Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th May 2009 20:56 UTC
Mac OS X Getting Mac OS X up and running on a computer without an Apple label has always been a bit of a hassle. You needed customised Mac OS X disks, updates would ruin all your hard work, and there was lots of fiddling with EFI and the likes. Ever since the release of boot-132, this is no longer the case. Read on for how setting up a "Hack"intosh really is as easy as 1, 3, 2.
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Sweet Thom is giving hardware ...
by Moulinneuf on Tue 26th May 2009 22:08 UTC
Moulinneuf
Member since:
2005-07-06

Sweet Thom Holwerda is giving free Hardware to anyone who ask :

- Mouse
- Keyboard
- LCD screen

Are all on him he got a source to get them for free for anyone who ask ... Or maybe you need to use a secret code at is unamed dutch favorite vendor.

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Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

I already have a 19" LCD, a mouse and keyboard. I also have a KVM. What I don't have is room on my desk for four monitors, keyboards and mice. I suspect Thom has more than one computer in his house too, oddly enough.

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Moulinneuf Member since:
2005-07-06

Thom said :

I'm now enjoying a brand new Macintosh for less than 200 EUR.


Will your point is still valid and probably apply to Thom too , it's not what I was going for , pointing out that he is missing some components in his description , witch make his price obersevation obsolete if he don't say if you already have those and even name/price them.

here are some idea for your space problem :

http://www.imserba.com/node/1554

http://www.gizmodo.fr/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/wow-36box2-1.jpg

http://www.tradingcomputers.com/TCarrays.html

http://www.dual-boxing.com/forums/index.php?page=Thread&threadID=14...

Beside these days it's more practical to go with laptop / netbook , then mini ITX. They stack better , can be put on wall or bracket mounts. They also come with screen , mouse and dvd included , they are also portable and priced in the 400$-500$ range.

I am waiting for Apple to release a netbook type computer in the 500$ range. Just so that it cover the people who don't have 1200$ , it would probably crush the Apple clone too , who would go for them when the original is 500$.

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computrius Member since:
2006-03-26

Sweet Thom Holwerda is giving free Hardware to anyone who ask :

- Mouse
- Keyboard
- LCD screen

Are all on him he got a source to get them for free for anyone who ask ... Or maybe you need to use a secret code at is unamed dutch favorite vendor.


Even still. He has essentially built a mac mini for $400 less than what the mac mini costs. Even if you do buy a monitor your still $100-$200 in the green.

Edited 2009-05-27 02:40 UTC

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puenktchen Member since:
2007-07-27

Even still. He has essentially built a mac mini for $400 less than what the mac mini costs.


a current mac mini will totally destroy thoms machine. an single atom roughly compares to an g4 running at 2/3 the ghz. his double core 1,6 ghz atom with a lousy gma 950 and without hyperthreading will be somewhere between the last g4 minis and the first single core intel minis. and the used price of this macs (see: www.mac2sell.net) is comparable to what he paid for his new pc. i still feel tempted to use this to replace my loud emac, but it's not that obvious that it's the best alternative for a small, cheap, silent not-so-powerful mac:

+ you can use a 3,5 '' harddisk which will be much faster and cheaper than the 2,5 '' used in the mac mini
- sleep doesn't work
- you'll have to reinstall drivers after every update

Edited 2009-05-27 08:36 UTC

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alcibiades Member since:
2005-10-12

You've put your finger on the problem with the iMac. Lets be explicit about it.

Most people now already have a keyboard and mouse and screen. They are not in the market to replace them, at the moment at least. Most have already got rid of their old VDU and replaced it with flat screen, and many prefer the keyboard they are used to.

So, they are looking for base units. Why not? Its reasonable, cost effective, comfortable, and its green.

They buy an iMac, Apple forces them to buy a screen and keyboard they do not need or even want. And charges them handsomely for it. And then another one, when there will still be nothing wrong with them, but the processor and main board are in need of replacement.

This is what creates the market for Hackintoshes. Value for money. Of course, Thom has used an Atom, which is not what you'd use if you were looking for a Core 2 heavyweight system. But it will be a similar story compared to the iMac in terms of price, compared to the Mini it will totally outclass it in terms of performance for less money, and compared to the Pro it will deliver 85% of the performance for 25% of the price.

And this is why Psystar had to get sued. On the other hand of course, what with FreePC, EFI-X, PearC and the Russian guys, this has now reached the stage of official pandemic watch. Be careful folks, cases are liable to occur in a computer store near you. It is not just infectious, its starting to look contagious.

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REM2000 Member since:
2006-07-25

The market for people with a keyboard and a mouse is taken care of via the Mac Mini line,

The iMac is geared towards an all in one solution for people who want the screen etc..

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