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 Forum: Apple/Mac   Topic: Macrumours account SUSPENDED for defending Chinese employees...

Posted: 04 Aug 2018, 11:35 

Replies: 0
Views: 6139


I posted a thread on Macrumours forums following the announcement that Apple was a trillion dollar company. See exact transcript below

Time for Apple to Build their own Production Factory in China

With the announcement that Apple is valued at a Trillion dollars it has to be high time they reviewed their manufacturing policies currently contracting out to Foxconn and Pegatron. In these sweat shops the iPhone amongst other Apple products are manufactured. It is well documented the appalling conditions in which the employees work and live

So Apple you are making all this money upon the back of 'slave labour'.

With all these finances at their disposal is it not high time that Apple build their own production Factory in China where conditions for employees can be constantly monitored.

Within hours of posting this thread I received the following message from a Macrumours moderator
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So it would seem that Macrumours condone the mistreatment of Human Beings.


Latest email sent to MacRumours

"As a regular contributor to MacRumours providing other members with 'helpful' advice I feel I have been unfairly treated regarding my 'opinion' to which I am entitled regarding my views on Apple manufacturing practices at Foxconn. I was merely exercising my entitlement to 'freedom of speech'.
In denying me my right to speak it would indicate that MacRumours condone the poor conditions in which the employees of Foxconn are expected to live and work whilst assembling Apple products.
MacRumours are all too quick to release posts relating to subjects such as Apple becoming a Trillion Dollar Company or Apple Opening an expensive new store but mention nothing of the dubious supply chain. It would seem MacRumours are ignoring the issue and sweeping the subject under the carpet.
MacRumours reporting lacks transparency in this area.
Your thoughts and I would appreciate more than a generic response


As of yet there has been no response.

 Forum: Apple/Mac   Topic: Dropbox have now ditched support for some older OS X releases

Posted: 17 Jan 2018, 16:44 

Replies: 0
Views: 4746

"We're reaching out to let you know that Dropbox no longer supports the following operating systems: OS X 10.6, OS X 10.7 and OS X 10.8. The minimum supported operating systems OS X 10.9 or later.

Since one or more of your computers was recently running the Dropbox desktop application on one of these operating systems, you have been signed out of the Dropbox desktop application on those computer(s). Unsupported computers will no longer be able to access the Dropbox desktop application and/or send and receive Dropbox file updates.

Don’t worry – your files haven't gone anywhere. To continue using the Dropbox desktop application you can update your operating system by consulting the Apple website. If you're unable to update your operating system, you can continue to access your files through the Dropbox website ( or other supported devices.

If you have multiple computers running the Dropbox desktop application, you can visit your Dropbox account settings to view which of your devices are still linked to Dropbox.

For more information, please visit our help center.

- The Dropbox Team"

So thats ANOTHER app gone.

 Forum: Linux   Topic: Xtra-PC: A Scam for those with Little or No Computer Experience

Posted: 10 Jan 2018, 09:19 

Replies: 0
Views: 5163

Xtra-PC: A Scam for those with Little or No Computer Experience

 Forum: Linux   Topic: Ubuntu....After 7 long years a decent Distro. again

Posted: 24 Nov 2017, 01:04 

Replies: 0
Views: 4513

Ubuntu is back! No more Unity!

Just installed Ubuntu 17.10 in a Parallels Desktop virtual environment and its mighty impressive with the Gnome 3 Desktop Environment. Gone is the resource hogging Frankenstein Unity Desktop Environment and its snappy again making it a joy to work with for the first time since Ubuntu 10.10

Welcome back Ubuntu

Time to Celebrate :thumbsup:

 Forum: Apple/Mac   Topic: Entering Hackintosh Territory to install macOS High Sierra on a Mac.....

Posted: 10 Nov 2017, 00:25 

Replies: 0
Views: 4556

.....There is no conceivable reason why macOS High Sierra cannot run on some older Macs. The specifications shape up to the basic requirements but Apple in their wisdom deem selected machines to be too old to support the installation of macOS High Sierra or macOS Sierra.

This a critical situation as support for Yosemite has all but ended and the same will apply to El Capitan twelve months from now. My early 2008 24" iMac falls in to that catch zone as it cannot 'officially' run anything past El Capitan.

There is an excellent 'Hack' available in patchers for both Sierra and High Sierra written by dosdude1 and are available to download

Both work brilliantly on some older Macs otherwise unsupported by Apple. There is an issue where some wifi cards are not supported. This was the case with my early 2008 24" iMac but was fortunate to source a supported wifi card from a dead late 2009 iMac and just swapped it over. Solved.

So my early 2008 24" iMac is now dual booting Sierra and High Sierra with a significant performance improvement than when it was running El Capitan.

On to my late 2009 21.5" iMac it was a painful and hair pulling experience installing macOS High Sierra which Apple claim is supported.

As in one of my earlier posts it required going round the houses to get High Sierra on a supported machine.

1) Installed macOS High Sierra Public Beta in a virtual environment using VMware Fusion 8.5

2) Once installed shut down the macOS High Sierra Public Beta virtual machine.

3) Mounted the virtual image using Paragon VMDK Mounter.

