JAEUA (Just another endangered Universal application), or, the three heads of Tutti II

(TenFourFox Development - 23.09.2017, 01:00) On this blog, Universal doesn't mean that watered-down 32-bit/64-bit Intel nonsense. It means actually running on multiple system architectures, like 68K and PowerPC in the "fat binary" days, or PowerPC and Intel at the dawn of the OS X i386 era (as OS X has always been able to do even when Marklar was a skunkworks project thanks to NeXTSTEP). So here's another one. I maintain an emulator of the first home computer I ever had as a kid, the Tomy Tutor, called Tutti II (the original Tutti was actually a simulator for the Commodore 64, and I wrote that too). It descends from an earlier emulator written for Windows called TutorEm which was conveniently SDL-based, so I made some endian fixes for PowerPC and ported it to OS X with some fixes and new features. Download it and play with the demo tape images on the page. It runs on any Mac that can run 10.4 or later, PowerPC or Intel. It runs just dandy on my Sierra-based i7 MacBook Air all the way down to my Tiger-based Sawtooth G4. The point of this blog post isn't

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 […]

BlueBorne and the Power Mac TL;DR: low practical risk, but assume the worst

(TenFourFox Development - 12.09.2017, 23:01) Person of Interest, which is one of my favourite shows (Can. You. Hear. Me?) was so very ahead of its time in many respects, and awfully prescient about a lot else. One of those things was taking control of a device for spying purposes via Bluetooth, which the show variously called "forced pairing" or "bluejacking." Because, thanks to a newly discovered constellation of flaws nicknamed BlueBorne, you can do this for real. Depending on the context and the flaw in question, which varies from operating system to operating system, you can achieve anything from information leaks and man-in-the-middle attacks to full remote code execution without the victim system having to do anything other than merely having their Bluetooth radio on. (And people wonder why I never have Bluetooth enabled on any of my devices and use a wired headset with my phone.) What versions of OS X are likely vulnerable? The site doesn't say, but it gives us a couple clues with iOS, which shares the XNU kernel. Versions 9.3.5 and prior are all

Irma's silver lining: text is suddenly cool again

(TenFourFox Development - 11.09.2017, 01:24) In Gopherspace (proxy link if your browser doesn't support it), plain text with low bandwidth was always cool and that's how we underground denizens roll. But as our thoughts and prayers go to the residents of the Caribbean and Florida peninsula being lashed by Hurricane Irma, our obey your media thought overlords newspapers and websites are suddenly realizing that when the crap hits the oscillating storm system, low-bandwidth text is still a pretty good idea. Introducing text-only CNN. Yes, it's really from CNN. Yes, they really did it. It loads lickety-split in any browser, including TenFourFox and Classilla. And if you're hunkered down in the storm cellar and the radio's playing static and all you can get is an iffy 2G signal from some half-damaged cell tower miles away, this might be your best bet to stay current. Not to be outdone, there's a Thin National Public Radio site too, though it only seems to have quick summaries instead of full articles. I hope CNN keeps this running after Irma has passed becau

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

TenFourFox FPR3b1 available

(TenFourFox Development - 06.09.2017, 06:10) TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 3 beta 1 is now available (hashes, downloads, release notes). This release has two major updates: first, a whole lot more of the browser has AltiVec in it. All of the relevant call sites that use the slower OS X memory search function memchr() were either converted to the VMX-accelerated version that we introduced for JavaScript in FPR2, or, if the code simply checks to see if a character is there but doesn't need to know where it is, our VMX-accelerated haschr(). This occurs in lots of places, including event handling, font validation and even the network stack; not all of them are hot, but all of them benefit. The second major change is additional JavaScript ES6 and ES7 compatibility. It's not sufficient for us simply to copy over later versions of JavaScript from browser versions between 45 and 52; besides the fact they may require platform support we don't implement, they don't have our JIT, our PowerPC-specific optimizations and our later updates which would need to be b

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...

