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F.lux VS Night Shift

F.lux VS Night Shift

If you are not familiar with these terms, here’s a little history. History F.lux is an application that I’ve been using for as long as I can remember. I want to say 2005/2006 maybe when I started using it, an early iteration of it or an app that did something similar. The earliest reference I can find is from 2009 but I am confident I was using this (or something like it) long before that. Basically it filters out blue…

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Mac Pro Pixlas Mod, is it really needed?

Mac Pro Pixlas Mod, is it really needed?

A few things have bothered me about the reasons for recommending the Pixlas Mod. 1. The mini 6-pin connector can only provide up to 75W of power. 2. The traces in the Mac Pro’s logic board are too thin to have more power demanded than 75W. I needed definitive proof (at least definitive for me) of these two claims so I decided to really dive into this. I’ve gathered all the relevant information and put the puzzle pieces together, along…

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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 – 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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Apple has been lying to me for years

Apple has been lying to me for years

Dramatic headline isn’t it? Sure it’s probably clickbait but it’s the truth none the less. I’m talking about the application Activity Monitor. Years ago I got my hands on a switch that supported LAG (Link Aggregate), the ability to merge two ethernet ports together and get a considerable bandwidth boost. Not all LAG/LACP are the same and implementation standards even vary between manufacturers so some might use LAG as failover, others to get more bandwidth. My goal was of course,…

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Exploring an iMac G5 prototype

Exploring an iMac G5 prototype

The date is December 22nd, 2018 and my friend Michael goes out to pick up an iMac G5. $50, in good shape, nothing special. He’s wanted one for a while just to add to his collection and finally found one locally. He meets the seller which tells him he got this from a woman that used to work at Apple. Sure, whatever, he thinks. Just trying to justify the pricetag. Michael buys it, takes it home and thinks nothing of…

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Further tweaking the cooling – Part 1

Further tweaking the cooling – Part 1

This is a post in the Project Maya series. To see all related posts go to the index page here. I added fans, took fans out, tested different fans, experimented with different thermal pastes and even thermal pads. The biggest change I wanted to make to the cooling since day one, was the heat sink. The aluminum block got the job done but I wanted better so of course the search began for a copper heat sink. Found a few…

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A little-known fact about the Power Mac G5 and what to do with this information

A little-known fact about the Power Mac G5 and what to do with this information

How many fans does a Power Mac G5 have? Depending on the configuration this answer varies but you can be almost sure the answer is always one short. Let’s take a look at the Late 2005 Quad in this example. – 2 intake fans (front inlet fan assembly) – 2 exhaust fans (rear exhaust fan assembly) – 1 fan in the PCI bay (speaker assembly) – 1 fan for the hard drives (media bay fan) 6 fans total, right? Wrong….

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