4) Cloned the mounted image to a physical partition using Carbon Copy Cloner 4

Might as well build a Hackintosh!!!

 Forum: Apple/Mac   Topic: Advisory if you are thinking of upgrading to VMware Fusion 10

Posted: 09 Nov 2017, 19:53 

Replies: 0
Views: 4524

VMware Fusion 10 has a specific set of Hardware Requirements which excludes early Intel Processors such as the Intel Core 2 Duo

 Forum: Linux   Topic: Feral Port Codemasters F1 2017 Game to macOS and Linux

Posted: 05 Nov 2017, 22:53 

Replies: 0
Views: 4393

Feral Port Codemasters F1 2017 Game to macOS and Linux

2017 marks a turning point where the Codemasters F1 Game has been ported to macOS and Linux. The guys at Feral have been busy.

Feral made the surprise move in porting F1 2015 to Linux no doubt testing the waters to see if there was sufficient interest generated in a major gaming title on the Linux platform. Apparently the result was a resounding yes with Feral following up with F1 2017 for Linux.

 Forum: Windows 10   Topic: Microsoft's Windows 10 breaches data protection law, say Dutch regulator

Posted: 13 Oct 2017, 18:54 

Replies: 3
Views: 4236

Microsoft's Windows 10 breaches data protection law, say Dutch regulator ... regulator/

 Forum: Apple/Mac   Topic: mid 2007 24" iMac MAJOR RESULT

Posted: 07 Sep 2017, 21:09 

Replies: 1
Views: 3516

Remarkable thing happened today a customer turned up with two 24" iMacs. Their main machine was a late 2008 model and the backlight on the Display had failed. Along with that they also brought along a mid 2007 model that was working perfectly. The customer asked if I could change the Displays over so they could continue using their late 2008 model.

This is where the good news begins. It was a straight swap. Telephoned my customer two hours later to tell them I had successfully switched the displays over and they came to my workshop to collect.

This now meant the mid 2007 24" iMac no longer had a functioning Display otherwise working perfectly I was told I could KEEP IT ... specs.html

A mid 2007 24" iMac for FREE I couldn't believe my luck. Had a bit of spare time on my hands this afternoon so I hooked it up to a 22" BENQ External Display placed a 250GB 7200RPM Hard Drive in it and installed OS X Snow Leopard. It literally flies on 4GB DDR2 RAM.

MAJOR RESULT :thumbup:

OH and the built in speakers sound AMAZING :eek:

 Forum: Apple/Mac   Topic: STRUCK GOLD with an early 2008 15" MacBook Pro !!!!!

Posted: 03 Sep 2017, 19:03 

Replies: 0
Views: 4400

Always keeping a eye open on eBay for a bargain once again I have struck gold just like it happened with the late 2009 21.5" iMac which is now my daily machine maxed out to the hilt.

This time an early 2008 15" MacBook Pro with an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.50GHz PENRYN CPU sold as spares/repairs and its an easy fix. In great condition and for just £39.79 including postage. (Original Price $2499.00) ... specs.html

Repair and Install OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan to a Seagate SSHD.

I call that a good eBay search :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin:

 Forum: Hardware   Topic: KEEP IT BACKED UP !

 Post subject: KEEP IT BACKED UP !
Posted: 31 Aug 2017, 15:59 

Replies: 0
Views: 4789


Lost count of the number of times I have advised customers to Back up their Important Data. Storing a record of your life on a mechanical Hard Drive is a risky business indeed.

Precious Wedding and Holiday photographs are immediately gone should the Hard Drive they are stored on suffer a catastrophic failure. Had a customer come to me with a ten year old MacBook complete with the original Hard Drive which was clicking. Clearly on its last legs I asked the customer if they had their precious data Backed Up and was horrified to find they hadn't.

Fortunately I had a cheap USB 2.0 Caddy available. Inserted a 250GB Hard Drive and immediately began and successfully completed a Time Machine Back Up.

I still don't think the customer realises how close they were to heartbreaking catastrophe.

 Forum: Linux   Topic: Richard Stallman: Brilliant Philosopher or Arrogant Idealist ?

Posted: 20 Aug 2017, 23:39 

Replies: 1
Views: 3330

Richard Stallman: Brilliant Philosopher or Arrogant Idealist ?

Richard Stallmall's belief in FOSS is without question and has done much in the past not least the GNU project and FSF (Free Software Foundation). He has sat numerous interviews purveying his beliefs refusing to budge. He scorns the likes of Linux Mint and Ubuntu for making Linux available to a wider audience by including proprietary software in their package.

But he is also arrogant and refuses to accept there can be a counter argument especially over the copyleft philosophy a prime example being the Brian Aker exchange regarding MySQL and GPL in 2009

The question is Has Richard Stallman lost touch with Linux in its current form. Is the FOSS argument valid these days as it has been in the past. The blunt truth is the likes of Linux Mint and Ubuntu would fail on all levels if they relied on FOSS alone.

 Forum: Linux   Topic: Why do modern mainstream Linux distributions have so much bloat?

