You know the ones I mean: those Power Macs, PowerBooks, iMacs, iBooks, Mac minis, etc. based on the PowerPC processor that Apple sold a few years ago. Sadly, support for them is dwindling, but the software is still out there that would enable their continued use.

Maybe you still have one of these fine old machines. Resist the urge to throw it in the dumpster and buy a new computer. The addition of more RAM, a bigger hard drive, an updated graphics card, or a faster processor might be all it needs. It won't be sitting in your local landfill leaching heavy metals and other bad things into your drinking water. And, you won't be perpetuating the evil practice of assembling the "latest and greatest" in low-wage sweatshops around the world.

Old Mac Related On the Web

IonPower now beyond "doesn't suck" stage TenFourFox Development, 3/18/15. This portends another update to TenFourFox. I keep a partition on my Power Mac G4 Quicksilver that runs Mac OS 10.4.11 just to test their latest offering. Cameron understands that the future of our old Macs lies with Mozilla, be it on OS X or Linux.

Are you a driver or a passenger? Zen, PowerPC Liberation, 3/10/15. Are you a driver or a passenger... Or, to continue the metaphor, have you been thrown under the bus by Apple or Microsoft lately?

Islamic State takes to social media, has about 46K Twitter accounts David Kravets, Ars Technica, 3/6/15. Hmm... These are definately not indigenous people fighting for freedom.

No-Brainer Repairs for No Brainer Day Brittanny McCrigler, iFixit, 2/27/15. Hmm... I thought every day was "No Brainer Day" when it came to fixing your old kit or recycling it properly, instead of just dumping it in your local landfill.

Five Million Sold! Liz Upton, Raspberry Pi Foundation, 2/18/15. RISC related to PowerPC, the Raspberry Pi is the fastest selling "British computer". Hmm... whatever happened to Servergy's P-Cubed?

IonPower now entering low Earth orbit TenFourFox Development, 2/14/15. "Happy Valentine's Day. I'm spending mine in front of the computer with a temporary filling on my back top left molar. But I'm happy..." As Steve Jobs once said (when he croaked), "Oh wow, Oh wow, OH WOW!" Thanks, Cameron, for all you do for PowerPC.

Curiosity Rover Drills Into Mars Mountain, Tastes Acidic Rock Miriam Kramer,, 2/9/15. Just another day's work for PowerPC.

Is Your Mozilla Browser Displaying the Right Colors? Dan, PowerPC Liberation, 2/6/15. PowerPC Liberation has evolved over the years into being one of the best resources out there for those of us who use our Power Macs and PowerBooks on a daily basis, especially those who want to migrate to Linux.

What's In The Retro Room and Server Room Cameron Kaiser, Floodgap, 1/25/15. I slip this in as a tribute to Cameron's ongoing contributions to retrocomputing. Wow! Where does he get the time to do all that he does?

Meet the Micro Soldering Mom Julia, iFixit, 1/19/15. This is one badass fix-it-yourself mama.

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