Say Hello to ISP Liability act

You may have not heard it , but its coming to a Malaysia near you. Thats right people , its the ISP Liability Act , which allows ISPs to terminate your service if you’ve been downloading copyrighted materials such as movies and music. So good news for those who are in the recording industry and bad for the rest of us. I’ll say why in a moment.
Oh yeah , if you aren’t from Malaysia and if you’re reading this and if a similar law is in place in your country. Please comment !
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10.6.5 Legacy Kernel is out with Good News for AMD Users

Its a very long title. I thought of saying this , for once AMD users are able to rejoice as nawcom , AnV , azimutz got an awesome kernel in store for you. This allows you to get 64-bit working in AMD and as well on the fly opcode patching (now you don’t have to patch 5,000 files like you used to). The kernel is way cleaner and it handles better
There are few exceptions however. For instance QuickTime doesn’t decode H264 videos in 64-bit , as its related to SSSE3 instruction set. Rest is assured that work is constantly being done to improve the OSX experience for AMD Users
For details , I suggest you to head over to nawcom’s blog. If you wish to install the kernel , you may do so by download via one of the links below :-

Building a compatible Hackint0sh

First of all , before i get into the details. I would like you to take a look at this video. Credit goes to netkas for posting it up in his blog. In this blog post , I’ll be talking about the secrets of bulding the right hackint0sh. What exactly do you need. I am not going to post a bunch of hardware components like other guides that you may have read . Trust me , this one is going to be a bit different (more after jump)

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Yes4G – The "Yes" or "No" ?

Recently , Yes4G was launched in Malaysia. If you’re wondering what Yes4G is all about , basically its Voice + Messaging (SMS) + Data in one service and it follows the same principle on how the power company (TNB) and water company charges you. Its pay as you go , which simply means pay as you go. It sounds pretty good right , I mean if you use it , you pay it. Let’s get more in-depth shall we
However things did not turn out the way for Yes4G. I feel very bad for YTL. For instance their website were heavily attacked by hackers via DoS (Denial of service). Think of it as being a call centre representative and everyone who calls you , hang up immediately . What would you feel ? Its the same thing. I understand that part. Anyway the thing is that in business , we must be able to recover from disasters and sadly I don’t think Yes did not anticipate such things would happen. I am willing to forgive them but it would certainly give a bad first impression those who plan to migrate (more after the jump)
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Maxis Data Plan for iPad

Maxis today announced it will offer dedicated data plans for iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G in Malaysia in the coming months. iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. Users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch user interface. For more information about iPad please visit www.apple.com/ipad/
Thats the official press release. Now for my thoughts
My thoughts
So , well uh thats all. I am saying that , the good news is that if iPad officially comes to Malaysia , and those of you who bought iPad from another country can claim warranty (assuming if its just the WiFi model). Another thing is that those who plan to get the iPad , now you could get a subsided price , I am sure that a lot of us are just carving to see when we’ll be getting the ipad !
Stay tuned , I’ll update more as it comes

Hungry Helga App Review for iPhone/iPod Touch

This time around , I got lucky enough to get the chance to review Hungry Helga which is a game for the iPhone and iPad (iOS platform). The game is about getting Captain Kjirk to feed Helga. You help him to  keep Helga happy and keep her from destroying their ship by feeding her fish. Lots and lots of fish. Well , yeah thats about the game. Its basically an arcade style of game (more detailed information after the jump)

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Useful Tips & Tricks before Upgrading OSX on Hacks

A lot of times , I’ve seen people faced a lot of problems with the hackint0shes after upgrading MacOS X (i.e from 10.6.4 to 10.6.5). This is common , even if your system is vanilla or if its as close as the real thing. Its a common thing , remember that we are running on an unsupported hardware. You must always bear in mind that there will be time that when things that can go wrong , it will go wrong. Therefore , making sense to why Murphy’s Law is always true.
To be honest with you , I’ve faced a lot of problems after upgrading. But thankfully I’ve written some tips and tricks for you to prepare your PC  (more after the jump)
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How-To : "Native" Card Reader driver for OSX86

As we know , as with OSX 10.6.5 , Apple has improvised their Memory card support by adding Memory Card in system profiler and including exFat. As we all are eager on making our hackint0sh as closely as possible for the real thing. So I decided to embark on another journey , as firstly I would like memory card slot on my MSI Wind U100 to be detected as a native memory card slot
The advantages of making it native are :-

  1. It will look cooler , OSX sees the memory card slot as a memory card slot and not as a generic usb drive
  2. Improved performance especially when R/W to Memory Cards

