Archive for the ‘technology’ Tag

Apple Cinema Display HD 23″

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012


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This, my friends, is why I bought the forementioned Power Mac G5. I got this Apple Cinema Display HD for practically nothing! Sure, there are two problematic pixels (in the edges of the screen thankfully) and the stand isn’t adjustable (that is no fault by the way, that’s how they were made) but it really is a beautiful display. I like the fact that I can power on my computer by touching the bottom right corner of the screenframe – no more bending down to the floor!

Specs:
TFT LCD
1920×1200
23″

Read more about this display on EveryMac.com!

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.

Read more about this model at EveryMac.com!

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

Read more about this model on EveryMac.com!