Posted: 17 Aug 2017, 11:56 

Replies: 1
Views: 3193

There can be no doubt that openSUSE Leap 42.3 is mighty impressive Linux distribution but like so many other big players in the Linux world it is full of bloat. KDE Plasma is impressive but system resouces take a severe it. Much the same can be said of Cinammon on Linux Mint and Unity on Ubuntu.

So why do modern mainstream Linux distributions have so much bloat?

Before I go any further with this I will submit that most Linux distributions I run are in a virtual environment. That being said there should be little or no bearing on performance as I allocate more than sufficient resources to the virtual machine (2 CPU's, 10GB RAM). Now heres the rub Windows 7 runs with ease complete with Aero enabled. So there is no reason to expect modern mainstream Linux distributions to be any different.

Yes there are tradeoff lighter desktop environments such as LXDE but there was a time compromises were not necessary. Releases such as openSUSE with KDE 3.5, Ubuntu 10.10 and Linux Mint 10 with Gnome 2 ran fine in a virtual environment on just a fraction of the allocated resouces.

It would seem in an attept to appeal to a wider audience the performance of mainstream Linux distributions has taken a significant hit and its damn frustrating.

 Forum: Apple/Mac   Topic: Succesful installation of macOS High Sierra Public Beta FINALLY but a weird way of going about it. Worth reading.....

Posted: 14 Aug 2017, 15:53 

Replies: 1
Views: 3383

..... For some time now I have been attempting without success to install macOS High Sierra Public Beta on my late 2009 21.5" iMac. Each time the installer was throwing up an error verifying firmware message. Probably no great surprise the amount of tinkering around it has had (Intel Core 2 Duo CPU upgrade from 3.06GHz to 3.33GHz, maxed out 16gb RAM and two 1TB Seagate SSHD's) not exactly Apple specification :devil:

Plenty of hair pulling and frustration I thought I would give it another bash but using a very different method.

1) Installed macOS High Sierra Public Beta in a virtual environment using VMware Fusion 8.5

2) Once installed shut down the macOS High Sierra Public Beta virtual machine.

3) Mounted the virtual image using Paragon VMDK Mounter.

4) Cloned the mounted image to a physical partition using Carbon Copy Cloner 4

Viola :eek: IT WORKED

 Forum: Windows 10   Topic: Windows 10 The potential 'gotcha' has reared its ugly head just two years following the 'forced upgrade'

Posted: 17 Jul 2017, 07:35 

Replies: 3
Views: 4078

"An entire generation of PCs, most only three or four years old, are now unable to receive new feature updates to Windows 10. If Microsoft doesn't deliver a patch within the next six to nine months, those PCs could be cut off from security fixes." ... -some-pcs/

Citing a paragraph in the Windows 10 EULA the article attempts to explain the following with as usual no apology from the number one Microsoft puppet "A device may not be able to receive updates if the device hardware is incompatible, lacking current drivers, or otherwise outside of the Original Equipment Manufacturer's ("OEM") support period."

Furthermore in January of this year Microsoft withdrew their claim "Microsoft Warns Windows 7 Is Dangerous To Use" ... ede2d9ecdb

This was clearly a tactic used by Microsoft in attempting consumers to upgrade to Windows 10 whilst the option was free following its launch.

Thus far Microsoft have declined to issue any statement regarding security updates past the next Windows 10 Creators Update due in the Autumn for Laptops and PC's older than three years old.

This has to be the most blatant example of planned obsolescence.

 Forum: Windows 10   Topic: ZDNET Reviewers hate Win10S

Posted: 28 Jun 2017, 08:53 

Replies: 1
Views: 2698

Windows 10 S is in fact a rehash of RT.

 Forum: Apple/Mac   Topic: macOS 10.13 High Sierra installation frustrations

Posted: 07 Jun 2017, 20:31 

Replies: 0
Views: 4488

Tried installing macOS 10.13 High Sierra on the trusty Late 2009 iMac which resulted in a Firmware error so could no further. Managed to install it on Parallels Desktop 12 which involved some hacking. The downside as with all Mac releases no display acceleration in a virtual environment.

 Forum: XP   Topic: What would they have you do dump a perfectly good PC!

Posted: 26 May 2017, 00:14 

Replies: 3
Views: 4728

Very unusual indeed for Windows to accept multiple Hardware changes. I would say you had a bit of a result there.

I have a Pentium 4 HT machine with 2GB RAM flying running Lubuntu 17.04 a true testament to the power of Linux.

 Forum: XP   Topic: What would they have you do dump a perfectly good PC!

Posted: 25 May 2017, 22:26 

Replies: 3
Views: 4728

Just today I had an elderly customer that refused to change his operating system because Microsoft had taken it upon themselves to end support. Yes my customer and many like him do have a very valid point.

The piece below further cements the arrogance of the Microsoft puppet and not painting the complete picture.

Can I upgrade my old Pentium 4 PCs to a new Windows? ... pc-windows

Andy Roberts
"Windows XP support is ending as part of Microsoft's standard software lifecycle, and Microsoft has stepped up its warnings over the past year. But I don't think you should be incensed, because you've had a very good deal. Dell and HP probably paid Microsoft about $45 each for these copies of XP, and if they bundled crapware with the operating system, you paid somewhat less. In return, you have had 10 or 12 years' use, three major updates -- Service Pack 1 (in 2002), SP2 (2004) and SP3 (2008) -- plus new browsers and other free programs such as the Windows Live Suite. However, in the 12 years since you bought your Dell, you haven't paid Microsoft a penny, so threatening to withdraw your custom isn't going to cut much ice.