As I do have a MacBook Pro with SD Card Slot , I’ve managed to test and find out on how a real mac is able to identify a real card slot  , as both of my MacBook Pro and my MSI Wind U100 uses a USB Interface for its card slot. Then bingo , I hit the jackpot , I found out that a kext called AppleUSBCardReader.kext is the kext that is in charge of identify a memory card slot in a PC which uses USB Interface. Bingo ,after a bit of fiddling with the kext , I’ve managed to get it to work.  This is the result
As you see every time I insert a memory card (i.e SD , XD , CF) into my memory card slot. OSX sees it as a memory card instead of ugly looking generic drive , which is cool (more after the jump)

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Voila , my 5-in-1 Internal Card Reader is now detected as a Card Reader

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MacOSX 10.6.5 Update

Apple has released MacOSX 10.6.5 update for OSX. Basically it includes a bunch of bug fixes and additional things which may interest a lot of people

  • Intel Core i3 Support (Apple has added supported for Intel Core i3 processors which means that the System is able to identify the processor correctly and Core i3 processors can use native kernel)
  • Updated Graphics Card Drivers (Two new framebuffers for ATI HD5xxx card and improved OpenGL performance on Nvidia card especially when running games such as Left 4 Dead 2. Fermi should be supported )
  • SD Card Support (exFAT is added , plus there is a new SD Card Information – As for compatibly with laptop internal SD Card reader , it will be updated soon)

How to Update
Backup , backup and backup. At least – just backup your entire Extensions folder which is located in System folder. Keep a copy of it , and please keep a copy of your EFI partition extensions
Download OSX 10.6.5 Combo updater (Yes , I know its kind of huge , please do not use the system updater).  Before you go and run the installer , please make sure that offending kexts such as SleepEnabler.kext  are removed. For more details , please refer to my earlier update guide
Before updating , ask yourself this question. Are you willing to take the risk of breaking a working system. If you’re a risk taker , please proceed on with the update. Else , I recommend you to wait , till a lot of people have experiment it , especially if you’re using your Hackint0sh for production use (i.e music , iPhone development , etc)
Please keep EmpireEFI CD/nawcom bootCD/iBoot or whatever Boot CD or disk that you’ve used to create. If you’re using NFI by merklot , feel free to use that as well. You need something to boot just incase if your system goes FUBAR. This is very very very important. I repeat , its very important ! I REPEAT , ITS VERY IMPORTANT TO HAVE A HANDY DANDY BOOT CD. PLEASE DO NOT COME AND CRY SAYING THAT YOUR SYSTEM HAS BEEN MESSED UP AND YOU’RE UNABLE TO BOOT TO IT !
For Netbook users you may have to boot using your old kernel. Bear in mind that OSX 10.6.5 ! If you insist on upgrading , just backup your old kernel and boot using your backup kernel. You may experience broken USB , to retrify this , visit nawcom’s blog for more details or scroll down
As for AMD users or legacy Intel users (i.e Pentium D , Pentium 4). Please wait as I’ll write a guide for you
For EFI users or those who have did their own DSDT and made their system as near vanilla as possible , proceed on with update. It doesn’t conflict anything !


Post-Installation Issues
These are some issues faced by people , after updating. I’ll update them
Broken Keyboard/Mouse – Simply use your boot CD , boot it up and re-install PS2 Keyboard/Mouse drivers using myHack. Alternatively google search for Vodooo PS2 Drivers and re-install them manually !
Broken Sound (AppleHDA) – You may have to re-install patched AppleHDA.kext. From your backed up extension folder , simply re-install AppleHDA.kext either via Terminal or tools such as Kext Utility or you may drag and drop the kext to Extensions and run pfix !
Broken WiFi (Broadcom/Atheros) – Simply get the b43patcher and run or use your old IO80211Family.kext and re-install it back. It should be fixed
Broken USB (Very important)– Boot via Boot CD and download patched USB Drivers from here. Apply them , it should fix (Mirror #1 , insanelyMac – iGomi has posted the kext and step by step solution)
Broken nvidia Graphics Card (non-Fermi) (i.e HDMI is not working) – Just simply get my patched nvidia drivers and re-install
Broken Sleep Thank you OmniAtlas for posting an awesome solution. Just scroll down and read his comment

DataMan for iPhone – Review

I got the chance to review DataMan application for the iPhone. I’ve not done any application reviews yet , so this is going to be my first application review which I’ve ever done. If it does not sound as professional as the ones you may have read , please do apologise as I am trying my best to make sure that its not biased and it answers most of your question.
I would like to extend my gratitude to the developer of DataMan application for enabling me to conduct a review and write about the application
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