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    Why Ubuntu

    Neither my roommate nor I are Windows people. I use Mac and he uses Ubuntu Linux. So here is the problem: He gets very frustrated with Ubuntu and then downloads and tries out 50,000,000 Linux variants. He doesn't like those and goes right back to Ubuntu. Then in about six months, the process repeats itself and then it's back to Ubuntu. So why is Ubuntu the Linux he keeps going back to? Is this normal for Ubuntu users?
  2. In case you never knew, the Beatles and Apple Computers have a very storied past. You see Apple Computers was named and logo'd after Apple Records, The Beatles little record company. So as with all imitations being the sincerest form of flatterys, The Beatles sued the holy hell out of Apple for trademark infringement. The Beatles won that one with some kind of money being sent to them. Then came MIDI on ye olde Apple iigs. Those money hungry (joke, don't get your panties in a bunch) Liverpudgians sued the holy hell out of Apple again. Well...let's just say it doomed the iigs and led to a partnership with Amiga and the eventual Macintosh. So thank the Beatles for your Mac! Next came the system sound "Chimes"...and The Beatles attacking again! The sound was later renamed Sosumi (so sue me, get it?) and this court case finally made it to where the Beatles can't sue at the drop of a hat. Apple agreed to stay out of physical music sales (package, sell, distribute). Enter the iTunes Music Store and another attack by The Beatles. The judge in this case, for a change in pace, ruled for Apple Computer. Apple Corp (The Beatles) didn't like not getting any money and appealed. Now go to 2007 and a meeting (not a lawsuit) between the two of them. Everyone was finally happy as Apple Corps got its trademark and the now Apple Inc got to use its trademark. Happy days were here for once. Paul even said their catalog would be on the iTunes store sometime in 2008 Now in 2010, The Beatles are better late then never!
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    OS X 10.7 is Lion

    Why do I feel the need to declare you the winner of this thread?
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    The death of the XServe

    Yes as of January 31, 2011 Apple will no longer be selling the XServe. Apple of course is going to push users toward getting a shiny new Mac Mini (which is slower than the current XServe) or to the Mac Pro (which is faster than the XServe) with OS X server software installed. Now over at the Apple Store, the Mac Mini server is $999 US, making it a cheap if not slow server. The Mac Pro server chimes in at $2999 US which means you're basically getting the server software for free considering the hefty price tag the regular Mac Pro has. And for those of you in Europe, start saving because the Mini will likely cost $8,000 EUR and the Pro will be $10,000,000 EUR!
  5. I've said it before and it's most likely beyond the current system software. However, I am going to state it again in the hopes that someone listens. The forum is capable of policing itself with an up/down vote. After an arbitrary number of "downs" (let's say 10 just for an example), the post is immediately hidden. If it's done to an OP, then the topic becomes sent to "Area 51" (again for lack of a better term and just as an example). The system should also be done to record which usernames vote what down. This would mean the mods would only have to sift through Area 51 and undo anything they feel is post worthy. Would some stuff get overlooked? Most likely yes...because we're human. But we should be working as a ton of humans working toward making this forum a better place. This would also prevent the abuse of such power, as the simple solution is for the mods/admins to move the vote offenders to a non-voting member status. They can post but not vote. Now the trick to all of this is to put everyone in the voting memeber category and then start trimming. This will completely negate any favoritism by mods/admins which can happen and you damn well know you'll be accused of it if you get to pick who can vote and who can't. Now with the negative out of the way, this would make for an easier way to get things stickied also. So many up votes (let's say 25 and remember that the numbers I use are for example only and not hard numbers!!!) would bring about a sticky request to the mods. Topic gets reviewed and the sticky decision is made. The up votes however, don't get erased, because the userbase should also be able to search by the number of up votes. This way, the important upped information is presented at the top.
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    Chrome passes Safari

    In first place is Internet Explorer. In second place is Firefox. In third place is now Google Chrome with 8.97% of the US market and 9% worldwide. Safari is in fourth place now with 8.88% of the US market and 4% worldwide. The main reason for the different international numbers is most likely because Chrome supports a ton of languages while Safari doesn't support that many. I don't believe either one of them supports Klingon though...
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    Backup software, to copy files + folders on shutdown

    Why not make an Automator workflow to do the same thing? Or an Applescript?
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    WoW Cataclysm

    So when you get ready for World of Warcraft Cataclysm, make sure you have an Intel Mac handy because PowerPC Macs will not be allowed. It will apparently bring up an error message stating it will not run. However, Intel flavors of 10.4.11 and 10.5.8 will be able to run Cataclysm. In other words, the slow, painful death of PPC continues.
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    Can Leopard run/install without Core Image?

