How to Install & Run Windows 8 in VirtualBox

Sep 15, 2011 - 25 Comments

Installing Windows 8 in VirtualBox

We already covered how to install Windows 8 in VMWare, and now we’re going to show you how to get Windows 8 running inside of VirtualBox. If you’re wondering why, well, VirtualBox is advantageous for several reasons, the two main being that it’s free and it’s available for all major platforms including Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

Download these first:

Put the Win8 ISO somewhere you can find it easily, and install VirtualBox before proceeding. You’ll notice the setup is a bit more complicated than using VMWare, but we’ll walk you through everything so just be patient and you’ll be up and running in no time.

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By William Pearson - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 25 Comments

iPad 2 with iOS 5 vs Windows 8 Tablet [Video]

Sep 15, 2011 - 17 Comments

iPad 2 and iOS 5 vs Windows 8 Tablet

Wondering how iOS 5 on an iPad 2 goes head to head with a Windows 8 Tablet? This video is a thorough look at the two touch interfaces side-by-side. You can see some of the better Windows 8 features and you can also get excited for iOS 5… but remember that Windows 8 won’t be out until next summer, while iOS 5 will be released very soon

I wonder where iOS and the iPad will be by the time Windows 8 is released? Don’t forget you can always check out Windows 8 for free yourself too if you’re bit by the curiosity bug.

Video comes from WinRumors via 9to5mac

By William Pearson - Fun, iPad - 17 Comments

Style Folders in Mac OS X with Emoji Icons

Sep 15, 2011 - 7 Comments

Emoji in folder names of Mac OS X

Thanks to the inclusion of Emoji in OS X, you can now customize the appearance of Finder items by inserting Emoji characters into file and folder names.

This offers yet another way to customize the appearance of a Mac OS X desktop, and it can provide an easy visual identifier for file and folder names. Here’s how to stylize a Finder item with some Emoji in the name:

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By Paul Horowitz - Customize, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 7 Comments

8GB RAM Upgrade for 2011 MacBook Pro & Mac Mini Core i5 & i7 – $34

Sep 15, 2011 - 20 Comments

8GB RAM upgrade deal

Apple charges $200 to upgrade a MacBook Pro’s RAM to 8GB, and $300 to upgrade a Mac Mini’s to 8GB, but you can do it yourself for just $34. RAM has been getting cheap for a while, but $33.99 for 8GB of name brand memory has to be some kind of record low. The super low price includes free shipping from Amazon, just don’t forget to send in the $10 rebate form.

Corsair 8 GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM Upgrade – $33.99 – after $10 rebate, includes free shipping

The 8GB comes as 2 x 4GB DDR3 SODIMM’s at 1333MHz. This RAM works in the 2011 MacBook Pro and 2011 Mac Mini series with Core i5 and Core i7 CPU’s, but the easiest way to double-check compatibility is to go to “About this Mac” and look next to ‘Memory’ for a MHz speed, you are looking for 1333MHz.

If you jump on this deal, don’t forget the rebate form (pdf) to save $10.

If you’re not sure you’d benefit, you can easily check if your Mac would perform better with more RAM, and you can read our review of an 8GB upgrade for a 2010 MacBook Pro, but for the outrageously cheap price of $34 it would be silly not to max out a Macs RAM.

By William Pearson - Hardware - 20 Comments

Find a Routers IP Address in Mac OS X

Sep 15, 2011 - 8 Comments

Get Router IP Address from Mac OS X

Wondering how to find the routers IP address that your Mac is connected to? It’s pretty simple:

  • Launch “System Preferences” and click on “Network”
  • Click on the “Advanced” button in the lower right corner
  • Click on the TCP/IP tab and find the router IP next to “Router:” in the format of x.x.x.x

In the example screenshot above, the routers address is

To clarify here, the routers IP and your own IP address are different things. Being the start of a network, the access point typically holds the very first IP address on the network, ending in .1 or .100, and then individual IP’s are counted from there. If you know the format of the networks assigned IP’s you can often just guess this, because if your machines IP is it’s a very good chance the routers is, and so on.

So why would you need this info? For one, if you’re setting manual TCP/IP settings, but it can also be crucial for troubleshooting network issues. I had to walk someone through this over the phone this morning when troubleshooting a relatively common Wi-Fi connectivity problem in Lion, which for OS X 10.7 at least, the simplest solution is often to use a keepalive script or to ping the router to maintain constant data transfer between the Mac and elsewhere.

