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March 2010 Blog Posts (20)

Me, Enter The Retro Challenge??

Hello everyone! I've been thinking of the strangest, yet most awesome thing all day long. What if I was to enter the Retro Challenge contest?? I'm not good with hardware, I don't know how to program, and I'm not good with artistic stuff other than photography, some music, and writing!! But wait!! Maybe that's the answer??!! Didn't I hear James once talking about people entering short stories, even full length novels in the contest that were written on retro computers?? I do believe that I… Continue

Added by Franklin Johnson on March 30, 2010 at 4:36am — No Comments

New Pics On My Profile!!

Just wanted to let everyone know that I got some new pics up on my profile today! There's close to 80 new pictures in about 5 albums. The new albums that join my iMac album are: My TAM, Cinema Displays, my iPhone, & my Wacom Tablet.

I hope you all enjoy the pics!! Keep Macing everyone!! :-) :-)

Added by Franklin Johnson on March 29, 2010 at 2:46am — No Comments

Vectorised 'hello' Ad

So, the hello Show page header was looking a bit... how shall I say... aliased?

Yuk. Rough edges like that have no place in the 21st century.

Behold, an antialiased version of the classic motif! Based directly off of the original ad, no less.…


Added by David Kendal on March 28, 2010 at 3:38pm — No Comments

The AppleSphere

I have started a blog recently called The AppleSphere. it is mostly about mac and apple related things. i hope to really start posting good content once i graduate high school, so bear with me :D

I have also created a fourm for not just classic macs, but for modern macs

I just finished creating it so any feedback would be great

Added by Kendall Seabury on March 28, 2010 at 1:03pm — No Comments

First Post On My iMac!!!! :-) :-)

Well everyone, this is my first post on my returned iMac!! I love the fact that I have my baby back at home, and that my internet is back up & running!! I think that my graphics card may have been bad from the get go, as my screen seems brighter, crisper, and just overall better looking than it ever did before. I really am glade to have my iMac home, and I'm so glade it wasn't anything more than a bad graphics card!!

I do have some good news tonight! I have secured the second piece… Continue

Added by Franklin Johnson on March 25, 2010 at 1:53am — No Comments

My iMac Is Comming Home Tomorrow!!

I got a call from Database Systems this afternoon, and my iMac is all fixed up!! :-) :-) The repair tech told me that they ordered a new graphics card to see if that was the problem. Everything booted up like it's supossed to after everything was put back together!

I'm going to go picked it up before I go to work tomorrow morning. I prbably won't be able to get on line till Wednesday evening, as I have accidently let my Internet bill laps! If it isn't one thing, then it's another!!… Continue

Added by Franklin Johnson on March 22, 2010 at 9:19pm — No Comments

more new macs

I was able to buy out the remaining stock of a surplus electronics warehouse that went out of business here in Austin, TX. In this batch of acquisitions, I got --

11 iMacs of various revisions,
6 5500/250
1 8500 (mostly parts)
1 large box of SCSI/IDE hard drives
2 boxes of SCSI, power, and localtalk cables
and a personal laserwriter 300

all this for only $200, a good find I'd…

Added by John Piontkowski on March 21, 2010 at 1:12am — No Comments

Battling Seizure Robots

So, I connected the new battery to the Mac Portable with alligator clips, and tried to power it up. The power switch does nothing. I'm not really clear on how that power switch is supposed to work, anyway. So, I hold down the two "programmer's buttons" and then press the space bar. The screen comes to life, but I get nothing but a crazy flashing screen seemingly designed to provoke epileptic attacks. See the movie:

I'm not sure what I should do now, except go…


Added by David Sheehy on March 19, 2010 at 5:58am — 1 Comment

I Finaly Have My TAM!!

I finaly got to pick up my TAM today! I had an awesome day haning out wth my mom, and a great frend from Rogers, Arkansas!! We drove over to Eureka Springs, and picked up my TAM. We went back to Rogers, Nd had a wnderful evening! Mom and I got home around 1:45 am. I imediatly setup the TAM where my iMac was only yesterday.

Shortly after I started it up, a hum started in the left speaker, and not matter that I set the balance to 100% right, it kept on. After about 15-20 minutes, it… Continue

Added by Franklin Johnson on March 19, 2010 at 4:35am — 3 Comments

Quick iMac Update!

