Re: Cleaning a PowerBook G4

2011-07-18 Thread Alexander MacLeod
On Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 3:03 PM, Dan dantear...@gmail.com wrote:
 oiy. What have I gotten myself into!

 The owner of this PB G4 claimed he doesn't smoke - but he smells and has
 glowing yellow eyes.  The PB has that nicotine patina, and the keys are
 gummy, some unresponsive.  I opened it up... and the nicotine/tar is acting
 as a glue for some white cat hairs...

 Ok, so tonight I'm going to double up on the latex gloves and try cleaning
 this beastie.  Normally I use things like rubbing or iso alcohol.  But then
 normally, I avoid tar'd computers.  Is there something better for ciggy goo?

 Thanks,
 - Dan.

http://www.mrclean.com/en_US/magic-eraser.do

Cleans just about anything, including disgusting keyboards. About $4
for a four pack at the Home Despot. HTH

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Re: Any keyboard key cleaning suggestions? (NOT involving a dishwasher!)

2011-04-28 Thread Alexander MacLeod
I just did both my (totally gross) Matias TactilePro keyboards with a
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser http://www.mrclean.com/en_US/magic-eraser.do
They both look nearly brand new now. A truly amazing product, and not
just for keyboards. They're $3.50 for a four pack at the Home Depot.

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Re: Happy birthday OS X!

2010-09-13 Thread Alexander MacLeod
Ten years out, and still the best combination of software and hardware
that you can get. :)

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Re: Apple update

2010-04-03 Thread Alexander MacLeod
On Sat, Apr 3, 2010 at 7:55 PM, John Carmonne carmo...@aol.com wrote:


 Well maybe it's for the better, you really should stop pirating
 movies, it's a violation of federal law.

 --
 Best Regards,

 John Musbach



 FYI Snarky John I happen to own said movies.:-)

Yep. People should be able to make backups of intellectual property
that they already own.

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Re: FW: Ft. Hood

2010-02-20 Thread Alexander MacLeod
Post your bogus spam elsewhere.

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Re: Apple 23 Cinema Display questions

2010-02-20 Thread Alexander MacLeod
On Sat, Feb 20, 2010 at 2:03 PM, Tom tba...@nmia.com wrote:

 Thanks all for the advice. Yes, I'm beginning to think that the Dell
 27 might be the way to go, if I decide to buy new. As Kris pointed
 out, its specs exceed the Apple Cinema Displays, and the user reviews
 I've seen are are good.

 Both Amazon and Sam's Club have the Dell available. Here it is at
 Sam's: http://tinyurl.com/yd64gfu.

 Anybody out there using one of these Dell monitors, and have an
 opinion about it? I hope the G5's video card (GeForce 6600) can run it
 OK; I assume it can.

I have a Dell 2709W that I bought when I got my new Mac Pro back in
March of '09. Dell had a one day sale for $600 shipped, which is a
price I've not seen since. I am very pleased with the monitor, and it
even worked fine at 1920x1080 with my old PM G5 with a Radeon 9600
64mb video card. I'm not a huge fan of Dell's computers, but their
monitors are first-rate, and generally an excellent value.

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Re: Firewire ports stop working?

2009-12-30 Thread Alexander MacLeod
On Dec 30, 2009 12:40 AM, Hal kaste...@mac.com wrote:

Ok, I guess all I really needed to do is shut off the G5 and unplug it for
20 minutes. That seems to have revived the ports. Is it possible to have
overpowered the firewire bus and shut it down by plugging in 2 external
drives (each with it's own AC adapter, none on bus power) and copying a few
terabytes worth of backup data?

Cheers,
-Hal

On Dec 29, 2009, at 10:25 PM, Hal wrote:  Anyone have the experience with
their G5 where all 3 of...

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Re: Early 2005 G5 Dual 2GHz

2009-09-24 Thread Alexander MacLeod

On Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 10:52 AM, Ted Treen ted.tr...@btinternet.com wrote:

 Hi All,

 Has anyone any knowledge if there's any restriction of disk capacity for 
 Early 2005 G5 Dual 2GHz towers?

 TIA

 Ted

None at all. My first generation PowerMac G5 has a 2TB RAID0 array in it.

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Re: Rumor: Snow Leopard to support PPC !!

