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When one is on an alternative platform usually they have to deal with the lack of something compared to the more mainstream platform. Usually that one thing is games. In some cases the original developer goes ahead and makes a version for your platform. Valve and Croteam are examples of developers who have done this. In other cases they farm it out to a third party studio who specializes in it. Examples of that are Feral Interactive porting the latest Batman games or Aspyr with Duke Nukem Forever or Call of Duty Black Ops.

Another option, barring installing Windows in virtualization or dual booting to it is to use a compatibility layer software package known as WINE, Cider or Crossover. Those are sort of like emulators wrapping software that allows one to run Windows games and apps on other operating systems such as WINE without resorting to installing Windows. One can even install DirectX and other support software the same as in Windows into them and some games do need that for stability and features. Here's some of the games I play through it and how well they run for me. 
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smoketetsuo: (Doctor 10)
Recently I came across a video with a guy showing off how well Windows 7 runs on older hardware. He had a 1.3Ghz Celeron M notebook that has pretty much the same hardware inside as my notebook. He showed how it took a little less than half an hour to install. How it boots up pretty quickly. How each application it comes with starts up pretty fast and how fast media center runs on it. (I lost the video otherwise I would have posted it here)

That's all well and good. However on older hardware such as that there's one major caveat. It can't run aero or any of its effects. Now you might say what do you expect on such old hardware?Actually, having experienced the other two major operating systems on similar hardware I expect quite a bit actually. I'm also not too amazed.... I mean Vista is practically the only modern OS that has performance problems on said hardware.

My notebook, which is the same as his apart from brand and look of the chassis can... even with its intel integrated graphics run all the effects in the 3D card composited windowing engines of either Linux or Mac OS X Leopard. But apparently not even with Windows 7 would it be able to run Aero glass or any of its effects.

Not only that but in Leopard it can run Core Image hardware accelerated so I can get the blurring behind certain transparent things such as the menubar, menus, drop down sheets etc. and I can also get the effect in dashboard when you open a widget that's kind of like you dropped it onto a table of water with the ripples... it all doesn't run slow either.

When I tried Linux with Compiz I could get the respective effects there too. So what's wrong with Windows? They are accessing the same hardware. Is their way so much more demanding than Mac OS X that it can't run on the same hardware without turning all that off? It could be that the drivers just aren't ready but it could also be that Microsoft just isn't supporting it because people have the perception that it would slow down the computer. Well..... under Leopard and Linux it doesn't.
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Recently I came across a video with a guy showing off how well Windows 7 runs on older hardware. He had a 1.3Ghz Celeron M notebook that has pretty much the same hardware inside as my notebook. He showed how it took a little less than half an hour to install. How it boots up pretty quickly. How each application it comes with starts up pretty fast and how fast media center runs on it. (I lost the video otherwise I would have posted it here)

That's all well and good. However on older hardware such as that there's one major caveat. It can't run aero or any of its effects. Now you might say what do you expect on such old hardware?Actually, having experienced the other two major operating systems on similar hardware I expect quite a bit actually. I'm also not too amazed.... I mean Vista is practically the only modern OS that has performance problems on said hardware.

My notebook, which is the same as his apart from brand and look of the chassis can... even with its intel integrated graphics run all the effects in the 3D card composited windowing engines of either Linux or Mac OS X Leopard. But apparently not even with Windows 7 would it be able to run Aero glass or any of its effects.

Not only that but in Leopard it can run Core Image hardware accelerated so I can get the blurring behind certain transparent things such as the menubar, menus, drop down sheets etc. and I can also get the effect in dashboard when you open a widget that's kind of like you dropped it onto a table of water with the ripples... it all doesn't run slow either.

When I tried Linux with Compiz I could get the respective effects there too. So what's wrong with Windows? They are accessing the same hardware. Is their way so much more demanding than Mac OS X that it can't run on the same hardware without turning all that off? It could be that the drivers just aren't ready but it could also be that Microsoft just isn't supporting it because people have the perception that it would slow down the computer. Well..... under Leopard and Linux it doesn't.
smoketetsuo: (Doctor 10)
Recently I came across a video with a guy showing off how well Windows 7 runs on older hardware. He had a 1.3Ghz Celeron M notebook that has pretty much the same hardware inside as my notebook. He showed how it took a little less than half an hour to install. How it boots up pretty quickly. How each application it comes with starts up pretty fast and how fast media center runs on it. (I lost the video otherwise I would have posted it here)

That's all well and good. However on older hardware such as that there's one major caveat. It can't run aero or any of its effects. Now you might say what do you expect on such old hardware?Actually, having experienced the other two major operating systems on similar hardware I expect quite a bit actually. I'm also not too amazed.... I mean Vista is practically the only modern OS that has performance problems on said hardware.

