Ever since Apple decided to put Intel processors in their Macs there have been attempts by enthusiasts to run Mac OS X on commodity hardware – with mixed results. The key to installing Mac OS X on a non-Mac computer is using the right hardware. If your hardware is a close to Apple kit as possible, you have the best chance to succeed. The so-called Hackintosh community has come a long way the past few years in making it easy for “normal people” to install Mac OS X on their PC.

VPN too complicated? Use a IP-over-SSH tunnel instead

Some times you find yourself in a place where your Mac is safely tucked away behind a firewall. That’s great, but sometimes it is annoying as hell, because you need to access resources over FTP or contact people who’re on IRC. The normal solution would be to setup a VPN with one of your servers elsewhere and connect to the outside world that way. Unfortunately, in all their wisdom, sys admins have probably closed up the proper ports to access your VPN server as well.