The Reports of My Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 18.11.2018, 20:51) Alright, Mark Twain said it first, and he definitely said it best, but my last post concerning the demise of my long serving Power Mac G5 Quad may just have been somewhat exaggerated. As promised, I gingerly moved the machine to a safe location, with a lot of cardboard underneath it, and opened it up, […]

Sometimes it's necessary: running x86_64 binaries on the Talos II

(Talospace - 18.11.2018, 07:58) Yes, it's gross, but sometimes it's necessary. There's a lot of software for Intel processors, and there's a lot of it that you can't recompile, so once in awhile you've got to get a little dirty to run what you need to. In prior articles we've used QEMU with KVMPPC to emulate virtual Power Macs and IBM pSeries, but this time around we'll exclusively use its TCG JITted software CPU emulation to run x86_64 programs and evaluate their performance on the Talos II. For this entry we will be using QEMU 3.0, compiled from source with gcc -O3 -mcpu=power9. Make sure you have built it with (at least) x86_64-linux-user,x86_64-softmmu in your --target-list for these examples, or if using your distro's package, you'll need the qemu-x86_64 and qemu-system-x86_64 binaries. However, there is also a new experimental fork of QEMU to try called HQEMU. HQEMU uses LLVM to further optimize the code generated by TCG in the background and can yield impressive performance benefits, and the latest version 2.5.2 now supports ppc64le

OpenPOWER Foundation Documentation Development Guide

(OpenPOWER Foundation - 16.11.2018, 09:00) The OpenPOWER Foundation documentation template provides a framework for OpenPOWER public and private documentation. The goal of the template and this writeup is to promote community contributions to OpenPOWER documenation and to enable new contributions within a common look and feel. The major sections of this document addresses the following… Read more The post OpenPOWER Foundation Documentation Development Guide appeared first on OpenPOWER.

And now for something completely different: SCSI2SD is not a panacea

(TenFourFox Development - 15.11.2018, 22:51) When well-meaning but underinformed folks hear you keep old Macs alive, without fail they tell you to replace the capacitors, and install a SCSI2SD. The first bit of "advice" drives me up the wall because while it's true for many Macs, it's now uttered in almost a knee-jerk fashion anywhere almost any vintage computer is mentioned (this kind of mindlessness infests pinball machine restoration as well). To be sure, in my experience 68030-based Macs and some of the surrounding years will almost invariably need a recap. All of my Color Classics, IIcis, IIsis and SE/30s eventually suffered capacitor failures and had to be refurbished, and if you have one of these machines that has not been recapped yet it's only a matter of time. But this is probably not true for many other systems. Many capacitors have finite lifetimes but good quality components can function for rather long periods especially with regular periodic use; in particular, early microcomputers from the pre-surface mount era (including early Macs) on

A Casualty on the Front Lines

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 15.11.2018, 21:42) No, this isn’t a misplaced war correspondent piece! The title refers to my much loved and long serving Power Mac G5 Quad, which until this week has been on the front lines of the internet as the server for the Happy Macs Gopher site. Regrettably I went into the lab mid this week to find […]

Would you pre-order a Blackbird for $875?

(Talospace - 14.11.2018, 18:15) Would you pre-order the new "Tiny Talos" Raptor Blackbird for $875? (Hint: compare this to the new weaksauce Space Gray Mac mini and you tell us what you'd rather buy.) We're planning to because we think this is a fabulous deal on powerful user-controlled hardware and a much lower barrier to entry to the POWER9 ecosystem, and we'll be reviewing it right here to see how viable the low-end spec can be. Do note this is mainboard cost, and while the Blackbird has lots of on-board peripherals, the RAM, storage and (probably) CPU will be extra (the base 4-core POWER9 right now appears on Raptor's site for $375). Either way, tell Raptor your interest level on their straw poll.

A Few FAQs about the OpenPOWER Foundation Ecosystem

(OpenPOWER Foundation - 13.11.2018, 19:52) by Jeff Scheel, IBM Distinguished Engineer, OpenPOWER Technical Steering Committee Chair The OpenPOWER EU Summit in Amsterdam this past October gave me a chance to hear what questions remain on the minds of partners and clients.  Despite the Foundation’s best intentions and efforts, several questions are asked frequently enough that… Read more The post A Few FAQs about the OpenPOWER Foundation Ecosystem appeared first on OpenPOWER.

