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  1. New OS X compatible motherboard -> QUO

    Expansion chassis have been part of our landscape for about 10 years or so. It's not about the lanes, it's about fitting that many cards in the system with our I/O counts. I'm in the audio dept, not the picture dept and deal primarily with music. A typical large scale Pro Tools HD system I use is based on a octo Mac Pro though some of the Nuendo rigs are i7 950s and they're plenty big. There is more than just drives with interfacing with Thunderbolt though we use drives like we used tape in the olden days. It's about portability of interfaces in being able to interface different devices, in our apps particularly MADI and fibre channel. You're thinking drives only but there are more advantages to Thunderbolt than connecting drives. An example would be Hammerfall cards in a Thunderbolt enclosure, some sort of drive array and a Mac Book Pro. Fits in a Pelican case and will be dumped to the SAN via fibre channel when we get back so the guys that mix it or put it to picture can have it or we mount it in one of our rooms if we are finishing it. Much of our content capture happens remotely and until recently we'd have rigs racked up and ready to ship out (or send a mobile) but using Thunderbolt as a means to interface what are normally PCIe devices we can have the same capability for many apps in a much smaller foot print and logistically be able to support it better. We still need a truck for live to air but for many things a good flyaway rig that is compact and gets clean tracks is all we need. For the studio rigs we'd need a card to interface the Magma chassis so we might as well use TB. We've been implementing it as needed over the last year and it's been handy (though not cheap). We could make a Pro Tools or Nuendo system out of the Quo board and have it deliver pro results. But we don't because of several reasons I'm not going to delve into right now but our main obstacle isn't the resource capability of the board so much as no hot swap TB is a deal breaker. Part of it is the support (that we wouldn't get) from using non approved hardware and the grief from Avid for using it. For us the Mac Pros and nice MPBs are some of the least costly items.
  2. New OS X compatible motherboard -> QUO

    For our applications Thunderbolt has become essential in that it saves time (money in labor) for the transfer of some content and for our large scale apps there aren't enough slots for I/O without an expansion chassis which in and of itself can be a nightmare. Once the content is on the network it's not an issue but for getting content on and off the network and having flexibility in device interface it's an excellent tool. I'd agree that large scale apps aren't using 37xx series processors but in my experience upgrading systems yearly isn't usually done so having a computer that is a a year or two out in technology is fairly common in large scale production. In fact it's the standard. We're judged on the quality of the work product, not how new the technology might be. There is more USB 3 because more devices are available and devices and technology implementation for Thunderbolt is pretty expensive at the point. There are applications where Thunderbolt is a better solution but those are typically things that would have been utilizing the PCIe bus and not a serial bus. I would agree that at this point, particularly given the cost structure, it's just not feasible for everyone to switch when for the typical user USB 3 is more than adequate. However, that same sort of argument was made when the floppy went away, then RS232 ports and now optical media though in recent times the pushback when those technologies are deprecated is less and less. No hot swap on the hacks is a bummer but my understanding is that it has to do with how the hardware, BIOS and OS communicate to make the resources (PCIe lanes) available at the swap. I don't know what would be required to make it happen in a hack.
  3. Permanently Banned From Tonymacx86

    US LLCs are structured as a pass through tax meaning they are taxed only once with the revenue/losses accounted on the personnel tax returns of the member. Many past time or so called hobby businesses are structured as LLC for liability reasons. You can have a business (or hobby) to not specifically turn a profit but it wouldn't be a 501c3.
  4. tonymacx86 and other's

    An astute reader would recognize that that I was referring to US law. Hence the statement "under US law". Apple can sue for EULA (Apple's term is SLA) in the US and has in the past. That is why Psystar doesn't sell Hackintoshes any further. In terms of the use legal, that also is applicable in civil cases as the EULA has been determined in the US to be a legally enforceable contract. In the US it would only be a criminal offense if a copy protection device was circumvented which is outlined in the DMCA. I don't think the use of Hackintoshes in a non commercial setting is going to rile Apple. They make their money from consumer communication devices and the sale of media. Mac hardware is a minority, though still vastly profitable part of the business. In terms of the fair use argument or using it for educational uses it matters not. It's not fair use and in Vernor v. Autodesk the courts (it went all the way to the 9th Circuit) upheld that indeed under US law an EULA was binding and enforceable. If you live outside the US it doesn't concern you but it is possible but not probable one could face action if they were in the US. It not worth Apple's time and money to come after private Hackintosh users. in the US software piracy is a generally a civil matter and not a criminal matter unless it's a violation of the DMCA or is for profit or a commercial gain. As an example when the RIAA was suing people for downloading music it wasn't law enforcement pursuing the cases but the legal team of the RIAA. That's similar to the EULA enforcement in Autocad suit mentioned in the last post. If, however, I was selling pirated copies of Autocad (or even unlicensed band tee shirts at concerts) there is a provision to be criminally prosecuted. At one time software was covered under a "first sale" doctrine which allowed me to legally resell software I legally owned but when the 9th Circuit upheld EULAs the freedom to do that disappeared. Now we don't own software, we license it. Indeed and a point I was going to make and didn't about if Apple were concerned with this they would put up something that could legally (though though perhaps not technically) stop it. That said, I don't know at this point if FakeSMC could be considered a protection device as its function is to manage components of the system even though it's a gatekeeper to be able to run the software. I suppose that they could argue that it was device protection but that's not been litigated up to this point. It is an interesting observation though.
  5. New OS X compatible motherboard -> QUO

