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December 2008 Blog Posts (14)

I Earned My Nerd Status Back?

Bouncing dock. Missing dock icons. Question mark icons in the dock. Can't reset dock preferences. Can't place icon in the dock, dock hides and won't come back. Can't drag items to trash before dock hides again and won't reappear until item is released. It's kind of a Hide & Seek behavior on the desktop.

I was beginning to think that my machine had some kind of new Dock Hide & Seek virus. The Dock would launch, and be up for about 3 seconds, then hide. I could not make… Continue

Added by Kathryn on December 31, 2008 at 12:59pm — 2 Comments

Compact Mac Analog Board Components

I acquired a Mac 128k/512k (it came with both logic boards) and a GCC HyperDrive 20 Mac 512k over the last few years ago. Since then, I've spent a lot of time examining the innards of these two classic beauties. Being an electronics hobbyist with an EE degree, I certainly enjoy tinkering. One thing I discovered is that electronic components, especially old electrolytic capacitors, are often in need of replacement to get the machine back in original working condition. I visited a variety of… Continue

Added by James Wages on December 30, 2008 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

MacVoices Interview

Rob and Josh recently had the opportunity to sit down and speak with Chuck Joiner from MacVoices. We spoke about the DVD, the Macworld screening, DRM, Nerd heroes, geek culture and more!

Thanks Chuck!…


Added by Welcome to Macintosh on December 29, 2008 at 1:24pm — No Comments

I Was a Apple Tech Support Nightmare.

Sorry Apple. I think I loose my Nerd status on this one.

Thank you to my sons for getting me a wonderful Christmas gift of an Apple TV. I spend Christmas, and the day after, at work, Bummer. But, it was much less a bummer since my boys drove down to my station and spent the day with me and my Bo at the station. My boys know that anything that comes in an Apple box is a fantastic gift for me. They made me the proud owner of an Apple TV, and I couldn't wait to play with it and see what… Continue

Added by Kathryn on December 28, 2008 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments


It is official! We are shipping! From FilmBaby to Amazon, shipments have begun to roll out. Happy Holidays!

Added by Welcome to Macintosh on December 24, 2008 at 12:07am — No Comments

The sickness continues

As noted in the comments when I joined, I had run out of space in the 600 to 700 square feet of dedicated to my vintage computer and game console collection. I have now rented a small warehouse space next to my wife's art studio. Now I hope to have enough room to properly display some of this things that I have.

Until you move the stuff you don't realize how much you really have.

I have decided to cull the collection over the next 12 months and hope to give members here a… Continue

Added by Michael Jacobs on December 20, 2008 at 2:53pm — 6 Comments

A Special Premier of MacHEADS the movie hosted by Macworld Expo

Chimp 65 Productions today announces the special

premier of the documentary film "MacHEADS The Movie" at the 2009

Macworld Conference & Expo. This attendees-only special screening will

be on Wednesday, January 7, in room 131 of the North Hall of Moscone


MacHEADS is an in-depth examination of just what makes the Mac, the

iPhone, and Apple's other products a cultural phenomenon, rather than

just run-of-the-mill consumer electronics. The film… Continue

Added by mac on December 14, 2008 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

"Welcome to Macintosh" at Macworld 2009!

"Welcome to Macintosh - The documentary for the rest of us" will be presented for one night only during the week of "Macworld" 2009 in San Francisco. On Thursday January 8th a special "Macworld Exclusive" version of the film will be presented on the big screen, with the Directors and select interviewees available for Q&A immediately after the show. "Macworld is a landmark event for Apple… Continue

Added by Welcome to Macintosh on December 14, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments

You Have a NEWTON????

Even after 14 years, an Apple Newton 110 can still turn heads.

A week ago a classmate caught me browsing eBay and the local craigslist for laptops. I told him that I enjoy collecting the old computers and had a number of them already. After offering to give me his old PowerBook, he mentioned that he had always wanted to play with a Newton. He had seen them years ago, but never had a chance to use it. In response to that, I said had collected three of them, a 110, 2100 and an eMate… Continue

Added by Sean2300c on December 14, 2008 at 1:29pm — 7 Comments

First Terminal Command! Newton and Pismo Agree To Talk!

Wow! Finally!

I finally got my Newton 2100 and my Pismo to communicate. After trying multiple times I finally decided to read the directions. Yep, I had to read directions, step by step. I downloaded the Newton Connection software for OS X, and hooked up my Keyspan USB to Serial adapter, and my Serial Adapter for my Newton and followed the instructions that came with the NCX software.

The only thing I did differently was the terminal command for setting the… Continue

Added by Kathryn on December 10, 2008 at 3:47pm — 5 Comments

Computer Shopper Meets Steve and Steve Over Apple Beginnings

Stan Veit of Computer Shopper (the magazine) fame has posted a great feature article on his site about Jobs and Woz going to show off the new Apple II. Despite the amazing demo, Stan explained a business lesson...

Note: Stan was in the business before there WAS a business. Computer Shopper was magazine publishers dream - a magazine that people BOUGHT… Continue

Added by Wholly Mindless on December 6, 2008 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

New Apple // Adventures Post - Road War 2000

One of our Apple // friends continues to post interesting stories and reviews of his Apple // Adventures. This time he takes a first look at Road War 2000 from SSI. A fun post!

Added by Wholly Mindless on December 6, 2008 at 12:43pm — No Comments

Almost - NIB Pismo

With all the NIB auctions of Retro Mac and Apples on eBay I have been wishing for a NIB Pismo to surface but thought it would be unlikely. I finally saw an auction for a maxed out, tricked out, low mileage Pismo and I could not stop myself. I didn't even wait for the auction to play out, I took the sure-thing route and hit the Buy Now button to claim my dream machine. THE Pismo of my dreams. My highest regarded machine next… Continue

Added by Kathryn on December 6, 2008 at 2:34am — 13 Comments

Wally and the Magic Smoke

I spent one day taking apart the 12" G4 iBook. I diagramed each layer, taped the screws to each layer of the diagram. Layer by layer I dug deeper until I separated each part that I thought might be causing the problems, and that could be easily replace. I'm leaving it in pieces until it's new hard drive arrives, cuz there is no way in Toledo, I'm putting it back together just to have the hard drive go out next week. Taking an iBook apart more than once every six months without getting paid to… Continue

Added by Kathryn on December 4, 2008 at 2:00am — 7 Comments

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