Time to sink the Admiral (or, why using the DMCA to block adblockers is a bad move)

(TenFourFox Development - 12.08.2017, 03:38) One of the testing steps I have to do, but don't enjoy, is running TenFourFox "naked" (without my typical adblock add-ons) to get an assessment of how it functions drinking from the toxic firehose that is the typical modern ad network. (TL;DR: Power Macs run modern Web ads pretty poorly. But, as long as it doesn't crash.) Now to be sure, as far as I'm concerned sites gets to monetize their pages however they choose. Heck, there's ads on this blog, provided through Google AdSense, so that I can continue to not run a tip jar. The implicit social contract is that they can stick it behind a paywall or run ads beside them and it's up to me/you to decide whether we're going to put up with that and read the content. If we read it, we should pony up in either eyeballs or dinero. This, of course, assumes that the ads we get served are reasonable and in a reasonable quantity. However, it's pretty hard to make money simply off per-click ads and networks with low CPM, so many sites run a quantity widely referred to as a

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,...

And now for several things that are completely different: Vintage Computer Festival aftermath, I pass a POWER9 kidneystone, and isindex isdead which issad

(TenFourFox Development - 09.08.2017, 07:54) So, you slugs who didn't drag yourselves to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View for this year's Vintage Computer Festival West, here's what you didn't see (and here's what you didn't see last year). You didn't see me cram two dorm refrigerator-sized Apple servers and a CRT monitor into my Honda Civic, you didn't see my Apple Network Server exhibit, complete with a Shiner HE prototype and twin PowerBook 2300 Duos and an Outbound notebook serving as clients, you didn't see a functioning Xerox Alto, you didn't see SDF's original AT&T 3B2, you didn't see Bil Herd, Leonard Tramiel and other old Commodore luminaries talking about then and now, you didn't see a replica "CADET" IBM 1620, "just as it was" in 1959 (the infamous system that used lookup tables for addition rather than a proper adder, hence the acronym's alternative expansion as "Can't Add, Doesn't Even Try"), you didn't see a JLPGA PowerBook 170 signed by John Sculley, you didn't see a prototype dual G4 PowerBook, you didn't see a prototype

TenFourFox FPR2 available

(TenFourFox Development - 06.08.2017, 07:51) As I type in what is not quite the worst hotel room in Mountain View while Rockford Files reruns play in the background, TenFourFox FPR2 final is available for testing (downloads, hashes, release notes). The original plan was not to have a Debug build with this release, but we're still trying to smoke out issue 72, so there is a Debug build as well. Again, it is not intended for general use unless you know what you're doing and why. The only differences from this and the beta, besides the usual certificate, HPKP and HSTS updates, are some additional debug sections in the widget code for issue 72 and the remaining security and stability update backports. One of these updates fixes a bug in HTTP/2 transactions which helps reduce latency and dropped connections on some sites, notably many Google properties and some CDNs, and affects pretty much any version of Firefox since HTTP/2 support was added. As always, the plan is to go live on Monday PM Pacific. Day 2 of the Vintage Computer Festival West is tomorrow! Be

And now for something completely different: when good Mac apps go bought

(TenFourFox Development - 04.08.2017, 09:41) The Unarchiver, one of the more handy tools for, uh, unarchiving, um, archives, is now a commercial app. 3.11.1 can run on 10.4 PowerPC, but the "legacy" download they offer has a defective resource fork, and the source code is no longer available. The same author also wrote an image display tool called Xee. 2.2 would run on 10.4 PowerPC. After Unarchiver's purchase, it seems Xee was part of the same deal and now only Xee 3 is available. Fortunately my inveterate digital hoarding habit came in handy, because I managed to get both a working archive of The Unarchiver 3.11.1 and Xee 2.2 and the source code, so I can try to maintain them for our older platforms. (Xee I have compiling and running happily; Unarchiver will need a little work, but it's doable.) But that's kind of the trick, isn't it? If I hadn't thought to grab these and their source code a number of months ago as part of my standard operating procedure, they'd be gone, probably forever. I'm sure MacPaw (the new owners) are good people but I don't fo

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...

Using TurboGopher to Access HappyMacs Archive

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 08.06.2017, 19:02) I mentioned in my last post that perhaps the most “classic” way to access the HappyMacs software archive was to do so from a classic Mac, via the TurboGopher application. I have TurboGopher, which is a FAT binary, running on both my 68K Macs and my PPC Macs, and so it should work for any […]

HappyMacs Software Archive is Open!

