An almost iPhone 4-free blog post

I promised myself I wouldn’t write a blog about the new iPhone (a.k.a. iPhone 4 with iOS 4.0 and ranch on the side), as there has been both exhaustive and exhausting coverage on other, actual newsish sites, as well as weeks of basically correct speculation about the device leading up to WWDC. Nothing unveiled by WonderJobs was really a surprise. Except, perhaps, that he felt it necessary to hype an iPhone version of Farmville, which I’m pretty sure won’t let you churn butter using the iPhone’s accelerometer or nifty new gyroscope.

Yes, the new iPhone is awesome. Yes, I want one. No, I will not be getting one as I’m only a year into my 3GS contract. Such is my monastic life. Let’s move on.

Hmmmm. Uhhhhh. Wanna hear about by Hackintosh battles some more? About how my fix for getting iTunes to authenticate then broke Time Machine and I can’t get the stupid thing to work regardless of what kexts I install or system files I edit? How about how I can’t even get a fresh install of OSX to even boot? No? You don’t want to read another 600 whine-intensive words? You used to be a good time.

Truth is, I’m about to call it a day on the Hackintosh project. I mean, when your wife literally says, "You’re spending too much time trying to get this thing to work. I know it’s expensive, but why don’t you just get a real Mac?" who am I to argue? Especially when the root of the Time Machine problem is actually a well-known Hackintosh issue known as the UUID 35 error. An error for which there are myriad fixes and patches. None of which have worked for me.

Of course, I’ll be biding my time until Apple announces the new dual-processor, six-core Core i7 Mac Pros next week. Assuming it actually does, that is. The new Mac Pros were supposedly coming out last March, but Intel got nasty drunk on St. Patty’s Day and puked all over the wafers or something. At least that’s what I gathered from

Anyway, the Technicolor (but mostly green) rainbow residue has been hosed off the silicon, and Intel is pumping out Gulftown processors like nobody’s business. Seriously, they won’t tell anybody how many they’re pumping out. At least they wouldn’t tell me when I called. Curse you, Becky the Receptionist. You may be a formidable gatekeeper, but I am Vince Clortho, Keymaster of Gozer.

The question, for those like me who prefer things cost-effective (no snickering from the "Macs are too expensive" crowd, thank you), is whether to get the new model, the previous (or current as of this writing) generation or a 27-inch i7 iMac. Yeah, I know, the latter isn’t exactly my top choice either, but it’d actually be just as fast as my Hackintosh without all the pesky fail. Nonetheless, knowing that I’ll need to hold onto this machine for a few years makes want a tower.

I now return you to either the World Cup or oil spill coverage.



Comments closed
    • Jason_Fox
    • 9 years ago

    Update: I’ll talk more about this in a full post later, but I actually managed to solve my UUID problem last weekend in what was going to be my final attempt at healing the Hack. So for now, all is good. Details to come next week, probably. Unless I’m tired.

    • dashbarron
    • 9 years ago

    A friend and I were thinking of trying to build a Hackintosh (seperate) and I’ve been sending him your blog posts all along. I’ve only barely looked into some of the issues of building them, and your post is swaying to rethink our unconfirmed decision.

    In techy speak, why precisely is installing the OS on generic hardware so difficult anyways? Bad driver lingo? Seemed more than that.

    • DrDillyBar
    • 9 years ago

    You take all the fun out of it when you say not to snicker.
    Alternatively, you could just install Windows.
    *duck, and cover*

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 9 years ago

    You wanted us to not hear your whiny and we ended up having to? Thanks a lot, bro! 😉

    It sucks when things are not going as planned. Maybe the Hackintosh was simply not meant to be? But I think you are okay there, you can convert that box to a home server/game machine…?

    A Mac Pro, wow! You better start saving now. I’m just think off the top of my head – 2 Gulfies + MB will be around 2500 bucks. Not including the *cough cough* um, you know?

    Anyway, thanks for the good read. l[

    • Dposcorp
    • 9 years ago

    Would you guys stop pestering the guy for his hardware? Geez!

    Last time I saw this much begging was last night in bed with my wife.

    Thanks, I’ll be here all night. Try the veal and tip your waitresses.

      • dashbarron
      • 9 years ago

      Did you finally give and give what she wants? 🙂

      • wira020
      • 9 years ago

      Who’s doing the begging part? 😛

    • jdaven
    • 9 years ago

    How about the new Mac Mini Server or regular edition? You can buy about 4 of those things for the price of a Mac Pro. And with all your knowledge gained from the Hackintosh experience, maybe you can figure out how to cluster them together using the gigabit ethernet connection.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 9 years ago

    Would you consider mailing me the Hackintosh? I’ll play with it and see if I can get it working. 🙂 Actually all I’d want is the motherboard, RAM, CPU, and video card, to save you shipping.

    Personally, in terms of Mac Pros, I’d wait. The Mac Pro is way overdue for a 6-core upgrade. The current 27″ iMac is gorgeous but I don’t like the idea of AIO machines unless space, and not performace, is your top concern.

    • bLaNG
    • 9 years ago

    Worldcup? Whats wrong with you North Americans? Since when did you guys even realized that there is a sport billions are watching (and billions are earned in) called football. Probably the latter must have convinced you.

    And hell yeah, its called football not ‘soccer’!! 😉

      • Sargent Duck
      • 9 years ago

      As a hard core fan of the CFL (Canadian Football league), I personally hate the name “football”. Rarely does the ball even come in contact with a foot. I’d prefer “ovalball” or “tackleball”, something more synonymous with the actual sport. Leaving football for soccer.

      On topic though, Jason if the hackintosh is giving you that much problem, I offer to take it off your hands for free. Yes, free. My offer to you. (Then I’ll just install Windows 7 and call it a day)

      • 5150
      • 9 years ago

      As an American, the scores of 0-1, 1-0, 1-1 are so exciting, ties are also a wonderful ending to a beautiful game. Seriously, how do you keep your eyes open? Tennis has more action!

        • djgandy
        • 9 years ago

        Ah right. We’ll times the scores by 100 to make it more exciting for you.

        • Fighterpilot
        • 9 years ago

        American network TV demands lots of scoring so they can break to commercial after every one.
        Baseball has innings when there’s no score so that works for them too.
        Much as I dislike that idea it wouldn’t be a bad idea to tweak the rules to encourage more goals.
        Perhaps a change to the offside rule in and around the box would get the scores up to a 4-2 or 6-4 type standard match score.

      • eitje
      • 9 years ago

      you mean “futbol”.

      • indeego
      • 9 years ago

      Stopped watching pro soccer after the fifth faked injury from a sliding tackle. Pro Soccer players are f*&cking whiny little b**ches.

      I personally like watching–strangely enough– women’s College soccer. Far more passion, uh, yeah, passion, put into those games, and I’ve never seen a faked injury. When a woman slides into another woman, the second one is carried off the fieldg{<.<}g

        • Sargent Duck
        • 9 years ago

        I love how in the NHL, North American players know how to take care of divers. Next time they’re on the ice, slam ’em into the boards. Knock that whineyness right out of them.

    • Sunburn74
    • 9 years ago

    “Woe is me for not being able to put OSX on my box” says the techreport guy “even though my box outperforms what 95 percent of people in this country are currently running and outperforms all but 2 of apples listed computer products”. “Woe is me! I must now slit my wrists and and sit quietly in a bathtub whilst wailing Steve Job’s name in despair”.

      • SubSeven
      • 9 years ago

      No more crack for that man.

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