USB 3 for your MacPro 5,1

Now that my Mac is back I wanted to address another issue- lack of USB 3.1 and also general lack of USB. I’ve found that i’m using most of the available USB ports (many for multiple serial interfaces I use to connect to my SGI consoles). I also have a external drive that is USB…

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MacPro 5,1 Firmware Problems

Recently my MacPro 5,1 (still running High Sierra) starting crashing on an OSX Update of some kind. It started mid-April and I’m not sure which one it was, but the Mac wouldn’t boot as it ended up in the crash screen for the installer with some sort of error on finding a file that wasn’t…

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Syncing Apple Archaeology

The first post to my Syncing Apple blog was 14 years ago. It was about my G5 desktop rebooting on me. Not incredibly long ago for many people, but looking back at many of my postings the time from 2004-2010 was filled with many exciting advances in both OS and device introductions. A lot happened…

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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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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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EEE PC 1201N vs Macbook Air

I’ve been trying to use the 1201N as my daily machine, at least in place of my Macbook Air. There are several advantages the 1201N has over the Air, and several disadvantages Pros – 4GB of RAM – Plenty of disk space – Smaller size Cons – No wifi after sleep, or sometimes after disconnecting…

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Droid Maker – free ebook

I stumbled across and amazing free ebook recently- DroidMaker (the link takes you to the authors blog, where he’s release the PDFs). The story is an amazingly detailed history of the formation of Lucasfilm and the evolution of what became Pixar. I done some 3D modeling and rendering in the past (using Lightwave) and it’s…

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MacBook Pro – new trackpad

Just used the new MBP for about 4 hours. The new new ‘all one big button’ trackpad is really annoying. I had my thumb down at the bottom of the ‘pad trying to click a button that just isn’t there anymore. Having to remember to click the entire pad is just really…. weird. Too weird…

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Leopard and iDisk syncing

Upgrading to Leopard 10.5.2 fixed many sync issues with iDisk, however, is stopped syncing all together on my ibook. This ars article has some good tips on fixing sync issues w/ iDisk. How-To: Truly reset your .Mac sync data…

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MySQL Python driver building (breaking?) on 10.5

Trying to get my mysql environment setup on 10.5 I ran head-long into the mysql python 1.22 drivers breaking with xcode 3. from _mysql.c:40: /usr/include/sys/types.h:92: error: duplicate ‘unsigned’ /usr/include/sys/types.h:92: error: two or more data types in declaration specifiers error: command ‘gcc’ failed with exit status 1 The fixed is coved over at the Ingels 3.0…

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New Apple USB Keyboard

I’ve been dreaming of having a USB keyboard that uses the keys in my Macbook. I’ve been in total love with the keyboard on the MacBook since it came out and I picked one up a few weeks later. The keyboards on MacBookPros feel like crap. The current Mac USB keyboards are also near useless-…

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Newton ARM Emulation Goes Open Source

At the 2007 Worldwide Newton Conference in Tokyo on July 8th, Paul Guyot announced that his most excellent Newton Emulator for ARM, Einstein, was now open source and available immediately on Google Code. His announcement to the NewtonTalk mailing list is worth the read. One improvement that sounds enticing: “the heavy work done these past…

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iSync, Razr V3m, and Sprint: Part 2

Word around was that Apple introduced a new version of iSync with 10.4.9, and with it the promise of direct OSX support of the V3m. And Apple did add support for the V3m model to iSync, but they didn’t add support for the Sprint version! It still wouldn’t pair correctly with a fresh install of…

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Sprint Razr V3m and iSync

I ordered a Razr V3m from Sprint last week since the krzr looks to be too fat, and the razr has a larger screen. The phone is nice but one of the most important features I’ve been lusting after is the ability to sync my contacts over using iSync and USB. All the Moto phones…

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MacBook update- fixed in less than 24 hours

That was fast- The Apple store called me back on Sunday night and said the MacBook was ready for pickup. I got it Monday evening and so far its been ok- but of course I don’t expect anything to happen for at least a month or so. It does seem to be running cooler, according…

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