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  1. Official "GarageMac" movement?

    Re-visiting this after so long brings back a few not so distant memories, but it doesn't change anything about my belief that a "GarageMac" initiative for Desktops/Workstations/Servers is a better way forward for Apple to serve it's current customers and prospective customers needing more than gadgets to get their day to day work done. Also, considering Apple is clearly moving away from building anything other than gadgets in what the they've deemed the "Post PC Era" rather than give customers few products, many of which have overpriced hardware that doesn't meet customers needs or is overkill "the certified "GarageMac" initiative with Apple selling all of the internal components makes more sense than ever. At the end of the day selling software really seems like it should be the most important thing might give them access to the all important technological gatekeepers of technological word of mouth promotion which counts for A LOT.
  2. Ok, I'm interested in finding the most straight forward OSX/X58 build list I can get. Thus far from my browsing it looks like MSI X58 installations of OSX are the worst. I'm going to buy a PC from CyberPower PC using their X58 Configurator to simplify the laundry list parts and to eliminate having to put it together in the next couple of days. I would like to have OSX on an external drive to be able to boot from that and have a dual boot system. Essentially what I'm after is: A.) The most compatible X58 boards of the CyberPower offerings and B.) Probably the cheapest OSX compatible GPU since I know OSX probably won't recognize any Nvidia GTX cards to go along with GTX 460 or 480 that I'm going to have in the computer for Windoze. I'm hoping that nailing things down BEFORE getting the comp will minimize OSX installation to one or two extra steps from a standard installation? Is this doable?
  3. Official "GarageMac" movement?

    Dang, I was hoping to get a little response with this the first time, hopefully the repackaging will help create more conversation. Anyway, one point that I missed that could be considered trivial is that a comprehensive "GarageMac" program could be a small countermeasure to help beat back the "Apple is an Evil Empire" hackers that are growing in number parallel to the growth of Apple.
  4. Apple is NEVER going to just sell the OS and let people use thousands of different hardware configurations with it, because then it would be as stable as Windoze (not very.) The only Windows computers that are generally stable are the test bed models for each major revision which Microsoft never discloses. Apple would stop making personal computers before they would do something like that. Having said that I do think there are some options Apple should consider and that would include creating a "GarageMac" program like I posted in the news forum where Apple would essentially retrofit a couple of Intel motherboard designs for legacy Mac Mid-tower computers and certify enthusiasts with some kind of "Legacy ReBuilding" instructional classes so a people could hire people to build/rebuild PowerMac towers. Apple could also buy a company like Sony and have them build computers that are OSX compliant and cover price/product areas that Apple doesn't cover. (Maybe like a cheaper laptop, and e-ink reading tablet, a mid-tower with a desktop processor[something that could be used as a gaming rig]) I'm sure there are other things along those lines that people could think of, but maintaining a small group of computer parts for all of their computers helps them maintain the stability edge an it's that way by design, not by accident.
  5. Is this where All Desktops are headed?

    Looking back on this and seeing Apple axe the XServe a couple of months later (After the Lion event) and hearing rumors a little earlier that Apple was considering renaming OS X "iOS Desktop" or some other such nonsense didn't feel good. I'm still hopeful that Apple won't toss the baby out with the bath water though particularly considering the the fact that it sounds like Final Cut Pro has been majorly revised and they've been spending money developing this upgrade for a couple of years now. Atleast that's beacon of light for professional users that don't want to see Apple de-evolve itself into a consumer electronics company. The sad part for me was when they axed XRAID and acquired PA-SEMI a month or so later I knew they wanted them to build the iGadget processors but I thought they would also have them continuing the their RAID chip business which had become best of breed for speeding disc arrays before Apple bought them. Maybe that can still happen (shrug).
  6. 1st Generation G3 Hackintosh...

