Great apps still available for PowerPC Macs (Part 4)

(System Folder - 21.02.2018, 21:37) Links and information — the February 2018 update According to WordPress’ analytics, my little Great apps still available for PowerPC Macs series of articles is one of the most viewed here on System Folder. I have realised, however, that some of the links and information provided in Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 are […]

TSclientX for MacPowerPC

(Mac PowerPC - 16.02.2018, 04:32) For my first post, since awhile I don’t add anything here I had this tab opened since forever and here is to share with you all. TSClientX – What is TSclientX? TSclientX is a Windows Terminal Services client for Mac … Continue reading →

2018 iBook G4 Still ON

(Mac PowerPC - 16.02.2018, 04:17) Well, it’s definitely awhile since we posted here in this blog.  Now we are wondering if our MacPowerPC community still using their PPC computer out there. I took my iBook G4 and give it a try and for my surprise … Continue reading →

To Rehab or Not: Quadra 610

(G5 Center - 07.02.2018, 22:07) Several months back, I, in a fit of poor decision making, bid a low offer on an old Quadra 610 on eBay. I regretted it, but I didn't think I was going to win the machine. And guess what? I won the auction. The Quadra 610 arrived in decent shape in a big box at my doorstep. Since then, I have tried to get it working. The good news - it does boot up and shows the question mark folder sign. There is a purplish tint to the screen, which I believe is a sign of an aging motherboard. Unfortunately, nothing else works - floppy drive spits out any disk I put in, and after scrounging up an old CD tray, the drive churns to meaningless purpose. What do I do? Like any of these old Macs, the case has yellowed and is brittle as all get out. I have to be extra careful when handling it, but that is also true to the old Performa 5215 sitting in my basement. It's really not worth it to fix, but I have it. 68k Macs are fun. I haven't decided my course of action. The cheapest route is probably to pull the scsi CD-ROM drive f

And now for something completely different: the Dark Side of the Superblueblood Moon

(TenFourFox Development - 31.01.2018, 18:01) And everything under the sun is in tuneBut the sun is eclipsedBy the moon (Taken with a Canon PowerShot SX1 IS between 3:45 and 5am Pacific time from Orbiting Floodgap HQ in Southern California, processed on my trusty Quad G5. The timelapse came out wonderfully with a bit of manual correction.)

Why my next laptop isn't gonna be a Mac, either

(TenFourFox Development - 29.01.2018, 04:24) I'm typing this in an early build of TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 6. This version contains speculative fixes for hangs on Facebook and crashes with textboxes on some systems, plus tuned-up UI, accelerated video frame colour conversion and -- the biggest feature -- basic adblock integrated directly into the browser core. The basic adblock is effective enough that I've even started running "naked" without Bluhell Firewall and it's so much quicker that there's no add-on overhead. I have some more features planned with a beta somewhere around mid-February. Watch for it. Meanwhile, Raptor has announced their first production run on the Talos II has begun, their big, beefy, open and fully-auditable POWER9-based beast -- check out this picture of their non-SAS production sample motherboard. I'm really looking forward to mine arriving hopefully sometime in February. It's been delayed apparently by some supplier shenanigans but if they're moving to mass production, they must have enough parts to get it to us earl

Happymacs Gopher Site Current and Planned Outages

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 21.01.2018, 16:58) A quick note to all the readers of this blog. The HappyMacs Gopher server appears to be down at present. Unfortunately I am traveling on business and will not be able to reset it until NEXT weekend. Regrettably therefore, the HappyMacs Gopher server is “off the air” until then. Another personal note that will impact […]

TenFourFox FPR5 available

(TenFourFox Development - 21.01.2018, 05:53) TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 5 final is available for testing (downloads, hashes, release notes). There are no other changes other than the relevant security updates and the timer resolution reduction for anti-Spectre hardening. Assuming no major issues, it will become live on Monday evening Pacific time. For FPR6, there will be some bug fixes and optimizations, and I'm also looking at the feasibility of basic CSS Grid support, requestIdleCallback() (using our Mach factor code to improve system utilization), date-time pickers and some JavaScript speedups. Also, I'd like to welcome fresh meat new contributors Ken and Raphael who have submitted fixes for compiling TenFourFox with gcc 4.8.5 and are working with me on support for gcc 6.4.0, where we currently have a startup crash if optimization is enabled. If you're interested in helping us investigate, see issue 464.

