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  1. Typically, when you run the Bootcamp assistant on Macs that come as standard with an optical drive, you won't be given an option to create a USB Windows install disk. There's a few reason you might want this, for example if you've replaced your optical drive with a second hard drive. This guide will show how to force this option on Mountain Lion. You'll need Xcode (free from App store), although you can also make the modifications using nano via the terminal if you're an advanced user. I'll only be going through how to do this with Xcode. Step 1: Permissions Go to Applications > Utilities > Boot Camp. Alt-click and select "Show Package Contents". Alt-click on the folder 'Contents' and select 'Get Info', and then add 'Administrators' to the 'Sharing & Permissions' with read & write privileges. You will have to click the padlock and enter your administrator password to do this. Do the same for the file named 'Info.plist' that the 'Contents' folder contains. Step 2: Find your system version Click  > About This Mac > More Info > System Report and then copy the first section of the 'Boot ROM Version' string. Step 3: Edit 'Info.plist' Open 'Info.plist' with Xcode. Expand "USBBootSupportedModels", add a new item by pressing the '+' symbol. You will be prompted to unlock the file, click unlock. If you get a permissions error, check that you've completed the previous step. Paste the first section of your 'Boot ROM Version', for example 'MBP81', and then save the file. Startup Boot Camp Assistant, and you will now have the option to create a Windows 7 Install Disk. To turn a Windows Install DVD into an ISO image, you can follow this tutorial: How To Create Windows-Compatible ISO Disc Images on Mac OS X _______________________________ I've replaced my optical drive with a second harddrive, so this was necessary to do for me to install Windows, as Microsoft doesn't allow you to install it via an external optical drive regardless of system platform. The Apple external superdrive will work with MBAs and rMBPs, but only because Apple have done something special with the drivers.
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    Apple Tax™ on the new 27" iMac

