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Old December 16th, 2009, 01:06 PM
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$270 Macbook

Well, a Hackintosh anyway. What's a Hackintosh you say? It's a intel machine with Mac OSX installed. In this case a Dell Vostro A90 with 10.6.2 installed, everything works including webcam and sleep.

I got these for my kids for christmas and I'm so tickled I had to share! I got mine on a Black Friday sale but you can go to the dell outlet and find refurbs under the business laptops inventory. Get the 16Gb SSD as even though you can make it work on 8G its not worth fighting for disk space over time.

Oh you obviously need a legal retail copy of OSX. An you'll need an external USB DVD drive or a 8G USB thumb drive or similar to complete the install. Trivial if you already have a mac.

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Old December 16th, 2009, 01:40 PM
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Nice.

My Win XP Pro system blew up a few weeks ago (my thinking it was an auto Win Update that caused the crash) and after figuring out the HDD and memory was ok and not having a copy of the Win XP CD, I threw on Ubuntu. Loaded up OpenOffice for doc and spreadsheet work. I have to say it's pretty slick. Keyboard, mouse, graphics card, & network printer found and working without a hitch. Just another option in case you don't want to shell out for a Win or Mac license.
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Old December 16th, 2009, 01:43 PM
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Yes they come from Dell with Ubuntu installed. For $310 you can get one with XP if thats your thing.

I love Linux but find OSX better suited for the wife and kids.

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Old December 16th, 2009, 01:46 PM
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Hey Don,
Same crap happened to my parents on their XP a few weeks ago! Must have been the update! I tried fixing it while I was down there by running Safe Mode with Networking, but it was such a pain, because their keyboard doesn't have the right click option, so I couldn't turn on the USB drives to run their mouse. Such a PITA. Couldn't even fix it for them...
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shift-F10 is the keyboard shortcut for a mouse right click in windows.

I have to say after years of working on Linux, Windows, Solaris and the like I have MacOSX at home because it just works. Thinking about the new iMac as a Xmas gift for myself!
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Old December 16th, 2009, 01:54 PM
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Exactly. No-one likes to play sysadmin at home

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I have to say after years of working on Linux, Windows, Solaris and the like I have MacOSX at home because it just works.
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Old December 16th, 2009, 01:56 PM
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although it has it's advantages ... http://xkcd.com/149/

(apologies for the nerdy nature of this post )
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although it has it's advantages ... http://xkcd.com/149/

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shift-F10 is the keyboard shortcut for a mouse right click in windows.

I have to say after years of working on Linux, Windows, Solaris and the like I have MacOSX at home because it just works. Thinking about the new iMac as a Xmas gift for myself!
Ah, thanks. Too late now as I'm back up north, but they said their desktop is working again...so they still have faith in my tech savvy.

How many Xmas gifts are you getting yourself?! I thought the bike rack was for Xmas!
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I have to say after years of working on Linux, Windows, Solaris and the like I have MacOSX at home because it just works. Thinking about the new iMac as a Xmas gift for myself!
x2. Booted the last PC out of the house a couple months ago. My parents XP crapbox died last month. They're getting a 21" iMac for Christmas.

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Well, a Hackintosh anyway. What's a Hackintosh you say? It's a intel machine with Mac OSX installed. In this case a Dell Vostro A90 with 10.6.2 installed, everything works including webcam and sleep.

I got these for my kids for christmas and I'm so tickled I had to share! I got mine on a Black Friday sale but you can go to the dell outlet and find refurbs under the business laptops inventory. Get the 16Gb SSD as even though you can make it work on 8G its not worth fighting for disk space over time.

Oh you obviously need a legal retail copy of OSX. An you'll need an external USB DVD drive or a 8G USB thumb drive or similar to complete the install. Trivial if you already have a mac.

charles
Damn I need one of these. Since my powerbook died, I need something running the mac os to admin some apple formated stuff. Been looking at either the dell or HP netbooks to hackintosh but send PM me the specs on this one. Maybe we can make a deal!
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The iMac would be for me ... The bike rack, Mantec spare carrier, stainless bolts, Td5 hinges and new NAS lights are all for 'Rusty' ...
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Cool.... install instructions... http://gizmodo.com/5156903/how-to-ha...e-os-x-netbook
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The definitive source is

http://osx.mechdrew.com/

And you'll probably want to spend some time at

http://www.mydellmini.com
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I love Linux but find OSX better suited for the wife and kids.
Ah just give 'em Arch and Fluxbox... They'll figure it out.
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I took the plunge been PC since 98... I went out last night and bought a 15" Macbook Pro Unibody... Now where did i leave my Birkenstock's?
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