Actual field testing of Spectre on various Power Macs (spoiler alert: G3 and 7400 survive!)

(TenFourFox Development - 08.01.2018, 05:24) Tip of the hat to miniupnp who ported the Spectre proof of concept to PowerPC intrinsics. I ported it to 10.2.8 so I could get a G3 test result, and then built generic PowerPC, G3, 7400, 7450 and G5 versions at -O0, -O1, -O2 and -O3 for a grand total of 20 variations. Recall from our most recent foray into the Spectre attack that I believed the G3 and 7400 would be hard to successfully exploit because of their unusual limitations on speculative execution through indirect branches. Also, remember that this PoC assumes the most favourable conditions possible: that it already knows exactly what memory range it's looking for, that the memory range it's looking for is in the same process and there is no other privilege or partition protection, that it can run and access system registers at full speed (i.e., is native), and that we're going to let it run to completion. miniupnp's implementation uses the mftb(u) instructions, so if you're porting this to the 601, you weirdo, you'll need to use the equivalent on that

More about Spectre and the PowerPC (or why you may want to dust that G3 off)

(TenFourFox Development - 08.01.2018, 05:07) UPDATE: IBM is releasing firmware patches for at least the POWER7+ and forward, including the POWER9 expected to be used in the Talos II. My belief is that these patches disable speculative execution through indirect branches, making the attack much more difficult though with an unclear performance cost. See below for why this matters.UPDATE the 2nd: The G3 and 7400 survived Spectre! (my personal favourite Blofeld)Most of the reports on the Spectre speculative execution exploit have concentrated on the two dominant architectures, x86 (in both its AMD and Meltdown-afflicted Intel forms) and ARM. In our last blog entry I said that PowerPC is vulnerable to the Spectre attack, and in broad strokes it is. However, I also still think that the attack is generally impractical on Power Macs due to the time needed to meaningfully exfiltrate information on machines that are now over a decade old, especially with JavaScript-based attacks even with the TenFourFox PowerPC JIT (to say nothing of various complicating microar

Is PowerPC susceptible to Spectre? Yep.

(TenFourFox Development - 06.01.2018, 21:09) UPDATE: Yes, TenFourFox will implement relevant Spectre-hardening features being deployed to Firefox, and the changes to performance.now will be part of FPR5 final. We also don't support SharedArrayBuffer anyway and right now are not likely to implement it any time soon.UPDATE the 2nd: This post is getting a bit of attention and was really only intended as a quick skim, so if you're curious whether all PowerPC chips are vulnerable in the same fashion and why, read on for a deeper dive.If you've been under a rock the last couple days, then you should read about Meltdown and Spectre (especially if you are using an Intel CPU). Meltdown is specific to x86 processors made by Intel; it does not appear to affect AMD. But virtually every CPU going back decades that has a feature called speculative execution is vulnerable to a variety of the Spectre attack. In short, for those processors that execute "future" code downstream in anticipation of what the results of certain branching operations will be, Spectre exploits

2017 in Review

(G5 Center - 29.12.2017, 18:14) Despite some big hopes and dreams to develop SimpleMarkPPC more, 2017 ended up being a quiet year for the site here. I didn't get as many updates as I wanted, but that's not the end of the world. It's not as if PPC software is exploding with new entries. We are essentially a somewhat viable fringe legacy platform. So, here's a quick rundown of some of the intriguing news of the past year: TenFourFox remains the most vital application for our G5s to stay connected and relevant on the internet. Cameron deserves his wide appreciation for the coding he does. Great guy! In fact, FPR5b1 is available as I write this. LeopardRebirth is also a fun little package that updates the look and feel of your Leopard machine. It also includes a solid little PPC Store app. It's getting updates and features some apps that I'm not familiar with but seem really useful. In some ways, this makes G5Center a little less relevant, but that's fine. Grab it here. On the negative end of things, Dropbox has officially stopped working on