I'll be amazed if any other operating system that came out around the same time as XP -- Mac OS X 10.1 (Puma), IBM OS/2 4.52, Novell NetWare 6.0 etc -- still gets free support. Apple has not only shipped eight versions of Mac OS X since then, it has dumped PowerPC for Intel chips. The Ubuntu version of Linux hadn't even been launched: it first appeared three years after XP"

 Forum: Computer Stuff   Topic: Defending the individuals right to run older software.....

Posted: 22 May 2017, 18:32 

Replies: 1
Views: 3099

People and organisations run older software for a variety of reasons.

Major organisations such as the NHS here in the UK have highly specialised software specifically designed to run on XP. The cost of upgrading across the board would run in to billions of pounds. The NHS is hugely under funded by the UK Government therefore any budget allocated is immediately directed to other more crucial resources yet the NHS has come under venomous attack from some who are unaware of the facts.

Obviously the catalyst for this has been Wannacrypt and the attacks on users of older software have been both brutal and distasteful. The vulnerable have been targeted by some in the media. Most notably those who cannot afford new Hardware and even more vile the elderly. Although not stereotyping there many elderly people who are more than satisfied with their running XP on an old PC and should not be victimised for doing so.

 Forum: XP   Topic: Wannacrypt - XP users under a vicious attack from the media.

Posted: 22 May 2017, 12:05 

Replies: 1
Views: 3684

Wannacrypt has been a Massive wake up call for many in the industry threatening Windows versions across the board (including Windows 10).

Windows XP users have come under vicious attack for continuing to use the system from parts of the media. (ZDNet being the major culprit)

Jason Perlow was particularly obnoxious with this cheap and vicious article

Upgrade already! If you're still using Windows XP, you're a menace to society. And, if you're an IT pro with decision-making capacity in an organization that continues to use XP, you should be fired. ... o-society/

Here in the UK the National Health Service is massively under funded. Upgrading to Windows 10 would be relatively cheap compared to rewriting the highly specialised software designed to run on XP. It would cost Billions to implement. Only the UK Government can determine the upgrade timescale.

Of course I am not permitted to comment on this article (which would be scathing) following being banned for a heated disagreement with Ed Bott.

Other vicious attacks have been made towards those that cannot afford to upgrade their Hardware and even more distasteful the elderly have been targeted for continuing to use XP.

 Forum: Win7   Topic: Win7 install/reinstall

 Post subject: Re: Win7 install/reinstall
Posted: 16 May 2017, 10:01 

Replies: 9
Views: 11426

Just installed Windows 8 original release in Parallels Desktop 9 on OS X Snow Leopard. I have found the performance of Windows 8 in a virtual environment to be better than Windows 7.

The original release of Windows 8 is a frankenstein of an operating system but its perfect inside a virtual environment.

 Forum: Hardware   Topic: External Floppy Drive lifesaver

Posted: 16 May 2017, 09:31 

Replies: 2
Views: 3918

Floppy Drives great stuff and classic. Have to say though cannot remember the last time I used a Floppy Disc. In fact I rarely use Discs for data storage now. There was a time when I had a multitude of Linux Live CD's. Creating custom Linux Discs with bleeding edge Compiz-git (mostly Debian based) with software called Remastersys. Don't know if it even exists now.

 Forum: Apple/Mac   Topic: Beating Apples lack of support infrastructure for older OS X releases....

Posted: 16 May 2017, 00:40 

Replies: 0
Views: 4401 for OS X Snow Leopard ended around 2013 although this was never made official by Apple.

There are workarounds for most software but up to date web browsers have dried up. For web browsing on Snow Leopard I use Firefox ESR 45.9 as the regular update channel is incompatible. So far I have encountered no issues with Firefox ESR 45.9 which also offers full HTML5 support.

There is one piece of software I cannot do without and that is iTunes for syncing my iPhone running iOS 10. The latest version of iTunes that will run on Snow Leopard by default is v11.4 which is no good whatsoever.

Time to take some drastic steps to get iTunes 12.6 and there was only one way to achieve it. I've taken the virtualisation route. Installed Parallels Desktop 9 (the latest version that will run on Snow Leopard) and installed the original version of Windows 8 in a virtual environment.

Sounds mad I know but there was good reason for selecting Windows 8. It runs much smoother in a virtual environment than Windows 7.

So now I have iTunes 12.6 running on OS X Snow Leopard and Windows 8 itself is almost invisible as I have it running in Parallels Desktop Coherence mode.

There is always a workaround. Apple may of abandoned the Snow Leopard user(which is still being sold in the Apple Store and unsupported) but the best of the cats lives on.

 Forum: Computer Stuff   Topic: WannaCrypt - Time for the UK Government to fund the IT Department of the NHS to Upgrade outdated Software....

Posted: 15 May 2017, 16:02 

Replies: 0
Views: 4337

....The NHS here in the UK has been underfunded by the British Government for years now.