2009-08-13 Thread Alexander MacLeod

On Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 6:08 PM, Will Swillsc...@gmail.com wrote:

 There has been word with in some circles that Apple would support PPC
 chips with Snow Leopard since day one. They have always been shouted
 down by the unbelieving masses. The rumor is back and perhaps it's
 even true. Don't shoot the messenger ;-) No longer really matters to
 me as my main machine is an Intel HacMac and my PPC Macs are too old.
 Word is also that SL went Golden Master yesterday(ready to send to the
 DVD printers) So we will soon know for sure.

 Contrary to rumors that Apple would drop PowerPC architecture support
 with its newest OS, a tipster and possible Apple insider was able to
 get his hands on the most recent build of the yet-to-be released 10.6,
 and found some evidence that Cupertino might be keeping the chip
 alive.

 http://gizmodo.com/5014251/source-os-x-106...t-powerpc-chips

Hogwash.

IMO it's high time for Apple to drop PPC support, and I still have a
PowerMac G5. I'm really looking forward to having an OS that can
properly use the Nehalem processors in my new Mac Pro. Leopard is just
a stopgap solution on these machines, and all new ones going forward.

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Re: It is official, we are orphans.

2009-06-08 Thread Alexander MacLeod

On Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 2:17 PM, Stephen Webermaryland...@gmail.com wrote:

 Apple does really know how to make people upset, obviously you wonder why
 real businesses don't use Macs.  It's because Apple does stuff like this.

And how long did you expect them to keep supporting the PPC
architecture, forever? And it's not like Snow Leopard is substantively
different than regular Leopard, it's just optimized for Intel
hardware. Personally, I'm looking forward to a new OS without all that
extra PPC code, and I still have some PPC Macs. I'll just keep running
10.5 on them.

 I mean look at Microsoft and how they keep supporting older hardware.

You mean, like Vista and the new formats in Office? Please.

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Re: Change those Linksys passwords

2009-06-01 Thread Alexander MacLeod

On Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 5:23 PM, Bruce Johnson
john...@pharmacy.arizona.edu wrote:

 http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/06/01/
 linksys_router_remote_takeover/

 Certain Linksys routers are vulnerable to remote takeovers if you know
 the username/password. Bad things can happen if your router gets pwned.

 Change those passwords, folks :-)

Better yet, don't use Linksys routers! They're one of the most
Mac-unfriendly companies that I have ever encountered.

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Re: PowerBook or MacBook

2009-05-31 Thread Alexander MacLeod

On Sun, May 31, 2009 at 11:57 AM, Al Poulin alfred.pou...@gmail.com wrote:

 On May 30, 5:56 pm, Alexander MacLeod twocor...@gmail.com wrote:

 What about the basic $999 White MacBook? It's the only MacBook that
 still has a firewire port, which is very important, to me at least.

 I think that buying any PPC-based Mac at this point is of dubious
 value. Once Snow Leopard comes out, Apple is officially leaving PPC
 architecture behind. Also, you can run Windows on the Intel-based Macs
 (if you must), and boot from USB 2.0 devices as well.

 I'd go with the White MacBook. Just my $.02.

 And the early 2009 2.0 GHz model which includes both Firewire and
 Superdrive is now in closeout at Smalldog Electronics for $899.99.
 Likely other vendors will be doing the same thing.  Apple just made a
 speed bump on this entry level machine.
 http://www.smalldog.com/product/73058

The thing is that the recent speed bump is well worth the extra $100.
It includes a better processor, but more importantly the Nvidia 9400M
integrated graphics, which is far superior to the previous Intel
graphics engine. It's got a bigger hard drive, and a faster system
bus, too.

Alex

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Re: PowerBook or MacBook

2009-05-30 Thread Alexander MacLeod

On Sat, May 30, 2009 at 5:03 PM, Jeff Smith smith.b.j...@gmail.com wrote:

 sometime in the near future I will be purchasing a new notebook
 computer.  My main uses are internet applications, office utilities,
 and web design.

 I am between a used 15'' PowerBook G4 1.67Ghz with 2gb ram for around
 700 - 800 with 10.4 or a new 15'' MacBook 2Ghz with 2gb ram for
 around 1200.

What about the basic $999 White MacBook? It's the only MacBook that
still has a firewire port, which is very important, to me at least.

I think that buying any PPC-based Mac at this point is of dubious
value. Once Snow Leopard comes out, Apple is officially leaving PPC
architecture behind. Also, you can run Windows on the Intel-based Macs
(if you must), and boot from USB 2.0 devices as well.

I'd go with the White MacBook. Just my $.02.

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Re: Anyone update to 10.5.7 yet?

2009-05-12 Thread Alexander MacLeod

On Tue, May 12, 2009 at 5:27 PM, Doug Burton slu...@embarqmail.com wrote:

 Mine says 4-6 hours, must be a huge demand.

