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  • After the project: Using a modified 2006 24″ iMac in 2023
    From one configuration to another, 2 processor transitions apart. It’s been a month since the 24″ 2006 iMac in my possession has been modified, being turned into a sort of CustoMac. With an external display modified into the Mac itself, along with a newer graphics card, operating system, and all… Read more »
  • Using the Hi-Res PowerBook G4 in Late 2023
    Nearly 20 years ago in October 2005, Apple released the Hi-Res PowerBook G4, in a 15″ and 17″ variant. These were named as such, as the base screen resolution which shipped with PowerBooks were increased dramatically. On the 15″ PowerBook G4, the screens jumped from (1280 x 854) to (1440… Read more »
  • Low End Mac Mailbag: “Easy Peasy” USB Standalone Installers for Mac OS X, OS X, MacOS
    Fresh to the Low End Mac the mailbag from long time reader Adam Goff: “I recently made the personal decision to “un-OCLP” a few of my Intel based Macs and thus prompted a desire to create an easy to follow guide for those who need to create install media on… Read more »
  • Super-Charged “Hybrid” 2010/2011 Mac Mini
    Introduction and Background A little over 5 years ago I wrote about the mid-2010 Mac Mini being an outstanding Low End Mac for using as a media server in my article titled “Mid 2010 Mac Mini: The Perfect Low-End 1080p Media Center“.  It checks many of the key boxes given… Read more »
  • Before Apple’s SideCar – There was (and still is) Luna Display
    In fall 2019, Apple announced their 16th major release of macOS, version 10.15 Catalina. This was the one which shipped with Apple SideCar, a system function/extension which allows you to use your iPad as a second display for your Mac. This means until October 7th 2019, there was no such… Read more »
  • Maximizing your 24″ 2006 iMac – With an eGPU, Yosemite, and a replacement screen
    In late 2006, going right along their fall product cycle updates, Apple had introduced a 24″ iMac model for the first time. This was the largest ever produced of the “white” polycarbonate iMacs, sporting a 1920 x 1200 display, a 16:10 aspect ratio, and CCFL tubes to light up the… Read more »
  • Adding PCIe (Yes, PCI-Express) to your AGP/PCI-Based PowerPC Mac
    The Peripheral Component Interconnect Express, aka PCIe, is a longstanding serial computer expansion bus standard created in 2003. The Late 2005 Power Mac G5 was the only PowerPC Mac which took advantage of this technology, which had a production run of October 2005 – August 2006. As a result, AGP/PCI-based… Read more »
  • SSD in a PowerBook: KingSpec PATA PA25-64 SSD.. yay or nay?
    The first generation MacBook Air was the first ever Apple computer to ship with a Solid State Drive as a factory option for internal storage, in January 2008. Prices have come down dramatically over the years for SSD’s, making them a more viable option for faster, silent, and low power… Read more »
  • A PowerPC Gem: TenFiveTube for OS X Leopard
    There was a time not too long ago in the past where one could simply open Safari on a PowerPC Mac, and be able to browse YouTube with relative ease. As web standards changed, resources required became more intensive, and the PowerPC platform was depreciated. Adobe Flash player was still… Read more »
  • A Forgotten Gem: Apple FireWire SDK
    Once upon a time (for those somewhat new to the Mac platform), there was this innovative connection that showed up in the late 1990s – early 00s called FireWire that came around shortly after the advent of USB (at least in terms of the consumer world – FireWire had been… Read more »

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