OpenPOWER and AI Workshop at IIT Delhi Campus

(OpenPOWER Foundation - 13.11.2018, 16:06) Josiah Samuel, advisory software engineer, IBM I recently attended the OpenPOWER and AI Workshop at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. This workshop gathered 30 students to learn about IBM and its work with Artificial Intelligence. I was able to offer these students hands-on sessions discussing PowerAI, SnapMl and Machine… Read more The post OpenPOWER and AI Workshop at IIT Delhi Campus appeared first on OpenPOWER.

High Performance Secondary Analysis of Sequencing Data

(OpenPOWER Foundation - 13.11.2018, 14:39) Genomic analysis is on the cusp of revolutionizing the understanding of diseases and the methods for their treatment and prevention. With the advancements in Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies, the number of human genomes sequenced is predicted to double every year. This market growth is further fueled by the ongoing… Read more The post High Performance Secondary Analysis of Sequencing Data appeared first on OpenPOWER.

ICYMI: what's new on Talospace

(TenFourFox Development - 12.11.2018, 01:02) In the shameless plug category, in case you missed them, two original articles on Talospace, our sister blog: making your Talos II into an IBM pSeries (yes, you can run AIX on a Talos II with Linux KVM), and roadgeeking with the Talos II (because the haters gotta hate and say POWER9 isn't desktop ready, which is just FUD FUD FUD).

Roadgeeking with the Talos II (or, Workstation FUD and Loathing)

(Talospace - 12.11.2018, 00:57) Now that Phoronix has published very impressive comparison benchmarks between their 2x22 Talos, AMD Threadripper and Intel Core i9, the next bit of pooh-poohing is "ppc64 (and LE) aren't ready for workstation duty." FUD. Absolute FUD. It's definitely true that big-endian systems are sometimes a little rockier to work with (we know all about this from our TenFourFox gig, of which this blog is a spinoff) because after the Macintel transition there are a lot fewer big-endian workstations on developer desktops. This isn't to say that running the Talos II big-endian is impossible, however: much, even most, of the software out there works fine, and if you're prepared to put up with a hiccup now and then and/or pitch in with fixes where needed, it's perfectly liveable. But this isn't the case for little-endian PPC64, which works well. A few major apps aren't fully there, though some of it is administrative screwaroundry like Google being Google about accepting PPC (and MIPS) changes back to Chromium. On the other

Happy 8th birthday to us

(TenFourFox Development - 09.11.2018, 01:15) TenFourFox is eight years old! And nearly as mature!

OpenPOWER and Open Source Innovation Shine at IBM TechU Rome

(OpenPOWER Foundation - 07.11.2018, 14:46) By Florin Manaila, Senior IT Architect and Inventor, IBM Systems Hardware Europe The IBM Technical University in Rome was the perfect place to gather a large audience from around the globe on topics including AIX, Cognitive, Linux on Power, Power Systems Storage and SDI. TechU Rome 2018 event offered unique initiatives… Read more The post OpenPOWER and Open Source Innovation Shine at IBM TechU Rome appeared first on OpenPOWER.

LaGrange system in the works?

(Talospace - 06.11.2018, 02:32) We're all very jealous that Phoronix gets to play with a dual 22-core Talos II (we're just dual 4-core pikers here), but from the comments thread comes the mention of a possible future LaGrange-based system. All of the current Talos family (the Talos II, T2 Lite and upcoming Blackbird) use Sforza POWER9 processors, which currently offer the best flexibility for workstation, workstation-like and low-to-midrange server systems with 48 PCIe 4.0 lanes. However, Sforza "only" has half the memory bandwidth of the bigger beasts with "just" 4-channel DDR4 and a single X-bus SMP link, limiting such systems to two CPUs maximum. LaGrange, by contrast, has "only" 42 PCIe 4.0 lanes, but has 8-channel DDR4 and double the X-bus, making a 4-CPU system possible. LaGrange systems are already in use by Google and Rackspace for their Zaius/Barreleye designs. With SMT-4 and 22 cores, such a system could max out at a whopping 352 threads and would very clearly be positioned against AMD's offerings. As an aside, those of you who kn

