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Not a Hackintosh fan
Authored by: leamanc on Mar 10, '10 08:27:21AM

I have Hackintosh'ed a Dell Inspiron laptop I used to own (I forget the model number; it originally came with Ubuntu, but I've since put XP on it and sold it).

It's really easy to Hackintosh the right system these days. If you've got a Core-series Intel processor, chances are pretty good that you'll have a Hackintosh up and running within the day. The more components that are shared with a real Mac, the better. My Hackintosh project had integrated Intel 950GMA graphics, just like some MacBooks, so it was pretty smooth sailing.

That said, it fell into the category of "well, that was neat, but I'll never use this." If it was my only was to run OS X, I would have kept it, but there is a lot to be said for Apple's hardware. It really is worth the extra money, especially when you consider you can run OS X without any hacks on it.

On to the main point of the poll, my main workhorse is a 17" MacBook Pro Unibody. For typing and light projects, I use an old 12" PowerBook G4 that is maxed out and in great shape. Since Apple will never make a netbook, this old standby is as close as we're going to get (and its 1.33 GHz G4 is about as powerful as most netbook processors). I also have a first-generation black MacBook for when I want something small but PPC isn't going to cut it.

My entertainment center is powered by one Intel Mac and one PPC Mac. Hooked to my HDTV and home stereo is a 2 GHz Core 2 Duo Mac mini, with several external hard drives totaling 2 TB of storage. This is where all my movies and music go. Off in another room is a 17" PowerBook G4 with an EyeTV hooked to it. We watch TV on it when we're in this room, and TV recordings are, of course, done here. The recordings rsync over to the Mini, which has no EyeTV hardware, but just runs the EyeTV software.

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