Bootable OS X on 1Gb flash drive!

March 15, 2007

Now that 1Gb flash drives can be had for under $20 around here, I’ll have to try this one out … yes SubRosaSoft have a utility called DasBoot, but that won’t make a flash drive on the PPC Macs, only for Intel.

HOWTO: Install and Boot OS X On a Flash Drive

What is quite clever is that this gets OS X onto a 1Gb drive with some space to spare – around 11Mb free. Perhaps Monolingual could free up a little more room?

So why would you do this? Good question. First I suppose it would make a good recovery device – boot from flash to help resurrect a crashed Mac … there must also be some good uses from the paranoid set as well.

Of course the other temptation with drives this cheap is to make a RAID and install on that 🙂

[Addendum: 29 march 2008]

Since this post still gets a bit of attention, I had to share these new links to a range of other Mac OS apps  to install on a pen drive. Without further ado: WebWorkerDaily reported on eleven go anywhere mini applications for the Mac in December 2007. That list included wireless tools, word processing, image processing, backup, maintenance and messaging tools. They followed that up in January 2008 (More mini Mac apps for your pocket USB thumb drive) which expanded the list to ftp, more text with TextWrangler (though not so little!) and even a tool to remotely wake a sleeping Mac!

Of course with flash drive prices crashing all the time, OS X on a drive seems more reasonable when you can buy an 8Gb usb pen drive at a sensible price. Add in these ‘portable’ apps and perhaps some recovery utilities and you could have your cake and pretty much eat it too. Feel free to comment and leave links to any new information on the topic!

Possibly Useful Stuff

February 4, 2007 – free geo-location data – free OS X disc burner (with  translation?) – 3D spreadsheet that needs to be re-built for Panther / Tiger

No time to write – but let me know if you find them useful 🙂

Investment update

January 29, 2007

Went to the MMC EGM today where we passed the resolutions to complete the purchase of the funds management business. Once again I was impressed by the MMC staff and less impressed by the agitators. Will be putting more money here in the next
few weeks.

Also getting very tetchy about my other investments – in particular I am heavy in finance stocks and with more and more record highs I’m thinking of reducing my exposure here and chasing down some more of the value based managers I’m hearing about.

Two to investigate will be : Hunter Hall and Platinum.

Going to learn some magic this year

January 29, 2007

Found a good collection of ten tricks illustrated in video – all on one page!