Monday, August 24, 2009

Snow Leopard may be coming on August 28 after all

Just yesterday, we noted a number of details that suggested Snow Leopard would land earlier than expected, beating the announced September timeframe by a few days. After Apple's US online store briefly (and erroneously) listed the Snow Leopard version of the Mac Box Set for sale, late last night the UK Apple Store listed August 28 as the shipping date for Snow Leopard Up To Date discs.

The information spread to other online Apple Stores, including the US and Canada, before quickly being revised back to "September." Along with the other rumors and leaks, its seems as though this early ship date for Snow Leopard is either one of the worst-kept secrets at Apple (except possibly the long-rumored Apple tablet), or it's a series of deliberate leaks to generate buzz about Snow Leopard. We tend to think its the latter, but it wouldn't be the first time a few kinks appeared in Apple's well-oiled PR machine.

Either way, Snow Leopard is coming soon. With anticipation increasing, we would just like Apple to quit jerking us around already and let us know when it will be available. M'kay, Apple?

Use Windows 7 (for Free) for 120 Days, Legally

It is possible to rearm Windows 7’s 30 day activation period up to three times (without violating the EULA), giving the user a maximum of 120 days before needing to activate Windows 7. With this tactic, users of Windows 7 can legally use any version until the RTM hits the stores in October.

To view how many days you have left in your grace period, simply go to the System Information page (right click “My Computer” and click Properties). When that number gets close to zero, go to your accessories and right click “Command Prompt” and click “Run as Administrator.”

Afterwards, type in “slmgr -rearm” without quotes. Then hit enter and restart Windows 7. You will now have 30 more days left, and it can be used twice more before you need to active your Windows 7.

However, beware. Install the version of Windows 7 that you are planning to buy. On Windows Secrets, the post explains that if you install Ultimate and re-arm it three times, you will need to activate it with an Ultimate key. You cannot use a Home Premium key to activate Ultimate, so unless you want to shell out for Ultimate, install the version that are planning to buy.

Now, enjoy your Windows 7 for 120 days. ;)