The iSchmutz is back!

The iSchmutz is back!

Years ago in 2013 I wrote about this awesome little Mac Pro dust filter called the iSchmutz. Unfortunately a few months after that Trans Intl. stopped selling them and I have been sending them emails for years asking if they have old stock, when it would be back in stock etc. The last reply I got was early 2018 saying they’d be in stock soon but as I had heard that a few times before, I was not holding my…

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The future of Mac Pro is here

The future of Mac Pro is here

Apple today announced the new Mac Pro. The entire keynote was a snoozefest for me as all I gave a damn about was to hear the new Mac pro being announced. One hour and 20 minutes in… finally! The new Mac Pro! Is it hideous? Meh, kinda. Were some compromises made? Yeah. Is it a worthy successor of our beloved Classic Mac Pro’s? Absolutely. Let’s take a quick look at how the new Mac Pro is everything Apple promised and…

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Louis Rossmann’s MacBook Buyers Guide. In plain English and with my take on it.

Louis Rossmann’s MacBook Buyers Guide. In plain English and with my take on it.

Louis Rossmann released a video where he covers the MacBooks he recommends and those he doesn’t. The video is fast paced and I don’t expect anyone that isn’t well versed in logic board numbers or model information in general to keep up. You can watch the video several times, pause and rewind while you lookup the info and take notes but I figured I’d help you out a little here. It’s noon at the time of writing, he released his…

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Why everyone should have a Blu-ray burner

Why everyone should have a Blu-ray burner

Power Mac G4 or the latest Intel MacBook Pro, everyone should own a Blu-ray burner. I figured a claim like that needs some explaining, which I will attempt to do in this article. Apologies in advance, this article has been in my drafts folder for months, has been touched up a few times and was now wrapped up quickly just to get it out of my drafts folder. So why Blu-ray?: – Much more resistant to damage from sunlight (UV)…

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The Classic Mac OS Challenge – Day 5, 6 & 7

The Classic Mac OS Challenge – Day 5, 6 & 7

The report for the last 3 days of the challenge is very short and boring. I did a ton of website work, listened to tunes, handled my email and browsed the web. UT’99 runs great now with the 7200rpm hard drive so I got a few games of that in as well. During the day job my G4 iMac ran iTunes non stop and my 3 year old son loved watching the iTunes visualizer so he came to visit me…

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The Classic Mac OS Challenge – Day 4

The Classic Mac OS Challenge – Day 4

Day 4 of the Classic Mac OS Challenge went very smooth. The new hard drive is performing as expected and the iMac is finally behaving as it should. I spent most of my time working on my website and might even make this my default web work rig! Wow does Dreamweaver MX run smooth!! Dreamweaver MX is not the bloatware that today’s Dreamweaver is and you can tell by how fast it runs, pulling up massive pages in a split…

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The Classic Mac OS Challenge – Day 2 and 3

The Classic Mac OS Challenge – Day 2 and 3

Saturday I got some writing down but the fact that Norton FileSaver kept nagging me didn’t sit right with me. I’ve used this software forever and it has never let me down so there must be something going on. Scanned the whole drive again, this time with Drive Genius, and again no bad block were found. Must be a mechanical issue of some kind then because games that should fly on this iMac just don’t run right. The testing done…

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The Classic Mac OS Challenge – Day 1

The Classic Mac OS Challenge – Day 1

Spent most of the day out and about but once I got home it was upgrade and troubleshooting time. Greg T. was kind enough to send me 512MB of RAM for free. Along with the 512MB I had I could max this thing out at 1GB. Also ready were an AirPort card and new battery. The original 80GB HDD was having a few quirks but I left that in anyway. Upgrading the internals is easy in these things so the…

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The Classic Mac OS Challenge – Preparations

The Classic Mac OS Challenge – Preparations

Yup, I’m doing it. Later this week I will be firing up my 800MHz 17″ iMac G4 and use Mac OS 9.2.2 for as much of my computing as I possibly can. Why? I love Mac OS 9 (and 8.6). I can get almost anything I need to do done fast and distraction free. And of course it’s a lot of fun! Leading up to the start of this challenge I figured I’d share some of the issues and joys…

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Recapping an Xserve G5 power supply – Part 3 – Additional notes

Recapping an Xserve G5 power supply – Part 3 – Additional notes

This is a continuation of “Recapping an Xserve G5 power supply – Part 1 – Preparations” and “Recapping an Xserve G5 power supply – Part 2 – Recap and test” so read that first if you haven’t already I didn’t want to squeeze this into the previous articles and clutter them up, so here are some additional notes. First off, here is the pinout for the January 2005 G5 Xserve and G5 Xserve Cluster Node PSU: This is looking at…

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