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For the past several years, I've used a nearly 7-year-old Mac Book Pro as a media center, storing all our family photos, videos, i Tunes movies, music and everything else.

I've also started using Plex, an app that allows me to stream and search for all that stuff the same way you use Netflix, but also for -- y'know -- pictures of my son's first smile. Sadly, Mac Book Pro laptops were all that'd be on tap.

10.4.4 with the first generation of Intel-based Macs, the i Mac and the Mac Book Pro.

These machines used Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) platform firmware instead of the older style BIOS found on most x86 motherboards at the time.

I had my wallet out and waiting, but it wasn't for that. I sat and watched the event along with my infant son, hoping Apple's computer would be updated with faster chips.

I wanted a new Mac Mini because it's about the size of two best-seller books stacked next to each other -- easy to stash right beside our TV.

You’ll also need a USB thumb drive, preferably 8GB or larger.

Also, download the Uni Beast package from the Downloads section of tonymacx86’s website (you need to be a registered user for that, so register first, because you might also need to post on the forums for help if you come across a problem).

If you remember, we have already showed you how to pick the right hardware for building a hackintosh, how to Install Mac OS X Snow Leopard on it, and upgrade to Lion using x Move.

On February 14, 2006, an initial "hack" of and again patches were released within two weeks that allowed users to install most of this update on non-Apple computers, although this did not include the updated kernel in 10.4.6.

In June, the hackers released the 10.4.7 update for non-Apple computers using the 10.4.4 kernel.

Do­ing that was sim­ple and took just about an hour.

On my Hack­in­tosh, I just went to the App Store and down­loaded Mav­er­icks. While Mav­er­icks was down­load­ing, I went to tony­macx86and down­loaded the new Uni Beast 3.0.1 to copy Mav­er­icks to my USB drive.

If you ask me what type of tech I have at home, you'd think I live in an Apple Store. Did you know how much easier it is to fix these things?

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