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Beleaguered: Act II (2016—)
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Derek Dec 3, 2016.

Macworld, 1984-1996 in PDF format!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by slomacuser Jan 23, 2016.

The dougg3 programmable ROM SIMM
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Tony Fadell Interview - Computer History Museum

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CHM Live │Computing for the Whole World

[Recorded May 10, 2017] The iPod and the iPhone transformed entertainment, communications, and computing in the space of less than a decade. What was particu...
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When did you get your first Mac?
1987
How many Macs do you own?
3! Finally bought my first Intel Mac in 2011.
What is your website?
http://www.macfolkloreradio.com
What's your favorite Mac of all time?
I have to pick just one...?
How did you hear about RetroMacCast?
James e-mailed me about my podcast and there was immediate mind-melding.

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Things you can do with a G5

Aralia asked, "What can you do with a G5?" but has wall moderation turned on so I can't reply. Setting aside all the things that fall under the category of "everything you can do with a modern Mac but slower":

  • Use it as a "spare room" computer with Mac OS X 10.5 and TenFourFox, an up-to-date build of Firefox that still supports…
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Posted on October 31, 2015 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

The things you find at work...

It started out innocently enough.

I've gone from having zero old Macs to having two of Apple's least desirable Macs sitting beside me in my office. One is a clone and the other a (shudder) PowerBook 5300.

Last summer, a StarMax 4000 showed up at my…

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Posted on October 2, 2015 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Booting my TiBook from CompactFlash



My poor TiBook is sick. :-( The original-generation 40GB Seagate Momentus hard drive is nearly five years old and is starting to do some funny things. I could replace it, but 2.5" IDE hard disks are getting harder to come by these days. If the machine died, what would I do with such a drive?



So instead of doing that, I decided to pick up a 16GB CompactFlash card ($70CDN) and the appropriate adapter ($20CDN). The verdict? The machine is… Continue

Posted on November 21, 2009 at 1:46am — 6 Comments

Upgrading my iPod Mini

I may live and breathe technology, but I refuse to give in to cell phone and MP3 player trends. I semi-reluctantly bought an iPod mini after the prices dropped in early 2005. 4 years later, the battery is nearing the end of its life and I was thinking about making the jump to a new Nano... but what I always really wanted was an iPod mini with more storage.



I just put a fresh battery from Sonnet Technologies in my iPod mini. I also took the opportunity to swap out the 4GB Hitachi… Continue

Posted on November 13, 2008 at 12:00am

Comment Wall (13 comments)

At 10:10pm on December 5, 2007, James said…
What an honor to have the distinguished voice of Macintosh Folklore Radio in our little network! Welcome!
At 3:29pm on December 9, 2007, Claes said…
Hey Derek!
Thanks for the add! I really love Macintosh Folklore Radio as well!
At 7:01pm on January 23, 2008, Mitchell said…
Love Mac folklore Radio. Any new episodes coming?
At 9:17am on May 15, 2008, Classic Computing said…
Hi Derek, I am also a big fan of your podcast and I know how you feel in falling behind on it. I started up two podcasts and then let them slide. You did a lot of episodes though.

Also, you were my inspiration for reading a book into a podcast - "Stan Veit's History of the Personal Computer." I am finally working on it again and almost done with chapter 2. It's a great book and I want to follow through on completing it. I hope to start up my Classic Computing podcast again soon too. Take care, David
At 4:53pm on August 18, 2010, Sean2300c said…
Thanks for the comment! Unfortunately the IIsi's power supply went on the fritz about a week after I made the post. I guess I will have to troubleshoot it and come up with a fix.

Thanks for producing the folklore radio, it is fantastic to listen to!
At 11:41pm on November 20, 2010, Kathryn said…
OMG!! Thank you for that information. This is why Mac Lovers should be part of this site. I really appreciate you looking into the WPA problem and steering me to those articles. It sure helps to know that I'm not doing something wrong, it's just the equipment.
At 11:46pm on November 20, 2010, Kathryn said…
It would be nice if they would just go back to the friendly open network they had, but they upgraded to a shared T1 line (no wheezing the juice, no streaming Netflix) and upgraded the protocol and password protected it. At least they share with us, so I can't be complaining. But, I really miss the openness. Can't we all just get along?
At 1:38pm on February 12, 2011, Scott said…
Yeah, you are probably right. Thanks
At 11:02pm on April 1, 2011, Claus Thiim said…
Oh, you know...  I know you know...
At 11:17pm on June 21, 2011, davekill said…
Hi Derek, I'm still trying to figure out the comments system on this site.

The 520c runs great, I won it in an eBay auction a couple of days ago.

Like new condition, except for the hot pen engraving on the front of the lid - I don't think anyone really used it.

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