WannaCrypt has crippled the National Health Service infrastructure as throughout the NHS they primarily run XP (only a few departments on Windows 7) . How has this happened?

Many commentators with no knowledge of the NHS infrastructure make quotes such as "I have no sympathy" claiming the IT department of the NHS should have upgraded long ago. Its true it is taking a long time but there are genuine reasons for this.

1) Underfunding from the UK Government. Any funds available are directed away from the IT Department of the NHS infrastructure.

2) Its not a simple case of upgrading from XP as much of the highly specialised software was specifically written for XP and would be incompatible with later versions of the platform.

3) Much of highly specialised software would need to be entirely rewritten which would cost millions of pounds, much more than the upgrade of the operating system itself.

WannaCrypt has been a massive wake up call to alert the UK Government to take Action.

 Forum: Computer Stuff   Topic: WannaCrypt ransomware: Microsoft issues emergency patch for Windows XP

Posted: 13 May 2017, 16:58 

Replies: 1
Views: 3431

WannaCrypt ransomware: Microsoft issues emergency patch for Windows XP ... d-systems/

 Forum: Linux   Topic: Modern Linux distributions a bloated mess ?.....

Posted: 08 May 2017, 23:48 

Replies: 2
Views: 3768 this a rant perhaps but I believe there is some truth behind the title of this article.

Its one of those things I continue to bang on about but with good cause. Ubuntu up to and including v10.10 was relatively lightweight. The same can be said of Linux Mint up to and including v11.

So whats gone wrong and where has all this bloat come from?

Heavyweight Desktop Environments The likes of Unity and Cinnamon whilst looking modern pack a punch on performance. Previously both Ubuntu and Linux Mint shipped with lightweight the Gnome 2 Desktop Environment as default and could comfortably run on a machine with 512mb RAM, 128mb Graphics and a Pentium 4 or lower. Got a Pentium III Beige Tower with 256mb RAM and 128mb Graphics running Linux Mint 3.1 and its no slouch complete with desktop effects enabled. Linux Mint 3.1 being based on Ubuntu 7.04 which was a milestone release.

The point I am making is such machines would struggle with the modern versions or most likely not run at all. Sure there are lighter Desktop Environments available such as Xfce but this could be seen as a compromise rather than the Linux user having the option to work with the Desktop Environment they would prefer.

Too Many Features

One of the plus points with certain Linux distributions is come shipped with loads of features. Linux Mint Cinnamon, Ubuntu Unity, SUSE KDE......

But at what cost?

As it happens quite a large one. All three come packed with features which impact on performance in other words BLOAT

Of course this hasn't always been the case. Linux Mint has never been short on features but the bloat was not there. I always remember Sabayon 4 which was Gentoo based with the KDE 3.5 Desktop Environment. That was the heavyweight of its day with a veritable feast of features but the impact on performance was not worthy of mention and quite happy running on a Pentium 4 with 512mb RAM.


 Forum: Windows 10   Topic: Microsoft's Windows warning: Hackers hijacked software updater with in-memory malware

Posted: 06 May 2017, 10:24 

Replies: 3
Views: 3973 ... y-malware/

An interesting accusation made to ZDNet.....

"Although this article is titled, "Microsoft Windows warning", the malware has nothing at all to do with Windows. It is merely another attempt to smear Windows. You people have no shame."

It really is laughable as the majority of articles on ZDNet are biased being pro Microsoft whilst being anti Apple and Linux on a frequent basis.

Of course I am prevented from making comment on this article as I have been banned from ZDNet for telling Ed Bott some home truths.

 Forum: Windows 10   Topic: Windows 10 S......RT all over again.....

Posted: 03 May 2017, 00:17 

Replies: 1
Views: 2677

What is Windows 10 S?

....The most important part of the Windows 10 S configuration is a setting that prevents it from running any apps that aren't included with Windows 10 or available through the Windows Store.

RT all over again. Hell what do we care. Its laughable.

 Forum: Hardware   Topic: XP works FINE on wi-fi w/right new hardware

Posted: 27 Apr 2017, 22:24 

Replies: 3
Views: 4345

In the event a wireless adapter is not supported on XP or older OSes (like Windows 98), you can just run a modern host OS and run the older OSes in a VM. Then the VM translates a virtual driver to talk to the VM to translate the wireless connection.
The power of virtualisation is all too often underrated. Providing the host machine is powerful enough guest operating systems can perform as well as physical installations.

 Forum: Linux   Topic: Enjoying a Pentium III Freebie running a classic release of Linux Mint.

Posted: 25 Apr 2017, 23:50 

Replies: 1
Views: 3222

Customers often donate their old PC's to me most of which I break down for spares but every now and again one comes along which I think what can I do with this?
Had just a machine come in today (Beige Tower) with very modest specs. Pentium III 600MHz (Coppermine) CPU, with 128mb RAM and a faulty ATI Rage 128mb Graphics card. Definitely a machine with potential though. Time to raid the spares box and dig deep. Managed to up the RAM to 376mb, replaced the Graphics card with a ATI Radeon 9250 128mb and chucked in a 10GB Quantum Fireball Hard Drive I poached from a faulty PowerMac G4.
I've been waiting for ages to find a suitable machine for running Linux Mint 3.1 Celena (based on Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn) both of which are my personal favourites.
Linux Mint 3.1 complete with Beryl enabled performs exceptionally well on a machine with such modest specifications. Yes its well out of date but its from when the brilliant lightweight Gnome 2 Desktop environment was still in existence.