Advanced Accelerator Adapter Compliance: 25G I/O Test Harness and Test Suite Specification

(OpenPOWER Foundation - 05.11.2018, 21:16) This is the Review Draft of the OpenPOWER Advanced Accelerator Adapter Compliance: 25G I/O Test Harness and Test Suite specification.  This document provides the test suite requirements to be able to demonstrate compliance of an Advanced Accelerator Adapter with the OpenPOWER Advanced Accelerator Adapter (AAA) Electro-Mechanical Specification.   This document… Read more The post Advanced Accelerator Adapter Compliance: 25G I/O Test Harness and Test Suite Specification appeared first on OpenPOWER.

Making your Talos II into an IBM pSeries

(Talospace - 04.11.2018, 07:23) This post has been updated with new information. Thanks to Zhuowei Zhang, the author of the post we reference, for pointing out QEMU did add SMP support for emulated pSeries hardware. Read on. In our previous series on turning your Talos II into a Power Mac, we spent most of our time with the KVM-PR virtualizer, the "problem state" version of KVMPPC, which is lower performance but has no hardware dependencies and can emulate a great number of historical Power CPUs (including the G3 and G4, which were of most relevance to those articles). Recently, however, someone pointed me to this blog post on running IBM's proprietary AIX operating system under QEMU and asked about how well this would work on the Talos II. AIX runs on IBM's own POWER hardware and thus affords a good opportunity for exploring KVM-HV, the hardware-assisted hypervisor flavour of KVMPPC, so let's find out. Parenthetically I should say that I have a very long history with AIX: my first job out of college in 1997 was mostly working on a medium

TenFourFox FPR11b1 available

(TenFourFox Development - 03.11.2018, 05:59) TenFourFox Feature Parity 11 beta 1 is now available (downloads, hashes, release notes). As mentioned, FPR11 and FPR12 will be smaller in scope due to less low-hanging fruit to work on and other competing projects such as the POWER9 JIT, but there are still new features and improvements. The most notable one is my second attempt to get unique origin for data: URIs to stick (issue 525). This ran aground in FPR10 and had to be turned off because of compatibility issues with the Firefox 45 version of uBlock Origin, which would be too major an add-on for me to ignore breaking. FPR11 now has a shim in it to allow the old behaviour for data URL access initiated by the internal system principal (including add-ons) but use the new behaviour for web content, and seems to properly reject the same test cases while allowing uBlock to run normally. As before, we really need this in the browser to defend against XSS attacks, so please test thoroughly. Once again, if you experience unusual behaviour in this version, please

Inspur Power Systems and Yadro Join OpenPOWER Foundation as Platinum Members

(OpenPOWER Foundation - 02.11.2018, 18:52) Inspur Power Systems and Yadro Join OpenPOWER Foundation as Platinum Members PISCATAWAY, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The OpenPOWER Foundation announced today two new Platinum-level members: Inspur Power Systems and Yadro. “Since our founding in 2013, compute infrastructure deployment has advanced and evolved,” said Bryan Talik, president, OpenPOWER Foundation. “Having Inspur Power Systems and Yadro participate in… Read more The post Inspur Power Systems and Yadro Join OpenPOWER Foundation as Platinum Members appeared first on OpenPOWER.

Building an Open Trustworthy Stack: Vereign at OpenPOWER Summit Europe

(OpenPOWER Foundation - 02.11.2018, 13:09) By: Georg Greve, co-founder & president, Vereign I was fortunate enough to speak at this year’s OpenPOWER’s European Summit on behalf of Vereign, a solution to seamlessly add self-sovereign identity, authenticity and privacy to any kind of application or service. My presentation “Identity, Authentication and Privacy for 4 Billion People”… Read more The post Building an Open Trustworthy Stack: Vereign at OpenPOWER Summit Europe appeared first on OpenPOWER.

