On April 14th when news of a new Apple Mac clone being released by a company called Psystar word quickly spread across the Internet of this powerful yet reasonably priced computer that would allegedly run Mac OS 10.5 Leopard natively–no special hacked OSx86 version needed.
It all sounded a bit too good to be true and more and more it’s looking like that’s exactly what it is.
Gizmodo did some digging and here’s what they’ve been able to find out about Psystar so far:
- The company claims to operate out of Miama but the Miami Chamber of Commerce and Better Business Bureau has never heard of them.
- The first location that was supposedly where the company operated was a residence…part way through that day the street address listed by the company on their website was changed so that address was checked out…it belongs to a company called “USA KOEN PACK”, a packing supply company. A reader spoke personally with the manager of USA KOEN PACK and they had never heard of Psystar and they were not at that address. The address changed a THIRD time.
One of the addresses they used was one that was listed for sale recently for nearly $6 million.
- When another read actually tried to purchase a computer from them and found that the transaction wasn’t secure–definitely something you want if you’re entering your credit card info into a web page.
- Another reader checked with the Florida Corporate filing office and found that Psystar’s principles are Rodolfo and Roberto Pedraza who are also officers or agents in several other companies in Florida, including FORECEED CORPORATION, DECO MOTORS CORPORATION, FLORIDATEK, and PSYSTAR CORPORATION. The FloridaTek site seems to want you to download a program called “floridatek.exe” when you click on a link. Ummm…yeah, that’s a good idea.
Is Psystar a scam/con/bogus company? It looks that way, yes…or it could just be a very unorganized new company. Either way, don’t give them any of your money until they are proven real or BS conclusively.