Windows on MacIntel – OpenOSX

January 23, 2006

Well now, that didn’t take long… OpenOSX has ported their popular “WinTel/Bochs” x86 machine emulator to run natively on the new Intel-based Macs.

Experience full-compatibility with x86/Pentium® processors with disk images, CD-ROM support and much more on your Mac.

WinTel is our popular Cocoa graphical user interface used to control the included powerful underlying open-source “Bochs” x86 emulation software (Bochs is pronounced as Box). We now include both PowerPC and Intel optimized binaries.

We have successfully tested this version of WinTel/Bochs running Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows XP Professional in addition to the included ten ready-to-use operating systems (see below).

WinTel offers limited support for the following: a virtual Network Interface Card (NIC), “Sound Blaster” compatible card, USB, and 32-bit color SVGA Video.

A CD-ROM drive is supported and floppy disk support may be achieved by creating a disk image with Apple’s Disk Utility software. Use the Finder to transfer data between the emulator and the Mac OS X operating system.

The whole thing runs $25 ($30 if you want them to ship you a CD), and you’ll need to provide your own licensed copy of Windows (they include a number of x86 Linux and Unix distributions on the CD)

I’m sure this will only be the first among several similar solutions, but obviously it’s not going to be too hard to have Windows running in an OS X window on the new machines.

(via MacSlash)

Doctor Who coming to US after all

January 12, 2006

Well, it looks like there’s a little Doctor Who love for American viewers after all.
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Waiting for the other MacShoe to drop

January 12, 2006

I’m not convinced the “Macbook Pro” is really what we’re being led to think it is…

I’ve been living on a Powerbook for the last couple of years, and let me tell you, I’ve got serious lust for the idea of a replacement that runs 5 times faster.

But I’m going to try to hold off…
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MacIntel – Dual Boot This

January 12, 2006

There’s a lot of complaining out there about the new Intel-based Macs not being able to “dual boot” Windows. Apparently Apple is using a new firmware specification that XP’s boot loader can’t handle (although Windows Vista (currently in beta) can.)

Um… So?
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Official WMF Vulnerability Patch

January 6, 2006

Microsoft has released an official patch for the Windows WMF vulnerability — a little ahead of their official schedule, and a little behind when it probably should have came out.

The patch and details are available here.

The SANS Internet Storm Center has recommendations on how to apply this update, including how to uninstall the previous unofficial patch and re-register the DLL that had the problem in the first place. Details are here.

The SANS instructions are a little complicated, since they are written for both individual users and administrators of multiple systems.

If it’s just your own machine, and you followed the instructions in the previous post, here is a simplified set of instructions for replacing the unofficial patch with the official one, and re-registering the DLL that you unregistered.

  • Reboot
  • Download the patch for your version of Windows from here and install it.
  • Go to Control Panel | Add Remove Programs and remove the unofficial hotfix. It’s titled “Windows WMF Metafile Vulnerability HotFix” (there will probably also be a version number). You’ll probably be prompted to reboot afterwards; you can, or you can go on and reboot after the next step.
  • Click on Start | Run and enter
    “regsvr32 %windir%\\system32\\shimgvw.dll” (without the quotes)
    You’ll get a little dialog telling you that registering the DLL succeeded.
  • Reboot your machine (particularly if you did not do so after uninstalling the unofficial patch.)

After this, you should be good to go until the next ordeal!

HDTV – How To Connect Multiple Devices

January 4, 2006

video inputsIf you read the article on Basic HDTV Cabling, you may have noticed that I didn’t answer part of the original question there — namely, “how do you hook up multiple program sources (cable boxes, DVD players, etc.) to the same HDTV?”

To have multiple sources, you’re going to need to have a way of switching between them. Fortunately, for most HDTV sets, there are multiple sources of inputs, and you can switch between them via the TV’s own remote.
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Basic HDTV Cabling – How To

January 4, 2006

RCA JackEverybody’s probably had the experience of hooking up an antenna or cable coax to a TV, and a lot of people are familiar with the old “yellow-red-white” RCA jack hookups for VCRs and DVD players.

But the first time you start wiring up an HDTV can be a little daunting.

A friend of mine who got a 42″ Plasma for Christmas just e-mailed me and asked me about cabling:

“I have been using my regular video cables to watch my TV (only with Directv, no DVD). Last night I bought component cables and tried to hook the DVD up with my Directv. One problem, no audio. Could you give me a brief explanation of the order in which they should be connected and what cables I need to use?”

Since this is a fairly common place to get stuck, I thought this might be a good opportunity to do a basic introduction to HDTV cabling.
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Windows WMF Vulnerability — Heads up!

January 2, 2006

Update — Microsoft has released an official patch; you can go here to read more details, including how to uninstall the unofficial patch and re-register the DLL the instructions below had you unregister.

There has been a lot of talk in the last week about the new WMF vulnerability in Windows. Unfortunately, if you’ve been living on a desert island — or just taking a little time away from the computer celebrating the holidays — chances are that you may not have heard of it.

In brief, there is a newly discovered and un-patched vulnerability (what is called a “zero day” vulnerability) in Windows that can allow a seemingly innocent image to execute code on your computer.

Let me put this in a bit more blunt terms — imagine loading a web page (even a perfectly innocuous-looking web page that you visit often) and an image — perhaps even a single-pixel white dot on a white background — causes your computer to load up lots of spyware, spawn ads all over the place, capture your information when you type in passwords or credit card information, send out spam without you knowing it, damage your data, and infect other computers in your local network.

Now imagine that you’re not imagining.
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