Aleksandar • Vacić

iOS bits and pieces

PearPC - Mac OS X on PC

I wrote previously about PearPC, great PowerPC emulator. Since then, significant progress has been made. Most importantly, with a little outside help, network access is now possible from inside of Mac to your Windows PC as well as Internet.

PearPC enables Mac OS X on Windows

Also, 0.4pre-release version is available for download from various sites (not from official site) which add significant speed improvements. Look for download links on PearPC portal - I have AMD’s AthlonXP processor thus I’m using Richard Goodwin’s build optimized for it.

My PC is AthlonXP 2500+ with 1GB of RAM. I set 512MB in PearPC config file and Mac is pretty usable with such setup. Speed improvement over 0.2 version I tried earlier is enormous and I dare to say that from this version PearPC is a must for web developers that does not have access to Mac machines. This is as low-cost testing environment as you can get. With multiple installation copies and different config files on one hard disk this opens up many possibilities. Like - you can have Jaguar install (with Safari 1.0), one or two Panthers (with 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 Safari versions) and even Tiger (I do not have it, though).

Now, onward with network installation, which can get really nasty and tricky. It took me 3 evenings of trying this and that until I got it working.


After six years…

Age of Kings / Conquerors

…I’m enjoying it 100%.

The Bourne Supremacy

This is one of the best action movies I have ever seen in my life. The Bourne Identity was great, but this one is even better. Pure action, no small talk, no kiddin' around. Great attention to details, characters speak their own languages. And a hellishly good story. Perfect fast-paced movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

The Bourne Supremacy

Camera moves are sometimes too quick and it’s hard to grasp the sequence, but it only serves to put you more into the seat next to the characters. The Moscow high-pursuit scene is so fucking good that Matrix Reloaded highway scene looks like Need for Speed intro or something like that…So damn realistic. The primary high-point of the Bourne movies - effects serve the story, not the other way around. One does not even notice the effects here, unless reminded about them.

Can’t wait the next one. There must be more - these two parts are so good that they kick ass to all James Bond, Jack Ryan and Etan Hunt combined. Come on, let there be another movie like this.

Embeding Flash in web page

Even though I tend to avoid Flash, I sometimes have to use it, usually because clients wants it to spice up the web. Thus over time I tried many different ways that would not make the page invalid but all had a flaw or two.

I first used Flash Satay which worked pretty good for me, even though people reported strange cases when it did not work in certain Win ver / IE ver situations. And then it hit me with my friend who had Win98SE, IE 5.5 and Flash 7 installed. For no apparent reason, his install (he actually reinstalled because of this) never detected the Flash and always downloaded ActiveX to install. Always. When using embed, it worked. But Flash Satay method did not work. The Twilight Zone moment came when I made the same install he did and it worked there, but still not for him.

Thus I looked further and found Ian Hickson’s example. His code example worked for my friend as well as in any other test case I tried. Ian’s example had one minor problem - it Flash was not available, it did not show the alternate content in IE.