Recently our friends from PowerPC Liberation – http://powerpcliberation.blogspot.com – celebrated a birthday. Like me, these guys tirelessly work to ensure our beloved PowerPCs stay relevant. We wish them all the best and many more years of PowerPC related blogging to come. Some of their focus has been to keep Mac OS X running for applications that do not require internet, for internet material they are 100% Linux for security reason. Keep your eyes on PowerPC Liberation because they continue to provide good information about how to transit from Mac to Linux and all the Linux related applications that you just can’t live without!
* The Mother Ship – http://macmothership.com – Awesome Web-Site with great information about Macintosh and Lisa. The Galleries are great and don’t forget to visit once you click the link, which displays historic flyers, ads, brochures, etc. The information spans from 1976 to 2002…it’s fascinating! Mac Mother Ship has done a beautiful layout on their web site. Way to Go!
* HappyMacs – Quadras, Cubes and G5s – http://happymacs.wordpress.com Awesome blog also working with Pre-Intel Macs material. I just found it because they made some good comments on our material and we always welcome new blogs to our group.
So let me guess…you bought a second hand Mac computer for a great price and you did not ask or the seller if he/she had the original intall discs and now you have a machine that displays it’s previous owner’s name, which annoys the hell out of you.
The first thing you need to do is create a user account (PLEASE) as Administatror.
After that you can change the name by going into System Preferences > Sharing and on the top “Computer Name” You just type the name you want it to read.
Also you can do the same trick on Terminal…which I recognize that some of you hate messing with it, but I also understand that others have a lot of fun.
sudo scutil –set HostName new_hostname
Simply replace new-hostname with any name you want your hostname to be changed to, like MacPowerPC.
I understand that a few of you won’t like the idea that the PowerPC is not allowed on Apple’s App Store but just imagine an App Store Card with a value of U$10,000. Did you start salivating? I would buy tons of music and apps for my iPhone and as long as any PowerPC user could use this card on the iTunes Store, would make me happy. I would be able to download all the new records that I want to listen to and because it was free money, I’d try out new bands I’d never heard of before! So I don’t want to get too excited, so I will stop here. The good news is that PowerPC users still have a shot at this, even without an App Store on our machines… you go to this link, fill out the form and cross your fingers: http://www.apple.com/ca/itunes/50-billion-app-countdown/entry-form/
Good luck…I understand that they are about to hit 50 billion downloads worldwide!
What do you guys think about a PowerPC forum? Our friend created one and we are happy to share it with you. Also we have some new blogs coming out to better support the PowerPC community. As you know we take pride in supporting the outcasts, because apparently the Mac PowerPC is one of them! You also can see this post later in Recommended.
I don’t know if every reader of this blog shares my philosophy that too much protection is never enough, when it comes to technology. In line with this mantra, the first thing I usually do after purchasing new or second hand electronics is to buy some hardware protection. It is my style to ensure I buy this from a different store that I purchase my hardware from, as I’m always looking for a better deal. BTW – Excuse me Apple Store, I don’t think I would ever pay that much money for a Michael Kors case! I’m not questioning the quality but the price is just off the charts! At the end of the day, it’st just a sleeve! Anyone that watches Project Runway knows that at the end of the day the most expensive part of merchandise is the name attached to it. Now, I know that It’s not my job to decide if the price is right or not, but I’m a customer and as a customer I would appreciate someone that could think ahead and create a laptop sleeve that brings more usuability to the customer. I’m pleased to announce that this isn’t crazy talk because someone (actually 2 people) really thought outside of the box and created SafeSleeve!
This project is still searching and raising funds to start putting this excelent Sleeve out there. SafeSleeve goes beyond just keeping your laptop protected…in fact, it actually protects you from your laptop! SafeSleeve is a multi-functional laptop accessory that provides protection for your computer when on the go and in use; and most importantly, personal protection from Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Radiation.
SafeSleeve also provides a desktop workstation that includes a mouse pad and is optimized to allow airflow to your laptop on any surface. In my opinion, this is a great touch, especially for those that are travelling all the time, as it’s not practical to rely on the provisions of your airplane seatback support, or the scratched, dirty surface of your local coffee shop.
SafeSleeve is a lightweight, sleek and stylish sleeve that will fit and protect most laptops. This combination of features, its sleek and stylish design, and premium quality makes SafeSleeve a must own for any laptop user.
You can also check this post out in our new Review section.
When we stop to think about how the internet has changed in last ten years it’s almost unbelievable. When the internet first started, most people didn’t know how to handle it and to get to the position that we are today is just awesome. Most PowerPC users are old enough to remember how things were in the early 1990s and now twenty years later we see that the most common thing is to share information and sync devices on the cloud..,it’s just a common fact of computer life now! A while ago, I was very impressed because Google released a new operating system entitled Google Chromium, which ran on the web, which I thought would change everything, especially the way we purchase computers. The cloud services were also something which improved and brought everything to another level in a short time span. Citrix ShareFile is thinking ahead and decide to hone in and focus on the business market.
