Sold my Dual 1GHz MDD

One of the very first posts on this page was regarding my MDD. I replaced the 3 fans inside with much quieter ones and put in a Radeon 9600 out of my parts G5 by taping pins 3 and 11. I bought this machine earlier in the year as I always wanted one since they carried such an odd design and could handle 4 hard drives and 2 optical drives. Over the summer this machine sat and eventually I put it on Craigslist and to my luck, about 2 months later I get a response from a guy locally in town. It was his first mac machine as he worked with PCs in the past. I ended up getting $80 which is about what I had put into it so I made a margin of $5 or so. Not a crazy amount but it’s money for the next project!

Since I purchased my 1GHz QuickSilver, the MDD didn’t see any use are rarely was it ever turned on. Surprisingly enough the older machine geekbenched better due to the 3MB of L3 cache vs the 2MB on the MDD granted the QS had 1.5GB PC133 ram while the MDD had 2GB DDR-400. The picture below is from a showdown that I never got around to doing yet I invested time into this poster!

qs vs mddBye MDD! You’ll be missed. Now I don’t have the full lineup from B&W-G5! I should have taken a picture when I had the chance. Owell.

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Roccat’s New 4.3 Update

Roccat’s web browser hasn’t been heard of lately, and reading through the MacRumors’ PowerPC thread and Low End Mac on facebook, a few people were praising the new update.

For those of you that don’t know, Roccat is based off Webkit similar to Safari while TenFourFox is based off Firefox. I have never used Roccat so I decided to boot up my dual 1GHz QuickSilver and give it a shot. Upon opening it I get a flat-like feel resembling Safari on iOS7. My big issue is when I am actually trying to browse the web. It takes FOREVER. What bummed me out was that I open TFF and the web browses without an issue.

YouTube is a test I like to try in web browsers and Roccat could play 360p and 720p inside the web browser. 360p was skipping and was hard to watch the video. 720p acted a little different, it sped up where 3 seconds on the YouTube video would be 1 second in real life, also skipping around and anyone using this for YouTube is going to have a bad time.

Now the one thing I do give Roccat props to, and that is the built in search bar at the top. I like that I can get suggestions as if I was typing something in on the Google homepage yet this bar is always at the top. If you would like to “Share Page to…” there is a nice handy tab with Social that provides you with links to shorten URLs, share the page with facebook, twitter, Google+, MySpace (surprisingly this isn’t dead), and a few others.

I find myself probably not using Roccat again which is unfortunate, definitely has a few features that I like however I doubt TFF will have them implemented. The good news is Nathan (Roccat’s developer) still believes in PowerPC and will support it for a long time to come. Maybe one of these days Roccat will make everybody jump ship!

Requires OS X 10.5.8 Leopard – http://runecats.com/roccat.html

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iBook G4 As a Main Machine

Last weekend I had a cup of coffee on my desk, and I went to open the curtain. I ended up knocking the cup over resulting in my MBP being dead. I never talk about this machine but it is a 15″ late 2008 unibody. Nice machine! I took it apart and even after many hours of cleaning it still has yet to work. I have an idea to fix it, but just not right now.

So my backup machine was my last remaining PowerPC laptop, a 14″ Early 05 iBook G4. So far it’s been working out well. Schoolwork is well (as it should be when all you use is Word/Pages) and for most of my internet browsing. It is slow compared to the G5 as it should be, but the slowlessness I can handle easily enough. My true hiccups are YouTube and Netflix so I find myself using my iPad mini for these tasks, although I would much rather prefer to use a laptop instead. Besides that, I don’t have any complaints. The few things I miss is a bright LED backlit display and the backlit keyboard, but I’ll live. This iBook has the two finger scrolling and clicking which I’m well used to from the MacBook Pro.

I plan on using the iBook for the second week coming and have already hunted down an Early 2008 2.4GHz 15″ MacBook Pro in excellent shape. I have owned a model MBP from 2006-2008, and I know them well. Since I needed a new main laptop and don’t have much money to budget in, I wanted a PowerBook G4 style laptop.

Going great so far! DLHR 15″ coming to the project soon, more coming in a later post.

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UnRarX – Extract .RAR Files

I was working on a guide for Minecraft (coming soon) and was stuck on the fact I couldn’t extract a .rar file made for 7zip on Windows. To my luck, I was able to find UnRarX which is a universal binary and will work with Tiger or Leopard.

Download here under “Cool Tools” UnRarX 2.2 – 716KB – Tiger/Leopard

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Fliqlo Screensaver

If you have a spare machine – such as an iMac G4 that sits around most of it’s time, this screensaver may be perfect if you need a huge clock to see across the room! The picture below is from my G5, but if the iMac didn’t have any lines down the screen it would have looked perfect!

The latest version to work is version 1.3.3 however trying to find a link to this version was pretty much impossible. Harrymatic on the MacRumors forum was able to provide a copy that will now be put on the PowerPC Archive for everyone to download.

I wish there was more customization (such as a second count alongside the digital time, possibly different themes). Your only adjustment is the size of the clock and 12H or 24H format.

Download Here. Requires OS X Leopard. May work with Tiger (when I can pull out a G4 I will)!

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Updates on the Macs I Own/Owned

Figured that a post regarding my machines sounds appropriate! The only new mac I’ve bought over summer was a 17″ Core Duo iMac in which doesn’t relate to PowerPC in any way! It was a cheap deal of $30 shipped to my door and is now used as the site’s file server. My DA would be doing this task but unfortunately Windows XP is required.

I now have one PowerPC laptop that’s the 14″ iBook G4. My 12″ iBook and the 17″ PowerBook both were listed on ebay after they sat around with no true purpose to my daily life, and I needed money for other things (truck stuff, gasoline, etc). I was a bit bummed to get rid of the 17″ however it was never used much. The 14″ iBook replaced the 12″ iBook and has been working out well for me especially in school for notes and a Spotify jukebox. Although the thing is 9 years old people believe that it is still brand new!

Okay, desktops. Nothing has changed here. I still own all of them. My main desktop is the 2.3GHz G5 (was a 2.7 previously) that has been dead reliable. The QS is in my room and gets used every once in a while. The other 2.7GHz G5 and my MDD live in the closet. Since the MDD doesn’t get used I am considering to ebay it as the QS does fine. My Digital Audio 466MHz and the B&W G4 450MHz live out in the shed. A friend was going to buy the G4 B&W however the deal has seemed to fall through and I still have it!

I need to cut down on desktops, so if you’d like a DA, B&W G4, or a MDD give me an email and maybe it’ll be yours!

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Thanks to all of our Viewers!

It’s been a while since I last posted something and school has been eating away at my time for the past couple of weeks which unfortunately has stopped me working on posts for this site and the PowerPC Archive website. I have a list of software I need to add and cool stuff to discuss on here, which will hopefully start coming soon (YouTube tutorials and videos coming soon of neat PPC stuff). Depends on how my weekend will go (past few weekends have been pretty crazy!)

But here is where I am super stoked. I was looking at the site statistics for the PowerPC Archive, and we had 2,200 viewers (8,600 pageviews) from people in 74 (SEVENTY FOUR!!) different countries within August 15 – yesterday. I was beyond belief when I saw that. The only project I ran that was successful dates back to 2010 when I took Bamboogle’s Virtual PC, fixed the links, renamed it VHD Vault then got shut down (which received 2,000 page views per month). And yes – I am Gavin Stubbs.

Sooo, you guys rock! I constantly receive emails from users appreciating what I do here and on the Archive. All I can say is Thank You :)

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