By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 8 Comments

Install & Run Windows 8 in a Virtual Machine Using VMWare in Mac OS X

Sep 14, 2011 - 27 Comments

Run Windows 8 in Mac OS X

There’s no doubting that the tech world is abuzz about Windows 8, Microsofts upcoming iOS and Mac OS X competitor. If your curiosity is peaked by all the talk, you can easily install Windows 8 and have it running on top of Mac OS X thanks to virtualization. The best part about this particular solution? It’s all free, so read on.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

Note: Don’t want to use VMWare? Here’s how to install Windows 8 in VirtualBox, which will run in Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

The Windows 8 iso is about 4GB GB but transfer very quickly from Microsofts servers, and getting the VMWare Fusion trial is just a matter of confirming your email address.

Assuming you have now downloaded the Windows 8 Developer Preview ISO file and then installed VMWare 4, you’ll probably want to quit most of your other apps so that you can free up as much RAM and CPU as possible.

How to Install Windows 8 in VMWare

This has been confirmed to work in both Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

  • Move the Windows 8 ISO file to your Mac OS X desktop
  • Launch VMWare and click on “New”
  • Drag and drop the Windows 8 ISO into the “New Virtual Machine Assistant”
  • Ensure that “Use operating system installation disc or image:” is selected and the Win8DP ISO is chosen, then click “Continue”

Install Windows 8 in VMWare

  • Select “Windows 7″ as the Operating System and give the Windows 8 VM at least 2GB of RAM for best performance (64 bit version)
  • Boot the VM by pressing the giant play button (>)
  • Proceed to install Windows 8 Developer Preview by following the few onscreen instructions

Installing Windows 8 in VMWare over Mac OS X

Installation is surprisingly quick, you’ll be up and running in about 20 minutes from start to finish. When installation is complete, you’ll be greeted by a brief customization and setup screen and then quickly launched into Metro. You’ll also have access to the ugly Ribbon Windows Explorer UI:

Windows 8 Ribbon UI in VMware

From my brief usage, it seems like Windows 8 would be best with a touchscreen, and I wasn’t too thrilled with using a mouse in the Metro interface, but nonetheless it’s worth checking out yourself if you’re curious about this stuff or just like keeping on top of the latest tech trends. Enjoy!

BTW, VMWare Fusion 4 costs $49, but if you have no interest in buying it the 30 day trial works just fine to check out and play with Windows 8 to see what the hype is all about.

By William Pearson - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 27 Comments

Free iBooks Now Offered Through Starbucks “Pick of the Week”

Sep 14, 2011 - 4 Comments

Free Starbucks iBook Card Apple and Starbucks have expanded their “Pick of the Week” program to offer free iBooks, the redemption codes for which will appear on cards just like the free app and free song offerings that currently exist in Starbucks stores.

The first iBook offered through the program is “The Night Circus“, a popular novel about a magical circus that otherwise retails for $12.99 on the iBook store or $15 on Amazons Kindle.

Technically this was announced yesterday by Starbucks, but I’ve visited different Starbucks stores yesterday and today and didn’t see the book cards offered yet, so the current availability seems to vary by location. The picture of the card on the right shows what you’re looking for, via MacRumors, and they should be sitting near the register and the place where you put sugar in your drinks.

Don’t forget you can also buy coffee with an iPhone using their app too.

By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 4 Comments

How Are Jailbreaks Found and How Do They Work? iOS Kernel Exploitation Presentation Gives the Technical Details

Sep 14, 2011 - 7 Comments

How Jailbreaks Work

Renowned jailbreaker i0n1c, aka Stefan Esser, has put together a rather extensive presentation titled “iOS Kernel Exploitation” that explains exactly how jailbreaks work, ranging from how the exploits are found, how new code is injected into the iOS devices, how untethers work, and so much more. It was presented live at last months Black Hat security conference, but now the slides are freely available on the web for all to see.

The 97 slide presentation includes the following main topics and dives into very specific details:

  • Introduction
  • Kernel Debugging
  • Kernel Exploitation
  • Stack Buffer Overflows
  • Heap Buffer Overflows
  • Kernel patches from Jailbreaks
  • This is a fairly technical read with plenty of code samples, making it an extremely interesting look into the world of jailbreaking and iOS security. It’s pretty much a must read for anyone interested in security, development, iOS, Mac OS X, or just jailbreaking in general.

    Download the presentation slides in PDF format here (.pdf) or check out the embed below:
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    By Matt Chan - Fun, iPad, iPhone, News, Security - 7 Comments

    Disable the Internal Screen on a MacBook Pro or Air in OS X Mavericks

    Sep 14, 2011 - 51 Comments

    MacBook Pro with internal display disabled

    Some MacBook Pro or Air users may want to disable their internal screen when the laptop is connected to an external display, this is generally achieved in two ways but ever since Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8, and 10.9, and OS X 10.10 Yosemite, the internal screen is more persistent and wants to stay on.

