Snow Leopard

Sony VAIO X gets OS X Snow Leopard

Sony VAIO X gets OS X Snow Leopard

There's a lot to like about Sony's VAIO X ultraportable - its indecently-skinny build, the engineering intelligence that went into its design, and its lengthy battery life just to name a few things - but if you're less than inspired by Windows 7 then how about a Mac OS X version?  That's not one of Sony's official options, but insanelymac forum member Asama took it upon himself to throw OS X Snow Leopard onto the VAIO X himself.

To do so he used the hacked together build of Snow Leopard that's been put together for the Sony VAIO P, reasoning that many of the components used in that don't-call-it-a-netbook machine were the same as used in the VAIO X.  Happily it installed quite merrily, though as expected the WiFi doesn't work.  Where fixing that in the VAIO P is a case of taking out the wireless card and swapping in a different one, it's a more arduous task on the VAIO X since so much has been soldered into place in the name of space-saving.

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Mac OS X 10.7 development already underway

Mac OS X 10.7 development already underway

With Snow Leopard happily padding around hundreds of thousands of Macs around the world, it comes as little surprise to hear that Apple are already a few weeks into development of OS X 10.7.  Sign of the upcoming OS refresh has been spotted in the change log of the open source "launchd" framework: a new entry for Mac OS build number "11A47" has turned up, and going by Apple's general nomenclature for build codes, that points squarely at OS X 10.7.

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Mossberg: “Windows 7 beats the Mac OS in some areas”

Mossberg: “Windows 7 beats the Mac OS in some areas”

If you're looking for inflammatory speech, search no more: everybody's favorite bearded-uncle of tech, Walt Mossberg, has well and truly rammed his metaphorical review-poker into the flames of the Windows/Mac argument.  In his review of Windows 7 for All Things D, Mossberg confesses that while "In recent years, I, like many other reviewers, have argued that Apple’s Mac OS X operating system is much better than Windows. That’s no longer true."

Nonetheless, Mossberg is still leaning toward Apple overall, going to to confirm that "I still give the Mac OS a slight edge because it has a much easier and cheaper upgrade path; more built-in software programs; and far less vulnerability to viruses and other malicious software, which are overwhelmingly built to run on Windows."  Still, he confirms that "Now, however, it’s much more of a toss-up between the two rivals."

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Wacom Bamboo Touch multitouch tablet sold early, video reviewed

Wacom Bamboo Touch multitouch tablet sold early, video reviewed

Wacom's upcoming Bamboo Touch multitouch tablet has not only been spotted in the wild, but prematurely bought, unboxed and reviewed, all with no official word from Wacom themselves.  Meanwhile, Wacom's corporate site has confirmed that [pdf link] they've begun mass production of a Windows 7 compatible multitouch panels for notebooks, which can be combined with the company's pen sensor.

Video unboxing and review after the cut

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Lessons From a Mac OS Switcher

Lessons From a Mac OS Switcher

I used to be a total Macintosh user; however, over time, various places I worked depended on Microsoft Windows and other MSFT technologies so that I was forced to use Windows for much of what I do. I still kept using a Mac, mostly for creative work and where business use allowed, but I had to have Windows in my life. Over the last few years, Apple has created a new line of machines that more closely match my laptop needs and have made a lot of changes to their core platform OS X. The result is a combination that makes for a very compelling argument to use Macintosh full time.

EFI-X Mac hack dongle accused of stealing GNU code

EFI-X Mac hack dongle accused of stealing GNU code

EFI-X's OS X hack dongle always seemed too good to be true; according to a new report from Tom's Hardware, it really was.  The adapter promised to take a computer built from standard PC components and allow Mac OS X to be installed on it, without the usual patching and tweaking required for a regular "Hackint0sh".  However, as one EFI-X owner has discovered, it seems the company did little more than repackage Chameleon/Boot-132 bootloader code onto a DRM-encrypted USB stick.

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 35 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 35 2009

Another week has come and gone leaving us with memories and a hoard of cool stories to throw your way for weekend reading in case you missed them over the week. An Asus 900HA netbook was hacked into a touchscreen slate on Monday and we really liked it. DIY gear is so cool, especially when it turns out this good. Monday also brought some details on the Blackberry Storm 2 piezo touchscreen tech. We really hope its better than the original Storm.

Snow Leopard is Just Plain Cool: Gartenberg First Hands On

Snow Leopard is Just Plain Cool: Gartenberg First Hands On

This fall will see the introduction of new operating system releases by the two major vendors in this space. For the first time in recent memory, Apple and Microsoft will go up against each other head to head with the newest versions of their platforms, released within weeks of each other. First up is Apple with Snow Leopard. Originally announced for a late September release, Apple surprised the market with an early ship date. Users will be able to pick up their copies starting on the 28th. Pricing for the release is $29 for Leopard users looking to upgrade. For Mac users still on Tiger, Apple offers the Snow Leopard box set which includes Snow Leopard along with the latest versions of iLife and iWork for $169.

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