Monday, June 26, 2006

From Hackintosh to Macintosh

A great little article about the power held in OS X on x86 hardware; but also its technical relation to native OS X on Mac hardware. What is pehaps the most interesting thing about this writing is that it comes from the heart of the OSX86 'world'. It just goes to prove that the initial excitement about attacking (and I use that word lightly) Apple by hacking its OS was unfounded - indeed the opposite has occured.

Users of Hackintosh computers stopped dual-booting with XP, then they switched to native OS X because they were so impressed with Apple's OS and all its graphical features etc. that were not accesible under the constant tinkering of OSX86.

What I do perhaps see as the most important element is the definite loss of 'Geek' when it came to the usability. The tinkering of update files and Front Row seemed to be, at the end, the key as to why users switched to native OS X. Does this show perhaps that OS X is so good at what it's good at that it takes over from the Geek's domain?

The very people that hacked it have gone right back to using it in its un-hacked state. I think that that is quite an unusual event, and i'm not sure that it has happened before.

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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Human-to-Human Infection by Bird Flu Virus Is Confirmed

"An Indonesian who died after catching the virus from his son represents the first confirmed case of human-to-human transmission of the disease. The W.H.O. investigators also discovered that the virus had mutated slightly when the son had the disease, although not in any way that would allow the virus to pass more readily among people."

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