When Apple introduced the Power Mac G5 in June 2003, it made a big deal of the G5 being a 64-bit CPU. It even mentioned that on the box. But what does that mean to Mac users?
PowerBooks don’t look or feel like “regular” Macs, but they are just as powerful as desktop Macs, sound like desktop Macs, and even smell like desktop Macs.
Someone in our Facebook group asked an interesting question: “Anyone know the maximum size flash drive that can be used in OS 9.2 on a 300 MHz iBook G3?”
Second Class Macs are Macs you should buy with your eyes wide open – if you buy them at all. The only ones I would put on the “avoid at all costs” list are those with three or four apples. The Macs with only one or two apples can be very nice computers as long as […]
This is the fourth in a series of articles showing how Adam Rosen uses four vintage Macs to read, recover, convert, transfer, and return files to his clients. Today he shares how he uses his Power Mac G4 Cube running OS X 10.4 Tiger.
Low End Mac (LEM) has in April 1997 as a way for me to learn Web design and to help Mac get the most out of their Apple gear. There weren’t many online resources yet, and we grew from two dozen profiles to hundreds. LEM began as a hobby, was my full time job for quite a […]
This is the third in a series of articles showing how Adam Rosen uses four vintage Macs to read, recover, convert, transfer, and return files to his clients. Today he looks at his PowerBook G3 WallStreet running Mac OS 9.2.2.
Hi, Low End Mac readers. My name is Robert Bryant, and I am a computer tech in Central California just south of San Jose. As a daily Mac Pro user, I wanted to provide the Low End Mac community with the necessary steps to take a base model 2006 Mac Pro 1,1 or 2007 2,1 […]
This is the second in a series of articles showing how Adam Rosen uses four vintage Macs to read, recover, convert, transfer, and return files to his clients. Today we look at how he uses his Quadra 840av running Mac OS 8.1.
This is the first in a series of articles showing how Adam Rosen uses four vintage Macs to read, recover, convert, transfer, and return files to his clients. Today’s installment covers the Mac Plus.
The ongoing saga of my iPhone restoration project hit a snag, but I am not giving up on it. Read my latest instalment.
Remember when ergonomic keyboards were all the rage in fighting carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive stress injuries? Remember how incredibly huge most of those keyboards were? Well, I’d forgotten about them until I received this monstrosity with a recently acquired Power Mac G5.
High-end phones are great, but if your budget doesn’t stretch or your needs are minimal, a low-end Android can give you the smartphone experience with little expense. Today I look at the Samsung Galaxy Y.
The power supply in my Power Mac G5 fried itself. What G5 Power Macs can I use for a donor power supply?
As a fan of the Mophie Juice Pack Plus – a case with built in rechargeable battery -I wanted to see how the Juice Pack Air compared.
What’s 12″ long, consumes up to 10 amps of 5-volt power, and is without equal in Macintosh history? If you were thinking the World’s Noisiest Hard Drive, you’re close, but the real answer is the amazing Radius Rocket series of NuBus cards.
We’re trying to do something different with tech news: no rumors, no reprinted press releases, no minor software update notices, and nothing based solely on a third-hand report. We take our tech news seriously.
Arthur, legendary King of England, became the code-name for the third generation PowerPC (PPC) processor, eventually named the 740 and 750. The successor of the 603e, the third-generation CPUs were optimized to run real software, not some theoretical ideal. Early benchmarks show the 750 outperforming the 604e, making it look like the older chip would be reserved for multiprocessor […]
Mac OS 8 introduced several modern features while still supporting Quadras and 68040-based PowerBooks and Performas.
I’m a sucker for novelty gadgets, and when I saw a tiny speaker called the Mighty Boom Ball promising big sound, I could resist trying it.
If you are a fan of racing games, you should check out the latest mobile high speed instalment of the Asphalt range. Step up Asphault 8 Airborne.
The choice of System software for a 68k Mac* is not so simple as deciding what software to run on a modern computer. While it’s very difficult to ignore the hum of newer, faster, better in the modern computing world, the vintage Mac user really has the option to choose.
System 7.5 and Mac OS 7.6 introduced many new features and greater modernity while staying within reach of most early Macintosh models.
After a recommendation from a friend, I took a look at Xubuntu 14.04 – the latest LTS version.
The early versions of System 7 provide broader capability for modern tasks than System 6 while still being practical for even the lowliest Macs.
The “power user” second generation PowerPC (PPC) CPU was the 604, unveiled in December 1994 along with the 603. Containing 3.6 million transistors, drawing twice the power of the 601, and with a dual L1 cache (16 KB for instructions, 16 KB for data), this workhorse could deal with four instructions per cycle. The 604 […]
The second generation split the PowerPC (PPC) line into entry level 603 and power user 604 chips. The 603 has only 1.6 million transistors, draws about half as much power as the 601, has two smaller caches (8 KB for instructions, 8 KB for data vs. a 32 KB unified cache in the 601), and […]
The biggest change in the Apple product line prior to 2006 was the transition from Motorola 680×0 CPUs to the PowerPC (PPC) family of CPUs. Designed by a consortium of Apple, IBM, and Motorola (a.k.a. the AIM Alliance) and based on IBM’s POWER architecture, PowerPC became the most widely used RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computing) processor with […]
We’ve published our first article on the Mid 2014 21.5″ iMac with its 1.4 GHz low-power dual-core i5 CPU, and Chris Carson was not impressed with its value. I want to treat is as fairly and unemotionally as possible, so let’s take a closer look.
What happens when you take a MacBook Air’s logic board, a 2012 MacBook Pro’s hard drive, and shove them into an iMac’s case? You have a modern day Mac Classic without the charm and without the sub-$1,000 price. You’d also get a lot of people like me asking, Why?