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Operating on Power: Mac OS X - Appendix

(July 2, 2019) There are two software projects, that make Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5 more usable even in 2019, that I forgot in the main post about the OS. Read more...

CRUX PPC Linux mirror

(June 27, 2019) This is just a quick notice: In the top menu you can find a new section called SOFTWARE with a mirror of now defunct CRUX PPC Linux distribution. Read more...

Operating on Power: Mac OS X

(June 25, 2019) It of course makes a little sense to review Mac OS X, because on most of modern PowerPC-based computers (PPC G3 and newer) this was the default OS they came with and I presume that almost everyone reading this blog knows it. But it's therefore ideal to introduce the format, that all following posts in the series will try to keep. Read more...

Thoughts and questions on Cameron's Blackbird semi-review

(June 9, 2019) Just yesterday (at least from my timezone point of view) Cameron published A semi-review of the Raptor Blackbird: POWER9 on the cheap(er). Go and read it, before you continue reading my text. Go. Do it. Read more...

Still operating on Power

(June 5, 2019) The Blackbird POWER9 board was finally released and even though I'm already saving my side money for the thing, right now I'm contemplating, if I really need it enough to spend the money. It is by all means not expensive - you won't build a x86 computer with server-grade CPU for the money, not with the ECC DDR4, not with the thread-per-core ratio, not with the nice µITX format. But still - I feel like I'm having too much of computing power already and I have no urge to acquire more. Read more...

Do things really end?

(January 16, 2019) Two years ago, in my last post on this very blog, I said, that my brief PC journey ends and I'm back on PowerMac. How did it end up? Read more...

All things must come to an end

(January 17, 2017) And so does my more-than-year-long PowerPC hiatus. Last week I sold the HP 7300 desktop (Core-i5 based), I bought back in September 2015 to be my main desktop in the new flat (to which we moved after the birth of our son) and put the PowerMac G5 where it's supposed to be - on my desk. Read more...

Freescale Semiconductor is no more

(December 17, 2015) Freescale Semiconductor was bought by NXP Semiconductors. The deal was announced in March 2015 and completed on December 7th, Freescale shareholders received $6.25 in cash and 0.3521 of an NXP share per share. Together with Freescale’s debt, the total purchase price is about $16.7 billion. The freescale.com URL is now just a redirect to NXP website. Read more...

An open letter to the Dropbox team

(January 21, 2015) Today, I received an e-mail from the Dropbox team announcing that on May 18th support for both Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5 will end, I will be signed out of my Dropbox account on my computer and the Dropbox desktop application will no longer be accessible. I know, I'm probably tilting at windmills, but I have to try reverse this decision. So here is my open letter to the Dropbox team... Read more...

Getting my G5 ready for another decade

(October 2, 2014) My PowerMac G5 is in quite a good shape, particularly when considering its rich history. I bought it in december 2009 from a freelance photographer, who was using it about four years. Sticker on the inside says, that this machine is a Apple Reconditioned Product, so it probably had some other owner(s) before it was reborn on 05/05/05. CPUs are PowerPC 970 (2.2), which is a pre-FX version, used in the first generation G5 Macs from late 2003. Motherboard however indentifies itself as PowerMac7,3 - a model which didn't use pre-FX CPUs, Apple just mixed during reconditioning whatever components available. Read more...

We are hipsters

(June 4, 2014) Apple introduced the shiny new OS X Yosemite two days ago and we, PowerPC users, are all hipsters now. Read more...

HandBrake for PowerPC Macs

(March 30, 2014) Just today I wanted convert some DVD from the original physical media to something my Android-based HDMI player would play and I discovered that my good old HandBrake 0.9.4 for PowerPC doesn't want to cooperate with the latest PowerPC version of VLC. I can understand that, since VLC 2.0.10 is 2014 and HandBrake is from times when even Apple still supported PowerPC - from 2009. Read more...

Conky on PowerMac G5

(January 8, 2014) I use Debian 7 + WindowMaker as main operating system on both my PowerPC Macintoshes (dual G4 and dual G5). It's about three months now and I am satisfied more than ever before. The only thing I still really do in OS X photo editing. Read more...

BootMania is now freeware

(September 23, 2013) Good news, everyone! BootMania - utility, which can make your PowerPC based Mac boot over the network from another Mac, is now freeware. Read more...

