoC has infrared, RS232 serial, USB, keypad controller, and camera blocks to handle multiple input and output devices. The iPad, of course, will only need one USB port and one serial UART, both wired to the 30-pin connector at the bottom of the device.”

To sum that up, you have an iPhone 3Gs processor, with an added graphics processor which was needed in order to run the higher resolution and play movies at a higher resolution, however keep in mind, this was only meeting standards, NOT exceeding them as Apple has a reputation for.

Ok, so the A4 is not a glorified SPARC processor from 1987, it’s more like an ULTRASPARC III Cu from 2000 combined with an awesome mobile OS from Apple. The facts at the end of the day is that the OS is making more advancements and improvements that the hardware behind it. I think that within 6-8 months of the actual release of the iPad we will see a faster more equipped iPad, possibly the iPad Pro?