iSwitcher: To be or not to be?! – MacOS X Leopard running on my PC!

It’s true, I’ve got MacOS X Leopard running natively on my ASUS barebone (Core 2 Duo, 2Gb RAM DDR2, 2x250Gb). Had only issues with my motherboard IDE controller, which happens to be a JMicron – workaround: IDE to USB cable!

My nVidia rocks with NVinject128 (yep, 128Mb is enough for my graphical needs) at 1680×1050. Booting is fast, responsiveness is great, can’t wait to get Reason and Cubase on it 😀

Unfortunately, I had more trouble to get it half-working on my laptop, an HP 530 (Intel 945 GME graphic card, 3945 wireless chipset and Intel HDA Audio with some Conexant codec on it). But, even that the graphic card only works with VESA, there’s no audio neither WiFi.. I won’t give up.

If you have any information on how to get Leopard loving my laptop, I’ll love you too!

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Sun + MySQL vs Oracle + BEA

Hi folks,

It’s all over the news, Sun to acquire MySQL and Oracle to acquire BEA. Interesting, hun? Can you see a pattern here? Well, I do..

1) Sun provides a Java EE server implementation, aka Glassfish but none enterprise-scale database engine;

2) Oracle provides an enterprise-scale database engine, but none Java EE server implementation;

3) Things between Oracle and RedHat have been spicin’ up because of Linux distrowars, so Oracle, IMHO wouldn’t even try to acquire JBoss.

So, what happens?! ..oh well, pretty obvious, don’t you think?

Urban Audio Society – The Usual Suspects, Playing The Unusual Beats

Hi folks,

As many of you are aware I collect vinyl records. It’s a passion inherited from my father and some old friends of mine who are tightly connected to the music scene – not only the dance/electronic thing, but also instrumental, orchestral and romantic music (romantic in the truly sense of the genre). Anyway, many of them are music producers, live performers or even DJs, so it became natural that I’d soon or later be involved in one of these activities.

That’s how I started.. playing some records at my homies private parties, just for the fun of it. Rapidly, I had the chance to play in a local bar and soon enough I’d be playing in some nice places out of my home city, Aveiro.

But, even though music is a great passion – I’m currently developing my audio production skills -, I already have a job (another passion of mine. oh boy, am I passionate or what?!), so I won’t try to make a living out of this, but instead I’ll keep playing here and there, now and then, mostly with friends.

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And that’s why I’m writing this post, to present you with a project between me and a couple of friends, Diogo Lobo and Pedro Menício , named Urban Audio Society. Three music lovers who, together, break the boundaries of the dance scene and prove to everyone that the mind also dances and the body also thinks.

If you like lightweight, sweet and joyful music, please feel invited to listen to our first DJ set. Feedback is highly expected. Enjoy!