01 February 2009

Air = Wind

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Although  Steve Jobs claims that he cannot make a $500 computer that is not a "piece of junk", we can't deny the fact that Apple's elite MacBook Air, whose thinness could well snag the America's Next Top Model title, shares some obvious features and to some extent, the lack thereof, with the lesser netbook flavors of the masses. 

$1,799  vs. $500 or less

One is the lack of an optical drive. As a fall back, the MacBook Air offers Remote Disc which enables using the optical drives in other Macs and even PC's in the network as if they were attached to the MacBook Air itself. Definitely a cool feature and this led to speculations if a netbook hackintosh like the MSI Wind could possibly use this same technology. 


The answer to that is yes, it can. But, as usual, one has to put on his or her geek hat and grab and install this update and then type some command lines in Terminal.

defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser EnableODiskBrowsing -bool true

defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser ODSSupported -bool true

click here for the original how-to webpage

Relaunch Finder and you get the new "Remote Disc" entry in Sidebar, like so:

remote-discNot bad, hey? All I can say is that my MacBook Wind didn't cost as much as the Air and it has three USB ports to boot. :)

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