I just downloaded and installed the update on my Nehalem Mac Pro
8-core, and the 449mb download and install went smoothly. I was really
looking forward to this update because a lot of addresses a lot of the
new architecture in the Mac Pros, along with updated drivers for the
Radeon 4870 video card. I'm installing the 286mb update on wifey's
Aluminum iMac right now.

Alex

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Re: G4 MDD and a second CD/DVD drive

2009-05-06 Thread Alexander MacLeod

On Wed, May 6, 2009 at 7:34 AM, PeterH peterh5...@rattlebrain.com wrote:

 On May 6, 2009, at 1:28 AM, Chris Ferne wrote:

 No problems about the installation but I'm curious about the operation
 of 2 drives: which one ejects from the eject key? - and how is the
 other one's tray controlled?

 Use the pull-down menu to select the drive to eject/inject.

On my Mac Pro, you can also use the Option+Eject key combo to eject
the lower drive.

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Re: What is the best Super Drive for G4 Sawtooth running at 450Mhz?

2009-01-26 Thread Alexander MacLeod

On Mon, Jan 26, 2009 at 12:07 PM, Mike Baker psufa...@yahoo.com wrote:

 I was thinking of getting the Samsung 20X DVD Super-MultiDrive with 
 Lightscribe software from OWC 
 (http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/optical-drives/superdrives/powermac/). I 
 would replace the existing DVD player/CD writer in the front 5.25 bay with 
 it. Can the Sawtooth handle this drive?

I just put this one in my PowerMac G5 to replace the failed one that
was in there:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106228

It's bootable, fast, and best of all cheap! I've always had good luck
with Lite-On drives, too.

Alex

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Re: 10.10, XI or What?

2008-10-09 Thread Alexander MacLeod

On Thu, Oct 9, 2008 at 7:01 PM, Bruce Johnson
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 On Oct 9, 2008, at 2:03 PM, Simon Royal wrote:

  I know this is a long way off, but what do we think Apple will do
  after
  they reach Mac OSX 10.9 'Lion'.
 
  Will they go for 10.10? Will the abandon the whole numbering and name
  system before then? Will they leave OSX behind and move on to
  something new altogether?

snip
 Long story short, it'll be OS X 10.10, or quite possibly OS X

 11.something by then, if it isn't, as you suggest, been turned into
 something else entirely.

I'd love to see them use OS 11. You've got to love something that goes to 11.

channeling This is Spinal Tap

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akaD9v460yI

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Re: Time Machine saves professor...

2008-10-02 Thread Alexander MacLeod

On Thu, Oct 2, 2008 at 6:57 PM, Bruce Johnson
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 A faculty member here upgraded to Leopard some time back, I kept
 nagging him about setting up a Time Machine volume.

 Well, a couple weeks ago his drive started acting funky, and a quick
 trip to Disk Utility revealed SMART failures.

 He ran right out and got a big external drive, fired up TM and backed
 his system up.

 Well the replacement drive came in today, he popped it in, booted from
 the 10.5 DVD, and restored the entire thing from his TM volume, took
 about 2 hours all told.

Time Machine Rules! Saved my bacon when a catastrophic hard drive
failure happened recently in my 17 MacBook Pro. Didn't lose a thing!

Also gave me an excuse to upgrade to a 500gb drive. g

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Re: Memory slot location

2008-09-29 Thread Alexander MacLeod

On Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 10:53 AM, hillhippy [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 I'm going to replace the optical drive in my sister in laws iMac G4
 1.25Ghz 17.  While I've got it taken apart I want to max out the RAM
 and upgrade the hard drive.

 The problem is the machine has two DIMM slots one under the base plate
 and one on the mother board.  They each use different memory form
 factors SO-DIMM and SDRAM.  The slots are numbered DIMM 0-J22 and DIMM
 1-J20, But there is no information that I can find about which jack is
 which (even Apples service source fails to list the jack numbers).  I
 need this information to buy the correct memory prior to taking the
 machine apart (which I only want to do once).  I'm sure that I have
 missed something obvious.

The slot on the motherboard uses standard desktop PC2700 DDR RAM with
a maximum size of 1GB. Here's a good price, especially for Crucial
stick:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145086

The user-accessible slot underneath the bottom plate uses PC2700
SODIMM Laptop memory, also with a maximum size of 1GB, so you can max
the memory at 2GB. Here's another good price, also for a Crucial
stick. Free shipping on both, too:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145068

HTH

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