Another SSD test in PowerMac G5

(August 28, 2013) Almost a year ago I briefly tried a SSD drive in PowerMac G5. It was quite cheap 64GB OCZ Agility 3 which I bought for my Intel iMac and now I'm using it in my PC laptop. In one afternoon you can't quite grasp all the benefits of this type of disk, so when I had the possibility of testing much better SSD drive for a bit longer, I did. Read more...

OpenPOWER Consortium

(August 12, 2013) Eight years ago PowerPC lost its battle on the field of desktop computing when Apple went with its entire product line to Intel. This year it lost the same battle in gaming consoles industry with Sony and Microsoft leaving for AMD (and the last loyal one - Nintendo - is not making much glory with Wii U). To prevent the same scenario happening in the field of servers, IBM formed OpenPOWER Consortium together with Google, nVidia, Tyan and Mellanox. Read more...

Fast and Slow

(July 20, 2013) My dual 2.0GHz PowerMac G5 is allmost all the time in reduced performance mode. For most tasks 1.3GHz is more than enough, I can as well play music, type text or use instant messaging on my 250MHz PowerBook G3 Kanga, so why torture power supply of my G5 with more power drain? On the other hand, when processing RAW images from my camera or when encoding video in iMove the difference between 1.3 and 2.0 is quite significant. Every time I want to change performance settings I have to run System settings and then make another couple of clicks to do it. Read more...

Debian backports

(June 30, 2013) Some tend to live on the edge and use Debian Testing branch. Some live on the basis of regular updates and use current Debian Stable branch (which is now Wheezy). And some, just like me, are too lazy to upgrade to a new major version every two years, because they use Linux as their second operating system. Those people can benefit from Debian backports. Read more...

Goldberg 2

(June 20, 2013) There is one app, which makes for me the difference between PowerPC and Intel Mac... Read more...

CruxPPC 3.0 Released

(June 17, 2013) Good news, everyone! A year ago it seemed, that CruxPPC was a dying project, but now a new major version has been released! Read more...

Time for some Pro fun

(June 12, 2013) New Mac Pro is here. And it strongly reminds me of something I have under my desk for couple of years already and I certainly do not use it as the future of Pro computing. Read more...

MorphOS 3.2 released

(May 28, 2013) Although MorphOS is neither free as in free speech, nor free as in free beer, it's nice, lightweight and fast operating systems with roots in Amiga community. Read more...

Back

(May 21, 2013) I have been idle on this blog for quite a long time. You may have been thinking, that I abandoned PowerPC and went to Intel. Nothing could be further from the truth: couple of weeks ago, I sold my 20" Core2 iMac and now I am back on Power, fulltime. My good old PowerMac G5 is (with a pair of 17-inch LCDs) now again the only desktop I use. Read more...

Holy wars

(January 9, 2013) Long time no see. I've been working on my master's thesis and did not have time even for my regular blog in czech language, so you have to pardon that this place was even more abandoned than ever. After finishing with my thesis, I looked in Google Reader and found out, that there is something like operating system wars between PowerPC-related websites going on. Oh, my... Read more...

Digital RAWpsody

(November 9, 2012) One of things I do on my PowerMac G5 is photo management and editing. I use iLife 09 and I am happy with it. Just recently I bought converter for using old soviet lens with my Sony Alpha A450. I decided to start using RAW photo format, because these old lens are very good and I don't like good image being distorted by some JPEG artifacts. Read more...

SSD in PowerMac G5

(October 30, 2012) Couple of weeks ago I bought for myself and my wife a 3TB NAS from Seagate and moved onto it most of my data from PowerMac and iMac. With the iMac disk almost empty, I decided to get rid of original noisy and slow 250GB HDD and replace it with faster 64GB SSD. That will be about enough for system, apps and basic data and I expect OS X Lion to perform much faster. Read more...

NetBSD 6.0 is here

(October 23, 2012) Almost a week ago a new major version of NetBSD was released. Read more...

Hello world

(October 18, 2012) Before we dive into mysteries of PowerPC world, let me introduce myself. My name is Martin, but they call me Logout on the Internet for more than 15 years. I live in Prague, capital of Czech Republic and this is what I used to create this very post. Read more...