Linux Mint and Ubuntu were lightweight distributions. None of the bloat there is with Cinnamon or Unity which leads to the question. Compared to back then are the major Linux distributions really suitable for older hardware?

Back then the Linux user got more in the way of performance on lower specifications. Yes Ubuntu was not as user friendly but Linux Mint was.

 Forum: Apple/Mac   Topic: A Prime example of why older modular Mac designs are superior...

Posted: 23 Apr 2017, 14:54 

Replies: 1
Views: 3314

In this case a mid 2011 21.5" iMac with a failed Superdrive.

Repair in easy steps

1) Use suction cups to lift the front glass free of the display.

2) Undo screws holding the display in place.

3) Lift the display slightly and detach three cables.

4) Lift the display out.

5) Detach Optical Drive sensor cable.

6) Undo four screws holding the the Superdrive bracket in place and lift slightly.

7) Detach SATA cable.

8) Lift bracket free.

9) Swap out faulty Superdrive with a replacement working unit.

Reassemble in reverse order. So Easy.

No such quick repair possible with a modern Mac.

 Forum: Linux   Topic: Ubuntu switching to Gnome Shell by default. Is it a wise move?

Posted: 15 Apr 2017, 10:17 

Replies: 3
Views: 4316

Ubuntu Unity is dead: Desktop will switch back to GNOME next year ... -to-gnome/

Although the Unity option is still there GNOME will be set as the default.

At least Canonical have recognised Ubuntu Phone is a non starter unlike Microsoft with Windows Phone which is a clearly dead.

Rather conveniently Ed Bott never mentions Windows Phone.

 Forum: Linux   Topic: Ubuntu switching to Gnome Shell by default. Is it a wise move?

Posted: 15 Apr 2017, 09:46 

Replies: 3
Views: 4316

No one has complained about Unity more than myself. Being a massive fan of Gnome 2 until it was phased out in Ubuntu 11.04 many like myself felt cheated by the Unity GUI. Heavyweight, awkward to work with and unstable as hell.

Oh how I yearned for the times of Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn when Ubuntu was a lightweight Linux distribution. Back then it was less than 700mb in size now ten years after Ubuntu 7.04 it weighs it at a hefty 1.6gb download, more than doubled in size!

Unity in Ubuntu 11.04 was a massive pain to work with but Unity has now matured and is usable. Hell I used to despise KDE 4 on openSUSE when it was released but now as with Unity it is usable.

So switching to Gnome Shell as the default GUI on Ubuntu will it be a wise move or could it be another debacle such as Windows 8 in its original form?

 Forum: Linux   Topic: Why Ubuntu is irritating

Posted: 15 Apr 2017, 08:04 

Replies: 8
Views: 7840

Richard Stallman on Ubuntu

 Forum: Linux   Topic: The BS comments to be found on ZDNet regarding Linux. This ones a classic just had to share

Posted: 12 Apr 2017, 19:03 

Replies: 1
Views: 3033

"Obviously you care or you'd have put those fingers to better use. Like, up your arse. Linux? How many of those repositories you automatically download and update do you even look at the source code for? Just because a virus isn't flagged doesn't mean you don't have one. What can we do on Linux from a business perspective... er, yeah. Run unreliable and servers. But it's free! Grrrreat. iOS. The painfully restrictive OS that Apple makes almost impossible to work with? The one that barely supports a handful of hardware configurations. Useful. Let's go with Android then, because that works well as a desktop alternative to Windows. The reason Windows has so many viruses is mainly the number of users. Same reason Android is said to have more virusese than iOS. More users, more attacks reported, more viruses created, better stuff to steal. No point writing a virus for Linux when no company in their right mind would ever use it for daily business. Viruses are primarily for stealing data and no one cheap enough to use Linux desktop has anything worth stealing. Meanwhile Microsoft hire the best programmers in the world to build software libraries/drivers where you can play games, run office applications, develop any piece of software in any language and use as a media server without changing environments then supporting every hardware combination imaginable for the last decade. iOS doesn't do a fraction of that and treats it's users like they're idiots. Oxymoron in there somewhere. Linux is unbearably slow and practically useless for anything other than users pretending to be superior while struggling to run the most basic applications daily. Enjoy your rewarding life working on a helpdesk... if you're lucky." ... -the-road/

So much BS in one comment the contributor is to be congratulated.

 Forum: Windows 10   Topic: Windows XP: Why it won't die for years to come. Steve Ranger telling exactly how it is in a few words

Posted: 12 Apr 2017, 17:10 

Replies: 3
Views: 3711

Windows XP: Why it won't die for years to come ... s-to-come/

"And other stats show XP with a much lower share still, as my colleague Ed Bott has explored elsewhere."

The world according to Ed Bott. Just a Microsoft puppet and an obnoxious one at that.