    There was a significant update to the iMac line today, which has got me tempted to purchase another desktop. I bought a late 2010 27" iMac, and it was by far the best PC I've ever owned. I regretfully gave it away after moving overseas, and have been missing it ever since. The new version has me considering buying another, so I thought I'd compare it to an equivalent all-in-one and a custom PC to see how much extra I would be paying for the brand name and intangibles. First up, let's look at the features and price of the new imac. Specifications 27" 2560 x 1600 IPS display 3.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 memory 1TB 7,200-rpm hard drive NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX with 1GB GDDR5 High quality aluminium enclosure FaceTime HD camera SDXC card slot Wireless Keyboard Wireless Touch Mouse Dual Band 802.11n Wifi Bluetooth 4.0 Intangibles Design - no cords OSX (personal opinion) 1 year Warranty with support iPhoto, Garageband, iMovie Price $2,199 Comments Unfortunately, Apple haven't released the cost of upgrade options. I'd want one with an SSD, and possibly an i7 processor. I'd also likely put some 3rd-party ram in to boost total memory to 16Gb for running multiple virtual machines and to assist with large photoshop/illustrator/CAD files. Next, the closest all-in-one I could find: Dell XPS One 27 Specifications 27" 2560x1440 PLS Core i7-3770S processor 3.1 GHz 8GB DDR3 1600MHZ 1TB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M 2GB DDR5 Slot Load Blu-ray combo drive Wireless 1703 802.11b/g/n Bluetooth v4.0+LE HD webcam SDXC card slot Wireless Keyboard Wireless Mouse Intangibles Plays blue-rays No cords More games & software available 1 year Warranty with support Price $2298 Comments Faster CPU, slower GPU, display is likely to be less colour accurate due to PLS tech. I've priced a custom PC from Umart, with specs as close to the Mac as I was able to find. If you have any suggestions on better parts to use, let me know: Specifications Dell 27" U2711 UltraSharp IPS $754.50 Intel Core i5 3470 CPU 3.2Ghz $199 Intel DZ77SL50K MB with USB 3.0 $134.50 Kingston 8G(2x4G) KHX1600C9D3T1K2/8 GDDR3 1600MHz $49 Western Digital 1TB WD1002FAEX $115 Gainward GTX650Ti 1GD5 $149 Lian Li PC-6B Mid tower chassis $135 Antec 450W ATX NEO 450C ECO PSU $58 Logitech HD C270 WebCam $27 Apacer USB2 Internal all in one Card Reader $13 Logitech K270 Wireless Keyboard $24.50 Logitech Touch Mouse M600 $58 TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 - 450Mbps Wireless N Dual Band PCI Express Adapter $49 Logitech Z320 2.0 Stereo Speaker $35 USB Mini Bluetooth Dongle $15 Windows 8 (64-bit) $99 Intangibles More games & software available Ability to easily upgrade Geek credit Price $1914.50 Comments Graphics card was selected based on the performance Nvidia give for the 675MX here. Being able to upgrade could add significantly to the value depending on your opinion. While there is a 1 year warranty for individual parts, this does not cover any software issues that might arrise from this unique combination of parts, and isn't as convenient as Apple's offerings. It's also possible to reduce the price further with a cheaper case and mouse, without affecting the performance. ______________________________ Compared to the Dell, I think the new iMac is inherently better value for my particular purposes. I do a lot of graphics design and photography, so colour accuracy in the display is a critical factor. Though being able to play blue-rays would be nice, I find most of the content I watch is digital anyway. Compared to the custom PC, I'd be paying $284.50 premium. That's quite a bit extra for the design and warranty. I think it's clear that if you have some tech know-how, and in particular if you want to play games, the iMac is poor value for money. So for me, the question boils down to how much I like to reduce clutter, and how much I like using OSX. I love the spaces feature of OSX. I honestly think it improves my productivity in a similar manner to having multiple monitors (though not by as much), and it's satisfying being able to give a discreet area for different tasks. At any one time, I usually have a space set up for procrastination (iTunes, Chrome), email and communication (skype, IM etc), and productivity (VM, CAD, Illustrator etc) with the occasional reference documents filling up spaces to the right of this. It just seems to work really, really well, and I find it's something I miss with Windows 7. Desk clutter is something that's hard to quantify as well. All I can say that once you go all-in-one, it's difficult to go back. I'm irrationally trying to calculate how much time having more desk space will save in terms of not having to clean my crap up, and seeing how much that might add up over the course of 2-3 years, but I know it's just trying to find a way to justify the extra cost. Warranty and upgradability are also factors I consider, but neither is critical. It's nice to have a good warranty, but I haven't had to use it on any previous Apple products I've owned. Before I jumped ship, being able to upgrade and tweak hardware was important, but it's much less so now. I don't really play games anymore, and I think that's the thing that drives upgrades the most. I would still be happy using my old 27" iMac if I had easily been able to ship it overseas with me. It will be interesting to see what the reviews say when they eventually come out.
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    Apple Tax™ on the new 27" iMac

    Yeah, Apple are usually very poor value when it comes to options. I think it's because they rely heavily on the economies of scale, so the cost in disrupting and reorganising regular production lines is reflected in the price of the custom options. It's worth noting that Dell, HP, Acer etc. all do the same thing. For the 27", the ram is user upgradable. For members of Atomic, there's simply no reason to buy more ram through Apple. For the regular consumer, you'd have to be doing professional work to justify wanting more than 8GB. 768GB SSD's are for people with too much money. The fact that the Samsung drive Apple use isn't available through regular retailers should be enough to indicate the target audience. Replacing it with three 256GB drives might be cost effective, but it also increases the chance of failure three-fold if you plan to RAID-0 them together (note that Apple must be using a single drive, as the option is available for their notebooks as well). You pay $95 premium for the processor upgrade, but as stated above, I think this is to do with economies of scale. Apple might make 5 million 27" iMacs with the 3.2Ghz Core i5, but only 500,000 with the 3.4Ghz Core i7. I'm not sure what the actual price difference would be with the mobile graphics chips, but I imagine it would be similar to the processor. The way I see it is that you compromise on absolute value for warranty, to a certain extent reliability (i.e. avoiding weird hardware conflicts), and convenience. It's not for everyone, but it works well for consumers and occasionally tech minded people with different priorities.
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    Which is the least pro music decade

