Mac do Windows too? (Updated)

What does this mean…? Well, Apple went and made a boot loader so you could easily dual boot OSX with WinXP on your new shinny new intel based Mac. Apple has made it’s “Boot Camp” software available for free download on their site. Included with this beta release are Windows based drivers for Mac hardware, included of witch are: a drivers for the eject button on the Apple keyboard, Bluetooth, Graphics, Networking, Audio, AirPort wireless, and Brightness control for built-in displays. Apple also says “Word to the Wise Windows running on a Mac is like Windows running on a PC. That means itíll be subject to the same attacks that plague the Windows world. So be sure to keep it updated with the latest Microsoft Windows security fixes.” Also “EFI and BIOS Macs use an ultra-modern industry standard technology called EFI to handle booting. Sadly, Windows XP, and even the upcoming Vista, are stuck in the 1980s with old-fashioned BIOS. But with Boot Camp, the Mac can operate smoothly in both centuries.” It also seems that the folks at Apple will build in Boot Camp into the next version of OSX called Leopard (10.5). It seems as though Boot Camp is a Universal Binary (meaning it will run under PPC as well as Intel) even though it’s only supported on Intel Macs. Could this mean that eventually it will support multi-booting on PowerPC machines? I will be cool to find out how it will be supported on Leopard, will you be able to dual-boot PPC distros of Linux?

Who would have ever thought that you would ever be able to dual boot WinXP and MacOS, and that Apple would get so behind it and push it forward? These certainly are strange times for Apple, lets just hope they are making the right move…

System Requirements:
* MacOSX Tiger (10.4.6)
* The latest Firmware update
* At least 10GB free hard disk space
* An Intel-based Mac
* A printer for the instructions (Youíll want to print them before installing Windows, really.)
* A bona fide installation disc for Microsoft Windows XP, Service Pack 2, Home or Professional (No multi-disc, upgrade or Media Center versions.)

Source: Slashdot
Download: Here.

Diagnostics for your iPod

I thought this was pretty interesting: the fairly hidden diagnostics mode built into every iPod (1G-4G). Please follow link for more info…

Source: directionzero.com Outdated link removed

Don’t copy that floppy!

This Is fucking hilarious! You have to watch this vid! (Also please visit source)

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Source: directionzero.com

Let the Xbox360 piracy begin

According to slashdot “A group of hackers on the xboxhacker.net forum managed to trick the DVD firmware into reporting a recordable disc as an original Xbox 360 disc. This means that it will not allow booting of unsigned homebrew code (like Linux), as the signature check is not bypassed. This hack will just trick the Xbox 360 into thinking you inserted an original Xbox 360 disc, so it’ll only boot unedited executables.”

Source: Slashdot

trm96.net update

I have changed a few things: cleaned up the sourcecode, converted the index page to .php (no update to bookmarks needed). Keep your eyes pealed for changes to both trm96.net and trm96.com.

Warning Excel is a virus!

Well not really, but McAfee Anti-virus thinks so Shock “Due to a botched update, some McAfee Anti-virus users have been informed that Microsoft Excel, a very popular spreadsheet program, is in-fact a virus.

For a while on Friday 10th March, Excel was marked as being the W95/CTX virus. The ‘false-positive’, as the problem is technically known, was due to an error in the definitions file McAfee sent to software users. Definitions files tell Anti-virus software what to look for, and often contains updates to respond to new virus threats.

McAfee Anti-virus dutifully quarantined and moved the files (including core executables such as excel.exe), rendering the Office software fairly useless. After receiving a number of reports from customers, McAfee recognised the problem and rolled out an updated definitions file just a few hours later.

McAfee is not alone in making false-positive gaffes. Last year, Microsoft’s AntiSpyware software flagged Norton Anti-virus as being malicious software.”

Source: Neowin

The Relaunch of the trm96.net blog…

I updated my php server (mysql) but I forgot to backup my databases (oops), so I lost all the info on my blog and my message board. Not too big of a deal I did not loose too much, I just had to reinstall my blog. I might not even reinstall my message board.

Source: In-House