OS X kernel exploit in ICMP: Power Macs vulnerable?

(TenFourFox Development - 01.11.2018, 08:06) I've been puzzling over this for a couple hours, and without a known working proof of concept (which has not yet been revealed) I'm mostly guessing, but I don't believe that Power Macs are vulnerable to CVE-2018-4407. In a nutshell, the exploit works by sending an abnormal and malicious ICMP packet over a local network to a vulnerable Mac. A vulnerable Mac will attempt to send an error back to the sender with a copy of the abnormal packet header, which has been constructed to be oversize and thus overflows the buffer used for the copy, potentially allowing remote code execution with the contents of the malicious packet. The current and known vulnerable code dates to about OS X Yosemite (warning: long page). In this version additional code was added to compute the length of what to copy and select different types of buffers, and this later revision appears to be missing a critical line from the original BSD source code that would properly limit the length of what was copied. Prior versions of OS X have a diff

The Space Grey Mac mini is too little, too late and too much

(TenFourFox Development - 30.10.2018, 17:40) I've got a stack of G4 minis here, one of which will probably be repurposed to act as a network bridge with NetBSD, and a white C2D mini which is my 10.6 test machine. They were good boxes when I needed them and they still work great, but Apple to its great shame has really let the littlest Mac rot. Now we have the Space Grey mini, ignoring the disappointing and now almost mold-encrusted 2014 refresh which was one step forward and two steps back, starting at $800 with a quadcore i3, 8GB of memory and 128GB of SSD. The pictures on Ars Technica also show Apple's secret sauce T2 chip on-board. If you really, really, really want an updated mini, well, here's your chance. But with all the delays in production and Apple's bizarrely variable loadouts over the years the mini almost doesn't matter anymore and the price isn't cheap Mac territory anymore either (remember that the first G4 Mac mini started at $500 in 2005 and people even complained that was too much). If you want low-end, then you're going to buy a NUC-t

Fedora 29 out

(Talospace - 30.10.2018, 16:51) The IBM merger may be in, but Fedora 29 is out, and it's business as usual at Red Hat with its release today. Fedora is our distro here at Floodgap-Talospace and we'll be updating soon with a review focused on F29 and how it works on the Talos II. Under the Fedora Alternative Architectures are server and "everything" install images for both big-endian ppc64 and ppc64le (though I still believe that ppc64's lifetime is limited on Fedora, and it's highly possible this issuance will be a dead end). You can then immediately download the components to turn these into workstation releases (I did a "quick" dnf install @workstation-product-environment on my own system but you can also go into gory detail). More coverage in Fedora Magazine with update instructions (from F27 to F28, but the same steps will work from F28 to F29). Also announced in parallel: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6.

Working with Caffe framework using PowerAI 1.5.3

(Linux on Power Developer Portal - 30.10.2018, 12:52) Overview PowerAI 1.5.3 supports Caffe as one of Deep learning frameworks. Caffe is the system default version of PowerAI. It actually contains two variations: Caffe BVLC – It contains upstream Caffe 1.0.0 version developed by Berkeley Vision and Learning Center(BVLC) and other community contributors.Berkeley Vision and Learning Center is renamed as BAIR (Berkeley Artificial Intelligence […] The post Working with Caffe framework using PowerAI 1.5.3 appeared first on Linux on Power Developer Portal.

IBM buys Red Hat

(Talospace - 29.10.2018, 00:21) Red Hat has been purchased by IBM in a deal worth US$33.4 billion or approximately US$190/share, well above its Friday closing price of US$116.68. The deal is clearly positioned to diversify IBM away from its stable but slow-growing legacy mainframe line of business, which recently had been the only major portion of the company with a positive showing, and jump-start its ailing cloud offerings. What this means for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), the company's premier enterprise offering, is continued stability for large customers and their service contracts. IBM has always served its large accounts well and this will increase confidence in using IBM server hardware outside of the traditional AIX and Z shops. It also almost certainly indicates an enhanced commitment to RHEL on IBM's POWER hardware, which due to being a Linux on Power partner was already the preferred Linux option on hardware IBM sold directly, and IBM may push RHEL to OpenPOWER hardware customers as a product more strongly in the future. F

