March 21, 2012

Busy, Like A Bee...

by Chris Randall

Oh, taxes. Joy of joys!

Oh, the flu. My favorite thing!

Oh, MusikMesse! Can we get a minimum of one new plug-in format per major trade show, please?

Oh, 64-bit updates! Saved the hardest for last, apparently!

Oh, making a vinyl record. My credit card statement looks like it was beat with a motorcycle lock.

This has been a fun seven days. Very eventful. Guess I got a new iPad in there somewhere. It's just like the last one only morso. Also, I built, and then summarily hated, a Hackintosh. If I never see another computer again, in any form factor or platform, it'll be too soon. Adam is going on vacation next week. I'm wondering if I'll fit in his luggage.


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Mar.21.2012 @ 11:47 AM
But apart from that, I take it everything is going just fine?

Mar.21.2012 @ 11:59 AM
What did you hate about the Hackintosh? I've been considering going that route.

Mar.21.2012 @ 12:45 PM
Chris Randall
Mainly the fact that it's generally stupid. I imagine it's fine for people that don't have a life or anything, but the amount of time I want to spend dicking with things that only work halfway is... low.


Mar.21.2012 @ 1:12 PM
Solipsist Nation
That's my impression from what I've seen too. It's like running linux except moreso because linux at least nominally wants to run on all sorts of hardware. You have to spend a lot of time tricking OS X or using semi-developed drivers and generally messing with stuff to get it stable. It doesn't seem worth the effort.

Mar.21.2012 @ 1:25 PM
i've been running one for about 3 years.

The good: You can build yourself a quad core beastie at 2.6GHz with decent RAM for about 1/4 of a Mac Pro's price

The bad: Upgrades (especially major like 10.5 to 10.6) are a Nordic Saga - seriously. be prepared to spend 3+ days and have a backup machine to research why your particular combo won't work. with some prep you can whittle the time down but it's never been entirely straightforward, and i'm a pretty fair hand at everything except heavy Terminal based Unix-y stuff.

anyone still interested? i can point you to good resources to lessen the pain, or at least let you know how deep the water is.

Mar.21.2012 @ 1:30 PM
Chris Randall
Pretty much what he said. My Mac, for business reasons, needs to be bleeding edge as far as OS X goes. I can't put everything on hold every time there's an update just to figure out how the fuck _to_ update.

I will say that the initial install was pretty painless. I built one of the Kakewalk machines (the "pro" build) with some minor changes. But once I got most of my apps installed and started working, I started having serious stability issues, and if there's one thing that is gonna send me around the bend in short order, it is trying to track down stability problems in something that is already balanced on a knife edge.

I knew I was gonna have issues when it was a relief to boot that same machine in to Win7. That should tell you all you need to know.


Mar.21.2012 @ 1:37 PM
Wade Alin
I'm actually on my way back to Macville. Never thought I'd even visit there again but my work nearly requires it. The PCIe and Drives will be hooked in via Thunderbolt. And it'll be all "Daddy, what's a desktop?"

Mar.21.2012 @ 2:13 PM
yep. been there, done that, bought the t-shirt. i don't go for any patched kernel builds. i use vanilla based options, and selecting the right hardware in advance is paramount to smoothing your path (though of course no guarantee).

on my last upgrade i got it working pretty well but had occasional (every 2-3 days) kernel panics as result of the wrong on-board Ethernet driver. in the 10.5 version of it i actually had to use a USB/Ethernet adapter but they updated it to support the onboard chipset and i used a buggy version until i realized my mistake.

everything's rock solid now, but no onboard audio or sleep available (typical for Hackintosh builds, though these issues are getting to be less common as well).

Mar.21.2012 @ 2:33 PM
Harley Tat
I took the Hac jump a year and a half ago--just couldn't convince myself to shell out three times the money for essentially the same computer in a shiny aluminum case. Maybe I just got lucky, but it's been more trouble-free than the G5 it replaced. I agree, the right hardware choices--mainly mobo and graphics--are key (I spent an insane amount of time lurking on InsanelyMac before buying), and Kakewalk worked just as advertised.

I do still experience some dread whenever I hit "go" on a combo update, but so far I've been able to hold on the semblance of a life that I had previously...

Mar.21.2012 @ 2:54 PM
the last interesting issue i had was updating to 10.6.4 (for Protools 9) - apparently USB drivers were incompatible, so no mouse or keyboard until you roll back the USB drivers kext files to the earlier version. funtimez!

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