    Every decade of music has its shit, as well as its gold. The only thing this poll demonstrates is that most of Atomic are 20-30 years old, and therefore started getting into music in the 90s or 00s. Once you learn to filter the shit out, it doesn't matter where it comes from, and you can't learn that skill until you've listened to a lot of shit.
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    Apple Tax™ on the new 27" iMac

    It's a bit more than just looks - quality, sound, ergonomics and 5.8ghz wireless should also be considered. I was dismissive of paying extra for 5.8ghz equipment until I moved to an area saturated with 2.4ghz traffic, now it's become just about essential. However, I appreciate you putting the list together. I'm not very knowledgable on the current tech, and it's good to get an objective opinion. Given that I can get the high end 27" iMac for $1837 delivered after my education discounts (depending on how the exchange rate shifts), I'm still leaning that way. The iMac will have significantly higher resale value, so I'm pretty confident I'll be able to recover the $300 difference.
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    What whisk(e)y are you drinking?

    Very underrated in my opinion, it's my favourite of the highland whiskeys. I'm drinking Yamasaki 12yo tonight. It's a nicely crafted, and quite reflective of the Japanese culture. Delicate, smooth, and interesting. If you like the Talisker, but would like to try something a little bit less intense (particularly the iodine flavours), give Lagavulin 16yo a try.
  7. Scott Forstall Reportedly Forced Out of Apple - http://www.macrumors.com/2012/10/29/scott-...d-out-of-apple/ I'm genuinely excited over this news. iOS6 has been very disappointing from my perspective, it's the hardware that is the main selling factor of the iPhone 5. Furthermore, it's Jonathan Ive. Love him or hate him, you have to respect his work. It'll probably be a year or two before we see any big changes, but I hope this will end Apple's use of skeuomorphism, and will result in the creation of something completely new and innovative.
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    Android 4.2 and new Nexus devices

    Nope. It was an engineering decision made by the Android team, not by Google's management. Presumably for silimar reasons though (ignoring the SD card issue), they expect users to employ Google's cloud services. 8gb is not a lot media, it's not even a lot of applications these days.
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    Android 4.2 and new Nexus devices

    Jesus, it's going to be difficult for other companies to compete at those price points. Some very cool new software features as well.
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    Apple Tax™ on the new 27" iMac

    The hard drive is likely going to be a pain in the arse to access, but there's a hatch at the back with 2 spare SO-DIMM slots for upgrading the memory. $88 AUD should boost the standard configuration to 24GB. The 'Fusion Drive' tech looks interesting. Similar to Intel's RST feature, it combines a 128GB SSD with a 1 or 3TB magnetic drive with some sort of optimised RAID 0 configuration. As long as the price is reasonable, it could be a very convenient option. The FX-8350 looks awesome, and I've always been a fan of AMD. It's something I would consider if I were to build a small render farm. I've just found out the local pricing in my country + education discount (I'm currently working as a teacher) brings the price of the standard high end 27" configuration down to $1,837 AUD. Outrageous value if you ask me. While still comparable in price to a custom PC, I think I'll be going with the iMac when it comes out in December for the reasons listed in my original post.
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    ipad mini

    The Australia Tax™ is pretty unreasonable this time round. It's the highest premium of any Apple product when compared to the US prices in terms of percentage, and I have a feeling it's driven by a lack of competitiveness in the 7" space. We pay a $70 premium for the Nexus 7, so Apple can get away with a higher price point.
  12. Huh, a quick search on the topic and yeah you're right. I remember having some problems a few years back updating a netbook with an external drive, and somehow got the wrong impression.
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    Samsung, the masochistic tech company?