Patches needed for Firefox 63

(Talospace - 28.10.2018, 02:19) Unfortunately the most currently available package of Firefox 63 for Fedora 28 ppc64le doesn't even start, but again, it works fine if you build it from source. If you were able to successfully build Firefox 62 with our .mozconfigs, then you will need to install an updated cbindgen (preferably from your package manager, but I actually had to cargo install cbindgen to get a version recent enough that the build system would accept), node.js (?!), and the patches from bug 1494037 and bug 1498938. (The issue with the Fedora package has been filed as Redhat bug 1643729.) Meanwhile, I'm about halfway through the code generator on my task to add a POWER9 JIT to Firefox based on the work in TenFourFox. Going from a G5 to POWER9 is a big jump. Lots of delicious new instructions.

And now for something completely different: Make your radio station Power Mac your recording radio station Power Mac

(TenFourFox Development - 27.10.2018, 08:31) So let's say you've turned your Power Mac into your household radio station. If you're like me and you use the Mac as a repeater to transmit a distant station into your house, you might want to record that audio. Now that Clear Channel iHeartMedia is locking down a lot of their podcasts to their app, for example, you can make an end run around their forcible registration crap by just recording content off the air yourself. My machine uses a RadioSHARK 2 as its repeater source as previously mentioned in our last article on this topic, and if it were simply a matter of recording from that, you could just (duh) use the RadioSHARK's own software for that purpose as designed. But on my machine, I'm using the Shark with my own custom software to tune and play through USB audio; the RadioSHARK software isn't even involved. The easiest way to skin this cat, especially on a stand-alone machine which isn't doing anything else, is just to AppleScript QuickTime and use that to do the recording. Unfortunately most of the

OpenBMC Overview

(Linux on Power Developer Portal - 26.10.2018, 12:32) In this blog, we provide an overview of OpenBMC and its components piece by piece. Overview OpenBMC is a free open source software management Linux distribution that is designed for the embedded environment. Based on Yocto, it consists of the following components: U-boot Linux Kernel Services managed by systemd Systemd All the services are managed […] The post OpenBMC Overview appeared first on Linux on Power Developer Portal.

IBM Advance Toolchain for Linux on Power 12.0-0 released!

(Linux on Power Developer Portal - 25.10.2018, 22:38) A new major release of the IBM Advance Toolchain for Linux on Power is now available: 12.0. Packages in 12.0-0 The Advance Toolchain is a self contained toolchain which isn’t reliant on the base system toolchain. Base toolchain packages: GNU Binutils – 2.30.90-2df836265bd1 online docs Expat XML Parser – 2.2.5-968b8cc46dbe online docs GCC (GNU Compiler […] The post IBM Advance Toolchain for Linux on Power 12.0-0 released! appeared first on Linux on Power Developer Portal.

TenFourFox FPR10 available

(TenFourFox Development - 23.10.2018, 04:01) TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 10 final is now available (downloads, hashes, release notes). This version is live now. Other than outstanding security updates, in this version I also retracted the change (by flipping the pref) for unique data URL origins in issue 525 because of some reported add-on incompatibility. I'm looking at a way add-ons can get around this with their existing code for FPR11, but you're warned: many sites rely on this behaviour to reduce their cross-site scriping surface, and we will have to turn it back on sooner or later. The changes for FPR11 (December) and FPR12 will be smaller in scope mostly because of the holidays and my parallel work on the POWER9 JIT for Firefox on the Talos II. For the next couple FPRs I'm planning to do more ES6 work (mostly Symbol and whatever else I can shoehorn in) and to enable unique data URI origins, and possibly get requestIdleCallback into a releaseable state. Despite the slower pace, however, we will still be tracking the Firefox release schedule

Why go social: Collaborate, learn, and innovate – Footprints outside the firewall

(Linux on Power Developer Portal - 16.10.2018, 09:39) The Open Source Summit North America 2018 in Vancouver, to describe in a few words was a diverse gathering that touched upon all aspects of an open source project and work involved, and more. In the keynotes, Jim Zemmelin talked about how Linux has grown into the most important software platform in the world. To […] The post Why go social: Collaborate, learn, and innovate – Footprints outside the firewall appeared first on Linux on Power Developer Portal.

