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  1. I'm very jealous!! Once this pandemic subsides a bit (will it ever be 100% over?), we should meet up so I can see all these marvelous tots of yours in person! I guess I'll have to settle for pictures for now... c
  2. Can these be reverse engineered and re-implemented somehow? I ask because, since the newfound supply of these is finite and will likely run out sooner than later, this seems like it would be an excellent opportunity to reverse engineer them without sacrificing working logic boards. c
  3. Ouch! That price isn't negotiable? c
  4. Very neat indeed! If 2020, an otherwise miserable year, brought us anything good, it's a plethora of newly reverse-engineered clones of these otherwise hard to find and very desirable upgrades! c
  5. 68080? Does such a chip even exist??!! I thought Motorola cut it off at '060? c
  6. About the only thing I can think of that's worse is a nuclear winter 2021 can only be better, most likely not at first, but eventually. c
  7. This is a neat project! I wonder if something similar could be designed for more modern CPUs, such as the Core2 Duo, Athlon, etc., as I have many of those floating around loosely (the C2Ds don't have pins, so bending isn't an issue, but they can still be damaged via ESDs and such). c
  8. I don't think I've seen that particular kind of distortion on a Compact before! c
  9. I have a Ti-89! And - surprise - I used it for calculus 1/2/3 (those three classes were among the hardest I'd ever taken!) Programming it is a big chore, too. The fact that it has a 68000 is pretty neat, though. I had forgotten about that! c
  10. Plus, with these LCDs no longer being made, finding unaffected replacements is going to be come increasingly difficult and expensive, to the point where replacing the polarizer is worth the inconvenience. c
  11. @joshc The eMac and iMac G5, I believe, were affected by the industry-wide capacitor plague of 2001-2008 (Dell is well known as being among the hardest hit, especially from 2004-2007, but Apple got hit too). Otherwise, it seems that most Macs from the beige G3 onward are still in fairly good shape cap wise, though models built before 2000 (basically all G3s and early G4s) should be monitored somewhat closely, because any caps in those are likely reaching the end of their normal lifespans soon. c
  12. Ah, I didn't even consider AMD! Yes, AMD was definitely also ahead of Intel. However, per the linked benchmark, the G5 was definitely on top, with AMD slightly ahead in a couple areas; and only with the base G5 at that (the Pentium 4, of course, was consistently among the slowest despite having one of the highest clock speeds; only the 3.06 GHz dual Xeon held its own, slightly beating the 2.5GHz MP G5 on the Cinebench 2003 benchmark). That was only in 2004, though. c
  13. @360alaska Agreed. It's easy to criticize the G5 as a hot running, inefficient, power hungry beast of a CPU with relatively poor performance-per-watt when comparing it to anything remotely modern, but it's actually fairly competitive compared to most contemporary Intel CPUs (particularly earlier Netburst CPUs), which I think people tend to forget nowadays. This was especially true in 2003 and early 2004, when the G5 was new. However, they did age pretty badly, and by mid 2005 or so, Intel surpassed the G5 by quite a bit in terms of speed and efficiency. By 2006, the writing was
  14. Well, the flyback itself may be (at least until some enterprising rich person decides to either clone it), but in the meantime, you should be able to part out the PSU/AB of an otherwise working iMac whose plastics are shattered (which, sadly, are relatively common)? It probably wouldn't last like a new part would, but it should last long enough for your friend to enjoy it. c
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