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January 2008 Blog Posts (18)

Leopard, Spaces and .Mac Sync are sour together

Yesterday I began running into a problem with being able to read mail on my laptop. I woke it from sleep, and opened Mail. I checked everything, minimized the window, then went about my business elsewhere. A short time later, I heard the usual chime alerting me that an electronic correspondence has arrived in my inbox.

I clicked on the Mail icon. Nothing. No fancy genie effect, no inbox, however the Mail menus in the finder appeared as normal. I couldn’t get anything to work with it,… Continue

Added by macuser77 on January 31, 2008 at 12:23pm — 1 Comment

Conversational German for the Mac User: II

Das Macbook Air sieht magersüchtig aus, deswegen würde ich es nicht kaufen. Ich mag meine Laptops wie meine Fräulein, dick mit großen Behaglichkeitskurven.

The Macbook Air looks like it is starving and that is why I’m not buying one. I like my laptops like my women, thick with huge comfy curves.

Umsatteln zu einem Macintosh? Und wo hast du diese Schnapsidee gekriegt?

Switching to a Macintosh? Where did you get that crazy idea?

Die Sage ist, dass Windows 7 (sieben) in… Continue

Added by Ken on January 29, 2008 at 11:58am — 9 Comments

Another Expo is over...

The morning started off slow, but things definitely picked up by mid morning and it was hopping into the afternoon. Many people stopped by to see the Mac relics we had on display, but quite a few came by to find out about Macs as an option for them. By the time we had our session in the afternoon, we had gathered a full room of interested expo attendees. I'm guessing we had at least 50 people listening to our presentation. It went very well and I recorded the audio. I'm going to attempt to… Continue

Added by James on January 26, 2008 at 5:56pm — 1 Comment

RetroMacCast on location at the OWC Computer Expo

After seeing me in our local paper when I was interviewed about my computer collection, the organizers for our local computer expo contacted me about representing the Macintosh for them. John has joined me and we are now sitting at our booth at the expo. Thankfully, we have internet access here so I'll be able to keep myself busy. Early indications suggest attendance will be low. In fact, looking around I see only two other booths. One is a local computer club and the other is a friend of… Continue

Added by James on January 26, 2008 at 9:14am — No Comments

Leaking capacitors and MacIP routing....

Of course these things have nothing in common, other that they are both issues I have been dealing with in the last 24 hours.

First for the good news:

I got my Quadra 950 back up and running as a Ethernet to Appletalk router! So now, all my ethernet deprived Macs can get the internet via the MacIP protocol (routed using IPNetrouter) and can share my Xserve's files (routed via Localtalk Bridge).

For giggles, I need to get my Mac512 up and running with Mosaic and Ircle… Continue

Added by macdownunder on January 26, 2008 at 4:13am — No Comments

Starting an iPod collection and other things....

Since my last entry, I've officially started my iPod collection.

I already have a G1 Shuffle 1Gb which I use for listening to RMC and transferring work files. I had also brought my wife a Pink G1 Mini back when they were new. But now, I've started in ernest. since Christmas I have managed to get hold of:

  • G1 iPod 5Gb (in transit from USA)

  • G2 iPod 10Gb in fantastic condition except for the dead battery
  • G3 iPod 15/20Gb (HDD was…

Added by macdownunder on January 25, 2008 at 2:44am — No Comments

Another One Bites the Dust

One of the unfortunate truths of my part-time job is that I have to put older Macs out to pasture. Right now I'm installing 10.4 on a G3 400 Mhz Graphite iMac that was used by one of my professors. She still was using OS 9.2 up until last week. After all the data is wiped clean this machine will most likely sit in a corner until it is consigned to the disposal facility across the street. It costs the university money to dispose of this "obsolete" machine. It would make more sense and cents to… Continue

Added by Ken on January 22, 2008 at 11:28am — No Comments

"With Old Age Come's Wisdom..."

... so where the hell is mine?!?!

I just spent four hours, shoveling the driveway, waking up my teenage daughter (harder than the shoveling by a long shot) driving through a foot and a half snow and ice driving to work, just to find that we actually have today off (the front doors hadn't even been opened).

I used to work for banks and credit unions so I was used to having every weird holiday off (Left-Handed Bowler's Day anyone?) and knew that I'd be giving that up to work… Continue

Added by Wholly Mindless on January 21, 2008 at 11:36am — 4 Comments

MacBook Air's Appendix

With no physical media drive on the Gestalt of the MacBook Air unit, one has to wonder what function it serves. Gizmodo has just done a funny writeup on the potential for the MacBook Air's awkward Eject key.

