Building a Hackintosh

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Last week I did something interesting – I built a computer that runs OS X. In theory, the only way you are meant to be able to get a computer that runs OS X is to buy it from Apple; in practice, Apple’s computers are built mostly using standard parts and if you get the same parts you can build a computer that supports OS X. I took on the challenge for a series of tutorials for Tuts+, the site I do most of my writing for.

I am writing this post right now using my Hackintosh. It runs great. There are a few quirks that still have to be teased out. A quick Google shows that almost no one has a Hackintosh that works perfectly first time. I am working on a series of three tutorials describing the part selection, hardware build and software setup that will appear on Tuts+ in the next few weeks.

The computer I built, while not ridiculously powerful, is still a very capable machine. It is mainly built around a 3.7GHz i5 processor and 16GB of RAM – perfect for photo editing! There’s also a video card with a gig of VRAM, although that’s not going to be used over much. Overall I’m pretty happy with it. It was a fun project and I’m looking forward to sharing the tutorials.

How to Perform a Password Security Audit

I have a new post out with Tuts+ on performing a password security audit. If you’re still using the same passwords for a load of different services you should probably check it out! Here’s the blurb:

With password breaches, like Adobe’s recent loss of up to 130 million passwords, becoming all too common, now is a very good time to conduct an audit of your password security. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to use 1Password or LastPass to analyse how secure your passwords, and where necessary, create new, secure ones.

Go do it!

Yet Another Mactuts+ Tutorial

I have yet another tutorial up on Mactuts+. This one is a follow up to my previous tutorial on remapping your caps lock key. In this tutorial I show how to use your caps lock key to toggle WiFi and Bluetooth off and on. Here’s the blurb:

In my previous tutorial, How to Make Better Use of the Caps Lock Key, I showed how to remap your Mac’s Caps Lock key so that you could use it to launch Spotlight, application launchers such as Alfred, and some, application specific, functions. In the comments section, it was asked if it was possible to use the Caps Lock key to toggle WiFi or Bluetooth. This quick tip will show you how.

Go check it out!

My First Mactuts+ Tutorial Published

My first tutorial with mactuts+ is now online. In it I talk about how to remap the caps lock key on your mac to make it much more useful. Hopefully I will have a lot more tutorials published with the coming months.

Here’s the intro from my piece to give you a taste of what it’s about:

Unless you spend too much time commenting on YouTube videos, you probably don’t use your Caps Lock key all that often. Google has even replaced it with a dedicated search key on the Chromebook. The prominence of the Caps Lock key lends itself to something more than just INTERNET SHOUTING.

This tutorial will walk you through using a few free tools to remap your caps lock key to a function you’ll use more often such as launching spotlight, activating an app launcher, like Alfred or LaunchBar, opening OmniFocus’s quick entry dialogue or even as an additional Delete key.

Go to mactuts+ now to check it out in full!