a hackintosh for me, iphone applications for thee

I’m embarking on a hackintosh project because I want to dabble in some iPhone/iPod application development. This post is really a sort of notepad for some of the resources I am researching to help with this. The hardware is a refurbished Dell Mini v10, and I can report that it gets 2 fps (Dalaran) to 20 fps (out in the wild) playing Warcraft. 🙂

I was a moderately good citizen and snagged a legitimate copy of Snow Leopard off Amazon – the upgrade disc, mind you. The OSX installation guides vary but here are the main ones (slightly contradictory):

Mech Drew: http://osx.mechdrew.com/guides/

Gizmodo: http://bit.ly/ItgcC

Lifehacker: http://bit.ly/6sdVx

As far as learning how to do app development, I will use the courses on Apple ITunes University and also I bought this book.

unfortunately, none provide a simple way to add an OS/X install as a multiboot option. I used a freeware partition software to create a new 80 GB partition, so hopefully I can use that for OS/X but I’m really treading on new ground here. Ideally I can multi-boot into XP or Snow Leopard.

If anyone has any words of wisdom or advice, please do let me know! This isn’t for the faint of heart, clearly.

Dell coupon codes

As a Dell affiliate, I get periodic emails about new offers and discounts. If you’re in the market for a new laptop or desktop, this is a good time of year to take the plunge.

Dell XPS deals

Dell Inspiron coupon codes

However, Dell’s new Latitude XT tablet PC seems like a pretty poor value. It’s priced over $1000 more than a comparable Lenovo ThinkPad X61, though it is thinner and has a cool capacitive touch screen.

Dell XPS M1730

dell xps m1730

Dell just officially released it’s monster gaming rig, the XPS M1730. This thing is insane. For $2999 (and up) you get:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo (Merom) T7700 (2.4 GHz)
  • 17 inch LCD WUXGA (1920 x 1200)
  • dual 512MB Nvidia GeForce 8700 graphics cards (running in SLI mode)
  • 2.0 megapixel webcam, noise-cancelling earbuds (for the online gaming set)
  • a dedicated “AGEIA PhysX” processor for advanced physics rendering
  • secondary LCD display, funky space age exterior, running lights

not to mention all sorts of options like twin hard drives in a RAID array and a Blu Ray DVD burner. Notebook Review.com has a preliminary review that has no real surprises; the M1730 is basically an all-in-one desktop replacement and gaming rig, and is not really designed for lugging around campus or on your business flight.

I’ve been flogging the idea that desktop PCs, as a form factor, are obsolete. The trend is towards monster rigs like the M1730, or smaller machines that plug into a desktop environment loaded with external devices. I tend to favor the latter, but that imposes a fundamental performance hit (though external graphics cards can help ameliorate this). Even a beast like the M1730 is still going to be second fiddle to a true desktop gaming rig, but still has enough horsepower to satisfy the average gamer.