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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…

Added by Derek 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 office door. I had to take it. A 4000-series? That means a 604e! Yummmmmmm! Not…


Added by Derek 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

Added by Derek 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

Added by Derek on November 13, 2008 at 12:00am — No Comments



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