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  • Birthday 06/18/1970

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  1. MacBook!

    Thanks for the heads up! I have an iBook G4 and a Lombard for PowerPC applications, but to be honest it's been years since I have used one of my Macs. The 2 x 2Gb DIMMs from the old Dell laptop worked great. Currently Lion is installed along with Windows 7 Home Premium via BootCamp. I'm going to have to put the 500GB hard drive in the MacBook though. I assigned 35GB out of the original 80GB drive to Windows but it's down to about 5GB free after installing 200+ updates and installing some of the software I use for development. After seeing how little free space was left I didn't bother installing the remainder of the software. Installing a larger hard drive will allow me to have multiple Mac OS X partitions as well as a larger Windows partition. I saw some posts on other sites about installing newer versions of Mac OS X but would like to have a version installed that needs no fiddling with to work.
  2. MacBook!

    The power supply works and the laptop battery and Mac OS 10.6 is installed. It does run a bit warm though. Given that it still has the original memory and hard drive it probably needs to be taken apart and cleaned out.
  3. MacBook!

    I have 2 x 2GB in an older Dell laptop that I want to try. If that doesn't work the memory kits on eBay are pretty cheap. I have ordered a power supply for it that should be here tomorrow. Can't wait to get it so I can do a proper install of Mac OS 10.6. Will upgrade to 10.7 after that. There is also a 500Gb hard drive waiting to be installed depending on how well the MacBook runs.
  4. MacBook!

    The blue tape is there to keep a screw that I found when I removed the battery until I figure out where it came from. The laptop on the bottom is a ThinkPad T500 for comparison.
  5. MacBook!

    I found a MacBook on Craig's list for $20. Picked it up this morning and it looks like a laptop that cost $20. It's a late 2006 Model with the original 1gb memory and 80GB hard drive with 10.6.8 installed. I'll need to get a power supply for it since it didn't come with one. The bottom case is cracked and the palm rest exhibits the typical cracking of the edges common to MacBooks of this era. Mac OS X needs to be reinstalled since it is missing things like system preferences, system information, etc.
  6. iPhone 4

    Considering I don't normally use iOS devices it's an easy mistake to make. I thought she had that phone for a long time - apparently not as long as I thought. The main reason I wanted to keep the phone was to become more familiar with a more recent version of iOS. That way I can be at least somewhat informed when she is having issues with her iPhone 6.
  7. iPhone 4

    iOS 9 is occasionally sluggish on the phone and is quite different than 4.2.1 on my old iPod touch. 9.3.4 is as high as it Will go.
  8. iPhone 4

    After my mother-in-law dealt with a flaky iPhone 4 for way too long we finally upgraded her to an iPhone 8 Plus and I got to keep her old phone. No cracks or scratches and is running iOS 9.3.5 Way too tiny for my big fingers. I attempted to use it for iTunes but apparently things have changed since I last used my extremely old iPod Touch 2nd generation - attempting to play an album will play part of a song or open Apple Music and not play any other tracks. It's tempting to try to use it as a phone but given the issues she was having with the phone I may have to pass.
  9. May have to try this - I had a DVD Combo drive in my iBook G4 1.33ghz 12" and managed to find a SuperDrive from an iBook G4 14". After the swap it wouldn't mount any discs either. I have no interest at the moment to disassemble it yet again to swap it back right now...
  10. Chromebook

    That could probably be said for any computer manufacturer, not just Acer. I can recall several Dell, HP and Gateway laptops in the past that I have worked on that had issues with the hinges and others that were prone to motherboard failures. No laptop flambes on this end yet. Now as far as recent laptops, the Chromebook and an Aspire model that was bought for a sales guy at work are the most recent models I have worked with. The Aspire seemed nice enough but I haven't used it long enough to see how well it would work. They have also bought several HP Stream 13 laptops for the sales people to use while they are at trade shows to allow them to remote into their workstation. They love them - just the right size and weight. Since the sales guys don't work locally the 32GB storage is just fine for them.
  11. Chromebook

    The Chromebook has been retired. It has been too unstable to run reliably for any length of time. The hard drive went to a machine that needed one. I did find a distribution of Chromium OS called CloudReady that works very well on an old Gateway Pentium dual-core laptop with 2GB RAM. No crashes yet! When I have the time I may take another look at it but for now I'm good leaving it where it is.
  12. Chromebook

    I may have to try AOSP. Even the beta version of Chrome OS is unstable on this little beastie. At this point I'm not too sure what else I can do to get it to work. Target practice is mighty tempting.
  13. Chromebook

    After having issues with the screen not waking from sleep with 3GB of memory, I removed the 1GB memory stick. It made things worse. After many random reboots and crashes I have switched it to the beta channel. So far go good (crossing my fingers)!
  14. Chromebook

    The older ones were more expandable than the newer ones. From the reviews I have read on this one it appeared to be a converted Windows model of sorts. While it makes it expandable (there is a large panel on the bottom with access to 2 dimm slots and the hard drive) there are some trade-offs: 1) An older Celeron 847 that runs at 1.1ghz with no turbo option. 2) A fan is needed for the processor. 3) While the memory is upgradable it isn't low-voltage. 4) That battery life is average. With a full charge it lasts about 3 hours. A replacement battery may help here. 5) The hard drive - while spacious - isn't as fast as a SSD would be. Tempted to buy a cheap one to put in. 6) For Chrome OS a 320GB hard drive is overkill. Newer Intel-based Chromebooks have much longer battery life and run much faster. However the memory and storage are soldered to the motherboard and can't be upgraded. I've been using it since last Friday and so far I like it a lot. For browsing it works well enough, but on occasion browser tabs will crash. Adding memory helped in that regard.
  15. Chromebook

    I managed to bump it up to 3GB with a spare stick of memory. They still occur but not as frequently.