Monday, February 8, 2010

My first Unhackintosh Macintosh

As an unexpected birthday surprise, I received a Mac mini from my wife. She knew I was considering one after the debate came up between a Mac Mini or a Boxee box, to augment our TV entertainment since I sent Brighthouse a pink slip a few weeks ago. This isnt my first time ever using OSX. However , Apple made it their personal mission to ensure that the Iphone and Itunes would never connect to a linux box, so I put together something to keep me going in the interm.

This however is the first time I actually got under the hood of the MAC, having several different variants of Linux running at home, and now the easiest OS ever connected, to my TV I did notice some interesting things.

Font Setting:

Holy crap! Did anyone realize that there is no way (with the exception to third party apps like tinkertool) to change the font sizes on this system. This was one of my first missions, sine it is in fct connected to a TV. Not possible! I am utterly amazed that no one at Apple found the need for this.

Program Installation:

Weirdest thing I ever saw. Im more accustomed to ./configure make make install. On a Mac it opens a pseudo drive with a picture to drag an icon from one box to another. Very interesting.

Joystick support:

Mac has no joystick calibration software whatsoever. Another oversight on Apples part. In fairness, digital mode usb joysticks just seem to work. Analog...... your screwed.

Iphone support:

Between the logitech and boxee remote for iphone, I dont event need a keyboard or a mouse

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