TenFourFox FPR5b1 available

(TenFourFox Development - 29.12.2017, 05:51) TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 5 beta 1 is now available (downloads, hashes, release notes). The biggest changes are lots and lots of AltiVec: additional AltiVec decoding acceleration for VP9 (you need MSE enabled to make the most of this, or things like YouTube will default to VP8), more usage of our VMX-accelerated string search package, and (new in this version) AltiVec-accelerated PNG image decoding. There are also a number of minor but notable improvements to layout compatibility, DOM and HTML5 support (most notably true passive event listeners, which should improve scroll and general event performance on some sites), as well as some additional efficiency improvements to JavaScript. FPR5 also marks mostly the end of all of the Quantum-related platform changes we can safely backport to our fork of 45; while there will be some additional optimization work, I will primarily be concentrating on actual new support rather than speedups since most of the low-hanging fruit and some of the stuff I have to jump

Why I finally ride the SSD train

(PowerPC Liberation - 09.12.2017, 16:28) For the longest time...  I was always against using SSD's, as reliability had been an issue for the first several years they were on the market.  Now however, I have discovered the Samsung 850 EVO series of 2.5" SSD's, and damn are they amazing.  I have one in my Sawtooth, and one in my late 2009 Mac mini.  The performance and reliability is amazing all-round. As my Sawtooth relies on a PCI-M

TenFourFox FPR4 SPR1 available

(TenFourFox Development - 04.12.2017, 21:06) TenFourFox "FPR4.1" (officially Feature Parity Release 4, Security Parity Release 1) is available for testing (downloads, hashes; release notes pending revision). This is an urgent security and bugfix update which repairs a serious information leak in Private Browsing mode that affects all versions of Firefox (and TenFourFox) to at least version 35. I also included a bugfix for an edge case in our internal AltiVec-accelerated strchr() implementation which was discovered when I expanded its usage to other portions of the browser. Mozilla is chemspilling updated versions of Fx57 and ESR52; I plan to follow suit and the fixed version will go live this afternoon-evening Pacific time assuming no problems. There are no other changes in this release. If you are rolling your own build, pull the tree at release FPR4 and add the relevant patches from issues 440 and 451. FPR5 is coming along very well. If I could sum up the changes in two words, it would be "MOAR ALTIVEC." Two other words I'd use are "stay tuned" and "t

Recommended Read: "Apple Macintosh G5: Flame On"

(G5 Center - 04.12.2017, 16:55) I highly recommend the following article which walks through an old Power Mac G5 in its capabilities and context in its day - why it was both an intriguing machine, a power hungry one, and a sign of imminent changes at Apple. Excellent, enjoyable read. http://women-and-dreams.blogspot.com/2017/11/apple-power-macintosh-g5-flame-on.html -- Nathan

Getting Software Onto A System 6 Mac

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 03.12.2017, 22:29) Your “new” System 6 Macintosh has finally arrived, and you have either loaded it with System 6 yourself, or more likely than not, it has arrived preloaded with it. Now you are eager to start loading your own favorite software onto it, but right away you are faced with a serious disconnect. The Problem: Today’s […]

System 6 Software Links Added to Recommended Links Page

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 01.12.2017, 22:34) As promised in my last post, I have now updated the Recommended Links page with a set of known good links to pages from which you can download System 6 compatible software. Some of these pages are devoted exclusively to System 6, but some are focused on Mac OS in general, thus System 6 and […]

Getting Started with System 6

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 30.11.2017, 14:38) Let’s assume that you have decided to dive into System 6 head first, as I did just recently. A whole new universe awaits you, and for those who are familiar with System 7 or later, it will take both some unlearning and some new learning to become proficient in this older, smaller but nonetheless very […]

Six on Six – 6 Points of Interest for the Aspiring System 6 User

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 09.11.2017, 02:08) Are you interested in trying out System 6? Well if you are, there are a few things you need to know about it before you dive in. In this post, I present six points of interest related to System 6. In my next post, I will discuss how to get started with System 6. Without […]

