So, if you haven’t heard  yet. Last week some company, called Psystar, announced that they are selling a PC made from off the shelf parts that comes with Apple’s Mac OS X installed and running. Obviously, the whole tech world has been holding it’s breath waiting to see if this is for real. Many investigated and found some fishy changes of Psystar’s address in a 48 hour period. 

Anyway, it looks like Psystar has actually delivered the first of it’s product and Engadget has the first un-boxing and test results of one of these controversial machines here:

Psystar Open Computer unboxing and hands-on – Engadget

Anyone familiar with Apple’s history of vigorously protecting their intellectual properties is anticipating a swift response from Apple’s legal heavy weights, but so far, none has materialized. Others are speculating that Apple will simply issue an update to their OS that would disable its ability to run on these new, unauthorized Apple clones.

Either way, the tech world just got a bit more interesting.

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I occasionally am asked why I prefer Mac OS X to Windows and no matter what explanation I give the response is often that Macs are “too expensive.” Well, Popular Mechanics would beg to differ with that assessment.

Mac vs PC – Benchmark and Speed Tests – PC versus Mac – Apple, Windows Reviews – Popular Mechanics
The Asus M51sr costs the same as a MacBook, while the Gateway One actually costs $300 more than an iMac. That means for the price of the Gateway you could buy an iMac, boost its hard drive to match the Gateway’s, purchase a copy of Vista to boot—and still save $100.

They also determined that the Macs booted, launched applications, surfed the web and were generally faster than their comparably equipped PC counterparts. Then, to add insult to injury, they used Apple’s free Boot Camp application to install, run and test Windows Vista running on the Apple Macs and they even ran Windows Vista faster than their PC competitors!

So, yeah. I prefer Macs to PCs.

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