Hackintosh update

reviews,tech — commander flatus @ 10:53 pm January 20, 2013

Running well 24/7. A few episodes of Finder freezing up and not properly responding to a restart (of the Finder).

Running a VirtualBox VM with XP (TinyXP with a license I own) all the time too.

Reasonable loads – Plex, Emit, iTunes, Sickbear and Couch Potato.

Running 10.8.2.

So far, so good.

Finally some Hackintosh success…

tech — commander flatus @ 3:31 am January 10, 2013

A year or so ago, I had a blog post entitled “Hackintosh Isn’t Worth It” or some-such  Mostly expressing my frustration with the whole bag of poo that was OSX86.

Recently I had turned my attention back as my NAS lacks CPU power to run Plex and Sickbeard and Couchpotato (which brings up another rant about why in the hell are they putting those CPUs into NAS’s with pre-installed software that requires much more power…)

My current Synology DS411J (which I love, BTW) wasn’t cutting it for more sophisticated stuff.

So, following advice of Lifehacker, despite the fact that I hate them I got the following:

  • Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3P
  • Sandisk 120GB SSD
  • Corsair Vengence RAM – 16GB
  • some piece of crap plastic Corsair case somebody recommended
  • Intel i7-3770 (hat tip to my brother-in-law for employee discount)
Put it all together. Unibeast was pretty smooth, followed guides here, but had to boot safe mode a couple times – this was all with 10.8.2.
Also, HAD TO MAKE SURE VT-d was disabled in BIOS!!!

That’s not in the guides.
Screen porn one, I’m downloading Ubuntu to run as a VM in Virtualbox. Unfortunately it isn’t going to work as well as it could, because I have to turn off VT-d (see above).
And screen porn two.
Really went off without a hitch (to my surprise). Let’s see how it goes running 24/7.

Delta’s new website

travel — commander flatus @ 9:41 pm January 6, 2013

Wants to make me pull my hair out.
It appears to systematically make it impossible to apply ecredits/vouchers to ticket purchases.
It incorrectly charges Medallions for economy comfort ($0 instead of 50% off) – not going to complain much about that, though.
It’s slow as hell.

Brew Year’s Resolutions

homebrewing — commander flatus @ 2:15 am January 1, 2013
Resolutions for 2013:

Rosemary/Brett saison
Delicious IPA
Decide what to make for my 1000th gallon of homebrew
Set up a thermostat for the HLT without breaking the bank
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