TenFourFox FPR7b2 available

(TenFourFox Development - 14.04.2018, 22:56) Despite being currently in the grip of my annual case of bronchitis, in which I sweat and secrete more foul cloudy phlegm than Jabba the Hutt, TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 7 beta 2 is now available for testing (downloads, hashes, release notes). The reason for beta 2 was to fix a serious regression caused by issue 495. Since I was issuing a second beta anyway, I took the opportunity to make a few more fixes, including a glitch with image layout that manifested on the MorphOS site, fixing SourceForge's tendency to corrupt our pulldown menus with unrenderable icons, and adding support for TLS SHA-384 ciphers to fix an issue with HTTP/2 sites. There are also some security fixes for testing and instead of changing the fx shorthand UA template to Firefox 60, I just added a new fx60 one as well as a user agent for Internet Explorer 11. This means users whose sites incorrectly sniff them and are using the current Firefox 52 impersonation won't unexpectedly get Fx60 features enabled that the browser can't handle

Networking Your System 6 Mac

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 01.04.2018, 23:02) At this point in our series of posts about System 6, we have explored why you might be interested in System 6, what sorts of Macintosh units you might want to purchase to support that interest, and what minimum “starter kit” of software you might need to get you started in this new environment. Now […]

Stuff spotted in Ready Player One

(TenFourFox Development - 30.03.2018, 13:33) Saw Ready Player One tonight with my wife and the bro-and-sis-in-law in 3D. Capsule review: if you loved the 80s, you'll love this movie, but if you only liked the 80s you'll feel like you're being subtly manipulated. But, despite being silly and overly gamer-y, it's cute and fun, and looks pretty good. It's worth at least a matinee. We spent a lot of time spotting old hardware in it. An Atari VCS is a major part of the plot, but we also saw a ColecoVision, though both were simulated. There were a number of old arcade cabinets, notably a Pinball 2000 Revenge From Mars. In the Macintosh world, a possibly anachronistic Macintosh LC series machine (we couldn't determine the model) turns up along with an unknown early PC which sort of resembles a Tandy 1000 of some kind. However, the real oddball was what I'm pretty sure was a Commodore 1570 disk drive. These are rather unusual and it wouldn't make sense for one to be in the United States around that time period. Watch for it in Halliday's bedroom with the unknow

TenFourFox FPR7b1 and TenFourFoxBox 1.1 available

(TenFourFox Development - 24.03.2018, 23:12) TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 7 beta 1 is now available for testing (downloads, hashes, release notes). I chose to push this out a little faster than usual since there are a few important upgrades and I won't have as much time to work on the browser over the next couple weeks, so you get to play with it early. In this version, the hidden basic adblock feature introduced in FPR6 is now exposed in the TenFourFox preference pane: It does not default to on, and won't ever do so, but it will reflect the state of what you set it to if you played around with it in FPR6. Logging, however, is not exposed in the UI. If you want that off (though it now defaults to off), you will still need to go into about:config and change tenfourfox.adblock.logging.enabled to false. The blocklist includes several more cryptominers, adblockerblockers and tracking scripts, and there are a couple more I am currently investigating which will either make FPR7 final or FPR8. The other big change is some retuning to garbage and cycle col

Audacity for MacPowerPC

(Mac PowerPC - 23.03.2018, 21:06) Sometimes we have these apps that are a must to have installed and we always forget to mention them because we assume everybody already knows about them… I realized that Audacity is one of these fantastic apps…so I am going … Continue reading →

iScroll2 + Scroll Reverser for MacPowerPC

(Mac PowerPC - 17.03.2018, 03:35) I found these great apps that it may help someone out there having the same issue that I was couple of weeks ago. Some of my browsers were really out of date and I found out that TenFourFox seems to … Continue reading →

TenFourFox FPR6 SPR1 coming

(TenFourFox Development - 16.03.2018, 04:47) Stand by for FPR6 Security Parity Release 1 due to the usual turmoil following Pwn2Own, in which the mighty typically fall and this year Firefox did. We track these advisories and always plan to have a patched build of TenFourFox ready and parallel with Mozilla's official chemspill release; I have already backported the patch and tested it internally. The bug in question would require a TenFourFox-specific exploit to be useful, but is definitely exploitable, and fortunately was easily repaired. The G5 will chug overnight and have builds tomorrow and heat the rear of the house all at the same time.

