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A quote for a quote

This is cool… I've found two instances of myself tonight on the web. One was created by me earlier today while the other was caused by something I wrote in August.

Let's start with the one I knew about before Googling a term out of curiosity.

I've got a piece on APC's website at the moment about installing Mac OS on the MSI Wind. While I should probably have named the piece "The cheapest MacBook Air you'll see this year" because of the people now tearing me apart for the use of low-end notebooks being able to be modded for Hackintosh's, those people criticising modders for spending around fifty bucks to make their Wind into a Hackintosh Wind need to understand the following:

  • There is no currently released (as of time of writing this) 10 inch MacBook
  • The Wind has a longer lasting battery than any Mac laptop
  • I want something small, something Apple don't currently provide

There was one thing I forgot to write in my article and that's this: Mac OS runs better on the Wind than Windows XP. I usually use XP at the moment, that said, but that's because I'm used to it. I am booting into Mac OS lately to write all of my documents on the go because – and this is the kicker – the sleep mode on the Mac installation runs better than it does on the Windows installation. Weird, but useful.

So I have an article over at APC Mag at the moment that Gizmodo are linking to… which is cool (heh, I'm now one of the guys at APC… sweet). 

The other thing is interesting too and relates to another article (the only other article at present time) I've written for APC.

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Some people have lives, I have toys… or so says I.

And it is with that new quote of mine that I am showing off a new self-portrait of me complete with video of my new actions.

For I am…

Wall-Eigh. Walllleeeeiiiggghhh.

I mean… yeah… you can sort of get my name out of Wall-E speaking his name.

Video of my new body after the break, or just click on the above image for a bigger picture of Wall-Eigh!


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My Hackintosh

The one thing that surprises me about Apple is their inability to actually release what the market wants.

Take for example the iPod. While not the first or the original mp3 player, it is the one that everyone remembers. It's smooth, simple, and white. The iPod face hasn't really been changed throughout its life and most iPod devices – short of the Touch models – still look like they've evolved from that original first-generation hard drive front wheel model.

And yet not a single iPod supports FM radio yet. Nor do they support other audio formats. Or drag & drop folder support.

Almost every single media player under the sun has all of these things except the Apple iPod. If Apple had actually gone ahead and put these features into their devices, they'd have an immediate winner. No one would bother going to another brand because there'd be need to.

People would hail from the streets "Did you hear about Apple's new iPod? It does everything!" and there'd be no reason to buy anything else.

Instant & immediate market domination.

Currently, I'm writing this article and blog entry on a Mac while riding a bus on the way home.

Sort of.

I'm using my MSI Wind – a Netbook that comes out of the box with Windows XP installed on it. While white like a MacBook, it certainly isn't one. At 10 inches on the screen, it's actually a fair bit smaller than a 13.3 inch MacBook and almost half of what the MacBook Pro 15 and 17 inch models pull out with.

The MSI Wind I'm using hasn't been upgraded from its original specification and is currently sitting fine on 1 gig of memory and an 80 gigabyte hard drive. I have put in a 16GB SD card for extra solid-state storage, but that hardly affects storage so we don't need to talk about that.

What I have done however is replace one of the partitions on the original hard drive with an installation of Mac OSX… and damn, is it good.

From the start, I should mention that I've been hanging out to buy a laptop for a while because I'm one of those bastards that wants Apple to release a smaller notebook. I ultimately want a tablet model, but I'd take a smaller notebook like their older PowerBooks had.

Apple haven't exactly been forthcoming. They keep dodging my needs and telling me that I should buy a 13 inch MacBook. Why would I want to spend so much money on a 13 inch notebook? I can't carry that around easily.

So before I left to Singapore, I got one of the MSI Wind laptops, a computer I have been waiting for because it looked like the Netbook to get.

And it is.

Running both Windows XP and Mac OS is the dream of many a geek and this thing runs them quite happily. While not as fast as say a high-speed Windows PC or MacBook Pro, it doesn 't have to be.

My Hackintosh runs both XP and Mac OS, the only two operating systems I give a rat's arse about. How brilliant is that!

Now I feel like an improved journalist!

I'm like the Windows Vista of tech journalists– that's probably a horrible example.

But damn, I'm so much more improved. I'm upgraded, I'm shiny, I'm… now published on is cool, because some of my friends in the same field as I am write for there too. Yay!

Click on the above picture to see my article… you know, if you care and all. 

Hopefully the first of many… now I just have to find other stuff to write about.

Apple Fanboyitis

As we approach the launch of the third generation Apple iPhone on sale tomorrow, I feel a need to talk about something close to this technology journalist's heart: fanboyitis.

For those that don't know, fanboyitis occurs when people are so obsessed with a product or brand that they cease the ability to become objective. The part of their brain that determines and coordinates reasoning is shut off and they become defenders of the product or brand as if its being assaulted or raped and someone needs to step in as the voice of reason.

Which wouldn't be them.


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