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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Recapping an Xserve G5 power supply – Part 2 – Recap and test

Recapping an Xserve G5 power supply – Part 2 – Recap and test

This is a continuation of “Recapping an Xserve G5 power supply – Part 1 – Preparations” so read that first if you haven’t already 🙂 Received some capacitors today! I put them all in place (not soldered) to see if I got the right sizes and here is the conclusion: 1. C111 – 1000uF, 16V – Perfect fit 2. C112 – 1000uF, 16V – Perfect fit 3. C104 – 2200uF, 16V – Too big 4. C103 – 2200uF, 16V – Too…

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Recapping an Xserve G5 power supply – Part 1 – Preparations

Recapping an Xserve G5 power supply – Part 1 – Preparations

A few weeks ago I picked up a whole stack of Xserves. I had been looking for a first gen G4 Xserve which has the tray load optical drive instead of the slot load and the rest of them were believed to be all G5’s. Never having had a Cluster Node model either, I was happy to see 8 of them in the stack. The purpose of this was to make some cool videos for my YouTube channel. When I…

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How to properly preserve Classic Mac data

How to properly preserve Classic Mac data

Recently on Mac Yak episode #11 (which unfortunately got horribly mangled by YouTube so it’s not easy to watch) the topic of Classic data preservation and transfer was brought up. The topic was “How to transfer files between old and new Macs” and got me thinking, how far back can we go to send files between different Macs and OS versions? What really is the best way to package this data to ensure it survives transfers to Windows PC’s, Linux…

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