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#1 2014-06-29 19:46:29

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New arrival and a weekend project

Between rebuilds of TenFourFox 31 trying to find out why the optimized JavaScript shell is slower than the debug shell (!), stuff in the background:

1) Got a G4 Cube (looks like a 450 with the Rage 128) when I was up in Berkeley last week. No power supply. Probably works. Case is almost pristine, just a little dirty and a couple scuffs I can buff out. Found a supply at a decent price on ePay, so that should arrive next week. Until then it has a perch on the BeBox: http://www.floodgap.com/iv/2249

Incidentally, Bay Area nerds: M.A.C. on Shattuck and University has an insane amount of Power Macs and even beige Macs. I counted about 10 iMac G4s, several Yosemite G3s, a number of iMac G3s and even a couple G5s. They have some SE/30s in the window and a couple beige Macs. I don't know if they'll sell the ones in the display case, but they're willing to deal on the ones on the sales floor.

2) Waiting for the Wallstreet G3 to back up its hard disk to the 7300 and then we'll try putting Rhapsody 5.6 on it. The Wally has been sitting around waiting for a project and this sounds like a fun one. The Wally apparently is the best supported laptop in Mac OS X Server 1.2v3, with the best display and colour depth support: http://www.rhapsodyos.org/hardware/lomb … urs_1.html

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#2 2014-06-29 20:07:18

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Re: New arrival and a weekend project

Hap and i were just talking about the G4 cube...  They are pretty cool machines.
I hope yours powers right up!,  maybe you might have to put a new IDE hard drive in there.

did you find it for a pretty good deal?


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#3 2014-06-29 21:39:43

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Re: New arrival and a weekend project

I got it for $150, which is a little more than I would have liked, generally speaking, but I was able to inspect it and know what I was buying so I consider that worth a price premium. I hate buying from sellers who have a radically different definition of "clean," for example, and the Cube is one Mac where physical appearance really matters. The hard disk was previously removed, but it has the bracket, and I have plenty of PATA drives sitting around. Tiger should run very well on it.

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#4 2014-06-30 01:04:00

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Re: New arrival and a weekend project

Nice!  Yeah, being able to inspect the cube prior to purchase is a pretty big deal.  Mine is pretty dinged up.  The other thing that seems to like to fail on those is the power "button".
Interesting with the wallstreet and Server 1.2.  That's the first reason I've heard to get a pre-Pismo G3 laptop.

On the subject of old rhapsody/OSX and the Cube, the Cube ends up being capable of running a lot of OSX versions.  I was using it and a beige G3 when for screenshots for a poster of DP1 through 10.9:
osx-small.jpeg

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#5 2014-06-30 03:06:48

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Re: New arrival and a weekend project

I love my Wallstreet/PDQuicker, one day I'll figure out what the previous owner did to turn it into a FleetStreet. big_smile

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#6 2014-06-30 13:32:56

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Re: New arrival and a weekend project

bbraun,

Would love to get  that poster as a downloadable image!

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#7 2014-06-30 13:52:43

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Re: New arrival and a weekend project

Nice! Where can I get one of those posters??

No idea about the power button, but it looks physically intact, so we'll cross our fingers.

Rhapsody runs pretty well on the Wally. Everything seems supported, though I haven't tried the Wally's Zip drive yet (it has a third-party VST Zip 100 installed). What I might do next is partition the drive for a 9.2.2 portion and then reinstall, since BlueBox doesn't have much in the way of 3D acceleration and I intend to use this as another Quake client.

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#8 2014-06-30 14:50:25

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Re: New arrival and a weekend project

I wish I could afford a set of ink cartridges for my 40" Roland CAMMJET because, given a good enough scan file, I could do knockoffs any (Apple) poster on the QT.

The original Picasso Logo, for instance, would be a piece of cake from even the crappiest of scan files for any ex-sign guy. smile

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#9 2014-06-30 14:54:50

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Re: New arrival and a weekend project

Here is the .psd I used, I just sent it to fedex/kinkos to print.  It should be fine for anything that can print a 24"x36" poster, I think.  It's ~90MB, so beware.  If you need a different file format, I can convert it too.

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#10 2014-06-30 14:57:00

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Re: New arrival and a weekend project

I had contemplated starting with NeXTStep and working up through OpenStep and Rhapsody, but there's only so much that can reasonably fit on a poster, and DP1 seemed as good a place to start as any.  Maybe I'll do an "origins of mac os x" poster at some point.

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#11 2014-07-01 04:23:11

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Re: New arrival and a weekend project

Repartitioned the Wally and now it dual boots 9.2.2 and Rhapsody 5.6. I'm delighted to note that the 9.2.2 Startup Disk control panel does know how to boot from OS X Server, which is good, because the Wally has no battery and its PRAM goes to hell whenever it's unplugged.

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