Snow Leopard makes me switch to Windows XP

Last week was full of excite­ment by Macin­tosh fans as Apple released the new update to the OSX oper­at­ing sys­tem — Snow Leo­pard.

I was inter­ested and took a look at the buzz and the busi­ness side of the release in a post over at the Future Shop Techb­log.

Then I rolled up my sleeves and installed the suck­er on our Mac Mini, which served as our Kit­chen Com­puter.

Easy. Flaw­less. I love it when Things Just Work. Apple seems to have it down pat.

Here’s where XP replaces OSX
Now, I say the Mac Mini served, past tense, as I also took this week­end as an oppor­tun­ity to replace the Mini with an ASRock Ion 330, run­ning Win­dows XP (for the time being).

The reas­on for the replace­ment? The Mac is just too much com­puter to be releg­ated to the roll of just a media centre. It’s just too cap­able a machine to be locked in the kit­chen play­ing tunes with Song­bird.

Ah, so that’s it
So, our plan is to keep the ASRock run­ning XP, though we may move over to Ubuntu if we need to. It’s a pretty sweet box too.

  1. Intel® Atom™ 330 (Dual-Core CPU)
  2. NVIDIA® ION™ graph­ics pro­cessor
  3. Small (2.5L)
  4. Silent (acous­tic below 26 dB)
  5. Energy Star 5.0 level (Low power con­sump­tion)

I believe it’s cer­ti­fied for Vista and Win7, but I need a light OS. Some of the soft­ware I plan to install on it over the next few weeks:

Of course, Fire­fox, Comodo Fire­wall and AVG Anti­Vir­us are already installed 😉

Well, what am I miss­ing? This is a light duty, kit­chen com­puter, so I *think* I’ve got all the bases covered…but maybe not. What would *you* install on it?

As for the Mac Mini, well, my wife has plans for it 😉

Modding my Xbox…

[ This item ori­gin­ated at my pre­vi­ous (now defunct) blog — copy retrieved from the Inter­net Archive]

A while ago I man­aged to lay my hands on a refur­bished Xbox for a fairly reas­on­able price. Great, methinks. A game con­sole and a DVD play­er, all rolled into one. And hey, it’ll even play music from the built in hard drive too¦ but not stock from the fact­ory. No, my friend, you have to void the Microsoft war­ranty and mess with the happy tech­no­logy that lies bur­ied with­in your game con­sole. Once you do that, you then have unlocked the power of your Xbox, and cre­ated a Monster¦here’s how I did mine¦ Con­tin­ue read­ing “Mod­ding my Xbox…”