May 5 in Low End Mac History
May 4 - May
- Mac OS 9 compatibility, upgrades,
and resources, Charles W Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings. Which
Macs can still boot into the classic Mac OS, where to buy OS 9, and
how to obtain the available OS updates.
- Backing up, USB drivers for
classic Mac OS, backup hardware, Macs and PC culture, and more,
Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag. Overclocking the G3 All-in-One,
hard drive advice, the impact of Aqua, and more on declining Power
- iPod compatible car stereo,
Hebrew iPod flap, hub doubles as iPod shuffle dock, sync email
with MailToPod, hemp cases, and more, Charles W Moore, iPod News
Review. Also iPods and Bluetooth headphones, iPod coffee table,
TuneJuice extra power, RoadTrip!+ charges iPod while you listen in
your car, and much more.
- Front Row, Apple's digital hub,
needs TV support, Adam Robert Guha, Apple Archive. Apple
pioneered the digital hub, but they are missing the boat when it
comes to recording and viewing TV programs.
- Anticipating the non-Pro
MacBook, Paulo Rodrigues, Apple Outsider. What features is the
widely anticipated 13" widescreen Intel-powered iBook replacment
expected to have?
- The sad state of today's music:
Rap brings out the worst, Ted Hodges, Vintage Mac Living.
iPod's let you listen to the music you like privately. Why is it
that so many rap fans feel the need to crank it up and force their
music on everyone?
- Mac mini Hacks
& Mods for Dummies, Hardy Menagh, Empowered. This volume
provides a lot of useful information, but those with Intel minis or
speed-bumped G4 minis will realize the book is already dated.
- OS X safer than Windows, Macs
fuel academic turnaround, potential restore from backup problems,
and more, Mac News Review. Also future monitors may look back,
new DisplayPort standard, Apple Keyboard Update for Macintel, 750
GB miniStack, Mac mini coverage, an iMac review, and a
multi-channel digital audio PCIe card for the last gen Power
- MacBook Pro whining and
overheating, 80 GB drive failure in 1.5 GHz PowerBooks, Pismo G4
price drop, and more, The 'Book Review. Also problems with
MacBook Pro batteries, MacBook Pro firmware update, transceiver
doubles MacBook WiFi range, Temperature Monitor updated, bargain
'Books from $230 to $1,849, and more.
- Low End
Mac's Compleat Guide to the WallStreet PowerBook G3, Charles W Moore,
'Book Value. Introduced 10 years ago, the PowerBook G3 had a whole new
design, a faster system bus, 2 expansion bays, 2 PC Card slots, and
plenty of options.
WallStreet PowerBook G3 still useful after 10 years, Tamara Keel,
Digital Fossils. The PowerBook G3 Series had a magnificent keyboard,
supports two long-life batteries, and runs the Classic Mac OS with
aplomb. It's great for writing writing, email, and even surfing the
- Maxed out WallStreet
runs Tiger quite nicely, Brian Deuel, My Turn. It's no speed demon,
but with a 300 MHz CPU, 512 MB of RAM, and a newer hard drive, it's a
cheap way to have a notebook Mac.
- Are crossover
notebooks the next wave?, Charles W Moore, 'Book Value. The netbook
market has grown, but netbook makers are now moving to larger, more
fully featured, still small-and-light models.
- Too many options when
choosing a PC, too few when buying a Mac, Frank Fox, Stop the Noiz.
So many brands and models on the Windows side, not even counting
building your own, or a very limited number of Mac models that might
not meet your needs.
Apple's PowerBook Duo, Austin Leeds, Apple Everywhere. Found at
Goodwill, the 1992 PowerBook Duo 230 looked pretty nice, but at home,
Austin Leeds discovered that the keyboard didn't work.
- Microsoft Office sluggish with
Snow Leopard, creator codes in Mac OS X, SETI futility, and more,
Charles Moore, Charles Moore's Mailbag. Apple and Microsoft drop the
ball on old OS versions, and more thoughts on prospects for detecting
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