I over slept, and didn't get to take my iMac in myself. But my mom was kInd enough to take it in for me!! I have no idea what's wrong, but I'm sure Database Systems will get it patched up in no time!!

Tomorrow's the big day!! I go to pck up my TAM in Eureka Springs!! Wish me luck everybody! As I said in yesterday's post, I'll publish a post after I pick it up. Till then, happy Mac hunting!! :-) :-)

Added by Franklin Johnson on March 17, 2010 at 9:59pm — No Comments

The Macintosh Portable Battery

My Mac Portable arrived, and predictably the first task is to replace the dead battery. I like the way the original battery is easily installed and removed, and the battery itself is quite aesthetically pleasing as far as brick-shaped objects go.

The original battery is 6 Volts, 5 Amp-Hour. The replacement is 6 Volts, 4.2 Amp-Hour. You can buy…


Added by David Sheehy on March 17, 2010 at 4:00am — 4 Comments

Wow!! Apple Care Rocks!!

Well I called the people at Apple today, and boy was I bowled over! I talke to a very nice lady, I think her name was Elizibeth. I told her my situation about needing to get my iMac serviced, but not knowing that I needed to register it when I bought my computer a little over 2 years ago!! She tookmy serial number, the code off the sheet in my Apple Care box, and told since it was past the first year she would have to talk to an administrator to see if they could register it. She told me shed… Continue

Added by Franklin Johnson on March 17, 2010 at 2:00am — No Comments

Mac Number 6.... iBook G3 Clamshell

I mentioned this in my last post here, and finally it has come, a 300Mhz Blueberry Model has been added to my collection. Its become my favourite Mac to type on, purely because there is something magical about OS 9. Even with a paltry 32MB RAM, This machine performs admirably in Mac OS 9.2.2 and I hope to add a 256MB RAM chip and also a copy of OS X to this machine at a later stage. An upgraded hard drive will also be apart of this process. This machine nicely rounds out my Mac Collection by… Continue

Added by Christopher on March 16, 2010 at 1:59pm — No Comments

iMac Update!

I got a hold of my local Apple resaler this morning. They thought that I should try to reinstall my OS, and said that should take care of things, but if it didn't I should bring it in. I held down the option button on my wired keyboard like the tech told me to do, but I still didn't get anything on ether of the displays.

I also found out that even though I did buy the Apple Care Protection, I didn't know I had to register it sepretly from my computer. But they did tell me to call… Continue

Added by Franklin Johnson on March 15, 2010 at 7:29pm — No Comments

Why I don't like Mac collections

Alright so, what's not to like about Mac collections? If you've got one, I'm sure you've gotten some grief from PC users, the 'non believers.' But from another Mac user? What's not to like?

Whenever I see pictures of huge, extensive Mac collections, I'm struck by two things. The first one, envy. Even though I don't like collections that much, I'd certainly like to go for a walk through someone's more extensive collection. The second thing that strikes me is a question, "What do they use… Continue

Added by Chris Lastnamerson on March 15, 2010 at 6:23pm — 19 Comments

My First Post On RetroMacCast

I love RetroMacCast, and have listened to just about no other podcast since I started it!! Love the profiles on the sight, and I know I'll get good use out of the


I wish that my first post could be a happier one, but it's not entirly so. I was printing off prices for the iPad off Apple's site last night, and my Mighty Mouse wouldn't work. I tried turning it off then on, bt it couldn't find a blue tooth signal. I tried my ble tooth keyboard, and it wouldn't work either.… Continue

Added by Franklin Johnson on March 15, 2010 at 3:59am — No Comments

I Heart iPhoto

I invested in a Canon XSi in early January. The investment has proven productive, as I have already snapped as many photos in two months as I did all of 2009. I have been using iPhoto more intensely too. It may be time to make the switch to Aperture soon.

I volunteer two hours a week at a local no-kill cat shelter called…


Added by Ken on March 4, 2010 at 9:39pm — 1 Comment

My Macintosh Collection... so far.


So, for the first post on my blog, I decided Id bring everyone who reads this up-to-speed on the Items in my Setup that I use daily. First off, Im going to describe my Main Mac, which is a MacBook White from 2008. This machines proved to be quite the workhorse, even running Final Cut Express and SoundTrack Pro without a hitch. This machine has 4GB RAM and is used for everything from Video Editing to Website Creation to Animation. It also powers a 19" External Monitor…

Added by Christopher on March 2, 2010 at 1:34pm — 2 Comments

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