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Windows 7 RC x64 Boot Camp Install on a MacBook Pro


So I jumped on the bandwagon Friday night and installed the recently released RC (build 7100) of Windows 7 from MSDN.  Having missed the initial rush, I was hitting download speeds of around 1.5 mb/s on my 15 mb down FIOS connection.  After I had the ISO, I figured I would avoid the nightmere of deleting and repartitioning Boot Camp and try a boot right from my newly burned Windows 7 DVD and reformat from the installer.  In hindsight, it seems that Mac OS X does not recognize that there is a Windows volume as a startup disk now – only Mac OS is dispalyed in Sysytem Preferences > Startup Disk.

Based on my previous experiences with Vista x64 installs on my MacBook Pro, I went to a very useful post I had bookmarked on getting the ISO to be bootable (after some digging, this other post outlines basically the same thing).  And sure enough, it was even updated for Windows 7.  If you do this right off the bat, you won’t see the “Select CD-ROM boot type” with no way to make a selection.

I reformatted my NTFS drive for a clean install of Windows 7, and the install proceeded without a hangup [insert your look of surprise here].  I followed that up with an install of the regular Boot Camp drivers from Apple on my OS X CD (version 2.01) – you can also download them via a torrent – and then the Boot Camp x64 update from Apple (2.1).

After installing Boot Camp, what happened next completely blew my mind – EVERYTHING WORKED.  This was a great releif, since after every Vista x64 install I found my WiFi non-functional (had to download my own Atheros drivers) and the ATi graphics driver was sketchy (fixed with modtool).   In my opinion, Microsoft did a great job of playing nice with Apple drivers this time around – they even show a nice message in the event that a driver is unsupported as opposed to the blue screen common with Vista.

As far as first impressions, Windows 7 has simply just worked for me.  From the minimal amount of processes running to all of my hardware and software working without a hitch, Windows 7 is definately a pleasant surprise in the wake of Vista.

So, have you installed Windows 7 with Boot Camp?  If so, please share your experiences (good and bad).


Update: Some people seem to be having issues with drivers.  These are the two Boot Camp drivers that I always use – without issue:

Install First: Download and install BootCamp 2.01 (x64)
Install Second:  Download and install BootCamp 2.1 Update

May 5 2009

A MacBook Air Parody


I caught wind of this parody of the MacBook Air commercial and thought it was great. I love the sleekness of it and Apple in general, but the choice to remove things that are commonly used like say – a cdrom drive is just crazy.

But then again, some people really love their Air.
[Although I would probably be the same way if I had one :) ]

Apr 30 2008

Apple iPhone SDK Rejectment Letter?


After reading the live blog of the press conference on March 6th and then watching the video of it, I was really excited about playing with the SDK, especially the OpenGL and OpenAL stuff that was demoed.Excitedly I went to, $99 in hand. Unfortunately, I was met with a “please refresh this page and check back later message.” After waiting, and switching to Firefox (I initially used Safari), I logged in and applied. I started to rejoice, then looked at my screen. Another canned message:

Thank you for submitting your information.While we process your information, please visit the iPhone Dev Center to download the iPhone SDK and access a wealth of technical resources.Please note, the iPhone Developer Program will initially be available in the US and will expand to other countries in the coming months.Next StepsYou will receive notification of your enrollment status. Enrollment ID: XXXXXXXXXX 

Deflated, although still bearing hope, I eagerly awaited their email. Day 1 passed. Then day 2, 3…you get the picture.Finally, today, I see a message arrive from “iPhone Developer Program.” Oooo, excitement again…or so I thought:

Dear Registered iPhone Developer,Thank you for expressing interest in the iPhone Developer Program. We have received your enrollment request. As this time, the iPhone Developer Program is available to a limited number of developers and we plan to expand during the beta period. We will contact you again regarding your enrollment status at the appropriate time.Thank you for applying.Best regards,iPhone Developer Program– snip – 

I’ve been an a loyal customer and somewhat of a fanboy for years. I just don’t get it. Steve and company has this big press conference about the SDK, then they don’t give people access like they said they would?

So Apple, what’s up with the rejection letter?…At least they haven’t taken my $99.

Mar 14 2008

Print File Structure In Mac OS X


The topic arouse while working a large project: “How can I print the directory structure in OS X? It was easy in OS 9.”

It is possible by using the Terminal application. I intend to write an AppleScript in the near future to do this automatically.

Open up Terminal (Its located in the Utilities folder in Applications)Enter


*Make Sure there is a space after ‘cd

Select or open a finder window that has the directory of interest. Drag the file to the Terminal window and hit Enter.

A new line should appear. Type:

ls -RF > ~/Desktop/file_structure.txt

Look at your Desktop. A file named ‘folder_list.txt’ should be visible. You can now edit and do with it what you wish. is the name of the file you want the output of the recursive ls command to write out to. Feel free to use something more descriptive as you wish.

Feb 14 2007

New Parallels Update


If you haven’t gotten a chance, download the new Parallels update.

Among other speedy enhancements is my new favorite feature about my Mac…coherence. I can have Windows shortcuts sitting in my dock. In this mode, the start menu and task bar sit nicely with the dock and you do not even know you are in windows. It takes feels as though the barrier between Mac and PC is totally shattered.

I am anxious to see what Vista will do my virtual machine…

Feb 6 2007

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