    From the posts on the KS page it looks like the boards are out in force. Good for Quo but it was a painful launch. I suppose it's part of the KS pseudo open hardware movement that in the olden days we weren't involved with when the product was due let alone being able to be in on the ground floor funding. Seeing "how the sausage is made" has been unpleasant for some. One thing I noticed is there are a fair number who are looking at Hackintosh only as a way to get a cheap Mac. No matter how many times people here or elsewhere say it, if you are only looking for a cheap Mac get a Mini. Hacking requires effort. Even with an all in one tool (though one could make a pretty good case that in many cases and frequently on more complex builds they can do more harm than good) one is still going to need to know a bit about what's going on to have a fully functioning Mac. I'm enamored with the boot to flash then the capability of installing straight from the App store download. Nice work guys. The Thunderbolt issues are interesting and I'm wondering if Apple is doing something else in hardware for hot swap and the video issues. Good Thunderbolt info outside of Mac hardware is far and few between right now. Hopefully in some of the 87 series chipsets coming that integrate TB controllers can help lead to more adoption since the price of a standalone controller will disappear. Over the next few weeks as the last of the initial orders arrive it will be interesting to see the issues and improvements to the board and firmware.
  6. tonymacx86 and other's

    That's a distinction that many make but in the end there is a violation of the EULA (under US law anyway) which amounts to legally the same thing, a violation of the license. I'm not making a judgement one way or the other and while ethically at least a case can be made for using a purchased copy, legally it's an EULA violation none the less.
  7. New OS X compatible motherboard -> QUO

    To see how this board is different one can read the specs and compare to other boards. Advantages for me from a hardware perspective are mATX, onboard Firewire 400 and 800 and Thunderbolt. Combine that with the ability to flash the HermitCrabLabs firmware and it's a boot and go Hackintosh. It's the combination of these features that make the board unique. I like it for the hardware package/capability. Non Quo Gigabyte Z77 Thunderbolt equipped board availability is starting to become constrained in the channel. They're getting ready to release Z87 Thunderbolt equipped boards. Even if you aren't making a Hackintosh it's a nice Z77 board.
  8. New OS X compatible motherboard -> QUO

    Those that are using the free shipping option overseas are likely to be sent USPS. Depending on where it goes it can take a few weeks. It seems like many that funded the Kickstarter project weren't aware of how Kickstarter works. They should have done more research into how Kickstarter works. A two month delay is actually not bad for a Kickstarter project. Some don't ship (and the project creator is under no obligation to fulfill any orders) and other are far later than Quo. For example Makibox is going on about 18 months now for a low cost 3D printer. While legally one that funds a Kickstarter project isn't an investor, in reality that's exactly what they are. If one were to read the Kickstarter FAQ, on provision is... It's similar to some complaining on the backer's forum that the install process is not automated and there are no docs to install OS X. Of course there aren't, installing OS X on non Apple hardware is an EULA violation. However, if one is familiar with how an install process works they can see that there is a convenience in using the project Q board.
  9. New OS X compatible motherboard -> QUO

    I think I'll go ahead and get one. If nothing else for the FW and TB onboard. Even though it's a bit light on number of slots a hefty audio production rig could be made. I've got a 1,1 Mac Pro and the form factor is perfect for the case.
  10. New OS X compatible motherboard -> QUO

    If you are concerned you should call them.
  11. New OS X compatible motherboard -> QUO

    There is at least one guy on the Kickstarter comments section that has a board. When I emailed Quo yesterday I was told the inventory and ship time on the site was accurate.