My notebook, which is the same as his apart from brand and look of the chassis can... even with its intel integrated graphics run all the effects in the 3D card composited windowing engines of either Linux or Mac OS X Leopard. But apparently not even with Windows 7 would it be able to run Aero glass or any of its effects.

Not only that but in Leopard it can run Core Image hardware accelerated so I can get the blurring behind certain transparent things such as the menubar, menus, drop down sheets etc. and I can also get the effect in dashboard when you open a widget that's kind of like you dropped it onto a table of water with the ripples... it all doesn't run slow either.

When I tried Linux with Compiz I could get the respective effects there too. So what's wrong with Windows? They are accessing the same hardware. Is their way so much more demanding than Mac OS X that it can't run on the same hardware without turning all that off? It could be that the drivers just aren't ready but it could also be that Microsoft just isn't supporting it because people have the perception that it would slow down the computer. Well..... under Leopard and Linux it doesn't.
smoketetsuo: (driving panda)
Way back in the day before I got a Mac I used to customize windows to look like one. Well I have had a dell laptop in the other room hooked up to a regular monitor and my old apple keyboard and macmice the mouse (looks like the old translucent mac mouse except the shell is split into two buttons and it has a scroll wheel).... I decided yesterday to go ahead and customize it to be more like my Mac. There's a lot of work to do to get it anywhere near looking like a Mac but I have a bulk of the work done.

I use the applek drivers to remap shortcut keys to be for example command+s to save and I can do command+shift+3 to do a screenshot etc. Avedesk does the hard drive and auto showing of optical disk on the desktop. There's also a small app to make icons zoom in when you launch them in explorer. Findexer does the sidebar in explorer.... then of course it's Windowblinds for the theme... objectbar for the menubar.... windowFX does shadows on non-WB bordered things such as menus. I still need to get a better icon theme... the one in the file manager is mostly from flyakite although I did export the sidebar icons I use on my Mac so I can use there (agua stacks 16x16 versions). I'd like to custmize the scrollbars to have the kenzo scrollbars I use on my Mac.

I'm using regular aqua because the graphite version of that has broken UIS files.

[take a look]

Something else that is interesting is I am augmenting the font rendering in Windows using a special version of freetype called GDI++.... I was wanting something like that back in the day when I used to use windows full time.

I mostly use that computer to run a chat server (palace) and to play a few PC only games.

I nickname that desktop Faux OS X LOLcat, ;)

[Updated shot]
smoketetsuo: (Default)
Way back in the day before I got a Mac I used to customize windows to look like one. Well I have had a dell laptop in the other room hooked up to a regular monitor and my old apple keyboard and macmice the mouse (looks like the old translucent mac mouse except the shell is split into two buttons and it has a scroll wheel).... I decided yesterday to go ahead and customize it to be more like my Mac. There's a lot of work to do to get it anywhere near looking like a Mac but I have a bulk of the work done.

I use the applek drivers to remap shortcut keys to be for example command+s to save and I can do command+shift+3 to do a screenshot etc. Avedesk does the hard drive and auto showing of optical disk on the desktop. There's also a small app to make icons zoom in when you launch them in explorer. Findexer does the sidebar in explorer.... then of course it's Windowblinds for the theme... objectbar for the menubar.... windowFX does shadows on non-WB bordered things such as menus. I still need to get a better icon theme... the one in the file manager is mostly from flyakite although I did export the sidebar icons I use on my Mac so I can use there (agua stacks 16x16 versions). I'd like to custmize the scrollbars to have the kenzo scrollbars I use on my Mac.

I'm using regular aqua because the graphite version of that has broken UIS files.

[take a look]

Something else that is interesting is I am augmenting the font rendering in Windows using a special version of freetype called GDI++.... I was wanting something like that back in the day when I used to use windows full time.

I mostly use that computer to run a chat server (palace) and to play a few PC only games.

I nickname that desktop Faux OS X LOLcat, ;)

[Updated shot]
smoketetsuo: (driving panda)
Way back in the day before I got a Mac I used to customize windows to look like one. Well I have had a dell laptop in the other room hooked up to a regular monitor and my old apple keyboard and macmice the mouse (looks like the old translucent mac mouse except the shell is split into two buttons and it has a scroll wheel).... I decided yesterday to go ahead and customize it to be more like my Mac. There's a lot of work to do to get it anywhere near looking like a Mac but I have a bulk of the work done.

