GamePad fail on MacOS

Update: May 2nd – I’m happy to say that a super cheap pair (you get two) of USB gamepads from Amazon did the trick. $ ./start-old.sh DonkeyKong.v2.atr Using Atari800 config file: atari800-80.cfg Created by Atari 800 Emulator, Version 3.1.0 joystick 0 found! joystick 1 not found Now I can enjoy games with sound and joystick…

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Macbook Air 11 – The Last Ones

I’ve had a MBA 11″ since 2011 (MacBookAir4,1) and I’ve never been able to find any other laptop that had such an unbeatable combination of size, speed, flexibility, and utility. My 11 has been amazing and my go-to mac (I also have a 13 and 15 MBPs between work and home) for most things, but…

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WOMBAT

I spent some good money and time getting my SE/30 uplifted and retrofitted for modern use. Both the motherboard, analog board and power-supply have been recapped, it has 32M RAM installed and a SCSI to CF adapter to ensure quiet operation and no surprise disk failures. The one failure I encountered was the keyboard and…

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Macbook

The MacBook is an incredible piece of engineering technology. This one is sitting on the MacBook Pro it’s replacing- after three years. 13” vs 12” and it’s more powerful and has more storage. The same amount of ram however. The size difference is astonishing…

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Mac OSX 10.10 and SCSI

Update 2017: 10.12 – Sierra broke the SCSI drivers and so ends the tales of SCSI and Atto on my Mac. Nothing I could do could get them to load. At some point I’ll revert the Mac back to 10.11 and use the SCSI if I ever need to read any of my tapes. Update:…

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Apple Mini Yosemite Super Laggy – Fix

My mini is a 2011 i5 with Radeon graphics. Most of my work is on an external rail via thunderbolt, but the system has always been a little laggy to me. I work on Macbook pros and MacBook Airs (new, with flash drives) at work, and the mini has never been as quick and responsive…

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Android Still Sucks at 4.3

When Android 4.3 API18 came out I pulled my old Nexus 7 out of the drawer, charged it, let it update to 4.3.18 and tried to use it for the next three days, leaving my iPad mini in the drawer instead.   What I found out was: Android OS still sucks unbelievably bad. It’s kinda…

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iCloud Safari Syncing Sucks Balls

iCloud Safari syncing just stopped worked about 3 weeks ago for one of my computers, and I cannot make it work again, I’ve clear and clear and re-synced each of my computers and iPhone. Finally, I just gave up and use Dropbox now.   Just move Library/Safari over to Dropbox somewhere, and create a symlink…

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Save As… for Mountain Lion

This post has saved my bacon numerous times as I’ve installed Mountain Lion on systems:   http://www.tuaw.com/2012/07/29/get-save-as-back-on-mountain-lions-file-menu-easily-and-without/   Having Save As… is just a necessary part of how I work…

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iPhone 2G

I finally got around to taking a look at my original iPhone – the 2G. I used it for about 2 years, when I got the 3GS the nannie took it and spilled apple juice on it (killing it). It sat in a drawer for years. I pulled it out and took it apart. I…

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OSX Mountain Lion and Java

Mountain Lion doesn’t ship with a java jre or jdk. And it removes the Apple one that was working in Lion. Installing the latest Apple sanctioned Lion Java Update results in exceptions. [Update July 29th – it seems there is an jre from apple now that will auto-install]   Nothing yet from Apple, but don’t…

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PowerMac G5 and LACP

I’ve been playing around recently with backups, trying to get them going again for my data. I’m moving the backups to my oldest Mac, a G5 Metal Tower. I purchased a gig ethernet card for it and since it comes with built-in gig I wanted to setup LACP with it. LACP will bond the two…

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Plex vs. XMBC on AppleTV

So now that XMBC is available for AppleTV2 it’s time to compare it to Plex. I’ve played around with them for the past few days and can say that: Plex is worth the extra complexity. I’ve been told (never having used XBMC) that Plex was ‘just a port’ of it, so why not use XBMC…

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New Jailbreak tool designed for AppleTV

Looks like FireCore has just released Seas0nPass– a app that is targeted towards jailbreaking just the AppleTV 2nd generation. It doesn’t do anything more than Pwnagetool and usbmux,and it doesn’t give you un-tehered jb, but it looks like it helps provide a clean easy way to jb and boot your ATV quickly and without out…

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Jailbreaking AppleTV 2 with iOS 4.2.1

The key information is that PwnageTool dosen’t have a release for 4.2.1 as of today (December 29th.). If you buy a AppleTV today you get iOS 4.2.1 on it. Go here to funkyspacemonkey.com for the directions on how to make Pwonage work. * Get the right ATV FW version here at iClairified Hardware: MicroUSB: http://www.cablestogo.com/product.asp?cat_id=1507&sku=27363#…

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Reserved an iPad?

I reserved mine, now I’m worried that it’s going to be chaos trying to get into the local Apple Store on the 3rd and pick it up. Update: 120,000 pre-orders? Insanity indeed. Follow the numbers from the source: Deagol’s AAPL Model…

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Desktop G5 Rebooting

This is driving me nuts. I’ve had this G5 (single cpu, 1.6G) for a few months, and now it’s started rebooting randomly for no apparent reason. I finally looked in the logs today and found the culprit: Jul 23 18:56:31 localhost kernel: ApplePMU::PMU FORCED SHUTDOWN, CAUSE = -122 Googling “PMU FORCED SHUTDOWN, CAUSE “ gave…

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