    It will run Leopard. Don't believe Wikipedia on that. Will it run Core Image? Not really...
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    Classilla--Firefox for OS 9

    So I've been looking for thingies for my sweet wonderful OS 9 and stumbled upon Classilla. If you've never seen it before, it's an active project to bring the whole Mozilla shebang over to Mac OS 9 (and maybe 8.6). Grab it, try it out on your old PPC boxes, and enjoy one of the only things actively developed for Classic.
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    Unlocking a hardware locked OS X Installer

    You have to toggle those invisible files in order to see the /system folder on that disk.
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    Instaling Leopard on my old iBook

    Then you're clearly not going to be able to get Leopard BECAUSE HACK WON'T WORK on a PPC Mac. Sorry to burst your bubble there but if it's a stripped down installer, then it's most likely stripped the PPC code from there and not the other way around. BUT...there is a way around this! 1. Install 10.4 or 10.3 and make a 10 GB partition. 2. Now take that freshly imaged Leopard disk and use Disk Utility to restore it to the partition. 3. Make it the startup disk and reboot.
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    Rescue a G3 Grape

    Mactracker says it doesn't have Leopard. It might have 10.4 Tiger, but that's a stretch for those old iMacs. From what I can research, it looks like the green in the RGB monitor isn't working right. You need a TV guy to look at the innards and get it fixed, because it's a TV tube issue.
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    Help with Startup Disk

    hoookay...next step. This requires some minor eMac surgery so find a guide on how to crack one open. I will assume this will most likely fail also, but open up the eMac and press the red CUDA switch in there. Hold it in for ten seconds and then try to reboot. If that doesn't work then try to replace the hard disk and see what happens next. It needs an ATA 100 hard disk. If possible, try to put Mac OS X on there before putting it in (the easiest way is to use another PPC Mac and install it there. Then transplant).
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    Instaling Leopard on my old iBook

    PowerPC Macs will not run Hack OS. PowerPC Macs will not run Snow Leopard. PowerPC Macs will run a retail Leopard (not snow leopard). You have to find a retail Leopard disk. They are at many different torrent sites and I'm not posting the links here.
  16. In case you didn't know, Apple released a computer called the Power Mac G4 Cube around the year 2000. This was a precursor to what we now know as the Mac Mini--a small pretty looking item that was capable of doing what the towers could do at the expense of not having PCI ports. Unlike the Mac Mini, it came with a $1,000 US price tag (which meant it was about 1,000,000 EUR because of high prices in Europe ). Apple didn't sell many of these little monsters. It was deemed a flop and in some cases, people actually said the clear plastic on the Cube would crack (Apple called them mold lines). So with all good failures, it only lasted a year before Apple pulled them off the shelves. But don't tell Apple there is still a G4 Cube society running about ten years later (companies tend to bury their failures). From processor upgrades to fan installs to new graphics cards to larger clear cubes and even a Macquarium. There is still a die hard Cube group ten years later who will only let you take their cubes from their cold, dead hands. In all likelihood, the G4 Cube was a lesson for Apple--build a smaller machine and find a way to slash the price so people will buy it. This was finally accomplished in Cube II, better known as the Mac Mini.
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    Is my G5 powermac DEAD ?

    If you're using a non-Apple branded DVD drive, you can't boot from it on the G5. It isn't "blessed" by Apple. Now any USB/Firewire external unit will somehow bypass the blessing.
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    Help with Startup Disk

    Do you have an external drive you can hook up with Firewire or USB? See if it can boot that way.
  19. I doubt it will be as gloomy as people say. Remember that Apple was DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMED and is still DOOOOOOOOOOOOOMED for decades and they keep turning a profit. That being said, I'm interested in how this one will turn out. If the software patents are ruled outside of the realm of current patent laws, I'd expect some form of new law from Congress (who is in charge of those kinds of things). Getting a court victory would only be a short-lived victory.
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    "I invented SOAP"

    Well, this group called Ganas, LLC is suing everyone from Apple to Tivo in this one. The patent in question is regarding: As with all of these lawsuits, this was filed in the great state of Texas, well know for cowboys, Bushes, and giving out verdicts in the plaintiff's favor in these kinds of cases. Keep an eye on this one, though, because they're suing a ton of companies.
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    Help with Startup Disk

    OK...that tells me an absolute ton. Your system cannot find ANYTHING even remotely useful to boot with and cannot load the generic driver. This is why the keyboard is essentially useless. So let's try this method and see if it works. On the computer you're posting from (not the eMac of course), see if you can "accidentally" get a copy of 10.4, 10.3, 10.2, or 10.1 (of course, they are for sale for stupidly cheap also if you want to stay legal). Make 9000% sure they are CD-based and not DVD-based (the eMac might not have a DVD drive). The only reason why I say this is because the blinking ? means the system cannot find ANY startup folders at all (and thus cannot even load the generic keyboard driver). After getting this, start her up while holding down the mouse button (left clicking). This will open the CD drive. Plop the accidentally-acquired OS X (or even OS 9.2.2 specifically) CD 1 into the tray and close it. If it doesn't find the startup volume on the CD after a while reboot it and give it some time. This may take a few minutes to find the CD instead of the hard disk volume, but it should find it. If not, there is a larger problem.
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    The G4 Cube: Ten Years Later

    You're right. Confirmed on Mactracker.
  23. I've always gone through Powermax.com for used Macs. They test every one (unlike some eBay ads) and pack it nicely and live in a land of no sales tax.
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    Help with Startup Disk

    It won't matter. There is a generic driver that loads until Logitech happens on the Mac. The only thing is alt and command get switched around. Just try it and see what happens.
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    Help with Startup Disk

    Start up while holding down the X key and see if that works. That will force a PPC Mac to boot into OS X. On the other hand, the ? really means that the system is unable to find ANY startup folder. There might be a bigger problem than you're thinking.