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OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.3 VMware Image w/ AMD Support Disclaimer: All work shared in this post is property of ©2013 Soul Dev Team. Anybody wishing to share this work is freely allowed to, provided they give credit to the original creators, and link back to this post. I’ve now updated to the Mountain Lion 10.8.3 VMware Image, with continued support for both Intel and AMD processors. It’s reasonably safe to update yourself, but you may encounter a few bugs which I took it upon myself to fix in this image. I’ve also included Graphics drivers to solve any issues you guys were having getting that sorted, and I’ve demonstrated how you enabled them in the linked video. As usual below is the changelog for this image, and underneath you can find the downloads. As you can see the list of confirmed working AMD processors is increasing! If you wish to download the OS X Mountain Lion VMware Image for AMD via torrent, you can grab it from here .

Slashdot - News for nerds, stuff that matters Introducing The Death Hug: Only For iPhone 4 On Verizon - PCWorld As initially reported by iLounge, the Verizon iPhone 4 may exhibit the same alleged signal attenuation problems as the original iPhone 4, and then some. According to the video, the infamous “Death Grip” can still affect 3G signal strength on the updated CDMA handset. Additionally, a new two-handed landscape grip, cutely dubbed the “Death Hug,” will cause a similar attenuation to your WiFi signal. You may remember the media frenzy when early reports of the iPhone 4’s “Death Grip” were released. My prediction is that this “problem” will be similar to the last one: a lot of smoke, no fire.

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Welcome — ps Enable ** Six Reasons Not to Buy the Verizon iPhone 4 - PCWorld CIO — Today is the big day; the Apple (AAPL) iPhone is finally available in the United States through a wireless carrier other than AT&T. Verizon Wireless's iPhone 4 smartphone can now be purchased in Apple Stores, Best Buys, Walmarts, and Verizon Wireless retail locations...while supplies last, of course. Verizon Wireless Apple iPhone 4 But I have a few things you might want to consider before dashing out to wait in line for a Verizon iPhone 4 of your own. In fact, in most cases, I'd advise potential Verizon iPhone 4 buyers to hold off completely on buying Apple's current iPhone model. Why, you ask? 1) Verizon Apple iPhone 4 is "Old" Apple released the AT&T iPhone 4 on June 24, 2010, almost eight months ago. In other words, Verizon iPhone 4 buyers really aren't getting a "new" device, at least in my opinion. 2) No Simultaneous Voice/Data Transmission for Verizon iPhone 4 The Verizon Apple iPhone 4 is a 3G, CDMA/EV-DO Rev. Continue Reading

Mac Admin Corner - Apple system deployments, imaging, packaging, management and Active Directory integration tips iPhone vs. Everybody: Battle of the Smartphone Death Grips - PCWorld Business Center When reports began flooding in that Apple’s new iPhone 4 suffers from a serious antenna problem that disrupts voice and data signals, Apple fired back at its critics and competitors by claiming that all smartphones have the same issue. But do they? To see how common a problem antenna attenuation is, we took the iPhone 4 and five of its top smartphone competitors into the field to put Apple’s claims to the test. How We Tested We tested five smartphones that compete with the iPhone 4: the HTC Nexus One (T-Mobile), the HTC EVO 4G (Sprint; not on 4G), the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650 (Sprint), the Motorola Droid X (Verizon), and the Samsung Captivate (AT&T). Because signal loss has far more severe real-world implications in environments where cellular coverage is already poor, we decided to test in a weak signal environment that we had previously identified in our ongoing testing of 3G network performance. The voice-call tests were more subjective. Signal Loss Results Data Download Speeds

Open Source Tools to Manage Macs in the Enterprise - Munki, Simian, Cauliflower Vest Open Source Tools to Manage Macs in the EnterpriseMunki, Simian, and Cauliflower Vest: Three open source tools to help IT pros manage Mac computers in the enterprise. Mac and Enterprise in the same sentence? Someone, quick, call the the Mythbusters! Well the far-fetched is turning into a reality.Gartner estimates enterprise penetration of Macs is currently hovering around five-percent. As that percentage creeps up, enterprises need the right tools to configure, deploy, manage and support Macs. For budget conscious IT departments there are three open source tools every IT pro should gain awareness of when considering Mac in the Enterprise:Munki, Simian and Cauliflower Vest. Munki Munki is a python-based toolset that provides for managed software installation of OS X systems. If the user is logged in, an option appears to install now or later. A web server hosting the repository includes catalogs (available software), manifests (software that should be installed) and actual packages. Simian

All things iPod, iPhone, iPad and Beyond Centralizing user/group management for Mac OSX with Zentyal | shabangs.net I have been following Zentyal since their eBox days, and Samba 4 since 2006. But finally, with the release of Zentyal 3.0 and Samba 4, it appears that my dream of an open source and drop-in replacement for Windows Active Directory has come true. Centralized management of computers, users, and groups for both Windows and Mac, for FREE! and with the option of enterprise level support. It won’t be long before this takes off. I would describe Zentyal as an intuitive and friendly front-end interface for managing a Linux server. The first part of this series is using Zentyal’s directory services for storing and managing users/groups in a centralized database so users can log in to both Windows and Mac machines with the same password. The first thing you might want to do is install Zentyal. At first I tried to get the Mac to work with the Samba4 service using OSX’s Active Directory Plugin. One thing you want to note before going forward is Samba 4 takes over LDAP’s default port (tcp/389).

iOnApple: Apple suspends sale of iPhone 4 slide-on cases due to potential for scratching and cracked glass | Network World Back in October, Ryan Block of GDGT noted that slide-on iPhone cases could sometimes cause iPhone 4's to crack when tiny debris became lodged between the case and the rear of the device, which is made out of glass. Citing sources within Apple, Block explained that Apple was well aware of the "potential design flaw" and that a team of Apple engineers were working dilligently to accurately gauge the seriousness and potential impact of the problem. Whether it was overblown or not, the fiasco that was antennagate was a public relations nightmare for Apple that ultimately forced Steve Jobs to reluctantly get up on stage this past Summer and announce that all iPhone 4 owners would be eligible for free Bumper cases. With that ordeal now firmly behind us, the last thing Apple wants is yet another controversy to envelop its most profitable device. And while Apple is maintaining the utmost vigilance, case makers are anxiously waiting to see how this ordeal pans out.

MacWindows: The Source for Macintosh-Windows integration The Verizon iPhone: Seven key facts you need to know Network World - Here are seven key facts you should know about the Verizon iPhone 4 before you decide to buy it. NEWS: But wait, there's more: Verizon iPhone available February 10, starting at $199 Fact #1: This is NOT a 4G LTE device Verizon launched its 4G LTE network commercially in 38 markets late last year. And while Verizon announced that its network would soon support several LTE smartphones at last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, it seems that the Apple iPhone will not yet be among them. Instead, Verizon's iPhone 4 will run on its CDMA-based EV-DO Rev. SLIDESHOW: Apple iPhoneys: the iPhone 5 edition Fact #2: The iPhone on CDMA faces the same limitations as other CDMA phones CDMA phones face two key limitations that don't affect GSM phones. Fact #3: The Verizon iPhone 4 will cost the same as the AT&T iPhone 4 While there had been some speculation that the CDMA iPhone could cost around $50 more than the GSM iPhone, that has turned out not to be the case.

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