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About JDW

  • Birthday 02/25/1971

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    Aichi-ken, Japan
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    Church, family, travel around Japan, Mac computing, graphic design, web design, photography, videography, Newton 2100 PDA, System 6 fun on an SE/30

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  1. JDW

    PowerBook 520c keyboard

    I'd like to see a photo of yours if different from the one below...
  2. JDW

    PowerBook 520c keyboard

    The most fascinating part is you actually WANT one of these keyboards! It's fascinating because even many Japanese here in Japan don't. Even the people who do want one don't use it as a JIS keyboard! Apple Japan has therefore long offered both the JIS and the US keyboards. The only reason to have a JIS keyboard is if you lack the knowledge of Roman entry. Meaning, to generate the character か with the Roman entry method you must type "ka" while Kotoeri is active and in the Hiragana entry mode. It's drop dead easy and most Japanese know it, and it's actually faster than trying to type the actual か character on a JIS keyboard by pressing the key with か printed on it. If you use the Roman entry method for Japanese, there is no meaning whatsoever to have all those Hiragana characters showing on the keys. It only clutters up the keyboard. Some people like it for sentimental reasons, perhaps. But I personally loath them because I want a clean look and because I type Japanese using the Roman entry method. Yes, δΈ€ is pronounced "ichi" and stands for number 1. It is not on the JIS keyboard only because there's no space to print it on the keys. Again, if you look at the JIS keyboards, there's just too much going on. There's too much white silkscreen on each key. Simple is best. The US keyboard keeps it simple and even most Japanese like that. My wife is Japanese. Years ago I asked her why she doesn't use the JIS keyboard entry method even though most Japanese PCs have hiragana on the keyboards and she told me exactly what I just described to you. Keep in mind there are only 26 letters in English, but 46 Hiragana. It's all about entry speed and productivity. Another interesting point is that programming is done in English -- Roman characters. Nobody programs a computer in Japanese Hiragana, Kanji or Katakana. So programmers here in Japan have no need of a JIS keyboard either. Lastly, one of the biggest improvements to the overall Mac experience for us dual-language users was MacOS X. In MacOS 9 and earlier, your UI language was locked. You couldn't switch on the fly between a Japanese and English UI. Some programs like Quark Xpress (DTP app) and Softpress Freeway 3 (web design app) had a UI language switcher built in for OS 9. Freeway didn't have it, but I thought the concept in Quark was great so I worked with Softpress to get it implemented in Freeway 3. It's a forgotten gem now that we all use OS X, but it was groundbreaking back in the OS 9 days. I still remember a Tokyo Macworld where I offered a passer-by a demo. He tried to brush me off by saying he couldn't understand Japanese, and then I told him I had something special to show. I remember the look on his face when I switched the UI to English! He apparently was a journalist because he wrote up his story on tidbits, which is still found on the web today here: https://tidbits.com/2001/03/05/impressions-of-macworld-tokyo-2001/ Keyword search that Tidbits article for "smooth operators" to jump to the right spot.
  3. Thank you for the feedback. Seems like all of you use the expensive Excell version. I was actually hoping someone in our midst had experience with the lower cost (but by no means "cheap) A21PX version. When buying multiple batteries, especially when shipping outside the USA, price matters!
  4. I need to replace a couple PRAM batteries in my 512k machines. Have any of you made a purchase recently? I see this EN133A/523 on Amazon for $6.60 + $1.99 shipping. You will also find an "Excell" brand for a higher price. To me, even $6.60+$1.99 is rather expensive. I'm curious if there's a quality difference. Most likely they are both made in China, but even in China the quality can vary. Thanks.
  5. JDW

    SE/30 PDS Adapter Epic Blunder

    That keyword "slowly" indicates "no fix in sight." Is there a forum thread on the topic where we can contribute to accelerating the pace of that much needed fix?
  6. JDW

    SE/30 PDS Adapter Epic Blunder

    I've shipped a lot of int'l packages during my 25 years in Japan, so you have me very curious as to what label it was they complained about. BTW, I never get any email notifications of replies to this thread, despite the "Notify me of replies" switch below my reply being green and check-marked. Am I the only one who has to manually visit this thread every day to see if somebody replied?
  7. For those interested, especially you, @Alex, I just posted a detailed reply on this very topic to "Tom2112Tom" in the Comments section under my newly uploaded FAN VIDEO here.
  8. JDW

    SE/30 PDS Adapter Epic Blunder

    @Bolle I just wanted to follow-up to confirm if you've received your batch of chips yet from @joethezombie? It's not a problem if you've been busy. Just curious what you found.
  9. JDW

    Color Classic Fan

    Thanks, Crutch. So basically you connected the Fan's RED wire to +12v and the BLK wire to GND, and I assume you spliced/soldered those two wires onto a stub of the existing Color Classic fan wires, since the way that fan seems to work is by pressing that 2-pin connector against a mating connector on the motherboard. Curious... Why did you choose the FLX over PWM? The PWM is slightly faster at 2200rpm. The FLX is only 2000rpm. That stands in comparison to the 60x25mm versions which are 3000rpm (and still very quiet).
  10. JDW

    Color Classic Fan

    Can any of you Color Classic owners confirm if the stock fan is 80x25mm and runs at 12V? Also, is the fan 2-wire or 3-wire? Lastly, if there is anything that would impede the easy replacement with a modern 80x25mm fan, please let me know. Thank you!
  11. JDW

    Mac Classic FAN

    Thank you for the confirmation. I purchased the Noctua NF-A4x25 PWM for use in Compact Macs, which does not include the special pass-thru connector for the 4-pin HDD power plug. It's easy to solder 2 wires, so connection wasn't an issue on my SE/30 analog board. I wrote to Noctua prior to my purchase and asked why the current consumption of the PWM version is less than the NF-A4x24 FLX, and all they said is: "because the motor is different." For that reason alone, I chose the PWM. Whether PWM or FLX, it's only 2-wire connection in the SE or SE/30. I have no idea if noise levels are different though, but both the PWM and FLX run at the same 3000rpm max fan speed. Anyway, thank you!
  12. JDW

    Mac Classic FAN

    Based on the photo of a Mac Classic below, I'm guessing the stock fan in the Classic & Classic II must be 60mm x 25mm like the SE & SE/30, but can anyone confirm this? I assume it's a 2-wire fan that doesn't use PWM. THANKS!
  13. Polypropylene (PP)? Can you please post a link to that exact part on Mouser? If not, what is the exact part number? I want to see the datasheet for it. Thanks.
  14. Replaced them with what, specifically? For that is the very topic of this thread.