More on the Psystar vs Apple OpenMac Issue (1,000th Post)

First I want to say that this is the 1,000th post on CyberSurge. I’ve been blogging on this blog for one year 2 months and 15 days and I’m still having just as much fun as I was having on day one. Thanks to everyone who has been here since day one.

Psystar, you know, the OEM offering Leopard pre-installed on generic PC hardware, is claiming that Apple’s EULA violates US monopoly laws because it restricts you from installing Leopard on any hardware on made by Apple.

The first thing I want to say is that it doesn’t violate monopoly laws because Apple doesn’t have a monopoly, maybe if Apple had 90% market share in the personal computer space it would be illegal but since they don’t, it is clearly not illegal.

But, the fact that it isn’t illegal aside, in an interview with InformationWeek, a Psystar employee named Robert openly attacked Apple’s EULA:

But Psystar said Monday that the company believes Apple’s terms violate U.S. monopoly laws. “What if Microsoft said you could only install Windows on Dell computers?” said a Psystar employee.

The employee, who would only identify himself as Robert, said Apple grossly overcharges for the hardware on which its operating systems, including Leopard, come preinstalled. “They’re charging an 80% markup on hardware,” Robert said in a brief phone interview.

He also said Psystar believes Apple’s prohibition against third-party installations might not hold up in court: “What if Honda said that, after you buy their car, you could only drive it on the roads they said you could?”

I actually don’t believe that Apple hardware is overpriced at all, if you compare two computers, one made by Dell and one made by Apple they would be very similarly priced, now I’m not talking about the low end, I’m talking about computers priced at $1,000+ (everyone knows that the Mac Mini is a little overpriced, but I’m not sure if it is really 80%, that seems a bit excessive).

The Honda remark doesn’t make any sense at all, it would make more sense if Honda sold you a car stereo that could only be used inside of a Honda, which in my opinion, would be perfectly fine.

Psystar to Sell “OpenMac”

Psystar, a company from Miami, Florida, is selling “Open Mac,” a Mac clone with Leopard pre-installed for $554. The computer has a 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 250GB hard drive, 2GB of RAM, Intel GMA 950 graphics, DVD+/-RW optical drive, and 4 USB ports.

The Mac clone looks like it would be a pretty good performer, but if you want something a little bit more beefy you can add $110 to the price and get a Nvidia Geforce 8600GT and/or for another $50 they will add in FireWire.

Now remember that this does violate Leopard’s EULA which says that the software can’t be run on hardware that isn’t Apple branded. OpenMac says that the computer is a “configuration of PC hardware capable of running unmodified OS X Leopard kernels.” But they also say this:

“Can I run updates on my OpenMac?

The answer is yes and no. No because there are some updates that are decidedly non-safe. Yes because most updates are not non-safe. It’s best to check on InsanelyMac for this information but when in doubt don’t update it. You may have to reinstall your OS X if it is a non-safe update.”

I don’t expect this company to continue to sell the OpenMac for very long, I’m pretty sure Apple is willing to pay their lawyers a lot more than Psystar can and therefore I’m sure Apple will sue them to a pulp.


Geek Squad Employee Caught Video Taping a Women in the Shower

I never liked the Geek Squad at all, I would much rather fix my own computers, but of course I know how to fix a computer. For one women who doesn’t know she got a little suprise. She caught the Geek Squader recording her in the shower with his cell phone. Ok, just check out the video, I can’t believe this guy, what a dufus.

Apple and Cisco settle iPhone dispute

Apple and Cisco have finally settled the dispute over the iPhone name. The result will mean that both companies will be able to use the name and acknokledge that both have the right to use it ending any later disputes that could come about. “Cisco and Apple will explore opportunities for interoperability in the areas of security, and consumer and enterprise communications” (well put MacNN). The rest of the agreement will be confidential.

This is good news except that I really hate the name iPhone and think Apple should have made it go the way of the iTV and become the Apple Phone, it sounds a lot better anyways. But, of course this is good news because it seemed to me that this law suit could have cost Apple hundreds of millions of dollars if it hadn’t been finalized this way.

Apple and Apple Make Up?

Apple Corp. announced today a new agreement that Apple Inc and Apple Corp have come to. A lot of people including me haven’t really realized that Apple inc has now changed their name from Apple Computers inc to just Apple inc. That would most likely anger Apple Corp now wouldn’t it? The terms of the settlement were not disclosed but according to AppleInsider the agreement was ended on a posative note so the chance of later disagreements are slim.

This sounds to me like these agreements may have had a bit of a deal where iTunes could sell Beatles music in iTunes. This has been long rumored and even many fake rumors such as Merlin Manns rumor of the Beatles iPod.

“It is great to put this dispute behind us and move on,” said Neil Aspinall, manager of Apple Corps. “The years ahead are going to be very exciting times for us. We wish Apple Inc. every success and look forward to many years of peaceful co-operation with them.”

With these reports I’m assuming that the rumor sites will have a field day with it.

Google has no Gmail in Europe

Google has lost a long battle with a German business man over the name Gmail. The Google name Gmail was to close to the name G-mail for courts in Europe.

“G-mail is an outfit that provides a “” email address, but also allows a “hybrid mail” system in which documents can be sent electronically, printed out by the company, and delivered in paper format to local addresses.”

[via theINQ]