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Got my eye on a IIci. Looks nice, no yellowing on the plastic. Includes Keyboard, Mouse, external HDD and a external CDROM. Did not win the SE :(, but who cares now that I could get a IIci for under £30!!


iMac Tables

These tables that are being sold on eBay seem like a Good/Bad idea. I would be nice having an iMac in your living room, but to me it seems like a waste of old, nice Macs


eBay is a great source. There seems to be a wave of Macs coming on. Usually a good classic Mac can be bought for around £20.

Ubuntu Linux on an iMac G3 DV+ and more

Ejecting CDs, if all else fails

I tried to put Ubuntu on my 10 year old iMac. It would not boot off the CD, despite me holding the ‘C’ key and pressing ‘Option’ to get into the boot manager thingy.  So I booted into X, and dragged the CD into the trash. Errrrrrrrrrr! It certainly sounded like it was ejecting, but the CD stayed in the drive. Tried the emergancy eject trick where you reboot and hold down the mouse clicker, but to no avail. Finally I turned the machine off, shoved pliers into the slot loading drive and yanked it out.  Oh well, I was going to buy a SuperDrive anyway. 🙂

Edit: Pliers?? I meant tweasers.

PowerMac G4: Leopard and Recording

The iMac can’t run Leopard. Even if it had a G4, PCI graphics are not supported. The only machine I know of that can run Leopard with a G4 upgrade is the PowerBook ‘Pismo’ .

So what about a PowerMac G4? LEM tells me that despite a slow CPU (400 MHz),  these can run Leopard with a RAM upgrade.

So here goes…

PowerBook 150

My PowerBook 150 from 1994 is here!

It has 25 MB of RAM and an 80 MB HDD.

25 MHz 68030 runs System Software 7.5 very well.

I am going to buy a LocalTalk set to connect to the internet, and ClarisWorks for Word Processing etc.

This is going to be a writing machine



Mac Pro. To The Power Of 12.

To The Power Of 12. The Mac Pro has always been cutting edge, but now it is plain silly. Yes, the new Mac Pro has 12 CORES! My Acer Aspire has a 1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and it is adequate. Earlier this year I was given the Acer, and it seemed crazy to have 1600 MHz of processing power. I was using a 800 MHz Scan for basic things ( it died after two months) and my main machine was a 1.25 GHz R.A.M (Built in Acocs Green, Birmingham.)


Mac Pro

12 Core Processor @ 2.5 GHz

16 GB of RAM (Not a typo)


Acer Aspire 5630:

Dual Core Core2 Duo @ 1.6 GHz

2 GB of RAM ( I thought that was ridiculous! ;] )

100 GB HDD ( I thought that was ridiculous too )

iMac G3r

450 MHz PowerPC G3 Processor

256 MB of RAM


Ask yourself this. Do You NEED all that power! 450 MHz on the iMac is fine for Internet, Office 2004, iWork and OS X 10.3 ( 10.4 with 1 GB)

The Acer is more than adequate.



Cheap PowerPC Macs: Beige G3


Sometimes you wonder if the 10-year-old Beige G3 your buying is really worth the money. Here I am going to list Pros And Cons for Classic Mac OS and OS X.

A good bridge computer as it supports 800k diskettes and 1.4 MB diskettes.

Classic Mac OS:

Pros: Graphics Adequate, Memory adequate, an all round Classic Mac OS Performer.

Cons: None


Pros: Good Bridge Computer.

Cons. USB 1.1 is slow. Outdated GPU really struggles with MacOS X.    Ram Upgrade needed, GPU Upgrade, Hard Drive Limitation to 7 GB. See Low End Mac for Beige G3.

I would recommend OS X 10.2 ‘Jaguar’ on this Mac


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