An Exploration of Large Model Support in PowerAI IBM Caffe

(Linux on Power Developer Portal - 11.10.2018, 04:42) Introduction Large Model Support (LMS) is a feature provided in IBM Caffe that allows the successful training of deep learning models that would otherwise exhaust GPU memory and abort with “out of memory” errors. LMS manages this oversubscription of GPU memory by temporarily swapping tensors to host memory when they are not needed. IBM POWER […] The post An Exploration of Large Model Support in PowerAI IBM Caffe appeared first on Linux on Power Developer Portal.

New POWER9 version of IBM Performance Simulator now available!

(Linux on Power Developer Portal - 04.10.2018, 20:11) A new version of IBM Performance Simulator for Linux on POWER is now available. This version adds support for the POWER9 family of processors. The IBM Performance Simulator processes instruction traces and produces cycle-accurate reports on how those instructions traverse the processor microarchitecture, cycle-by-cycle. In this way, resource bottlenecks and scheduling dynamics can be analyzed […] The post New POWER9 version of IBM Performance Simulator now available! appeared first on Linux on Power Developer Portal.

Distributed Deep Learning on IBM Cloud Private

(Linux on Power Developer Portal - 04.10.2018, 16:25) IBM PowerAI Distributed Deep Learning (DDL) can be deployed directly into your enterprise private cloud with IBM Cloud Private (ICP). This blog post explains how to do that using TCP or InfiniBand communication between the worker nodes. We will use the command line interface, however the Web interface could also be used for most of […] The post Distributed Deep Learning on IBM Cloud Private appeared first on Linux on Power Developer Portal.

IBM Business Partner Testimonials about IBM POWER9

(Linux on Power Developer Portal - 03.10.2018, 21:12) The Developer Portal provides many resources for IBM Business Partners and clients, such as Data Scientists and Academics. This portal gives an in-depth look at the latest IBM technologies such as IBM Cloud Private, Deep Learning and AI, Docker, and open source packages created for Power Systems. There are also resources for you to try […] The post IBM Business Partner Testimonials about IBM POWER9 appeared first on Linux on Power Developer Portal.

Reviving a Non-Responsive 7300/200

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 26.09.2018, 17:45) I am happy to report that the Happy Macs lab is once more fully operational, after a move of 100’s of miles from its old home to its new home. Of the 28 or so computers that were moved, there was only one “casualty” – my cherished Power Macintosh 7300/200. It would be fair to […]

The G5's Hidden Fan

(G5 Center - 04.09.2018, 02:22) Dan Knight has taken Low End Mac to Facebook with some groups there that both over-populate my feed with random old school Mac stuff but also bring great joy to readers and enthusiasts like myself. Definitely subscribe if you are interested. A nugget that crossed my feed this week was this excellent article on how to access the hidden fan on your PowerMac G5. Granted, it's not actually hidden per se, but if you clean your G5, you may miss this one. It's a clever little engineering nugget and a good idea to at least take a look if you are having cooling issues. Read more: http://thehouseofmoth.com/a-little-known-fact-about-the-power-mac-g5-and-what-to-do-with-this-information/ -- Nathan

HappyMacs Gopher Site Back on the Air

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 26.08.2018, 19:44) Progress update from the HappyMacs lab. I am pleased to report that the HappyMacs Gopher site is once more “on the air”. Please visit gopher://happymacs.ddns.net to access a wide ranging library of vintage Macintosh software.