    To be honest, you're confusing me a little bit. I don't quite understand what similarities you're seeing in the image posted above, compared to what Samsung has just released. All Ultrabooks and netbooks have similar physical features, but it's the details that give away that this design was influenced by Apple's offerings. Lets take the colour scheme as an initial example. Apple laptops are silver as a result of the material they're made out of. This doesn't imply that Apple owns the colour silver, there were plenty of other silver laptops around before the original iBook came out, but they were the first to match it with a black chiclet style keyboard when they released the unibody Macbook. This isn't necessarily a logical colour combination, there's nothing objectively better about having a silver body with black keys, it's a style that Apple came up with. Given the plastic body, Samsung could have just as easily used any other colour combination. Second, let's look at the finer details of the keyboard. Apple wasn't the first to do a chiclet style keyboard, it was Sony for laptops, but the concept comes from a 1980s Sinclair PC. However, since their introduction in the 2005 Macbook, they've had a very particular style that hasn't changed much with respect to key sizes and arrangement. Take for example the arrow keys: Notice that there's blank space either side of the up arrow, also notice the rounded edge between the up and down arrows. Now, there's have a look at the same area on the new Samsung: Same blank space, same filleted edge. There are some differences in the radius of the fillet between the up and down arrows, and with the rounded edges of the keys. The font and symbol detail are also different, but it's hard to believe that Samsung arrived at these same design decisions without any influence from Apple's products. Finally, let's look at the trackpad and the groove used to open the screen: It's not really the trackpad that gives it away, although the lack of markings for left and right buttons is a deviation from their Series 9 design, it's the shape of the groove. It's slightly longer than what appears on the MacBooks, but the ends are unmistakable. This is not an objective design decision. It's not a case where this shape works best, and is therefore the logical conclusion. On the Macbook, the rounded corner matches the radius of the round trackpad edges. It's a design decision that maintains symmetry, but results in a sharp edges that many have complained about. In my quick search, I couldn't find any other ultrabooks that used a similar shape. It's difficult to explain how this could happen without the idea that Samsung has copied. So why has Samsung copied, and is it really a big deal? I'd argue they've copied because Apple has set the current fashion trend in laptops. Consumers like the style of Apple's laptops, some of them may even have chosen Apple's products on style alone, and this is a market that Samsung would like to tap into. It's actually very difficult to set a fashion trend, be it with clothes or technology, so it's a safer strategy to copy than to come up with something new. I personally don't think it's a big deal, but I do think it reflects poorly on Samsung. By copying, they're not innovating, and it implies a certain level of subservience to Apple.
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    Samsung, the masochistic tech company?

    I agree with what you've mentioned, but would consider those elements 'subtle' as opposed to 'very big'. You have to admit, the similarities are striking. Very big would have been this: Which was the original Samsung Chrome book. It looked better than the new version in my opinion.
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    Samsung, the masochistic tech company?

    Wait, what? Besides the hinge mechanism, what other big differences are there?
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    ipad mini

    7.85" 4:3 screen, 50% more area than 7" 16:9 tablets. 1024 x 768, with a 163ppi (same as original iphone). IGZO display, resulting in 'all-day' or better battery life, a varient of the 32nm A5 processor, both LTE and Wifi options, lightning connector, and a choice of black anodised or natural aluminium back. That much is all fairly well established by the rumours going around, but it's difficult to be certain when it comes to Apple. The biggest point of contention is the price. In my opinion $329AUD for the 16GB Wifi version would be ideal, and would compete well with $319AUD Nexus 7 in Australia, but that price position is already occupied by the new iPod Touch. It wouldn't be very Apple like to have both devices competing against each other. As a result, I think they'll bump the entry cost to $349USD / $379AUD, in the hopes that customers will pay more for the build quality and superior app store / ecosystem - and they're probably right. Looks like the 10" version might be getting an update as well base on part number leaks. This will likely break down into black/white, Wifi/LTE and 16/32/64GB versions for both the Mini and the 10". A black anodised 32GB version with LTE would be rather awesome, but only if the price is reasonable.
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    Android or Windows Phone 7/8?!?

