OpenServ – Psystar is at it again…

Psystar, you know, those crazy people that brought us the Open Computer Mac clone (and still have not been shut down by Apple) announced today that they are releasing OpenServ Rack-Mount Servers and OpenGamer Gaming Systems, which will run Windows Server (2003 and 2008) and Leopard Server, and your various varieties of Linux server distros.

The servers have Intel Xeon Harpertown processors, can have up to 16 GB of RAM, and 6 TB of storage.

The really crazy thing is that Apple still has not done anything. Psystar even released an update for the 10.5.3 update to Leopard. What is Apple saying by not saying anything about this? It seems that silence is permission.

Create a WiFi Hotspot – Share Your Internet Connection in Leopard

In the last few weeks I’ve been in a situation twice where only one person had Internet access (me) and needed to share it with other people or devices. The first time we were at a convention center and only had wired internet access at the booth. We had several iPhones we needed to use to display a website (we were demoing a new mobile website). The second time our wireless router went out in the office and only a handful of computers are running on a hard-wired ethernet connection.

In both cases, we needed to access the Internet and having a Mac saved the day. It was extremely simple and quick to share my internet connection on my MacBook Pro using built-in features in Mac OS X.

To share an internet connection over Airport, you will need to be connected to the internet by either a wired ethernet connection or by a cellular card. I used a Verizon V740 card to share the internet connection at the convention and hard-wired ethernet connection at the office when our router went out.

So how do you share your Internet connection using Mac OS X? See the tutorial below, or take a look at the video.
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New Xserve at MacWorld?

My engineering sources say to look for an announcement of a new Xserve sporting Intel’s Tulsa processor at MacWorld Expo next week.

After all, Apple is due to release another server.
At last year’s Macworld, Apple suggested that Intel’s Tulsa could find its way into future Xserves. The Tulsa is Intel’s dual-core Xeon 7100 series processor designed for multi-processor servers. Intel claims it delivers up to twice the performance and nearly three times better performance per Watt than previous Intel Xeon processors. That translates to a lower total cost of ownership which, in these days of ballooning energy prices, is music to the ears of enterprise.
From January 2003 to January 2005, Apple released a new Xserve each year, breaking stride in August 2006 when they released the current Xserve model, the Q57 —  the first Xserve with Intel processors. Although introduced in August 2006, the first one shipped three months later in November 2006.
The Q57 sports four cores with the Intel Xeon 5100 series processor (the “Woodcrest”), available in dual 2.0, dual 2.66 or dual 3.0 GHz with 4MB shared L2 cache per processor and a dual 1.33 GHz System Bus. It has three drive bays and eight FB-DIMM slots, maxing out at 32GB of 667MHz DDR2 ECC DIMMs. In November 2006 when it first shipped, the OS was v. 10.4.8 of Mac OS X Server (build 8N1215) but now ships with the latest Leopard release of OS X, OS X Server v. 10.5.1.