I use the applek drivers to remap shortcut keys to be for example command+s to save and I can do command+shift+3 to do a screenshot etc. Avedesk does the hard drive and auto showing of optical disk on the desktop. There's also a small app to make icons zoom in when you launch them in explorer. Findexer does the sidebar in explorer.... then of course it's Windowblinds for the theme... objectbar for the menubar.... windowFX does shadows on non-WB bordered things such as menus. I still need to get a better icon theme... the one in the file manager is mostly from flyakite although I did export the sidebar icons I use on my Mac so I can use there (agua stacks 16x16 versions). I'd like to custmize the scrollbars to have the kenzo scrollbars I use on my Mac.

I'm using regular aqua because the graphite version of that has broken UIS files.

[take a look]

Something else that is interesting is I am augmenting the font rendering in Windows using a special version of freetype called GDI++.... I was wanting something like that back in the day when I used to use windows full time.

I mostly use that computer to run a chat server (palace) and to play a few PC only games.

I nickname that desktop Faux OS X LOLcat, ;)

[Updated shot]
smoketetsuo: (Default)
I just read not too long ago that Microsoft is making it so DirectX10 on Windows 7 of 9 can run on the CPU if you don't have a dedicated graphics chip. It runs only slightly faster than running it on an intel integrated graphics chip.

This proves that intel integrated graphics chips are lackluster more than it proves how good their software is. This is especially true when you consider that it needs a top of the line 8 core CPU. It's a waste of time really.... if you have such a CPU you could afford to get a proper GPU. Or you can spend less on the CPU and balance it out and get a better GPU. On most people's average computers running it on the CPU will mean 1-2FPS most likely.
smoketetsuo: (Default)
I just read not too long ago that Microsoft is making it so DirectX10 on Windows 7 of 9 can run on the CPU if you don't have a dedicated graphics chip. It runs only slightly faster than running it on an intel integrated graphics chip.

This proves that intel integrated graphics chips are lackluster more than it proves how good their software is. This is especially true when you consider that it needs a top of the line 8 core CPU. It's a waste of time really.... if you have such a CPU you could afford to get a proper GPU. Or you can spend less on the CPU and balance it out and get a better GPU. On most people's average computers running it on the CPU will mean 1-2FPS most likely.
smoketetsuo: (Default)
I just read not too long ago that Microsoft is making it so DirectX10 on Windows 7 of 9 can run on the CPU if you don't have a dedicated graphics chip. It runs only slightly faster than running it on an intel integrated graphics chip.

This proves that intel integrated graphics chips are lackluster more than it proves how good their software is. This is especially true when you consider that it needs a top of the line 8 core CPU. It's a waste of time really.... if you have such a CPU you could afford to get a proper GPU. Or you can spend less on the CPU and balance it out and get a better GPU. On most people's average computers running it on the CPU will mean 1-2FPS most likely.
smoketetsuo: (Default)
Well, Vista fell in day 3 in the contest. Some people are saying Vista shouldn't be blamed because it's through Flash... a third party application. Who doesn't have Flash installed? It's one of the first things to be installed when you open a browser if it hasn't already been pre-installed which a lot of times it is. If it was allowed on day two both systems would look just as bad. IE (it's supposed to be sandboxed) and Vista still allowed Flash to misbehave. I'm not trying to bash Vista here but if Mac users have to accept that OS X was "pwned" through Safari so do Vista users have to accept that Vista was "pwned" through a combination of IE and Flash. Apparently, Flash circumvented IE's protected mode and Vista's UAC.

I guess it's time for all of us to migrate to Ubuntu since it's the clear winner here. ;) But it's still possible to pwn a linux box if the user is lax on their security. Who switches operating systems every time they hear of an insecurity for the one they are currently using? That would be a horribly inefficient thing to do.

Don't forget that whole contest was so they can find the exploits and send them to the vendor so they can patch them. It's just unfortunate that it adds to the fire of OS wars.

An average person may take away from all this that computers are just hard work to be avoided but with more and more things going online which are created by flawed human beings no one thing is completely safe. I've heard of Xbox live accounts being hacked and people have always been hacking any piece of electronic hardware for good or bad.

I don't think people should give up on computers or technology because of all this. I go back to my original point when someone said the only way to be safe is to not get online. One may think the only way to have personal safety is to not ever leave the house but what kind of life is that?

What I mostly think one should take away from all this other than there are talented hackers that are out for recognition... and a free notebook and a cash prize while they are at it. Then keep your operating system patched and things like a firewall on.