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 07.06.2017, 23:05) Over a year ago, I posted about my plans to make my collection of vintage Mac software available online via a Gopher site. I am pleased to announce that this has finally happened. The HappyMacs Software Archive is now open and ready for your use. As planned, and in keeping with the “vintage” nature of […]

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

Failing Floppies – An Update

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 26.05.2017, 22:31) Something of a breakthrough occurred yesterday in my quest to understand what was causing pretty much all of my vintage Macs to behave erratically with respect to mounting, reading and writing floppies. In my last post on this topic, I had more or less concluded that the age of the media itself was the likely […]

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...

The Mystery of the Failing Floppies

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 17.05.2017, 20:14) Some months ago, I acquired a Power Macintosh G3 All-In-One, the so-called Molar Mac, and posted about it here at the Happy Macs blog. As I indicated then that I would, I have spent some time upgrading it, principally adding a much larger hard drive and installing an Iomega ZIP-100 drive into the option slot […]

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...

Here's a fun link.

(G5 Center - 22.03.2017, 04:41) Here's a quick brief update. I stumbled across a mirror of some G5 resources from an old version of Apple's Developer Connection. Great links here with developer information about Power Mac G5s and optimization resources. If you find something cool, share it in the comments. Now, go read. http://mirror.informatimago.com/next/developer.apple.com/hardware/g5/index.html -- Nathan

App Stores Come to the G5

(G5 Center - 12.02.2017, 02:21) The world has felt a little more apocalyptic as of late, so maybe it makes sense that all of a sudden we have a couple of "App Stores" for our PowerPC Macs running Leopard or Tiger. Is this something we need? Maybe. Maybe not. You get to decide. PPCAppStore - https://ppcappstore.wordpress.com/ The coder of this simple but effective app posted here on the site, so I am happy to share a link. The app is apparently built in RealBasic (like my own SimpleMarkPPC) and handily categorizes and links to a variety of useful software. The app is not going to be the most stylish one in the world, but it is effective and well-organized. I did notice a link or two pointing to Macintosh Garden, which might be something to frown up if you are a deeply ethical-minded person. Granted, this is the state of software for us PowerPC folks, so I'm not too concerned. But something to note. Keep an eye on his website for updates or to post suggestions. PPCStore - http://www.leopardrebirth.net/ Folded in as a part of LeopardRe

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...

Happy New Year!

(G5 Center - 23.01.2017, 04:27) Another year, another year of service out of my G5. 2017 for me promises to be a weird year - of resistance, change, renewal, and growth. I plan to get back to school with some graduate studies. I plan to write and read more. I plant to program a tad more. I plan to try some new things. On the G5 front, I really appreciate all the emails that come my way, and I hope my meandering responses are helpful. I'll be combing through those emails and offering up a new Troubleshooting page to the site, with tips and suggestions when your G5 goes horribly wrong. Let's face it - these old Macs won't last forever. Second, I am hoping to dive back into some programming in XCode and work on a thing or two. New software for our PPC G5s is essentially non-existent or rare. We have TenFourFox, maybe Leopard-Webkit, SimpleMarkPPC (shameless plug), and some themes (like LeopardRebirth). Can we encourage new versions of software or new software products for our aging hardware? I think it's a worthy goal. Stay tuned. I'd love

Macintosh Repository – A Great “New” Mac OS Archive

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 11.01.2017, 18:44) I love serendipity. Today I was searching for a copy of Power Windows, a great Mac OS system control panel that provides a number of goodies such as full window dragging, translucent menus and more. Much to my surprise, the first entry that showed up in my Google search results was a file in a […]

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

When You Feel Bored, Read Apple Documentation About Your G5

(G5 Center - 20.12.2016, 04:38) Like many of you, when I get a new computer, I typically toss the documentation back into the box, no matter how compelling it looks. I've met people who read it front to back, and sometimes, there is helpful information therein. But I'm reckless and prefer to dive right in, figuring things out on my own. On cold nights though, it can be fun to dive back in to the technical information available to you with a cursory search in Apple's support section of their website. To get started, go here: https://support.apple.com/manuals/powermac I decided to dig back in case I had missed something before per the oddities that happen between our G5s and certain Solid State Drives (SSD). Was there a particular feature to the Serial-ATA implementation that could be a clue? Was there something special about either drive bay? Here are the three documents I picked through: Power Mac G5 (Late 2005) - Tech Brief Power Mac G5 User Guide GeForce 7800GT Graphics I'm not saying this stuff is riveting reading, but it mig