    Hey morrison, thanks for the advice. At this point it is fantasy parts and I'm just trying to put together a build list of parts that will work, run OS X and hopefully reduce my load of work a bit. An i5 build on a microATX may be more realistic, but I'm not going to lie I'd much prefer something closer to my original idea if I can work it out. I'd even rather try to find some kind of external power supply which would open the case pretty dramatically for cooling purposes. I also don't really care about the optical drive slot areas as they were designed for a floppy drive unit (obsolete) and Iomega Zip drive (obsolete) and an optical drive. Obviously a DVD drive would be good, but the rest of those can be empty helping turn the case into a nice cavernous space where heat can dissipate and be gradually vented out of the back with a fan that typically would be for the power supply. ...I just looked inside the case, it actually took me a few minutes to remember that the case itself actually flips open in half to reveal the motherboard and it looks bigger than miniATX size. It's actually a really great case design, even better than a lot of the closed cases you would get now where you'll be slicing your fingers up trying to dig around in there to connect things. Not sure what I'm going to do just yet, but I definitely think I want to use the case. I'll definitely keep my eyes open to see what Zoran, The Mac Mod Master, would do with this case. Thanks for chiming in super Z.
  7. I thought this was stupid when I first saw news of it and I haven't changed my mind on it yet. The whole movement to all digital distribution for everything puts me into the state of mind of thinking about the humans from the film Wall-E...just pathetic and we all saw it coming. It's as bad as seeing scientists and engineers moving full speed ahead on artificial intelligence even after having seen Terminator, the Matrix and having engineers and scientists validate that yes those things could possibly happen etc. In terms of just looking at the legal side of this, away from the Hackintosh movement, the one thing everyone should know by now is that digital browsing by and large is a "Tunnel Vision" experience; you see one specific thing that you were directed towards specifically and maybe one or two other things around the periphery of the interface. If anything software developers should be fighting this the hardest. It's been said that going electronic Democratizes everything, but I beg to differ. Electronic distribution actually creates more obstacles, because the things that get searched come from the people or companies that have the deepest pockets to market and promote their products. If I'm an indie game developer and I really want to get bold I can leave a bunch of flyers in a Best Buy promoting my wares, or I can wear a jacket that has my website address on it, but online it totally eliminates consignment option or any kind of indirect promotion.
  8. How many Hackintosh users are out there? Personally I think there should be a public record of how many Hackintosh users there are today and a count of how many people plan to build a Hackintosh in the next six months to a year. If that kind of number is made public and it's significant (maybe up to a million or more) it could possibly convince Apple to do something about it in a good way. While I think that Apple doing the MSFT thing and trying to be the everything OS to all computer hardware is a bad thing Apple could make some custom hardware available to the GarageMac builders of the OSx86 community to reclaim as many legacy Mac cases as possible and recycle as many motherboards etc. as possible. Apple could go as far as to create a training program for authorized GarageMac building certificates where they could collect a fee from individual people helping other people re-build legacy desktop Macs on top of parts costs. Its clear that OSx86 isn't a trend that's likely to die off any time soon and more and more advanced users/builders keep adding to the ranks. It's high time Apple resolved itself to accept that they aren't serving their customers well at all in certain areas, but they can improve. They could even use information for something like this as marketing info. to help them build a line of more specialized computers. In any event if this is something you'd like to discuss further, agree with, disagree with reply to this and don't just be a drive-by post reader.
  9. Well, not yet. I need some serious assistance since I've never built a computer from scratch. I want to convert an old Beige G3 Midtower into dual boot OS X/Windows 7 budget friendly Hackintosh primarily for 3D rendering. ($1K or less) I'm trying to figure what kind of motherboard I can use that's hackable that will hopefully fit the case without too much trouble since the beige towers are a little closer to ATX dimension cases I think. Has anyone attempted this yet? I'm thinking that the major benefit for me is that I really don't need a monster video card (most of which would be incompatible with OSX anyway.) I want an i7 cpu and about 9 GB of RAM. I also need a working Ethernet port, USB port and hopefully some kind of WiFi capability.