The Classic Mac Pro, not dead and certainly not forgotten

The Classic Mac Pro, not dead and certainly not forgotten

Something amazing happened a month ago. Yes, after FIFTEEN years (!!!), Apple finally added some means of sorting bookmarks in Safari *jaw drop* but there is something else. The Mac Pro is back in the spotlight. Motherboard ran an article named “The Most Powerful Mac Is 6 Years Old and Not Sold By Apple” (amazing title btw), it describes the ways in which old Mac Pro’s, known as Classic Mac Pro, cMP or Cheese Grater, can be pimped out to…

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More puckmousery

More puckmousery

In March 2017, one of my wife’s friends had to get rid of some clutter. This clutter consisted of a PowerBook G4, PowerBook G3 Pismo and an iMac G3. With the iMac G3 came, of course, an Apple USB Mouse or as it’s better known: a puck. A blue one in this case. It’s no secret I love these pucks but holding and using one again (I connected it and used it for a few days) my love was rekindled….

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An ode to the puck, Apple’s first USB mouse

An ode to the puck, Apple’s first USB mouse

It’s time I speak up, time I stand up for the little guy. The Apple USB “puck” mouse. First introduced in 1998 along with the Bondi Blue iMac and discontinued in 2000, this mouse is often quoted as one of Apple’s worst mistakes and hated by many. I loved it and still do. It’s one of my favorite mouse designs and I’d have no problem using it today still. So what are some of the issues people have with these…

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Restoring a damaged 2001 Power Mac G4 Cube

Restoring a damaged 2001 Power Mac G4 Cube

I have a G4 Cube, a beautiful, upgraded and fully functional G4 Cube. Unfortunately I had to leave it behind when I moved and thus haven’t seen it in 8 years. I used it sporadically but mostly I had it just to look at it once in a while and think “Damn, that’s a sexy Mac”. Here’s a few photos from 2008. I miss having my sexy Mac to oogle so I’ve been on the lookout for a cheap Cube…

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Mac Pro Pixlas Mod

Mac Pro Pixlas Mod

Parts you need: – A graphics card of choice – Open-end to dual 8 pin cable (ships from China) – Quick splice taps Tools you need: – Screwdriver with flexible extension – Phillips screw bit (PH1) – Hex screw bit (2.5) – Knife to cut wire insulation – Crimper – Compressed air (if you want to give your Mac a good cleaning while you’re at it) – WD40 (optional but cleans really well) Components that have to be removed (in order):…

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My road to logic board repairs

My road to logic board repairs

I’ve been supporting Macs since the late 90’s in school. After school I moved on to work for Apple service providers, resellers, consultants and finally 6 years in an Apple Store as a technician. After Apple I started my own consulting company in 2015 and have been enjoying running my own business since. I’m 34 years old at the time of writing and have always been proud to call myself an Apple technician, repairing hardware, troubleshooting software and resolving even…

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Keeping your Mac’s temperatures in check

Keeping your Mac’s temperatures in check

With Macs becoming thinner and components being smaller and more crammed together than ever, you can expect internal temperatures to rise quickly. CPU’s and GPU’s become more energy efficient every year but they still run at the same, or higher, temperatures. Even with the latest CPU’s and GPU’s being far more energy efficient, when a little workload is applied temperatures immediately shoot up. Heat and dust are the primary computer killers (not covering electromigration here), specially when they work together….

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2009 Apple RAID PCI Card, still useful today?

2009 Apple RAID PCI Card, still useful today?

I recently got my hands on an Apple RAID PCI card. This time not to take apart and mess around with but simply to test and see how it works as I never had a chance to do so. I’ve worked on systems with the card built-in and in operation but the RAID’s were working so all I could really do was stare at it for a minute and move on. With 512MB cache and a 72 hour cache battery…

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2002 Apple DVI to ADC adapter

2002 Apple DVI to ADC adapter

Before I cover the Apple DVI to ADC Adapter, a brief history. Apple sold some really nice flat panel displays between 1999-2004 and all but the very first model used an ADC connector. ADC simply standing for Apple Display Connector, a proprietary version of the traditional DVI connector that powered the display, fed the graphics and provided USB all over a single cable. I’ve always found it a joy to use as there was only one cable to deal with…

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1999 Power Mac G4 (AGP Graphics)

1999 Power Mac G4 (AGP Graphics)

Back in 1999 I just had my Power Macintosh G3 (Blue and White) for about a year when the Power Mac G4 was announced and it blew my mind. The specs, the hype, the gorgeous design, the marketing, the performance! I had to have one but being a 16 year old student, $3,500 was not exactly in my budget. I got the chance to play around with the G4 in school when the graphics department upgraded some of their G3’s…

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