Before flaming, yes, I know about the USB Superdrive for 99 clams.

Added by Ken on January 19, 2008 at 4:09pm — No Comments

But Nobody Told Me!

Whilst listening to the aural sensation that is RetroMacCast episode 54 my ears were atwitter at the 24:47 mark hearing my RMC Social Network handle "Mac OS Ken." I wasn't in California this last week. Had another overdose of Diet Mountain Dew and wanton eBay scouring into the wee hours of the morning resulted in yet another psychotic break? What the?

It turns out there is another "Mac OS Ken" out there on the internwebs. It appears as though the real "… Continue

Added by Ken on January 19, 2008 at 2:04pm — 1 Comment

Exhausted and the day is not over

It has been such a busy day and we still have the Macworld party to attend this evening. We'll save our analysis of the keynote for the podcast, but in brief, it couldn't compare to last year's but I believe we had a lot of good stuff presented. It was great to meet Kathy and Jordan, two of our listeners, who made it to the Expo this year.

Added by James on January 15, 2008 at 7:53pm — 2 Comments

Expanding my collection, one mac at a time

I've gotten a Power Macintosh 8500 from a friend! It's the PowerPC 604e 180MHz, with all kinds of nice Video In plugs in the back. I've got the keyboard and mouse too, and connected it to an old CRT 17" display. The system is running Mac OS 9.1 and I've managed to install Office 2001, Photoshop 7, iTunes, Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri and Alpha + CMacTex 4.4 on it!

So far it's running great.

Can someone tell me what the <...> port on the back is for?

Added by Marijn de Jong on January 14, 2008 at 5:27am — 1 Comment

So far so good

John and I arrived at our regional airport just before 5 a.m. this morning to catch the first leg of our journey to San Francisco to attend Macworld Expo 2008. WiFi must be catching on because even our tiny little airport has free access. Yes, I could have written this using my iPhone, but you can't beat the big screen and full mechanical keyboard of a proper notebook computer. We should be arriving at SFO at 1 this afternoon. Our only must-do today is to get to Moscone Center to register and… Continue

Added by James on January 14, 2008 at 5:24am — 4 Comments

The Bridge

This is "The Bridge," my computer work station. To the left is a WIndows 2000 machine, a Compaq iPac. My main computer in the middle is a tricked out Elixir tower running a PM 6500 mobo with a Sonnet G3, Rage 128, ethernet and USB. To the right is my most modern machine, an iBook SE running OS X that I use for podcasts (guess which is my favorite!) and music. Also visible are the Seagate external drives on both of the Macs. The black flat panel screens are by Dell and each machine… Continue

Added by Mycroft on January 12, 2008 at 10:26pm — No Comments

History Lesson - Trivially

Well, I was hoping to teach my daughter a history lesson with Tron but it didn't go over so well. She was (somehow) thinking that you had to know about computers to understand it. Well, as *we* all know Disney movies are not anything like real life and take it as entertainment.

Now for the trivial part:

Who knows what computer Flynn used to remotely connect to the MCP's systems to look for the "scuzzy data"?

It wasn't a Mac but it was an Apple /// with a Silentype… Continue

Added by Wholly Mindless on January 5, 2008 at 5:41pm — No Comments

RetroMacCast gets reviewed?

I was surprised to see that another podcast thought enough of our podcast to give us a review. Stroll on over to That Podcast Show ( and listen to Episode 2 to hear what they had to say. I think all of their criticisms are accurate. We certainly can improve!

Added by James on January 4, 2008 at 12:33am — 3 Comments

Retro Macs and a New Year

It is rare for me to have free time to indulge in a hobby, but that is exactly what I have been able to do over the past holiday season. Every morning, I had my coffee, got on my old Macs, and listened to James and John on the RetroMacCast. I had been downloading the podcasts for several months now, but had never really had time to listen. Now, I have listened to almost all -- from episode 51 back through episode 7. Very good work! Somehow, I am going to have to make time for this. I had almost… Continue

Added by Mycroft on January 2, 2008 at 7:55pm — 1 Comment

Targeted Ads

It looks like even Microsoft can't resist giving money to google to try to woo mac users:

This ad is often displayed here at "The Network" …


Added by Wholly Mindless on January 2, 2008 at 8:01am — 4 Comments

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