(Un)HappyMacs – A Mac IIsi and Gooey Caps

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 22.10.2017, 20:51) My recent interest in Macintosh System 6 led me to acquire a new Mac for the HappyMacs lab – a System 6 capable Macintosh with a larger screen (14” or more) than the rather diminutive one available on the Mac SE that was, up until this time, the only machine in the lab running System […]

WPA2 KRACK (Oh, God no)

(PPC Luddite - 16.10.2017, 19:34) It seems a researcher staring at code has discovered a giant flaw in the WPA2 protocol. I hate it when that happens.WPA2 is the wireless encryption protocol that secures our data between our wireless devices and our routers. This new crack takes advantage of a flaw in the 4-way handshake (trust me on this, I know what I'm talking about) to allow malicious hackers within physical distance of connecting to your router to read your wireless traffic and even inject malicious code onto your device (such as ransomware).It's important to note a few things. First, this crack cannot be used to attack your device from anywhere in the world. The attacker must be within physical distance to connect to your router's wifi. Second, all unpatched devices as of now are vulnerable. Third, HTTPS and VPN traffic remain secure as long as whatever applications you're using don't bypass those encryption protocols. This caveat mostly applies to apps; browsing HTTPS sites in a web browser is safe.The good news is this flaw can

My new old keyboard

(System Folder - 06.10.2017, 04:25) While I don’t have particular problems typing on flat keyboards with scissor-switch mechanisms, or membrane-based mechanisms, I honed my typing skills on fully mechanical keyboards, and I’ve always tried to go back to a mechanical keyboard for my main setup (currently a 2009 MacBook Pro often in desktop configuration). One of the most practical and […]

My Mac Mini G4 Saved Me & APFS Is Here

(G5 Center - 29.09.2017, 18:45) Last week, I picked up a super cheap Core 2 Duo iMac that is capable of running High Sierra for under $150. With a couple of extra sticks of RAM and an inexpensive SSD, the Mac will likely ease up my back and forth between work and home, so I don't have to worry about leaving my MacBook Pro behind. But there was one hitch... The SSD, a Samsung 840 Pro, would not show up in Disk Utility in the High Sierra USB boot drive. And opening up and fiddling with iMacs requires firm but patient hands. The less I was yanking that drive in and out, the better. What to do, right? Why wouldn't it read in this newer machine? What mistake did I make? Before I panicked though, I decided to the simplest task first. Open up the iMac, pull out the drive, toss it in an old USB hd exclosure I had, and plug it into my Mac Mini G4. And yeah, it showed up in Disk Utility there. Weird, right? I formatted it to HFS+, moved it back to the iMac, and was off and running. Speaking of formatting, APFS, Apple's new hard drive format, is he

Macintosh System 6 – The Speed Demon of the Mac OS Family

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 21.09.2017, 19:39) I recently had cause to fire up my old Macintosh SE, one of the original all-in-one Macintosh models. It was donated to me by a family friend some years ago, but it was never of much interest to me, and as a result has spent more time gathering dust than doing anything else. By today’s […]

More SSD Lessons from Adam Albrec

(PPC Luddite - 07.09.2017, 09:37) (The following is a guest post by PPC Media Center creator Adam Albrec who shares his experience using SSD and SATA for a year on his MDD Power Mac.)So after 1 year using an O.W.C. SSD (and figuring out a SATA connection to make it go) what have I learned?Still Loving it. For anyone doing PPC (in a case that lets you tinker), and wants a boost, in the final analysis, it is SO worth your money! My PPC is more responsive than my Brother's Mac Pro (Quad Xeon) and while it cannot say - convert a DVD to mp4 as fast, his only about 4x faster; which is interesting since it should theoretically have 15-20x the power of my MDD. Multitasking in Tiger also is silky smooth even with LOTS open.So what's the downside or catch??1. Well - a couple of very real things. This drive (especially in a 32Bit system like my G4) needs a good 60-80GB free for Swapping (especially if using a RAM heavy app like Photoshop CS4). Otherwise it will get REALLY unresponsive when it starts trimming unused blocks back to available status. With

Linux on Power community has moved!

