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CronniX

CronniX

CronniX is an Aqua front-end to the powerful Unix tool “cron”. Cron is a Unix system service that allows scheduled execution of scripts, programs, applications – in short anything that can be started from the command line. This includes OSX applications and AppleScripts. The Lirko.Online server used to run on OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) and for a while it was good, but over time I experienced more issues and performance hits. This coupled along with the buggy OS X…

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Leopard Assist

Leopard Assist

When Leopard (OS X 10.5) was released back in 2007 it requited at least a G4 867mhz processor which at that time left a lot of people out of the experience. However, we now know that although it will not install directly it can be ran on any Mac with G4 processor and AGP graphics. This is where LeopardAssist….er….assists! :p Perhaps LeopardAssist looks a little basic on the surface. A few clicks of the mouse is all LeopardAssist needs to…

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The Unarchiver

The Unarchiver

The Unarchiver is a much more capable replacement for “Archive Utility.app”, the built-in archive extraction program on Mac OS X. The Unarchiver is designed to handle many more formats than Archive Utility, and to better fit in with the design of the Finder. It can also handle filenames in foreign character sets, created with non-English versions of other operating systems. It is very simple to use and install – simply copy it into your Applications folder, or whereever else you…

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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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iStat Menus

iStat Menus

iStat Menus is a system monitoring utility by Bjango that has been around for quite some time now and is currently sat at version 5.2. It provides useful extras to your menu bar, enabling you to check CPU resources, temperatures, disk usage and activity, network activity and other internal sensors your Mac, with each menu providing access to even more information when clicked. Version 2.0 was the last free version available for OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and 10.6 (Snow Leopard) released in 2009 Rated…

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Transmission

Transmission

Transmission is the recommended bit torrent client for Mac that I use on a regular basis. It has a clean unobtrusive interface and plenty of features, including a nice web-interface for remote access. Though downloading torrents always carries some risk, it is often the only way to find some of the older software for aging PowerPC Macs. Rated Local Downloads v2.92 for OS X 10.7+ (Latest Version) (4mb)v2.84 for OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) (5mb)v2.42 for OS X 10.5 (Leopard) Intel (4mb)v2.22 for OS X 10.5 (Leopard) PowerPC (4mb)v1.54…

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App Cleaner

App Cleaner

AppCleaner from Freemacsoft is a small application which allows you to thoroughly uninstall unwanted apps. Installing an application distributes many files throughout your System using space of your Hard Drive unnecessarily. AppCleaner finds all these small files and safely deletes them. Simply drop an application onto the AppCleaner window or select from a pre-determined list of installs applications. It will find for the related files and you can delete them by clicking the delete button. I personally use this on all my…

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TenFourFox

TenFourFox

Anyone that knows me, also knows my love for the PowerPC generation of Macs. However, despite their incredible architecture they are getting a bit long-in-the-tooth now and its getting increasingly difficult to keep them up-to-date with modern standards. This is were the excellent TenFourFox browser comes to the rescue. Based on Firefox this finely tuned piece of software with powerful JavaScript, HTML 5 and a Reader mode is an essential addition to your Tiger or Leopard based PPC Mac –…

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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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