    I know this was a lighthearted comment, but I think Windows Phone might actually see some traction in this revision. Windows Phone 7 failed for a number of reasons. It was released before principal features were ready (multitasking, copy & paste etc). It was initially annoying to develop for (Sliverlight fail), and had no backwards compatibility with previous Windows phone applications, so consequently had a terrible App store. The launch hardware offerings could not compete with Android or Apple, and in the 2 years that it's been on the market, it still hasn't had a flagship phone that tops the performance or feature lists. The Nokia Lumia 900 was as close as it got, but was overshadowed by the better performing and better supported HTC One X and iPhone 4S, among other things. Windows Phone 8 has the potential to change that. It's based on a new kernel that allows easy porting of applications designed for Microsofts other platforms, and all now share the same Metro user interface theme. While there is still a long way to go, it makes developing for the Windows app store much more enticing, and also maintains backwards compatibility for the few WP7 apps out there. It finally supports multi-core processors, and the support for high resolution displays has been extended. The browser has been updated to IE10, and while that's not terribly exciting, it's a lot better than IE7.5 based browser in WP7. There's a lot of features that still haven't been released, but the biggest selling point in my opinion is going to be the new hardware. The Nokia Lumina 920 is magnificent. It appears to have a class leading camera (despite the epic marketing fail), the design rivals Apple in terms of elegance and sophistication, and on paper the specs compare well with the very best Android or Apple have to offer. In addition, Microsoft is about to flesh out their ecosystem. The Surface has the potential to address the biggest flaw/gap in the Apple and Android tablet offering - Content creation. This could revolutionise the student and professional markets, but so much of it depends on the success of Windows 8. It's a massive gamble Microsoft has taken with the Metro theme, but if it succeeds, they will have the strongest ecosystem. ~87% of the PC marketshare with close cross-platform integration, while still maintaining open and flexible standards that Apple receives such criticism over. Google might launch an OS eventually, but until then, they're not going to be able to compete with Microsoft and Apple in terms of integration. Whatever the outcome, it's going to be an exciting year for technology and software. It's arguably been 25 years since we've seen this level of competition and innovation, and it's likely that what happens in the next 5 years will dictate the next few decades.
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    Android or Windows Phone 7/8?!?

    There's rumours going around that at least 4 big manufacturers will release Nexus devices for the holiday season. The Verge posted a potential leak of a Sony nexus device here: http://www.theverge.com/2012/10/15/3506146...mor-photos-leak The other potential Nexus manufacturers are Samsung, Asus, Motorola and HTC, but it's all rumours at the moment. For the OP: I'd suggest holding out till mid November. By then, the new features of Windows Phone 8 will be revealed, and you'll have reviews that compare HTC and Nokia's offerings to the SG3 and possibly some other Nexus devices. I couldn't agree more with Cyb3rGlitch with respect to stock android - Touchwiz is a step back in my opinion. It's all superficial features and annoying sound effects that don't actually assist productivity. You can flash a different build that replaces Touchwiz with 'stock' android on an SG3, but often this results in niggling problems with things like bluetooth, the camera or other features (also it can void your warranty, and if you're unlucky, brick your phone).
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    Apple knows better than other tech manufacturers