TenFourFox FPR6 available

(TenFourFox Development - 11.03.2018, 07:46) TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 6 is now available for testing (downloads, hashes, release notes). Other than finishing the security patches and adding a couple more entries to the basic adblock, there are no other changes in this release. Assuming no issues, it will become live Monday evening Pacific time as usual. The backend for the main download page at Floodgap has been altered such that the Downloader is now only offered to browsers that do not support TLS 1.2 (this is detected by checking for a particular JavaScript math function Math.hypot, the presence of which I discovered roughly correlates with TLS 1.2 support in Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari and Firefox/TenFourFox). This is to save bandwidth on our main server since those browsers are perfectly capable of downloading directly from SourceForge and don't need the Downloader to help them. This is also true of Leopard WebKit, assuming the Security framework update is also installed. For FPR7, I have already exposed basic adblock in the TenF

PPC Media Center Battles TLS Apocalypse

(PPC Luddite - 09.03.2018, 08:32) You may have read about the "TLS Apocalypse" hitting PowerPC Macs as a web browser/TenFourFox complication, but another thing it affects is youtube-dl, PPC Media Center's backend. You can no longer update youtube-dl with Tiger's old OpenSSL version (hence PPC Media Center's auto-update fails as well), so you have to manually download youtube-dl's binary from their website and move it to /usr/local/bin. That is until PPCMC's Adam Albrec recently released an updater app to do it all for you.Called PPCMC Updater (download page here), it updates youtube-dl in the background and can also tie into iCal and have it call for an update check every couple of weeks. It also has a rollback feature in case you download a new version that's completely broken and you need to recover the old one. The app is actually a TenFourFoxBox, so it requires TenFourFox on your system.Also, Adam is attempting to compile a new version of OpenSSL that actually works and can save us from the ultimate apocalypse when the Youtubes and Vi

And now for something completely different: Make that Power Mac into a radio station (plus: the radioSHARK tank and AltiVec + LAME = awesome)

(TenFourFox Development - 04.03.2018, 03:17) As I watch Law and Order reruns on my business trip, first, a couple followups. The big note is that it looks like Intel and some ARM cores aren't the only ones vulnerable to Meltdown; Raptor Computer Systems confirms that Meltdown affects at least POWER7 through POWER9 as well, and the Talos II has already been patched. It's not clear if this is true for POWER4 (which would include the G5) through POWER6 as these processor generations have substantial microarchitectural differences. However, it doesn't change anything for the G3 and 7400, since because they appear to be immune to Spectre-type attacks means they must also be immune to Meltdown. As a practical matter, though, unless you're running an iffy program locally there is no known JavaScript vector that successfully works to exploit Spectre (let alone Meltdown) on Power Macs, even on the 7450 and G5 which are known to be vulnerable to Spectre. Also, the TenFourFox Downloader is now live. After only a few days up with no other promotion, it's pulling do

Happy Macs Lab, Gopher Server Are on the Move

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 24.02.2018, 23:51) The Happy Macs Lab and the Happy Macs Gopher site are on the move! I am moving to a new location for work and am now “between homes”. For the next few months, I am living in temporary housing while our new home is being completed, and that means that both the Happy Macs Lab […]

iNotePad 2.4.2 for Mac PowerPC

(Mac PowerPC - 24.02.2018, 04:59) Let’s start with a very good small app that it will help to keep your day organized.  Notepads it is. This is a very powerfull note app to keep your reminds, notes and full size texts. It does have great … Continue reading →

The TLS apocalypse reaches Power Macs and TenFourFox FPR6b1 available (plus: let's block nuisance JavaScript)

(TenFourFox Development - 22.02.2018, 08:51) TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 6 beta 1 is now available for testing (downloads, release notes, hashes). FPR6 has speculative but high-confidence fixes for freezes on Facebook due to a corner case with our little-endian typed array emulation and occasional crashes with textboxes which seems to be due to a glitch with getting the current CoreGraphics context. The ATSUI font blacklist has been expanded (fixing TurboTax and the Los Angeles Times) and performance has been improved slightly, URL bar handling has been tuned up and is snappier, the AltiVec routine used for YUV conversion and scaling has been tweaked to reduce unaligned loads (cutting three SIMD instructions per pixel), and I've done some manual hinting in JavaScript for when the branch predictor evicts the result. There are several new DOM features which get us a couple extra HTML5 points on benchmarks and fix sites like the Home Depot; finally, there is also one big new feature which is currently not yet exposed in the UI and I'll talk about thi

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.)

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 […]

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

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

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

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,...

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


(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...