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Do-able?Anybody tried this?
Joe Cavaretta, Photographer
Ft Lauderdale | FL | USA | Posted: 9:51 PM on 09.09.09
->> Looks like a nice way to go. Hackintosh?
http://gizmodo.com/5156903/how-to-hackintosh-a-dell-mini-9-into-the-ultimat...
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Andrew Villa, Student/Intern, Assistant
San Jose | CA | United States | Posted: 10:07 PM on 09.09.09
->> Joe,
There have been several threads on this so far. I personally am running a dell mini 9, 1gb ram, osx 10.6, and a 16gb SSD. It runs fine other than no audio. I've installed microsoft office, photoshop cs4 and photo mechanic on it.

here are some of the threads if you're interested in reading about them:
http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=33877
http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=33411

and if you're really interested in doing it, its far easier now than ever which you can learn all about here:

http://www.mydellmini.com
and
http://www.insanelymac.com

have a great day and have fun in the world of hackintoshing :)
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Max Simbron, Photographer, Assistant
Phoenix | AZ | USA | Posted: 10:07 PM on 09.09.09
->> Joe,

I did this with my mini 9. I love it. I can use Photo Mechanic, Photoshop, etc. It's a touch slow, but works very well given the size. The screen is also VERY nice.

Max
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Zach Honig, Photo Editor, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 5:32 PM on 09.11.09
->> I just did this with an HP Mini 1000, and it's pretty awesome. I posted some instructions on my blog: http://techtravelandtuna.com/2009/09/11/how-to-buy-a-sub-300-mac-laptop/

Once you have everything you need, it takes about 2 hours to prepare and install Mac OS, but it's definitely worth it.
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Matthew Bush, Photographer
Hattiesburg | MS | USA | Posted: 5:42 PM on 09.11.09
->> Joe,

This is posted from my Mini9 running OSX. It is a fun mod for not alot of cash.
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Dennis Wierzbicki, Photographer
Plainfield | IL | USA | Posted: 9:17 AM on 09.12.09
->> Wow, this may obsolete my 4.5 year old 12" PowerBook G4 that I used when working from games.

Who needs a new MacBook, now?

Isn't Apple working on their own Netbook?
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Mike Burley, Photographer
Chicago | Il | USA | Posted: 10:09 AM on 09.12.09
->> Are you guys using these for assignments? With a hard drive of 8GB-16GB, Im guessing you'd really have to watch how many assignments you have in a day, and clean it off daily. SSD is enticing, but are there bigger hard drive options?

I know you're sacrificing speed for size, but how quick are they? Are they as stable as a mac? It'd be nice to have a "beater" netbook to slip into my camera bag and transmit from the field, cafe, etc...
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Debra L Rothenberg, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 11:08 AM on 09.12.09
->> I used a Dell mini 9 that was Hacked with 2 gigs of ram and a 160 HD for an all weekend shoot last month and it worked great. Opened up Raw images too. I hear that the SSD ones are even faster but I haven't worked with one yet

I WISH Mac would release their own netbook but it's doubtful
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Dennis Wierzbicki, Photographer
Plainfield | IL | USA | Posted: 12:36 PM on 09.12.09
->> "MAC" might not be releasing a tablet/netbook, but Apple is strongly rumored to be doing so - right now it looks like early 2010, but who's to say?
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Larry W. Smith, Photographer
Valley Center (Wichita) | KS | USA | Posted: 12:40 PM on 09.12.09
->> Mike, you can always buy a cheap SD card and load into the netbook just in case you reach your hard drive capacity. You can also put a 32GB SSD drive in them for about $100 that alone doubles your space from the factory and a 16GB SD card for about $20 and you should be good for all day general assignments. Doesn't hurt to carry a small external drive with you just in case.
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Andrew Villa, Student/Intern, Assistant
San Jose | CA | United States | Posted: 3:21 PM on 09.12.09
->> Dennis, It is unlikely that apple will be releasing a netbook. It's just not practical, because they would have to sell it at 6-800 dollars, because apple wouldn't want to sacrifice for the lower end components that make up a netbook.
Mike I don't use my mini 9 for assignments, it's mostly just to tinker around with and use for when traveling. The thing about hackintoshes, is that they aren't really to be relied on. Because things can go wrong, especially if you aren't too computer savvy. Now it's easy enough to get osx running on these, but keeping it up to date is another thing, running updates can cause kernel panics, your audio may or may not work, etc. But yes, you can use it in the field if you'd like, and I'm sure it would work fine, just read up on things and make sure you know what you're getting yourself into.
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Dennis Wierzbicki, Photographer
Plainfield | IL | USA | Posted: 5:25 PM on 09.12.09
->> Andrew - tell that to Apple Insider, Mac Rumors, Mac Central, The Wall Street Journal, Mac NN, Mac Central, et al, all of whom have been carrying serious discussions of an upcoming Mac tablet/netbook for months.

I disagree with your opinion on Apple's perspective on this product. Pricing an opening-price-point offerng is always tricky, but if the features fall somewhere between an iPhone and a MacBook, the price can also occupy this space and not cannibalize sales, but instead will add incremental revenue.

I know I would be tempted, especially since the smallest MacBook is still a "whopping" 13" diagonal and my 12" Power Book is truly on its last legs.
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Michael Muszynski, Photographer, Student/Intern
Chicago | IL | USA | Posted: 6:02 PM on 09.12.09
->> A tablet really isn't a netbook, though, is it? Could you use photoshop on a tablet?
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Kevin Leas, Photographer, Assistant
Rochester | NY | USA | Posted: 11:19 PM on 09.12.09
->> I'd be amazed if Apple doesn't put out their own "netbook" sooner or later.

Andrew, I don't understand your comment about the pricing. Why would a higher price stop Apple from doing it? Look at the computers they sell now - the up front cost of almost any of their products is usually far greater than their Windows-based counterparts, but they're doing fine. Netbooks are the biggest growing sector in computers right now; why would Apple not want to put out their own product?

Personally, I'm still doing fine with my five year old 12" Powerbook. When that dies once and for all, then I'll consider a Hackintosh (assuming Apple hasn't made their own by that point).
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Andrew Villa, Student/Intern, Assistant
San Jose | CA | United States | Posted: 4:01 PM on 09.14.09
->> Tim Cook, came out and said that netbooks are unlikely because of the lower end parts that they use, small screens, etc.
"“They have cramped keyboards, terrible software, junky hardware, very small screens, and just not a consumer experience, and not something that we would put the Mac brand on, quite frankly. And so, it’s not a space as it exists today that we are interested in, nor do we believe that customers in the long term would be interested in. It’s a segment we would choose not to play in."

http://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/24/apple-says-no-to-netbooks/

I personally believe in that statement. Unless they can build one and have it be cheaper, yet still use higher end hardware, it's not going to work. It will end up like Sony's P series netbooks, which are outrageously expensive in my opinion.
If they can market one for 300 dollars, which would sell, unlike a 500 or 600 dollar netbook which is where I think it would end up.

Do i like my netbook? Sure it's a nice little piece of hardware, but it cost me under 300 dollars to buy, including the 16gb SSD that I upgraded too. But it's not something I would likely spend anymore than 300 dollars on. Which is something I think the average consumer is looking for when looking at a netbook, cheap, easy, and reliable. Which for the most part, if you're using a netbook the way it is designed for, surfing the net, email etc. it will do fine.
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