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PRAM "You're going to miss me when I'm gone!"

What is PRAM, who uses PRAM, for what? Who Cares: Stored settings? Clock time if the laptop battery drains. Hmmm. I don't really need to worry about that if my G5 PPC clock battery dies. It stays plugged in, right? It's not like I'm going to lug that huge cheese grater to work, or on vacation with me. Well, I would if I were going on a really long vacation, but that's not the point.

PRAM is not just for clock setting. Or even time zone, or even internet settings. Seems all kinds of… Continue

Added by Kathryn on June 10, 2009 at 1:18am — 11 Comments

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

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

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

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

What is this?

My son just saw my new Apple IIe, then I showed him the manual and told him that these need command line prompts.

His response was, "This is Pagan Savagery!"

Understandable from a kid that grew up with Neintendo, and Playstation and everything has a friendly GUI.

Added by Kathryn on November 27, 2008 at 1:32am — 9 Comments

I was called a Nerd today.......

This has never happened to me before. My partner at work has been asking me to hook his father up with a cheap, Apple laptop. He knows I collect, and he sees all the different laptops come in and out of the station. He asked me to see if I would like to trade his fathers old computer equipment for a PowerBook that he can use to check his e-mail and write with.

I went with my partner to his parents home and I brought a Wallstreet and a Pismo with me to show them. I showed them the OS… Continue

Added by Kathryn on November 27, 2008 at 12:46am — 13 Comments

QuickTake, not so quick.....

Finally after months, ah weeks, ok days of trying to get my QuickTake 150 connected to a computer, any computer, it is finally communicating with my Wallstreet #3 (I think I will call her Marlyn, sexy, curvaceous, looks good in black, but a bit more playful than Audrey. But then again, there was that untimely and tragic ending, so I may rethink that). First I tried to connect the QuickTake to my G5 with a Keyspan Serial to USB adapter and Classic. That was bust, but I really didn't think that… Continue

Added by Kathryn on May 28, 2008 at 3:30am — 8 Comments

Collection Direction

It has come to my attention, that I need to narrow my collection focus. When people start tripping over computers, it's time to re-evaluate, and put some thought into this.

Since I live in a very small, semi-studio apartment, and am moving to a cabin in the woods, space is going to be a premium. I am going to swear off desktop, and tower collecting and stick with the PowerBooks, and limit that. This does not mean I can now part with my 6400, or my Graphite G4, or my 8100, well maybe… Continue

Added by Kathryn on May 27, 2008 at 2:56pm — 1 Comment



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