Just because Apple is not coming out with a netbook does not mean that there are no substitutes for this product. With roughly $200 and a bit of time on your hands, you can make your own modified version of an Apple netbook! This netbook is ideal for travel, since it would be incapable of saving data to its local harddrive. This means that if your device is stolen, hackers cannot access your personal files and information.
So, with that said, here are the steps for constructing the “Hackintosh” netbook:
1. Buy (or obtain by other means) a Dell Mini 9. Obviously, the better the tech specs of this machine, the better its overall performance.
2. Follow Gizmodo’s instructions “How To: Hackintosh a Dell Mini 9 Into the Ultimate OS X Netbook.” (These instructions may seem harder than they actually are!) You can also search online for some tricks for decreasing the size of the Mac operating system as well, if you are worried about harddrive space.
3. Configure the netbook so that files cannot be saved locally. This can be done by following these steps:
a. Configure the netbook so that it logs into www.me.com when the device boots up.
b. Configure applications that allow the setting of a working directory to save by default to the www.me.com iDisk (Apple’sstorage service).
c. Create an Automator action (a visual Mac script) that finds files that are present on the netbook’s desktop and moves them to the iDisk when the computer goes into sleep mode or shuts down.
All this sounds easy enough, right? Well, there is a little caveat to this entire process. The system is only able to save files over a wireless Internet connection. If you dislike the idea of saving files over a wireless connection or if you think it is highly inconvenient (to locate wi-fi areas), you can just purchase a USB drive and save files to that instead.
And…voilÃ¡! You have just built yourself a “Hackintosh” netbook. Give yourself a pat on the back and start enjoying the convenience and functionality that it has to offer.
Disclaimer: Proceed to make this netbook at your own risk. No companies shall be held liable for any damages incurred during the construction of this netbook.