    The value of Apple is often that the whole is more than the sum of its parts. You pay a premium for the enclosure in the same way if you were to buy a Lian Li case, it's durable, ergonomic and well constructed. The displays are often class leading, and usually equivalent to prosumer alternatives (i.e. Dell Ultrasharp etc). The trackpads are overwhelmingly superior to the competition, though I think there's room for improvement with the mice (touch sense capability and tracking is good, ergonomics are bad). Magsafe adaptors have honestly saved me a few times, and make the process of plugging and unplugging irrationally satisfying. Battery life is nearly always at the top of the field, even after a few years use (6 year old macbook still gets 2 hours use, compared to my old work dell that struggled to get 2 hours even when new). While OSX isn't for everyone, the integration of hardware and software results in fewer hassles or driver issues. That's a powerful index of superiority from my perspectives, which for my specific purposes, justifies the increase in price. YMMV. When I was researching it in 2011, the 27" iMac was only ~$150 more than a custom PC with truly equivalent specs (IPS display, aluminium enclosure etc). Given the warranty and support available, included software and neat form factor, for a lot of people the difference is justifiable. I'm not sure what the situation is like now, but I know the iMac line is overdue for an update.
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    iPhone 5!

    Yeah it was first mentioned when they first announced iOS6 Not only was it part of the announcement for iOS6, and pretty much every press release involving iOS 6, it's also clearly indicated in the pop-up that users have to agree to before iOS 6 can be downloaded. You'd have to be willfully ignorant or illiterate to miss it.
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    iPhone 5!

    They've already released a standalone Youtube app that's far superior to the former pre-loaded app: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57510030-...-ios-6-release/ The Gmail app was last updated on the 6th of September, and Google drive on the 10th of September. There's no evidence or public statements that suggest Google has dropped their support for iOS, it would be an absurd move considering the market share Apple retains. I think the move to separate from Google makes sense, even ignoring the fact that they are now competitors in the smartphone market. Apple will have greater independence, and Google will have more control over its products and services. It's win-win. Edit: "Google Said to Have Already Submitted Native iOS Maps App to Apple". Here's hoping it gets through, although it would be rather insane of Apple to reject it.
  22. While definitely frustrating, it pays to keep this in perspective. Optus would have probably disconnected you, insisted there was no problem after making you wait for hours on the technical support line, and then charged you a fee to 'change' your plan. I don't quite understand why, but Telco's everywhere, not just Australia, are terrible. The only exceptions I've encountered are those in Japan, Singapore and Germany.
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    iPhone 5!

    The reviews have started flowing in, all seem very positive. The new EarPods (terrible name...) are an improvement, the screen is great, the A6 sets a new standard in speed, the battery life is adequate, and the newly designed body is impressive (though potential fingerprint issues with the black model). The only negative is the maps, which appear to be inferior to Google's version from most perspectives. I wonder when the next Nexus phone will be announced? Surely it must be soon if it's to capitalise on the holiday season.
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    iPhone 5!

    Wouldn't messages be the only thing you can't synch with another service? And notes, if you use the default notes app. Google can sync notes, and calendars obviously aren't a problem. There are work arounds for documents, but the other solutions aren't nearly as convient and because of Apple's restrictions, lack some of the nicer features. At the moment I switch iWork documents between my Mac and iPad a few times per day (I'm currently working as a teacher, so I use my iPad for presentations and lesson plans). iCloud makes the process seamless, and allows editing on either device without sync issues. I can do something similar with Dropbox, but it's not possible to sync edits made on my iPad without manually syncing through iTunes. Messages aren't really an issue, it's mostly the convenience factor for the other stuff. Did you try any of the other keyboards you can get via the Play store? Swiftkey is rather awesome, and arguably the best software keyboard available on any smartphone.
  25. It's obvious for most of us geeks, but I think Apple's decision is geared towards people who aren't so tech savvy (in addition to being part of their business model for accessories). It's a simplification that I know would benefit a few of my friends, and definitely my parents. I would have liked to have seen a magsafe connector, but thinking about it over the last few days, I've realised it would have been too large, and the benefits for small devices such as iPhones and iPods would have been insignificant.
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