Some good quotes (sic) from here:

As a side note, the actual conditions to win simply required reading a user accessible file from the drive and transimitting its contents, so UAC (nor the corresponding sudo root access in Linux and the OS X Equivelent) wouldn't do anything to help. The OS maker really can't do anything to stop malware running as the current user from accessing files that the current user can touch.

The purpose of this competition wasn't to access the security of a given platform but to root out new zero day exploits, first in the base OS, then in the default applications, and then in popular third party applications.

You should be happy that regardless of how long it took that the exploit will be fixed and not used against normal users.
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Well, Vista fell in day 3 in the contest. Some people are saying Vista shouldn't be blamed because it's through Flash... a third party application. Who doesn't have Flash installed? It's one of the first things to be installed when you open a browser if it hasn't already been pre-installed which a lot of times it is. If it was allowed on day two both systems would look just as bad. IE (it's supposed to be sandboxed) and Vista still allowed Flash to misbehave. I'm not trying to bash Vista here but if Mac users have to accept that OS X was "pwned" through Safari so do Vista users have to accept that Vista was "pwned" through a combination of IE and Flash. Apparently, Flash circumvented IE's protected mode and Vista's UAC.

I guess it's time for all of us to migrate to Ubuntu since it's the clear winner here. ;) But it's still possible to pwn a linux box if the user is lax on their security. Who switches operating systems every time they hear of an insecurity for the one they are currently using? That would be a horribly inefficient thing to do.

Don't forget that whole contest was so they can find the exploits and send them to the vendor so they can patch them. It's just unfortunate that it adds to the fire of OS wars.

An average person may take away from all this that computers are just hard work to be avoided but with more and more things going online which are created by flawed human beings no one thing is completely safe. I've heard of Xbox live accounts being hacked and people have always been hacking any piece of electronic hardware for good or bad.

I don't think people should give up on computers or technology because of all this. I go back to my original point when someone said the only way to be safe is to not get online. One may think the only way to have personal safety is to not ever leave the house but what kind of life is that?

What I mostly think one should take away from all this other than there are talented hackers that are out for recognition... and a free notebook and a cash prize while they are at it. Then keep your operating system patched and things like a firewall on.

Some good quotes (sic) from here:

As a side note, the actual conditions to win simply required reading a user accessible file from the drive and transimitting its contents, so UAC (nor the corresponding sudo root access in Linux and the OS X Equivelent) wouldn't do anything to help. The OS maker really can't do anything to stop malware running as the current user from accessing files that the current user can touch.

The purpose of this competition wasn't to access the security of a given platform but to root out new zero day exploits, first in the base OS, then in the default applications, and then in popular third party applications.

You should be happy that regardless of how long it took that the exploit will be fixed and not used against normal users.
smoketetsuo: (Default)
Well, Vista fell in day 3 in the contest. Some people are saying Vista shouldn't be blamed because it's through Flash... a third party application. Who doesn't have Flash installed? It's one of the first things to be installed when you open a browser if it hasn't already been pre-installed which a lot of times it is. If it was allowed on day two both systems would look just as bad. IE (it's supposed to be sandboxed) and Vista still allowed Flash to misbehave. I'm not trying to bash Vista here but if Mac users have to accept that OS X was "pwned" through Safari so do Vista users have to accept that Vista was "pwned" through a combination of IE and Flash. Apparently, Flash circumvented IE's protected mode and Vista's UAC.

I guess it's time for all of us to migrate to Ubuntu since it's the clear winner here. ;) But it's still possible to pwn a linux box if the user is lax on their security. Who switches operating systems every time they hear of an insecurity for the one they are currently using? That would be a horribly inefficient thing to do.

Don't forget that whole contest was so they can find the exploits and send them to the vendor so they can patch them. It's just unfortunate that it adds to the fire of OS wars.

An average person may take away from all this that computers are just hard work to be avoided but with more and more things going online which are created by flawed human beings no one thing is completely safe. I've heard of Xbox live accounts being hacked and people have always been hacking any piece of electronic hardware for good or bad.

I don't think people should give up on computers or technology because of all this. I go back to my original point when someone said the only way to be safe is to not get online. One may think the only way to have personal safety is to not ever leave the house but what kind of life is that?

What I mostly think one should take away from all this other than there are talented hackers that are out for recognition... and a free notebook and a cash prize while they are at it. Then keep your operating system patched and things like a firewall on.

Some good quotes (sic) from here:

As a side note, the actual conditions to win simply required reading a user accessible file from the drive and transimitting its contents, so UAC (nor the corresponding sudo root access in Linux and the OS X Equivelent) wouldn't do anything to help. The OS maker really can't do anything to stop malware running as the current user from accessing files that the current user can touch.

