Archive for March, 2012

WANTED – iPod 5G

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Here’s the third and currently last item in my wanted list – the classic iPod. For the best look contra passable space for songs I have to go with the fifth generation of these jewels. I’m aiming at the 80GB model in white, let us hope I manage to find one in acceptable condition and for a reasonable price eventually!

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WANTED – Power Mac G5

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Here’s another one of my most wanted machines. The Power Mac G5 is very similar (almost identical, to be fair) to the Mac Pro with the slight slight difference that it runs on a G5 which makes it a PowerPC mac. This wonderful machine is capable of almost anything as long as you know how to do it.

The one I am currently trying to get has a dual 2GHz processor with 4GB of RAM and 2TB of storage. The graphics card was really good as well but I keep forgetting what it was called. I’m crossing my fingers on this one guys, because it’s the top of the line. It doesn’t get much more fancy than this.

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iPod Touch 4G – Keith

Sunday, March 25th, 2012


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I really haven’t got all that much to say about this item. I’m not really a fan of the ultra thin design and would very much prefer a old classic 80GB iPod if it wasn’t for the games. I mainly bought this to gain access to all the apps in App Store. I also use it as a music player of course, but since I was cheap and bought the 8GB model there isn’t very much space for anything. I’m content with it as it is, but as soon as I lay my hands on the forementioned iPod I’ll be using this one strictly as a gaming device. Oh, and it got its name from Keith Apicary.

Specs:
Firmware 5.1
8GB HDD

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WANTED – iMac G4

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Yes, well, I also have a section on this blog called Wanted. It’s simply here to remind myself in case I forget what matters in life. And the first one I have to input in this list is of course, the one and the only iMac G4.

Let’s just… let’s just take a moment here guys. Let’s look at it in silence. Marvel its beauty.

Aaaand we’re back. I would very much like the strongest model available of these which would be the one that came out in late 2003. It had a 1.25GHz processor and sported a nice 17″ (I know there’s a 20″ version as well but I don’t really need it for this project so why waste money) screen. I found a clip on YouTube worth a link about it.

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iMac G5 – Coraline

Saturday, March 24th, 2012


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This was the first Apple product I ever bought. I immediately fell in love with the look of it and I just had to get one – that immediately was given the name Coraline. I went with the large model, 20″ screen, a 1.8GHz processor and ample of storage space. It came pre-installed with Leopard and ran like a dream. It did most of the things I wanted and were always very quiet. And then one day it started to behave strange. The graphics couldn’t keep track of the colors and the startup disk was often lost during reboot. The disk repair application warned me about several serious problems with permissions, the structure of the hard drive and other things that I then tried to repair without any luck. I’d heard of blown capacitors and how this model was prone for trouble like that so I opened the case up in search of just these problems and found… nothing. Absolutely nothing. So I still don’t know to this day what is wrong with it, but I’d say a lot.

Since the hard drive showed so many signs of problems I switched it out for a brand new 500GB one and did a fresh install of Leopard. The computer then worked hassle free for a week or two before going back to the old problems and eventually died on me. The logic board must have some serious faults and the graphic card is probably also kind of screwed.. But it’s to expensive to fix considering how little I have to gain from restoring it. If it’s something we mac users know, it’s that the iMac G5 is a pain in the backside when it comes to reliability.

Specs:
20″ matte display, 1680×1050
G5 1.8GHz
2GB RAM
nVidia GeForce FX 5200 64MB (not sure about the memory on the card)
Bluetooth
500GB HDD

Current to do list:
* Apply new thermal compound  DONE!
* Format and re-install Leopard a third time DONE!
* Try with older OS DONE!
* Maybe ask a friend to check the logic board

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Power Mac G4 – Gizmo

Saturday, March 24th, 2012


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Everybody, meet Gizmo! Gizmo, meet everybody! Now this one is interesting. I bought it for $30 and didn’t have to pay for shipping since the seller lived in my town. It came with 512MB of RAM, a standard 27GB hard drive that surely had seen better days and two extra USB slots on the back which made it a total of four. The first thing I did was to install maximum RAM, which is 2GB, and took out the hard drive. It was noisy and slow beyond acceptance – so I replaced it with a fast and quiet 120GB hard drive that previously sat in a classic Xbox.¬†Since this is the only old Mac I own at this time that can handle more than one hard drive (the iMac G3 has place for only one) I also use it for when I get new hard drives that needs to be formatted or something along the lines of being prepared with OS X. I know that I could have bought a dual 1.42 GHz MDD with bluetooth, airport extreme and so on (a.k.a. the fancy pants option) for just a few bucks more but I didn’t get this computer for real work and prestanda, I bought it strictly for nostalgic values.

Speaking of OS X this Sawtooth is now running 10.4.11, Tiger that is, with absolute ease – and I have even taken the time to pimp the interface a bit. I didn’t want to buy ShapeShifter or any other third party application that costed money so what I did was use small freeware apps to just change the dock and the menu bar to being transparent – and that’s it. I then manually switched most of the folder icons and took the brushed aluminium look away to make it look really similar to Leopard. It’s not that I don’t like the look of Tiger, it’s a fantastic OS, but if I get an idea in my head I must try it.

All specs in screenshots.


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Current to do list:
* Take the airport card out and make it hook up through ethernet cable DONE!
* Get external speakers
* Install front USB (Is it even possible?)

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iMac G3 – Clariza

Saturday, March 24th, 2012


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As you can see this is the Snow model of iMac G3 from summer 2001. An eleven years old CRT, awesome! It does have some issues with blurry screen, the top inch of the screen is a bit out of focus but I tinkered with the flyback transformer and made it just barely noticable. The best thing about this beauty isn’t that it came with pre-installed Tiger, a super quiet, big, hard drive and acceptable RAM, but it’s that I got it absolutely free. I didn’t even pay for shipping costs. So that was needless to say a big day for me when it arrived. I call it Clariza in my network because that’s the name it came with.

I have installed OS 9 on it since I was really curious on how the OS has aged since I last used it and after all – this particular iMac came loaded with that OS. After some fiddling around with old update files I got it up to 9.2.2 and everything works great. I had to transfer my Airport card over to my Sawtooth instead so this one now has an ethernet cable plugged in. It’s quite the overkill to have 25Mbit/s when it seems it can not handle much more than 3-4Mbit/s (I checked with different online broadband tests) but what can you do? I also had to switch out a 512MB stick of RAM for a 256MB so now I only have 768MB in total but that’s easy and cheap to change.

I haven’t got so many apps for it right now but I’m currently searching the web for awesome old applications that are compatible with the OS, so the list will probably grow with time. It’s entertaining just to look through old archives of long dead applications but it’s also a feeling of victory when I find just the stuff I’m looking for. Great fun!

All specs in screenshots.


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Current to do list:
* Max out the RAM
* Get original keyboard and “puck” mouse

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Welcome to My Apple Collection!

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

This is my first post on this ever so humble blog about my collection of Apple products. I am only focusing on the systems that aren’t intel based and therefore there will be no new expensive macs on display here in any foreseeable future. I will try to get things started as soon as possible and adding gems from my collection along with screenshots and other eye candy.

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