(powerlinux - blog - 24.08.2017, 21:03) The Linux on Power community has moved! We are now officially called the Linux on Power developer portal The Linux on Power developer portal was originally published on September 30, 2016. Since then we have grown...

Mailbag & Crowdsourcing - August 24, 2017

(G5 Center - 24.08.2017, 14:25) Yes, it's been a while since I have posted. At the beginning of June, I embarked on my first sabbatical experience, so I've been away from G5, out of the country, vacationing, and whatever. I'll be returning to normalcy soon, so in the meanwhile, here are some things from my glorious readers. Alex from Italy asks about trackballs compatible with the G5 - I figure trackballs are old enough that it is plug and play, but maybe not? I asked if you know a list of TRACKBALL compatible with G5. On the Mac Pro Intel, I have the Kensington Expert Mouse, I think it's the top but I can not find the driver to run it with G5 .... Good Logitech too! Peter asks about two step verification and Mail.app in Leopard: I'm sure that i'm not alone with this issue, but since July I have not been able to access my iCloud mail account using Mail 3.6 on my G5 (OS 10.5.8) or Mail 4.6 on a Mac Book Pro (OS 10.6.8).  I can still access iCloud using a web browser (TenFourFox on the G5) but this is not as convenient as having a Mail c

PowerAI Distributed Deep Learning with Tensorflow in NIMBIX

(powerlinux - blog - 16.08.2017, 19:53) IBM recently announced a technical preview of Distributed Deep Learning (DDL) for TensorFlow and Caffe in the IBM PowerAI 4.0.0 distribution . IBM Research has demonstrated close to ideal scaling with DDL software achieving record communication...

PowerAI Revolutionizes Deep Learning (Again!) with Release 4

(powerlinux - blog - 10.08.2017, 15:56) I’m excited to share with you that IBM has just released PowerAI release 4 which includes a technology preview of the record breaking Distributed Deep Learning technology we announced earlier this week. Drawing on IBM’s deep expertise in AI,...

Recovering from No Startup Chime, Power Mac G5 – The Saga Continues

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 31.07.2017, 00:42) Some time back (February 2015), I posted a piece on recovering from no startup chime on a Power Mac G5. Researching on Google, it was clear that this was a fairly common problem, and I was pleased to be able to share a solution for it. I recently had this problem occur again, once more […]

New PowerPC Hardware in Sight

(PPC Luddite - 29.07.2017, 14:11) We have not one but two items of news on the PowerPC hardware front. Yes, you read that right. It's not just software developers still working in PowerPC. There's also some hardware development happening.First there is the PowerPC Notebook project I blogged about back here. They've kicked off a fundraising campaign to hire Acube Systems to design a PowerPC motherboard with the following rough specs (quoted from their project blog):CPU: NXP T208x, e6500 64-bit Power Architecture with Altivec technology4 x e6500 dual-threaded cores, low-latency backside 2MB L2 cache, 16GFLOPS x coreRAM: 2 x RAM slots for DDR3L SO-DIMMVIDEO: MXM Radeon HD Video Card ( removable)AUDIO: sound chip, audio in and audio out jacksUSB: 3.0 and 2.0 portsSTORAGE:NVM Express (NVMe), M.2 2280 connector2 x SATA1 x SDHC card readerNETWORK:1 x ethernet RJ-45 connectorWiFi connectivityBluetooth connectivityPOWER: on-board battery charger and power-managementCHASSIS: standard notebook case 15,6”As of this writing they've raised about 4,50

Box is friendlier than Dropbox for older Macs

(System Folder - 18.07.2017, 02:35) Ever since Dropbox dropped support for PowerPC Macs running Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5, I’ve been trying to find a viable alternative to sync selected files and folders between my main Intel Mac, my iOS devices, and my various PowerPC machines. It was so great when Dropbox worked because I generally use my main […]

IBM Advance Toolchain for Linux on Power 10.0-5 released!