The purpose of this competition wasn't to access the security of a given platform but to root out new zero day exploits, first in the base OS, then in the default applications, and then in popular third party applications.

You should be happy that regardless of how long it took that the exploit will be fixed and not used against normal users.
smoketetsuo: (Red Head Cat Girl)
Is being called 7 right now...

If you count Windows 3.1 as the first version it's also the 9th major revision.

Windows 7 of 9!

Seven-of-Nine ... which means that it will have very large breasts and be covered in blue Spandex.

This one may have potential.
smoketetsuo: (Default)
Is being called 7 right now...

If you count Windows 3.1 as the first version it's also the 9th major revision.

Windows 7 of 9!

Seven-of-Nine ... which means that it will have very large breasts and be covered in blue Spandex.

This one may have potential.
smoketetsuo: (Red Head Cat Girl)
Is being called 7 right now...

If you count Windows 3.1 as the first version it's also the 9th major revision.

Windows 7 of 9!

Seven-of-Nine ... which means that it will have very large breasts and be covered in blue Spandex.

This one may have potential.
smoketetsuo: (G4 Cube Girl)
Apparently Cider can be hacked to run Windows games other than the one that came with it. The compatibility is hit or miss with that kind of hack because those games weren't tailored for Cider but if I had an intel Mac I'd be trying out all kinds of games.. including some made by the community that haven't got Mac versions out. Like WinROTTGL or eduke32. The sky is the limit actually.
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Apparently Cider can be hacked to run Windows games other than the one that came with it. The compatibility is hit or miss with that kind of hack because those games weren't tailored for Cider but if I had an intel Mac I'd be trying out all kinds of games.. including some made by the community that haven't got Mac versions out. Like WinROTTGL or eduke32. The sky is the limit actually.
smoketetsuo: (G4 Cube Girl)
Apparently Cider can be hacked to run Windows games other than the one that came with it. The compatibility is hit or miss with that kind of hack because those games weren't tailored for Cider but if I had an intel Mac I'd be trying out all kinds of games.. including some made by the community that haven't got Mac versions out. Like WinROTTGL or eduke32. The sky is the limit actually.
smoketetsuo: (Default)
Here's a list of the things:

    Safari for Windows


    New Stuff for Leopard


    More games for the Mac (from EA and iD)




Safari For Windows

A beta of Safari for Windows has been released today. Not much to say about that really.. I am trying it out on my PC. I just need to get my bookmarks transferred over which I have got them exported now I just need to import them over there.

I'm not upgrading to the Safari 3 beta on my Mac because yet it breaks shapeshifter (surprise surprise).


Changes for Leopard

If you look here you can see the changes they are doing to leopard. Stuff like the transparent menubar are nothing new you could already do that with themes. The dock looks different though in a way that can't be done with themes. The only thing is a friend of mine noticed that there doesn't seem to be anything on the desktop. It almost seems like they are getting rid of that in favor of the "stacks" feature in the dock. Hopefully finder options will be present to have stuff on the desktop still for those who prefer it. I sometimes use my desktop to help shuffle around files and I like having my drives on the desktop here. The Finder file manager seems to have been updated and has coverflow like iTunes that can preview any file.

I probably won't be upgrading to Leopard until companies like unsanity upgrade their products for it. I hope the new dock can be skinnable by shapeshifter. It looks like all the windows sport the unified look so hopefully that will simplify skinning without taking away the level of customization we already had on for example metal windows.


More Games For The Mac

EA has announced they are pretty much going to bring all of their upcoming games to the Mac. Games such as: "Command & Conquer 3, Battlefield 2142, Need For Speed: Carbon, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Madden NFL 2008, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2008" The only problem is they seem to be going to use "Cider" to port these games to the Mac. Cider is a type of program that takes the functions used in windows and converts them to functions on the Mac. The thing is it's not emulation so you have to be running intel for it to work. So these games will be intel only if they go the cider route. But it's good news anyway because some of those titles may not have come to the Mac otherwise. Harry Potter had even skipped the Mac on his last outing "Goblet of Fire". I also didn't think Need For Speed was ever coming to the Mac.

id software has announced their new technology and they are again targetting multiple platforms including the Mac. This new technology is supposed to be able to do 20GB of textures in a scene but make it fit on average systems\consoles. John Carmack also said they are going to have more Mac announcements later. I'm interested as to what exactly that will be.


All in all it seems things are going to get pretty interesting for the Mac. I want to see the WWDC keynote to see all the stuff that I talked about here in video form.

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