The Power Mac G3 All-In-One (Molar Mac)

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 06.12.2016, 08:27) One of the rarer Macintosh models these days is the Power Macintosh G3 All-In-One (AIO). Challenged in the beauty department, the G3 AIO is an odd looking duck, whose overall shape, when viewed head on, is not dissimilar to a human tooth, leading to its “popular” moniker of “the Molar Mac”. These machines ARE fairly […]

Current state of Linux on PowerPC

(PowerPC Liberation - 20.11.2016, 09:14) I am sure most you have heard that Debian has dropped PowerPC as a release architecture.  If anyone is interested in the reading the meeting notes where it was discussed it can be found here. Basically it came down to lack of support. According to the Debian team there were no porters for PowerPC to maintain it as a release architecture. There is also the issue of outstanding bugs. An example

The second-best browser for PPC Macs

(System Folder - 16.11.2016, 18:22) Every time someone with a vintage G3/G4/G5 PowerPC Mac asks me what browser would be my preferred choice for such systems, I always suggests TenFourFox, because it’s stable, secure, and actively maintained. However, you may have a Mac that barely meets — or doesn’t meet at all — TenFourFox’s minimum system requirements: TenFourFox requires a […]

Ping

(PowerPC Liberation - 18.10.2016, 04:24) Just a quick note to let you all know we're still alive.  Content will come as time allows. Though we are a team of writers, each of us is also our own satellite - since we each have our own orbits in life.  The point is that we write when time allows, which means that when we do post something, you know we mean it.

It's Christmas in October: New PPC Media Center, Plus Pianobar, TSclientX, and SetEXIFDATA

(PPC Luddite - 08.10.2016, 11:06) As macOS Sierra is busy underwhelming the computer world, you'll be happy to hear there's still software being spun for good operating systems like Tiger and Leopard. I've gotten a few emails pointing to a few new titles, so I wanted to pass the word on.First, there's an update to PPC Media Center, our favorite GUI frontend for youtube-dl. This brings it to version 6.5 (and requires 6.0 already installed) and includes many Theatre Mode improvements. Here's the download.Next, Daniel Milisic tells me he has new versions of Pianobar and TSclientX for Tiger and Leopard PowerPC.His port of Pianobar is actually called PianoPPC and brings back the Pandora terminal client to Tiger and Leopard desktops. I've tested it myself and it works fabulously. Here are a few brief instructions:After unpacking the download, the application must be run only from the /Applications folder or it will not launch. Also, for automatic login with your Pandora email and password, create the text file ~/.config/pianobar/config and sa

An Inside Look at Apple's Skunkworks

(PPC Luddite - 23.09.2016, 22:00) I feel a little paranoid even posting this, especially after Tim Cook loaded all those Samsung phones with explosive devices like a ninja. A few weeks ago I came into contact (won't say the method or the medium) with an insider at Apple (won't say who) of some distinction (won't say their rank) who first dangled and then delivered pictures of the new 2016 Mac Mini. Ordinarily I'd be like, "Cool," but nothing to risk my neck over. The Mac Mini isn't the most exciting product ever, but this Mac Mini, my source said, is different. It's a revolutionary new Mac Mini, and one that would hint at changes to the entire Mac lineup. This is a paradigm shifter. It shows Apple's changing priorities and where Jony Ive & Co. intend to take the whole Mac product line in years to come. The old Mac Mini is no more. It's time for a new form factor, new internals, and even an assault on the very concept of internals.Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you the 2016 Mac Mini:As you can see, it's minnier than ever. "H

G5Center Interviews Cameron Kaiser

(PPC Luddite - 20.08.2016, 04:06) Look who bumped into each other at Vintage Computer Festival West.Also, I've been using the new TenFourFox 45 beta. It's a smooth ride, like driving a vintage '38.