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These are the Macs or associated hardware that I have owned at one time or another, with most still in use today.

iPad 3

iPad 3

The iPad 3, or ‘iPad 3rd Generation’, or ‘iPad with Retina Display’….depends on who you talk to, was my first iPad bought in 2012 a week after its initial release for a way overpriced £560 (White 64gb wifi only version). The iPad was blazingly fast with great graphic capabilities that I spent a lot of time using. During this time there were a lot of great games to play on the App Store; Field Runners, Tiny Wings, Modern Combat (a great…

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PowerMac G5 Update #2: Ram Upgrade

PowerMac G5 Update #2: Ram Upgrade

I managed to source 8gb of Crucial branded PC2-4200 ram for £15 from eBay. Installation was quick, with an easy removal of the fans near the ram slots with a gentle tug. After a few minutes the machine was booted up and very quick to use. Using Photoshop, Indesign and some games really was a better experience with the additional ram.

PowerMac G5 Update #1: Fitting a new Hard Disk

PowerMac G5 Update #1: Fitting a new Hard Disk

Fitting an old 1tb drive inside the Mac was relatively straight forward. However, I discovered that the Mac could not see the drive as it was limited to 150MB/sec speed drives and the Western Digital Green drive I used did not auto-fallback to this speed. The drive has that rate disabled by default, therefore it can’t be seen unless you enable the 150 MB/sec rate on the disk. One does this by jumpering pins 5-6. Unfortunately, the drive did not come with…

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PowerMac G5 2.0 Dual Core (Late 2005)

PowerMac G5 2.0 Dual Core (Late 2005)

I’ve always had a fond affection for the PowerPC based macs; maybe due to their design or maybe just because an eMac G4 was my first mac? 🙂 A recent impulse purchase on eBay has landed me with a PowerMac G5 2.0Ghz Dual Core (Late 2005) for a measly 40 of my British pounds! On arrival the box was heavy and huge. Inside was a 3 inch thick layer of heavy duty bubble wrap surrounding another box within which was…

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iMac (20-inch Late 2006)

iMac (20-inch Late 2006)

My first iMac… Bought in 2007 as an upgrade to my aging eMac, the Core2Duo iMac was a fantastic machine, with a great styling, a crisp screen and plenty of power to boot. This Mac served as my main machine for many years for web design, publishing and plenty of gaming. Originally installed with OS X Tiger (10.4) it was eventually upgraded to my favorite of all OS flavors…Snow Leopard (10.6)! I know some other owners have complained about graphic…

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iBook G4 (Mid 2005)

iBook G4 (Mid 2005)

My first Mac laptop was purchased from a friend in 2006 for roughly £400. This was the top-of-the range iBook available at the time so I considered this somewhat of a bargain. It was quite heavy for a laptop compared to modern macbooks, but the iBook was a nice snappy machine. Both Tiger and then Leopard ran lovely on this machine with most of its lifespan spent playing Warcraft III and Diablo 2! The only negative criticism I can direct…

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eMac (2002)

eMac (2002)

This was the first Mac I bought in 2005 at a cost of a whopping £140! The Emac was installed with Tiger (10.4) and was a heavy beast. It ran smooth, with a fantastic crisp CRT screen and powerful inbuilt speakers. It was the eMac that pulled me away from Windows… Processor: PowerPC 7450 (G4) – 700Mhz Benchmark Score: 353 Storage: 40GB (upgraded to 200GB) Media: 32x SuperDrive (Upgraded to a DVD-Writer) OS: Mac OS X 10.4.11 Memory: 256mb PC-133…

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