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    By William Pearson - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 51 Comments

    You Can Download Windows 8 Developer Preview for Free

    Sep 13, 2011 - 32 Comments

    Windows 8

    Windows 8 is Microsofts future operating system that is intended to share aspects of Windows 7 while also competing directly with iPad, iOS, and Android thanks to it’s Metro user interface. We’ve praised some of the Windows 8 features before, and also criticized the freakishly cluttered Ribbon UI, but now you can try it out yourself and come up with your own conclusion of Microsofts future OS, completely for free.

    The Windows 8 Developer Preview comes as a free download from Microsoft:

    Get it from Microsofts new Windows Dev Center

    There is no product activation required. The .iso files weigh in between 2.8GB and 4.8GB depending on what you’re looking for and you can install it in a Virtual Machine if you want, here are a few guides on how to do this:

    These methods work to run Windows 8 atop Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.7, Linux, and Windows, just be sure you have adequate RAM and disk space available.

    If you want to install it separately, you should have about 16GB of disk space to try it out, and without a touch screen you won’t be able to enjoy all the funky Metro UI features. Official system requirements are as follows:

    Windows Developer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows Vista and Windows 7:
    1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor

    1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)

    16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

    DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

    Taking advantage of touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch

    If you don’t have a spare PC to install Windows 8 DP on and you don’t want to bother dual booting with a separate partition, go the aforementioned virtual machine route.

    Windows 8 Developer Preview

    By Paul Horowitz - Fun, News - 32 Comments

    Delete iTunes in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

    Sep 13, 2011 - 13 Comments

    Delete iTunes from Mac OS X

    If you’ve been using the iTunes betas and want to downgrade back to a stable iTunes build, or you just want to remove iTunes for another reason, here are two ways to delete the app under Mac OS X 10.7: the easy way using the GUI, and a quick way for advanced users using the command line.

    Delete iTunes

    Remove iTunes Using the Finder

    • Quit iTunes
    • Navigate to /Applications and locate iTunes app
    • Select iTunes and hit Command+i to “Get Info” on the application
    • Click on the Arrow next to “Sharing & Permissions” to reveal the access panel
    • Click on the lock icon and authenticate with your administrator password
    • Under “Privilege” set both instances of “everyone” to “Read & Write”
    • Close out the Get Info window and drag iTunes to the Trash, and then empty the trash

    Remember that without another version of iTunes available for Mac OS X to use, you will likely encounter errors in various places, plus it will make it impossible to sync and backup iOS hardware like an iPhone or iPad. Basically, if you don’t have a good reason to be removing iTunes, such as to downgrade or ditch the colorized version, than you should keep it around.

    Delete iTunes via the Terminal

    This is a quicker method for users who are comfortable with the command line:

    • Launch the Terminal (located in /Applications/Utilities/
    • Type the following commands to kill iTunes:
    • killall iTunes

    • Now kill the Helper process:
    • killall "iTunes Helper"

    • Now to delete the actual application, use this command:
    • sudo rm -rf /Applications/

    • Authenticate the sudo command, note there is no warning for the actual deletion of the app

    As usual, be careful with the rm command because if you mistype the file path, you will delete other things without warning. This is why we recommend the command line for more advanced users only.

    Note: this does not delete your apps, backups, books, media, or the iTunes library, which is located at ~/Music/iTunes/ (unless you moved it elsewhere)

    By William Pearson - iTunes, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 13 Comments

    iPhone 5 Launch Date October 15, iCloud & iOS 5 on October 10?

    Sep 13, 2011 - 6 Comments

    iPhone 5 & iOS 5 Who better to spill the potential launch date of iPhone 5 than an executive of a leading telecom company? That’s exactly what St├ęphane Richard, CEO of France Telecom, seems to have done at a conference in France today, with the following:

    “If I believe what we heard, the iPhone 5 [is] out Oct. 15,”

    Assuming a corresponding US launch, the US release date may be October 14. This little quote comes from Mac4ver, where it was presumably overheard by whatever crowd was attending the BFM Business conference.

    October 15 (or 14) corresponds well with past reports of a mid-October release, but it is also possible the France Telecom CEO is only repeating speculation from news agencies.

    Apple typically releases new software prior to the launch of new iOS hardware, so the above date corresponds well with some separate information regarding iOS 5.

    iOS 5 & iCloud to Arrive on October 10?

    Separately, AppleInsider has learned that AppleCare specialists are anticipating a significant increase in call volume related to iOS, possibly in anticipation of iCloud and iOS. This corresponds with a tip we received earlier in the month that Apple has been ramping up hiring at call centers for iCloud and iOS specialists.

    Apple has only mentioned ‘Fall’ as a vague iOS 5 release date, but new information points to a GM build arriving at the end of the month for a launch early in October.

    By Matt Chan - iPhone, News - 6 Comments

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