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Hackers use Microsoft XP on a Mac
« on: March 18, 2006, 09:27:56 PM »
Hackers use Microsoft XP on a Mac

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- It was only time before someone would have broken the barrier between Apple's Mac and Microsoft XP.

The latest unofficial contest has spurred the latest tech-savvy break, this time by amateur programmers known as "narf2006" and "blanka," who managed to get Microsoft's Windows XP operating system to run on a Mac computer.

The contest was organized by 23-year-old Colin Nederkoorn of the Web site who reported Thursday it had a method of using Microsoft's XP with Mac OS X on the latest Intel Mac computer.

The contest began earlier this year, when Nederkoom, an employee in the shipping industry in Austin, Texas, wanted to find whether it was possible to run Windows on a Mac.

The winners were guaranteed $100, but the pot has collected through donations close to $14,000.

This recent contest is just one of many that have showcased the ease of hackers breaking into complex codes.

Earlier this month the hacker known as "Gwerdna" was the winner of the "rm-my-mac" competition, able to gain the root control of a Mac Mini in 30 minutes.


How the XP-on-Mac prize was won

When Apple Computer introduced the first Intel-based Macs, Colin Nederkoorn saw it as a chance to finally use a Macintosh for work.

Nederkoorn, a Mac enthusiast who works in the shipping industry, offered up a $100 bounty for the first person who could provide a replicable way to get Windows XP up and running on a Mac. Others also offered up cash, and the bounty grew to nearly $14,000. This week, Nederkoorn found a winner, two friends from California who prefer to be known only by their online handles "narf" and "blanka."

The winning solution was posted to the contest Web site, but it was struggling Thursday to keep up with the deluge of traffic. Nederkoorn took a few minutes away from trying to keep the site up to talk with CNET

Q: So, you found a winner?
Nederkoorn: Yeah, we declared a winner last night after testing. We had nine people testing it...three for the Mac Mini, three for the iMac and three for the MacBook Pro.

How complicated a method is it?
Nederkoorn: It's reasonably easy. A lot of the work goes on behind the scenes, but there's a lot of prep work involved. There's, I guess, two major steps. The first would be to create a custom Windows XP CD. You do that by pulling the files off the original Windows XP CD and dropping a few extra files into that and burning your own custom--it's usually called a "slipstream"--CD. The second major step is partitioning the hard drive on your Mac to have two partitions--one for Windows and one for OS X.

Have you tried it out on your machine yet?
Nederkoorn: Yes, it's up and running.

What do you know about the winner?
Nederkoorn: It's a team of two people. They are out in California. I do know their names, but they've asked me not to disclose who they are. They don't want this contest to interfere with their daily lives for the next few days--which it certainly has with mine, but that's OK.

One of the guys bought an iMac, and his friend convinced him to let him experiment on the iMac and to try and get a solution working. The two of them got it done.

Have you already delivered the prize to them?
Nederkoorn: I spoke with him last night. We are trying to figure out the most cost-effective way to get them the money. I think that PayPal charges a fee, and on this amount of money I think it is a reasonable amount. They are still deciding how they want to take delivery.

You guys have posted the method up on your site?
Nederkoorn: The method is up. There are about five mirrors up right now, but we are having trouble keeping the main site up just due the volume of traffic. We're struggling to do that.

Do you think you got your money's worth?
Nederkoorn: For me, it wasn't really a question of money; it was a question of time. I think it was worth it. I don't think I have the time and energy to do it again, but I definitely don't regret it.

Originally you started the contest to see if you could have your work machine be a Mac. Is that right?
Nederkoorn: Yeah, that's still the plan, once there are a few more drivers working and confirmed, then I can migrate my MacBook Pro.

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Hackers use Microsoft XP on a Mac
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2006, 11:09:32 PM »
Apple Ready To Run Windows???

Well the original link is here, but it may seem to be French for most of us - so I try to simply:

Apple has joined a group that generates Windows benchmarks for hardware - means Apple is ready to compete with other vendors (Dell, HP, Acer, blah, blah..) to in running Windows. Rumors also ripe that Apple is including support for Windows in its next generation OS X - enabling it to run Windows applications without an emulator or a reboot.

For all the others of you who think why the hell should it be Apple when my assembled P4 is running Windows. Just research a bit and feast looking at the following pics. If its not love at first sight then I bet that its definitely love at the second look ;)

The Apple iMac:

The Apple Mac Mini:

The Apple MacBook:


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Re: Hackers use Microsoft XP on a Mac
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2010, 09:21:52 PM »

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