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How To: Install Leopard on Unsupported Macs

Basically, if you have a G4 Mac, you should be able to install Leopard (OS X 10.5). Apple has chosen to set the minimum system requirement to 867 mhz G4, which excludes a vast number of G4 Macs. With a little patience, Leopard can be installed on these old machines.
  • Download Leopard Assistant and run it from your old operating system (presumably Tiger, but also works in Panther).
  • Once it boots in Leopard Installer, change the option so that instead of a "Upgrade", you select "Archive and Install".
After the installer completes, your Mac should now be running Leopard.

Unfortunately, Snow Leopard is Intel-only, so Leopard is as far as the old PowerPC G4 architecture can be upgraded to.

Review: Tron/Tron Legacy Blu-ray/DVD Combos De-Mystified

I pre-ordered the Tron: Legacy / Tron: The Original Classic (Five-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy in Identity Disc Collectible Packaging) when it was first announced; while I have the Tron (20th Anniversary Collector's Edition) released in 2002.

The 2002 DVD contained a remastered version of the film, and contained 5 hours of bonus materials on a second DVD. The materials are duplicated here onto Blu-ray in DVD resolution, which looks terrible. The Tron film on the other hand, makes full use of high def resolution, making each shot very crisp; this is in contrast to the DVD version, which feels very blurry by comparison. The effect is most apparent in the real world film segments and fullscreen computer effects; in the composites, the resolution differences between DVD and Blu-ray are less noticeable.

The identity disc version comes in a plastic "identity disc" case, which includes the same discs as the standard 5-disc blu-ray package , so the difference is mainly in how the discs will sit on your shelf; if you want to just have a neat display box, the identity disc version is what you'll want -- but if you want to easily pull a disc from your shelf, you'll want the version in the standard blu-ray case. The identity disc version has problems -- it's difficult to get a disc out, and the case isn't big enough to hold all 5 discs, which makes it seem as if one of the discs was added after the case was designed.

With Tron:Legacy in several different varieties, which one is right for you? It depends on what you have for an entertainment system, and which films are contained.

The five disc versions include as a bonus the Blu-ray version of the original Tron.

The Tron: Legacy (Four-Disc Combo) and Five disc combos contain Tron-Legacy in 3D Blu-ray as well as a digital copy of the film, a DVD of the film, and the film in standard Blu-ray.

The Tron: Legacy (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) contains the film in standard Blu-ray and DVD versions.

The single disc Tron: Legacy DVD just contains the film on DVD.

Review: Atelier Crenn

Dominique Crenn, who had been the chef at the Michelin star rated Luce opened up her own restaurant, Atelier Crenn just a few months ago in San Francisco. Named after her father's studio, each menu comes with a mission statement of what Atelier Crenn is trying to provide. The restaurant itself is a cozy space, seating perhaps 40-some odd people in the main dining room. (As with most establishments, Atelier Crenn also has a private dining room).

On this occasion, I opted for the Chef's tasting menu ($115), a 10 course meal showcasing the skills of Dominique Crenn and her kitchen staff. A three-course ($62) and four-course ($72) is also available and contains little overlap with the Chef's Tasting Menu.

While I definitely enjoyed the food, the beverage pairings ($65) left a little to be desired; while I certainly appreciated the inclusion of beer within the beverage pairing, the food pairing with the beer was not particularly good; the same went for the final wine of a evening, an aged Chianti to go with dessert, which was a bit overpowering in flavor and far too sweet. The wine service was not particularly knowledgeable either -- it was simply a reading of the region it was from, the name of the producer, and the bottling year; you may be better off selecting your own wines by the glass.

The food here is fantastic, and a lot of care is given to the presentation of the dishes, as each dish is a culinary masterpiece.

The Amuse Bouche were a pair of tablespoons, each holding a different combination; one spoon was a frozen pea soup, while the other contained spheres of foie gras served atop a rose petal. These tablespoons were served with an "earth crostini" with salt, pepper, and peashoots perched atop a rock.

The Kir Breton is this little globe of champagne in a little apple shape. Simply amazing.

Kir BretonLe Jardin du Printemps

I loved the Oyster and Prawn appetizer; the oyster is served with with a bit of smoked sturgeon, and the prawn was served almost sashimi style with a saffron sauce, atop a warm rock.

The Le Jardin du Printemps with the yogurt snow and the wild rice crisps is both wonderful to look at, and tasty as well.

The foie gras was served frozen thinly at 30 Celsius. I thought this was a really creative way to present foie gras -- the creamyness of the foie gras was so wonderful, almost as if eating ice cream. This dish was served as part of the Morels course and included pickled morels and French gingerbread crumbs.

Pickled Morels, foie gras and paid d'epicesLamb Tenderloin

I really enjoyed the slow cooked egg with the various vegetables and sauces; the rye breadcrumbs are very good, and add some gritty texture to an otherwise smooth dish.

My one criticism was actually the one dish that I had been looking forward to the most : the Artic Char with carrot, liquorice and uni; the uni had been emulsified, turning the lovely creamy texture of uni into a mostly insubstantial foam, with all the flavor of uni, but still lacking in the richness of the real deal.

The dessert chef is very talented, and brought forth two very impressive creations: an olive oil meringue popsicle and green olive ice cream.

The olive oil meringue popsicle on the pine was very creamy and the olive oil flavor was very subtle, but only really a two-bite dessert. I definitely wanted more of it than two bites.

The green olive ice cream was a much bigger portion, and very good, mixed with some lemon verbana and ginger breadcrumbs.

Towards the end of the meal, I was feeling somewhat full, so I skipped the Cheese Cart and did not order any additional desserts. It is very nice that such an option is there, considering how lovely the desserts are.

Olive Oil Meringue PresentationGreen Olive Ice Cream

Flickr: Atelier Crenn

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