(powerlinux - blog - 13.07.2017, 16:19) A new update release for the 10.0 series of the IBM Advance Toolchain for Linux on Power is now available. This release contains a series of updates, including: GCC provides: Fixes for ICE with vec_xxpermdi and unrecognizable insn with __builtin_crypto_vsha...

nvidia-docker on POWER Update

(powerlinux - blog - 31.05.2017, 18:26) Some changes and issues have arisen since our first post about running GPUs in containers on POWER . The most exciting news is that the CUDA images have been pushed to Docker Hub, so you no longer have to...

Alpine Linux Officially on POWER and z

(powerlinux - blog - 31.05.2017, 18:02) We are pleased to share that Alpine is officially available for POWER and z. Many people were instrumental in making this possible: @leitao​, @4M9K_Roberto_Guimaraes​, and Tuan Hoang, to name a few -- not to mention the amazing folks at Alpine....

IPv4 is Apparently Ludditeville - And Also Faster

(PPC Luddite - 27.05.2017, 11:14) I got an email from Adam Albrec, creator extraordinaire of PPC Media Center, with a fix to a performance lag he noticed when moving to a new house. PPCMC wasn't nearly as fast in the new digs and after conversing with the youtube-dl developers, they suggested he disable IPv6 in the app. He reports it helped "IMMENSELY." He promised a new version of PPCMC which will do this automatically, but you can disable IPv6 system-wide right now in Tiger by going into Network Preferences, and under the TCP/IP tab, click the "Configure IPv6..." button and switch from "Automatically" to "Off".In Leopard it appears you have to click on the Advanced button first to get to the TCP/IP tab, as illustrated on this University of North Carolina help page.I also noticed on G5 Center's Internet page this tidbit:Pro-Tip: Tobias, key developer of Leopard-Webkit, recommends disabling IPv6 in the Network system preferences for your internet connection/port on your Mac if you experience hangs when loading webpages. I can confirm that

Added to the collection: Mac mini G4

(System Folder - 24.05.2017, 18:33) Christian is a reader of this blog who first contacted me when I complained that the internal hard drive of my Power Mac G4 was failing, and very generously sent me two 80 GB hard drives so that I could upgrade my system. (Unfortunately now the Power Mac G4 is not working at all, very […]

IBM Advance Toolchain for Linux on Power 10.0-4 released!

(powerlinux - blog - 23.05.2017, 14:58) A new update release for the 10.0 series of the IBM Advance Toolchain for Linux on Power is now available. This release contains a series of updates, including: GCC provides: Fix for incorrect code generation for __divkf3 . Fix for builtin expansion of...

Speedtest Your Internet Connection

(G5 Center - 15.05.2017, 17:02) On the positive side of things, despite the ongoing reopening of the Net Neutrality battle, my internet just got upgraded to near gigabit speeds. Of course, it's probably temporary, since I'm not sure why I need that much raw throughput and most of my devices use wifi anyway. Still, it has led to me do some testing to see what speeds I am getting. For example, on my 5ghz connection on my iPhone 7, Speedtest shows 76.35 Mbps down and 111.09 Mbps up. Not bad. This probably echoes what my AppleTV, iPad, and other devices get. For my Dell connected via gigabit ethernet to the router, I cleared 600 Mbps up and 900 Mbps down. Very, very nice. For my Mac Mini G4, also connected directly to the router but via a 10/100 Ethernet port, I only managed a measly (relatively) 80 Mbps up and 90 Mbps down. Is this also bottle-necked some by the CPU or older hardware in general? Perhaps. For my Power Mac G5 which is connected via ethernet through an inexpensive TP-Link 500Mbps powerline adapter, I unfortunately had the wor

The Duo 280c is alive after all

(System Folder - 14.05.2017, 14:43) I’ve always loved the idea behind the PowerBook Duo system, so much I think it could still be handy today without feeling obsolete. (Today we have notebook computers that can transform into tablets, no? So the concept still stands). I was really happy back in 2000 when I acquired a full Duo system consisting of […]