It seems as though Steve Ranger is the only one at ZDNet to recognise this.

 Forum: Apple/Mac   Topic: Apple Sues Swatch Over 'Tick Different' Marketing Campaign

Posted: 11 Apr 2017, 13:11 

Replies: 0
Views: 4209

Apple Sues Swatch Over 'Tick Different' Marketing Campaign ... n.2041299/

Does this really mean no other company/corporation is permitted to use the word 'Different" at the end of their advertising campaigns?

 Forum: Apple/Mac   Topic: Parallels Desktop 11 SERVICE NOTIFICATION: Windows 10 doesn't boot after installing Сreators Update

Posted: 11 Apr 2017, 08:26 

Replies: 0
Views: 3079

Parallels Desktop 11 SERVICE NOTIFICATION: Windows 10 doesn't boot after installing Сreators Update

Just a heads up. Parallels Desktop 11 be receiving an update shortly to v11.2.3 to fix this.

For the moment defer Feature updates in Windows 10 (this can be done for a maximum of eight days).

The most recent build of Parallels Desktop 12 is unaffected.


Parallels Desktop 10 will not work with Windows 10 Creators Update.


v11.2.3 has now been released for Parallels Desktop 11

 Forum: Windows 10   Topic: Windows 10 Telemetry and Cortana Gets Worse

Posted: 24 Mar 2017, 11:28 

Replies: 2
Views: 3002

The only way to maintain privacy with Windows 10 is to keep it offline in a virtual environment and yes at this point I admit to running Windows 10 on Parallels Desktop in just such an environment hosted by macOS Sierra.
Windows 10 is much easier on system resources than Windows 7 and that factor is crucial when working in a virtual environment. Upon installing Windows 10 create a local account which negates the initial privacy hurdle. Local account and staying offline equals no collection of telemetry. I only run Windows 10 for one simple reason, that being Microsoft Office 2016 which I managed to 'obtain' to which I hold no scruples. The macOS version of Office for me at least doesn't cut it, this is nothing new the same applied to the Mac version of Office 2008 and Office 2011.
For those on a tighter budget the same can be achieved with XP Offline running Office 2007 both being capable software even now. Of course Office in each case is an example but the same applies to myriad of other software that the user may need to run .

 Forum: Windows 10   Topic: Ed Bott close to Ejaculation as Windows 10 Creators Update nears release!

Posted: 22 Mar 2017, 12:52 

Replies: 2
Views: 3314


 Forum: Apple/Mac   Topic: The week ahead to be spent with a 2006 Intel Core Duo Mac Mini

Posted: 12 Feb 2017, 00:48 

Replies: 1
Views: 3371

Fired up my old 2006 Intel Core Duo Mac Mini and put it through its paces. This machine although old is on steroids fitted with a 64GB SSD and maxed out 2GB DDR2 RAM.
Lets see how it can hold up for the next seven days running OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard.

 Forum: Apple/Mac   Topic: Mac repairs and when to call it time on older machines

Posted: 02 Feb 2017, 09:45 

Replies: 1
Views: 3086

Just the other day I was placed in something of a quandary. A customer dropped by with poorly a 20" mid-2007 iMac. Running slow Very slow I went through the usual steps. Tested the installed 4GB RAM all fine. Tested the Hard Drive and found it to be failing. Easy fix then. Swapped it out for a replacement and reset the PRAM which was sure to fix the problem. But No.
Time to dig a little deeper. After stripping down the machine to barebones and applying fresh thermal compound to both the CPU and Graphics Chip I was fairly confident once again the problem would be solved. But No.
I therefore concluded there is an issue with the Logic Board or the CPU. Now is the time evaluations need to be made as the cost of repairs outweigh the value of the machine. The iMac is in immaculate condition having had one owner from new. A ten year old machine is it worth it. In normal circumstances I would have probably said No but in this instance I felt the repair was warranted. I based this on the excellent condition of the machine and the fact that the Graphics and Display were still clean and sharp.
I spoke to the customer and explained the repairs would be costly but he said to go ahead.Time to source the components then. Thats when I struck gold sourcing a tested and fully working replacement Logic Board complete with CPU for £60. Once delivered fitted and a fresh installation of El Capitan I am confident we will be good to go! Total cost of repairs to be £130 including my time. The cost of the repair in my opinion is borderline Very borderline but hopefully the iMac will be good for at least the next two years.

 Forum: Windows 10   Topic: Windows 10 Insider Preview. Microsoft have Complete Control over your PC!

Posted: 30 Jan 2017, 01:32 

Replies: 1
Views: 2637

In Windows 10 Insider Preview, the Windows Update will be set to automatically install important updates as they become available. You won’t be able to turn off automatic updates. ... previewiso

Furthermore this makes for disturbing reading

 Forum: Apple/Mac   Topic: Hackintosh G5 Project for 2017

Posted: 05 Jan 2017, 01:50 

Replies: 0
Views: 2915

Having a spare PowerMac G5 at my disposal and a project Iv'e been pondering on for a couple years I have decided 2017 is the year to build a Hackintosh G5. Having never built a Hackintosh before I am expecting quite a challenge not least the PowerMac G5 casing is going to need a considerable amount of modification.
Fortunately tonymac goes some of the way to easing the pain of cutting in to that wonderful G5 case with a tutorial ... od.164113/

Carefully selecting Hardware with a ASRock ATX Motherboard I shall be aiming for an Intel i7 (Kaby Lake) CPU, 16Gb RAM, 2GB Nvidia Graphics, 512GB SSD and 2TB 7200rpm HDD.

