Project Maya – The find and first hands on

Project Maya – The find and first hands on

This is a post in the Project Maya series. To see all related posts go to the index page here. Finding the MDD I wanted was not hard, they are readily available on sites such as eBay. Finding one where I would not pay more than it’s worth however was extremely difficult. I’d find one for $50 (the most I’d pay for one) but shipping ranged anywhere from $40-$130 which put it way out of my price range. Locally I’ve…

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Project Maya – The 2002 MDD

Project Maya – The 2002 MDD

Project Maya, named so by my son when I asked him what a fun codename would be, is the restoration, rebuilding and upgrading of a 2002 Power Mac G4 Mirrored Drive Doors. This is the first generation so doesn’t have FireWire 800.  I wanted a 2002 model specifically because it is the last model to boot Mac OS 9 natively. Sure the FW800 can boot Mac OS 9 by running a modified version and it works well, I wanted the…

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Rogue Amoeba has a point but misses one as well

Rogue Amoeba has a point but misses one as well

On June 14th Rogue Amoeba published a post on their website named “On The Sad State of Macintosh Hardware“. In it the author mentions how none of the current Mac models have seen meaningful updates in a long time, the MacBook Pro keyboard sucks and the 2013 Mac Pro is a flop. Sure, we know all that. The post ends with the, by now, beaten dead horse; “Apple needs to publicly show their commitment to the full Macintosh hardware line,…

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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) – Multimeter (recommended) I also put a Kit…

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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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