Starcraft Is Still Awesome

(G5 Center - 27.04.2017, 04:23) In anticipation of an updated or remastered Starcraft, Blizzard made the big news of releasing the classic version for free. Here's the bad news: It works on newer Macs but not on older machines like my G5. I still have both an original Starcraft disc, Brood Wars expansion disc, and original key, so using the carbon installer, I was able to get Starcraft back on my Mac and in action. And you know what? The game still rocks. Some games do not age well, but Starcraft still feels spry, fun, and gripping. The story line is fine, but it's the way the missions are put together and the difficulty grows bit by bit. Multiplayer is a blast, although I doubt I'll try to find a game. The graphics actually still look good and have a ton of charm, even while the cut scenes look pretty awful by today's standards. I've been asked to toss up more games on the site, so look for me to do that in the coming weeks, including Diablo II which is another classic that still works great on our Macs. -- Nathan

Enthusiasm

(G5 Center - 24.04.2017, 23:29) One of the great Youtube links for Power Mac machines lately comes via ItsMyNaturalColor, a guy with a ton of enthusiasm and love for old Macs. He has a series about putting together the fastest Blue & White G3 tower ever, including an upgraded CPU, SSD drives, RAID drives, ATI 9200 Radeon Card, and Bluetooth. It's a monster machine, and even if you think it is a waste of time, his enthusiasm will get you in the end. While that is Video 5 of the series, start from the beginning if you want. It's a fun waste of an afternoon. As a followup, I enjoyed this video as he unboxes a G5 quad and then absolutely gets devastated when he sees what a mess it is in. Enjoy! -- Nathan

IBM Advance Toolchain for Linux on Power 8.0-8 released!

(powerlinux - blog - 24.04.2017, 20:36) A new update release for the 8.0 series of the IBM Advance Toolchain for Linux on Power is now available. This release include a series of fixes, including: GCC provides a fix for vec_cts/vec_ctf intrinsics produce wrong results for 64-bit floating...

All things must come to an end

(viva PowerPC blog - 30.01.2017, 13:38) 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. Last thing I did on my G5 (February 2016), was replacing faulty Radeon 9800 Pro, which died after six years of duty, being reflashed from PC version and overclocked in January 2010. My current graphics is a Radeon 9650, which is probably not as fast in 3D as the previous one, but has passive cooling only and is in fact a Mac edition, so there is no need for additional powering as before. The G5 still works like a charm, now I have a lot work to do. I haven't processed my digital photos since December 2015, as I never found it to be exactly a pleasure on the PC. That will take me more than a couple of days. Aside from this, there is some stuff that needs to be done: I want to upgrade RAM from 4 GB to 8 GB. Not that 4 GB is not

Pimp My Quicksilver: Graphics Card Teaser

(Power of PowerPC - 28.01.2017, 02:17) Look at those 2 large gorgeous 1920x1080 27" HP Monitors hooked up to my nVidia GeForce 7800GS card on my G4 Quicksilver still running Debian Jessie. Posts on graphics card upgrade and migration to SSDs coming soon...

2016 in review

(System Folder - 09.01.2017, 20:11) Overall I’m glad to be leaving 2016 behind, as it wasn’t a particularly great year. However, as far as vintage computing goes, I can’t complain at all. I was able to bring both of my old iPods back to life by updating their storage with Compact Flash cards (8 GB for the iPod mini, 16 GB for […]

BitTorrent for Mac OS 9 (!?!)

(PPC Luddite - 28.12.2016, 22:24) The Macintosh Garden forums had a bit of a Christmas surprise this year with news of a new BitTorrent client called MacTorrent. Not just any BitTorrent client, but one that runs on Mac OS 8-9.2.2 (a separate OS X version runs on 10.3-10.6.8). Somebody should tell these developers that the Classic Mac OS (the real Mac OS) already had its funeral and there's no reason to write useful and awesome applications for it. After all, the only reason Mac OS 9 isn't quite useful and awesome enough to run as an everyday system these days is a lack of useful and awesome modern applications. Or something like that.In my limited testing so far, MacTorrent seems to work. It's bare at this early stage, but the developers are working on adding features such as magnet links in the future. Be part of the testing and give it a download. Download the .sit file labeled "Classic" for the Mac OS 8-9 version, and the .zip file labeled "PPC-OSX" for the OS X version.If someone wrote an h.264 decoder for Youtube streaming on OS 9