Happy Macs Lab Progress, Mac IIfx and Apple IIgs

(Quadras, Cubes and G5s - 26.08.2018, 02:26) At long last, the corporate relocation that has shuttered the Happy Macs lab for the past six months is finally complete. It has been a long and tortuous process but at last it is done. Our new home has a large and custom-built space in the finished basement that will grow into the Happy Macs […]

Debian PPC Status Update

(PowerPC Liberation - 18.07.2018, 04:44) Earlier this month, the migration of the Debian PPC port from Debian's main archive to the Debian ports archive was completed. The DSAs' shut down of the powerpc buildds on the main archive was a result of the PPC port no longer being a release architecture. With this change, also comes the need to update one's sources.list file. Also keep in mind that if you want to continue running Debian on

Ars Technica takes another trip to the past

(System Folder - 06.07.2018, 20:53) After Andrew Cunningham’s experiment in 2014 with a PowerBook G4 running Mac OS 9.2.2, another tech writer from Ars Technica goes vintage, with an even older, but more fascinating setup: a Macintosh IIsi (introduced in late 1990), running System 7.5.5, and connected to a Macintosh Portrait Display (similar vintage). Back then, I wasn’t particularly satisfied […]

Lame MP3 encoder for Mac PowerPC

(Mac PowerPC - 02.06.2018, 02:56) We mentioned here about how great Audacity is, but we can’t forget to mention that you may need this encoder to convert your projects into MP3. Lame MP3 Encoder 3.100 > Download here > http://lame.sourceforge.net/   Thank you 😀

Quadra 610 Update: Death Chimes

(G5 Center - 31.05.2018, 21:21) This is a short sad post. After the work on the Quadra 610, getting the SCSI2SD card working, and doing a little cleanup, I made a mistake. I left the 610 running by accident over night, sitting at the "It Is Now Safe to Turn Off Your Mac" screen. In the morning, when I went to reboot it, death chimes. I put the Quadra away for now, but it's not looking good. I'll see if some time off revives it, but I am a sad Mac restorer. It's probably motherboard related since I have taken everything off of the motherboard just to see. I'll loop you in if the status changes. -- Nathan

The Quadra 610 Lives

(G5 Center - 15.05.2018, 15:04) Good news - the Quadra 610 lives. And boots. There are still some issues to work through, which I will get to eventually, but my blood, sweat, and broken pieces of plastic might be worth it. Here are a few of my learnings: The case plastic is brittle. I thought I had both a dead cdrom and floppy drive, but after some stubborn attempts, I got the machine to boot off of a Disk Tools floppy. Turns out I needed a working floppy disk that wasn't older than my kids. Apparently, the cdrom drive is dead. After a successful boot, I was happy to see the Quadra has 40MB of RAM. I invested in a SCSI2SD (version 5b) during a sale on eBay. While it was a little tricky to get setup, don't overthink it. Make sure you set the SCSI ID correct, a maximum of 2GB partitions, and don't try to DD an image onto a partition unless you know exactly what you are doing. The Quadra was not booting at all for a while when I plugged in the SCSI interface in, because I had tried to put a Mac OS 7.6.1 cdrom on the first partition i

Back with a surprise

(PowerPC Liberation - 14.05.2018, 07:15) Hello everyone. I hope you have all been well. My apologies for falling off of the face of the earth. It is wild how time flies by. Enough about that though, it is time for the surprise. There will be more details and plans shortly. It has already been quirky but hey, it is a G5 after all. It is good to be back.

Blast from the Past > Anniversary of PowerPC

(Mac PowerPC - 12.05.2018, 20:24) It’s still strange to me that this small blog is actually celebrating 7 years of anniversary.  The original idea was only to post a couple of posts/apps that worked on the PowerPC, but we kept finding more and more out … Continue reading →

FinderPop for MacPowerPC

(Mac PowerPC - 30.04.2018, 20:04) FinderPop 2.5.7 Right in the middle of 2018, I’m doing my standard search for PowerPC apps and found FinderPop which has brought a whole new life to my “pretty” and “powerful” 15 year old Mac computer. FinderPop is a simple, … Continue reading →

Screenium update > 2.1.8

(Mac PowerPC - 25.04.2018, 19:58) Quick note > Great news, after re-checking we found out > Screenium 2.1.8 also works on PowerPC 10.5 😀   Thank you.    

Screenium for Mac PowerPC

(Mac PowerPC - 23.04.2018, 22:31) This week, I found a fantastic app that runs and works great on PowerPC – Leopard! Screenium 1.5 or 2.1.8 is software that allows the user to record what’s happening on the screen. Super convenient if you’re someone with a … Continue reading →