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MacBytes
May 6, 2008, 06:48 PM
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Category: 3rd Party Hardware
Link: Another 'cloner' crawls to the surface (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20080506194844)
Description:: If you think PsyStar's mini-tower is aesthetically challenged, you might want to avert your eyes...

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swb1192
May 6, 2008, 08:02 PM
Is Apple taking action? The listing of this product has been taken off eBay... anyone know why?

ezekielrage_99
May 6, 2008, 08:13 PM
It's brilliant, I love it and again no competition for Apple.

sushi
May 6, 2008, 08:14 PM
That was quick.

Less than an hour and a half and the listing is gone.

ttopp
May 7, 2008, 06:53 AM
That was quick.

Less than an hour and a half and the listing is gone.

he must have sold out lol

DoFoT9
May 7, 2008, 07:11 AM
he must have sold out lol

or apple threatened him lol

Gasu E.
May 7, 2008, 09:04 AM
I just don't see it as in Apple's interest to take legal action against these small-time operators, except in those specific cases where Apple's hands are forced (misuse of Apple TMs, for example). It would be expensive and unneccessarily engender ill will. Plus there is value to having these little guys test the marketplace. If these guys become successful without Apple's help, which is unlikely, it demonstrates at little cost to Apple that there is an untapped market opportunity that Apple can exploit to grow the OS X market. If they fail, it provides ammunition to the Apple insiders who discount the viability of an OEM market.

Flail
May 7, 2008, 05:13 PM
I've been wondering if this is one of the reasons Apple bought PA Semi. I'm assuming they could develop a proprietary chip that would be required to run OS X. There is the question of older Macs but they've been developing two versions of OS X for quite a while now (Intel/PowerPC). Then, somewhere down the line, when they start dropping support for the older Intels (our current ones) and only supporting the ones with the specialized hardware, it will be that much harder to clone.

Granted, that would be a long way down the road and someone would probably emulate the hardware via software by then, but it seemed plausible. Especially since I have little understanding of the subject.

DoFoT9
May 7, 2008, 07:08 PM
I've been wondering if this is one of the reasons Apple bought PA Semi. I'm assuming they could develop a proprietary chip that would be required to run OS X. There is the question of older Macs but they've been developing two versions of OS X for quite a while now (Intel/PowerPC). Then, somewhere down the line, when they start dropping support for the older Intels (our current ones) and only supporting the ones with the specialized hardware, it will be that much harder to clone.

Granted, that would be a long way down the road and someone would probably emulate the hardware via software by then, but it seemed plausible. Especially since I have little understanding of the subject.
i reckon they are going to use those chips in the iphone, its the only relevant thing really.

mkrishnan
May 7, 2008, 07:17 PM
If you think PsyStar's mini-tower is aesthetically challenged, you might want to avert your eyes...

The 1970s Cylon called, and he wants his briefcase back. :D

pianojoe
May 8, 2008, 04:36 AM
Apple could use some microsoftishness here. They should tweak the compatibility issues to a certain degree, so that the pursy user will realize that it's a great OS, but to run it for real, he needs to get a Mac.

This is more or less what the x86 project does… I think the only thing Apple is concerned with this cloner is the apparent seaminglessness. Apple would want to keep that to themselves.

MacAodh
May 8, 2008, 04:56 AM
Now that is what you call a plain computer. My god, it's boring...

MacAodh
May 8, 2008, 04:58 AM
But you have to give it to phystar, I wonder how many people like news.com, endgadget, etc... have ordered computers off them. Must have made quite a few of them already

MikeTheC
May 8, 2008, 05:02 PM
The 1970s Cylon called, and he wants his briefcase back. :D

http://img404.imageshack.us/img404/9201/keirdulleafullofbeige01cn4.png

ttopp
Jun 17, 2008, 08:14 AM
see the thing is these clones are only good for those who know what they are doing?? i wouldnt want to try a software update on one.. so all they get is a system that will die if they try to upgrade the software.. plus there will probably be problems with some software??? so the machine is good for the software on but not for future updates so y waist your money????