Live Messenger reverse engineering article

I’ve published an article at Codeproject about Windows Live Messenger in the context of a research project we’ve done at Nektra, check out it at http://www.codeproject.com/KB/macros/wlmplugin.aspx

Nektra website is at http://www.nektra.com, blog at blog.nektra.com. If you are into hooking, reverse engineering et al, check out Trappola, Deviare and/or Spystudio.

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Hackint0sh Xbench 1.3 results

The XBench 1.3 results for my AMD X2 5200 system are:

Test            Score
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CPU             95.98
Thread          174.32
Memory          138.36
Quartz          176.39
OpenGL          130.86
UI              304.50
Disk            58.41
OVERALL         122.50

Of course that even middle range MacPros perform better… but hey … this is a pretty standard computer by this time and works with Leopard very well. I think disk performance may be quite not as high as I wanted… probably it’s related to the SerialATA controller being setup as IDE-emulation, not AHCI which effectively disables NCQ for example. But I need to install AHCI on Windows XP — if I setup that I will try again to see if I can improve  the disk score.

Hackintosh successfully setup at home

I’ve successfully setup my own Hackintosh computer using Leo4All 4.1.1 DVD (AMD-only). My systems specs are:

  • AMD Athlon X2 5200+ Dual Core processor
  • 2048 MB DDR2-667 RAM
  • 320GB HD Samsung (321LJ), SATA2
  • NForce4 570 Chipset, Motherboard MSI K9N Neo
  • GeForce 7300GT, 512MB
  • Samsung 932N Plus 19″ LCD display

System is running very stable (10.5.4 now).

For all 512MB Nvidia users: you may need to patch and reflash your board ROM. It does allow Darwin kernel to detect all the RAM of your card — in fact, the only method I found to make this 7300GT board to run with acceleration was to touch it’s ROM and reflash. Dangerous, but only if you modify the wrong bytes.

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In the next post, XBench results — let’s see how my machine compares to the Mac Pros!