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.
In my last 2 posts, I was talking about Twitter and we shared some good options for you to ensure you don’t miss any tweets on your PowerPC, but now I want to share some Tumblr applications with you. Be warned, they are not fancy, but they do work!
* Tumblenote 5.2 (Free) – PowerPC friendly 10.4 / 10.5 – http://tumblenote.tumblr.com/ – How many of you actually are on Tumblr.? Using this widget is the easiest/fastest way to update your Tumblr blog right from your Dashboard.
All Mac PowerPC users are well aware that when it comes to Social Networking our applications are limited. It’s hard to find something that might work well for Mac OS X Tiger. In fact it’s virtually possible to find options for the Mac OS X Leopard. I actually still prefer use a good old fashioned Browser, when it comes to searching for these types of media. But this post doesn’t end here, previously we mentioned some applications for Twitter and we got really great feedback from our readers and I wanted to share some more options with you here. the list starts with:
* Twit Menulet 8 (Demo $6.00) – PowerPC friendly 10.3 / 10.4 / 10.5 – http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/32331/twit-menulet – With this app it will allow you to check your tweets from a menu bar. Never was it so easy to keep Twitter on and check as many times you want. If anyone is running Panther, please let me know if it worked out for you!
A few weeks ago, I completed a survey about Social Networking and when they asked me which was my favorite kind of Social Network I didn’t even stop to think before acknowledging TWITTER. In fact it’s easy to get addicted to Twitter, in 140 characters or less. Either way its an ingenius platform to share articles and information with your followers. So with that off my chest, let’s now transition to a discussion about some Twitter apps for PowerPC Macs.
* Syrinx 2.3.1 (Free) – http://cl.ly/1j382t2s0P07 – PowerPC friendly, 10.5 / Leopard. Twitter client with strong efficient workflow, easy to keep track of your unread tweets using the bookmarking system, also has Growl support. One more feature is the great search bar that helps to find tweets/retweets etc.
* TweetDeck 2.7.1 (Free) – http://tweetdeck.com/ – PowerPC friendly, 10.5 / Leopard. This application makes the experience of tweeting even more fun and professional. Don’t miss any unread tweets! It also works with columns with diferent customization options including “Mentions”, “Direct Messages”, “Timeline”, and supports more than one account. Download it here: https://app.box.com/s/qk3icje4s2wjnio78rxo
* Twitterrific 3.2.4 – http://cl.ly/1Z1q2l113X0y – PowerPC friendly 10.5 but it might work on 10.4 as well. I appreciate your feedback if you happen to test it out.
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.
We usually prefer to share this information on our Facebook Page: http://facebook.com/macpowerpc or Twitter: @macpowerpc but we thought that it would be important to share it here on our blog because some of you may not be into Social Networking. Download 40 FREE Mac fonts, no purchase necessary!
Everybody knows that even small expenditures add up… In my opinion, tracking your money and your expenses are fundamental to the health of your pocket. PowerPC computers are a great tool to help you in tracking because they run some of the web’s best applications that have been specially designed to help you in your quest. Check back to some of our previous posts here on Mac PowerPC and you will find quite few of them in our archive. But today I wanted to share the following with you;
* Budget Workbook – 1.7.5 (Shareware) – PowerPC friendly – Panther / Tiger / Leopard – 10.3/10.4/10.5. http://www.snowmintcs.com/products/workbookmac/ It’s a simple expense tracker, easy to use with a very friendly interface that will easily help you to find where your money is going.
* Pay It Down – 1.4.1 (Shareware) – PowerPC friendly – Panther / Tiger / Leopard – 10.3/10.4/10.5. http://www.snowmintcs.com/products/payitdownmac/ . Graph your debt profile. See when you will be out of debt. Determine the best strategy for getting out of debt.
Remember your donations help support this blog and are always appreciated. I encourage you to make a budget and stick with it, to make sure you won’t be in the red. :)
We know that Finder is a necessity for every Mac user. But have you ever wished that you had a better finder rename feature on your Mac, that would actually save you time, and help you in your quest for organization? I have good news for you:
* A Better Finder Rename – 8.76 (shareware) Leopard 10.5
* A Better Finder Rename – 22.214.171.124 (shareware) Tiger 10.4
* Download Version 7.5.1 for Mac OS X 10.3.
* Download Version 6.5.5 for Mac OS X 10.2.
* Download Version 5.9.6 for Mac OS 9
This app is a great option and most complete renaming solution for Finder. It’s very easy to use, following the drag and drop method, and is a very friendly interface. Now there are no excuses for you to start organizing your files, photos and MP3 files with their proper names.
This is an application that every Mac user should have and if you have a large number of pictures or music files, this application is a must for your own good. It will be the best $19.99 that you ever spend on your computer!
For use with iTunes, you can extract the artwork from the selected track’s ID3 tag and copy it to an image file in a chosen location. It is also a fully fledged artwork manager as it can fetch album covers from all over the internet!
My Facebook friend Gregory will be very happy because I finally got some time to check out the application that he mentioned on Mac PowerPC’s Facebook Page a long time ago, which I had bookmarked but never had enough time to get to. Here you go!
* Jers Novel Writer 1.1.12 – (Demo $30.00) – http://jerssoftwarehut.com/jers-novel-writer/download-jers-novel-writer – PowerPC friendly Panther / Tiger / Leopard – 10.3/10.4/10.5 – It’s a simple but not restricted writing application. I’m very impressed with the quality of this word processor, as it has everything to keeping you writing and saving your ideas without messing things up. It has a main window like any other word processor but the coolest feature is that it has a tab running along the side that allows you see all your other saved projects! It also has a notes tab that allows you to post all your brainstormed ideas and subjects that keep you on track as you write. In my opinion, this is great software that totally deserves to be installed on your machine. Attention Writers: Now it’s time to make your Mac buddy work a little bit harder.
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.
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!
iCab 5.0.1 – Shareware – PowerPC 10.5/Leopard – http://www.icab.de/index.html – iCab is an alternative web browser for the Apple Macintosh with numerous useful features. On the web site it says it is Intel but it does work on PowerPC.