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Laptop Photoshoot!

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Toshiba U405 2008 - The trooper. My old main computer.
CPU: 2.4ghz Core 2 Duo
GPU: GMA45
RAM: 3gb (lol odd number)
HDD: 320gb (what is it with these odd numbers?)
OS: Ubuntu 15.10
Battery: Aftermarket. Bad (30 minutes)
Condition: Working (had a water spill, still working!)






Macbook 2008 - DJ computer. My current main.
CPU: 2.4ghz Core 2 Duo
GPU: Intel x3100
RAM: 2gb
HDD: 160gb
OS: Mac OS X 10.6.8
Battery: Unknown. Great! (2 hours)
Condition: Working






iBook G4 2004 - Tough. Used as a DJ audio backup. Used for PPC programming.
CPU: 1.2ghz PowerPC G4
GPU: ATI (something)
RAM: 1.25gb
HDD: 40gb
OS: Mac OS X 10.4.11
Battery: Original. Good (1 hour)
Condition: Working







HP Pavilion ze4900 2004 - My first laptop CPU: 1.4ghz Intel Celeron GPU: unknown RAM: 512mb HDD: unknown OS: None Battery: Original. Not working. Condition: Not working (Bad motherboard, bad LCD inverter)






CTX EZBook Unknown (700/800?) Unknown (1995-6?) - Collectors/Vintage CPU: Unknown (266mhz?) Pentium GPU: Unknown RAM: 64mb HDD…

PorcFest 2016 Teen Rave

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Come visit us on Friday the 24th of June at PorcFest for the Teen Rave! Visit with friends, dance, and enjoy the laser and fog show!


Edward Snowden Skype appearance. #1

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#NHLibertyForum - 2016

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I am here at Liberty Forum 2016 and this happens to be my first. Excited to go to the different talks and uber excited for the Edward Snowden Skype call tomorrow. Will record and take photos and post them here if the news coverage doesn't hog the whole projection screen.


Mac Evolution

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This is just an interesting comparison of all the designs of my macs.

Fronts/tops
1993
2001
 2004
 2008


Open
1993

Best one i could find. 2001 2004

 2008

Macintosh PowerBook 160 (1993) Battery ReCondition

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I have successfully reconditioned the battery on my PowerBook to what I think will be its maximum life span (and probably the last time its ever used by an owner). How did I do it? Simple, zap it with a 20 volt laptop charger. These old PowerBook's had a 6 volt Ni-Cd battery (Ni-Cad) and they would do two bad things in their life; one being the battery gaining the "memory effect" and the other being it just wont charge at all. This was pretty simple to fix because most Ni-Cd batteries work the same. The memory effect is caused when you discharge the battery to a less-than-empty state and then recharge it to full again. It doesn't just happen with one time though, it happens over many cycles of not draining it all the way. After doing so, it seems to think that the point you drain it to is the maximum it can take so it wont discharge past that point (It "memorizes" where you discharge it to). The suggestion from Apple was to discharge the battery all the way…

Mac OS System 7.5.3 Floppies - PowerBook 160 upgrade

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In this post I will describe how I upgraded my PowerBook (With a 40 mb hard drive) to OS 7.5.3. First I will talk about the challenges, then the resources.

Challenges:

Due to the fact that I only had 40 mb to work with, I ran in to a few problems. Using the free 7.5.3 files that Apple Provides, I had to copy the 1 .smi file and 18 .part files to the 40 mb hard drive. This proved to be impossible because, with a system already installed to boot (7.1.0) the space left was only a small 16 mb. Installing the MINIMUM software requires at least 18 mb.

7.5.3 was not in floppy form. It was downloadable in a form that you could put on floppies, but not use it directly from floppies. There was a way around this. If you can find the system 7.5.3 CD for motorola 68k (not PowerPC) there are floppy images on that cd. Those are what I am using and I will provide them for download on my Google Drive.

Mac OS 10.6.8 can not interact with HFS formatted floppies and my iBook G3 with os 10.4.11 can not pro…

1993 PowerBook 160

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I scored an amazing deal for this 1993 laptop on eBay. The seller was exceptional and the item arrived a day early.

Specs:

CPU: Motorola 68k (68030 with no FPU) at 25 Mhz

GPU: no clue. Info on this would be nice.

Hard Drive: 40 mb 2.5" SCSI laptop drive

RAM: 4 mb

Display: passive matrix 640x400 16 greys

Battery Life: about 8 seconds (I counted)

Battery: Original (I am going to try to recondition it)

Unboxing








THE BACK DOOR WAS INTACT! Very rare!