Essential Apple Podcast 175: An SSD and a Hackintosh fail

A full house of guests this week as Suffolk Pete, MacJim, Nick Riley and Mark Chappell join me – other than the new MacBook Pro, we didn’t really have much news so we chat about Pete’s SSD replacement in his 2014 MacBook Air and Nick’s experiment with creating a cheap Hackintosh.


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How To Install OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion on Your Hackintosh

Mountain Lion Hackintosh How To Install OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion on Your Hackintosh

Personally for me it’s been awhile since I last delved into the murky waters of creating my very own Hackintosh.  I never seem to be able to get the right combination of hardware when you start looking at all the PC components out there you can potentially used to build your own PC which is Mac-based it easy to get overwhelmed. But that hasn’t stopped the active community over at tonymacx86.

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Spire PowerCube Review Intro

Spire PowerCube ITX Case SPM210B

Spire PowerCube Review IntroThe ITX case market is a funny old beast in fact the whole iTX area is. It seems to sit as a awkward relative in the PC world trying to fit in where for the most it’s all about power and not so much efficient computing.

As most people reading this are aware the whole PC market is based on numbers, normally the bigger the better.  So the iTX motherboard market sits there quietly doing it’s thing in the HTPC world getting the odd half thought out case, whereas in other sectors of the case market you are inundated with a choice of cases, styles and colours to suit pretty much every taste.

So with the market being relatively quite in the age of towers and mini towers let’s have a look at something smaller.

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Portal Now Free To Play

Portal now free to play for Mac and PC

We don’t tend to have much coverage about Mac gaming purely because none of our rates are really up to the task of doing any decent gaming.

Portal Portal now free to play for Mac and PCWell our Hackintosh project did allow us to play games such as portal and Assassins Creed but, as anyone who reads this site knows, that rig bit the dust quite a few months ago.

It’s typical that we don’t have a rake to play any games on just as Steam announces that the standalone version of portal is no showing up with no price.

Portal is one of those rare games which isn’t showing its age just purely down to the great puzzles and compelling gameplay.