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. 🙂
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.
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.
I’d like to ask a question of you, my seven readers. For some time now I’ve had access to coupon codes at Dell Computer for significant discounts (25-40% off, etc) on new systems, especially notebooks. I usually just delete these because I am not in the market for a new notebook until next year. But if there is sufficient interest, I can post them here at Haibane.info instead. If anyone actually used one, I’d get a referral payment of about 5-10 dollars depending on the configuration, which would help with my hosting costs (I’m firmly in the red, I don’t have enough traffic for the google ads to really help. But that’s a price I pay willingly for my enjoyment). However I’d rather not put the codes up and take up space if they won’t be of any potential use to anyone. Your thoughts?