Citrix ShareFile – It’s easy to use, Professional and Secure. It’s the easiest way to share large business files with your choice of one person or a hundred. Just click to send a file link on a navigation bar, enter an e-mail address and upload your file. It uploads files up to 10GB in size. Desktop tools, mobile apps or just launch your browser to manage your account.
Our selection of browsers has become somewhat limited, but I’m pleased to see that there are still people working to keep updating our existing Browsers, as much as they can. SeaMonkey is working really hard and they regularly release updates. (y)(y)
I’ve been trying to update “Recommendations” because more and more good web-sites/blogs keep coming out with good information about PowerPC, some of them decided to share information about Linux as well as Mac OS X. You will find the following links on Recommendation page.
Who ever thought to install a second Operational System on your machine? It could have been for fun, for security reasons or even just to have an extra option, why not? In fact there are tons of personal reasons why you might install your favorite distro, but questions like “Which distro should I install?”, “How do I know that I will like CRUX PPC instead of Debian, Fedora, Lubuntu, Xubuntu?”. Which distro will best fit your needs? It’s hard to tell. We have saved some links and are happy to share some shortcuts with you. Choose your favorite distro and let it run free!
A lot had been said lately about running Linux on PowerPC and it reminds me a lot about the argument of PC’s vs Mac. Some people defend their favorite OS to death and they’re so passionate that it’s hard to talk about it without offending someone. Lovers and haters! Anyways, I just wanted to post this NOTE for the unknown reason that we feel the need to position ourselves and our ideas to our readers to make sure that you guys understand where we stand in this “some people drink pepsi some people drinke coke” kind of thing!
A long time ago, we made a post about Linux and we never released it because we positioned ourselves to the Mac OS X system, but we do like Linux a lot! The main reason is because Mac PowerPC likes everything that is FREE/OPEN SOURCE and for this reason we always try to dig deep to bring everything low/no cost for our readers. So let’s give a thumbs up for Linux: For Human Beings! Also is a great OS.
I have to mention here that we decide to step up about linux because we didn’t want to mix material Mac/Linux mostly because this blog is entitled Mac PowerPC not Linux PowerPC. Other strong reasons include our belief that there are great blogs already taking care of the Linux world. I strongly recommend checking out places like PPC Luddite http://ppcluddite.blogspot.com and PowerPC Liberation http://powerpcliberation.blogspot.com , these guys have great material on line and “step-by-step” instructions and other great information. I have to tell you that they are working hard on Linux material to bring to you tips such as how to partition a hard drive, software installation and everything else under the sun. They are very familiar with the OS so you can not go wrong and in the event that something does go wrong, you can send them a comment and they will be more than happy to clarify for you.
Awhile ago, I installed a nice distro called Kubuntu in an old Sony Vaio and I really liked using it. It was very user friendly and the most important thing was that it was very secure. I felt very safe using that OS and nobody can take that feeling from you. We understand that using an OS like Tiger/Leopard is not as safe as any Linux distro but the goal of Mac PowerPC is to point out applications and adventures of using the Mac OS X. We are aware of the safety and we are aware that we are not getting any new updates. Today even Snow Leopards are left in the dust…imagine poor old Leopard! But again the Blog will keep searching for things to do with your PowerPC and installing Linux is one great option to do/try/play. But we decided to leave this legacy to people that know what they are doing and those blogs listed above know best. But please don’t kill your favorite Feline for a Penguin, I think and believe that there is space enough for all of them on your hard drive.
All the blogs listed are also on our “RECOMMENDED” page. We really believe in their material and we try to check them out on a regular basis and provide you with relevant information from their blog. We don’t believe in copying anyone’s material but for the sake of bringing the best material to the PowerPC community we will often reference their posts also check our Facebook/Twitter.
P.S.: At the moment it looks like Zen are very busy with other projects like helping a client to develop OpenBSD cluster software, but he didn’t leave his legacy just yet! He keeps writing material and apparently now is counting wiht a help from Dr. Dave! Believe me, in knowing Zen for short period of time, I know he won’t share his blog if Dr. Dave wasn’t competent enough to “run the ship”. I totally believe that Dr. Dave won’t leave the PowerPC Liberation’s readers with questions, as far as I have been following his posts are great. Talking about great…let’s show some love to PPC LUDDITE! The guy behing this blog is great – he brings a lot of great information to the community and if your PowerPC still works, then a visit to his site is a must!