All USB ports (including those on the front) will be upgraded to USB 3.0 which will be increased to 8 and I will be looking in to the possibility of two Thunderbolt ports.

macOS Sierra will be installed using Multibeast which I understand will assist with the kexts.

I aim to achieve all this with minimal changes to the appearance of the G5 case.

If anyone has any suggestions they would be most appreciated and of course there will be progress updates.

 Forum: Computer Stuff   Topic: JUST FOR XP HOLDOUTS.

 Post subject: Re: JUST FOR XP HOLDOUTS.
Posted: 21 Dec 2016, 22:19 

Replies: 4
Views: 5420

The XP Firewall is like Swiss cheese.

Use ZoneAlarm 2017 instead and yes it does still support XP

 Forum: Hardware   Topic: Excellent Article but a contradictory in terms from the author

Posted: 11 Dec 2016, 13:42 

Replies: 0
Views: 2870

The cheapskate's guide to buying a new PC or Mac ... pc-or-mac/

"Only suckers pay sticker price for a new Windows PC or Mac"

Whoah this is a first. An interesting well written unbiased article from Ed Bott.

 Forum: Apple/Mac   Topic: Stepping back in time to Mac OS 9 emulating on OS X

Posted: 10 Dec 2016, 02:04 

Replies: 1
Views: 3263

Always enjoyed Mac OS 9 on my old PowerMac G4 but when I moved up to the PowerMac G5 running Mac OS 9 was no longer an option. There is no denying OS X is superior but there was something about Mac OS 9 that made it special.

Stumbled upon a great tutorial on Youtube that allows PPC emulation of Mac OS 9.0.4 on a piece of software called Sheepshaver

This works on OS X (Intel) 10.4.11 Tiger to OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan (doesn't work on macOS Sierra)

I currently have it running on OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard flawlessly.

Mac OS 7 and 8 can also be emulated

 Forum: Apple/Mac   Topic: Users Find Some New MacBook Pros Suffer From Major Graphics Issues

Posted: 08 Dec 2016, 00:40 

Replies: 1
Views: 3400

UPDATE ... ues-email/

Apple have suggested to solve this issue to upgrade to macOS 10.12.2 Beta to solve this serious issue.

As it stands Apple are telling the user in order to get their equipment to perform as it should they recommend running Beta software.

Utterly Outrageous.

 Forum: Computer Stuff   Topic: Keeping Windows XP

 Post subject: Re: Keeping Windows XP
Posted: 04 Dec 2016, 11:40 

Replies: 16
Views: 22068

What makes you think 32-bit XP is not good? The only flaw I find in it, other than the IE problem (so I won't use IE), is that it can't write to DVDs. Its search and almost all other functions are superior to Win7, so far as I've found. What do you think later Windows offers, which is superior to XP? Thank you for your time, in reply!
#1 Windows XP cannot run MS-DOS applications properly
#2 Windows XP cannot run newer windows applications that require newer versions of direct x or redistributables
#3 Windows XP (x86) always makes you stuck with 4 GB of RAM
#4 Windows XP lacks TRIM so it can't handle SSDs properly
#5 Windows XP supports a rather limited set of hardware
#6 Windows XP needs to be 'slip streamed' (drivers injected into the OS installer) in order to operate on newer motherboards making it very irritating to install
#7 Windows XP comes with a 'clown theme'

To write DVDs the best program is ImgBurn

Windows XP search functions are far more limited than Windows 7 because you can click start and type instantly what you want and hit 'enter'. For example if I type 'note' the first thing will be notepad and hitting enter will launch it right away.
Whereas in XP you either have to painstakingly go through the start menu or create a desktop or taskbar shortcut.

XP is not old enough and not new enough.
I believe you are missing the point to a certain extent. Sure some of the points you make are valid however their are others which make a valid argument for continuing use of XP.

In your second point relating to old software. There are consumers that have invested considerable amounts in to purchasing older software and it is beyond their budget to upgrade. Also in some instances it is not possible to upgrade straight from lets say v.4 of an app to v.10 so the purchase needs to made in its entirety meaning the consumer is paying more than once for the same software to do the same job.

In your fourth point relating to TRIM. XP is pre SSD era therefore cannot be expected to fully support a more recent architecture.Besides with or without TRIM enabled XP flies as it does with a 7200rpm HDD.

In your fifth point relating to Hardware. Much the same as your second point the Hardware that runs just fine on XP may not have drivers readily available for running it on Windows 7 upwards.

In your sixth point regarding slipstreaming. This is most likely to occur when XP is installed on newer hardware where the 'die hard' XP user will want to install it on modern mother boards.

In you seventh point regarding the theme. It has no bearing on the performance of the operating system unlike the case with AERO in Windows Vista and Windows 7.
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