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

OS X PowerPC Security Holes Katy Perry Kate Upton Chili Hot Dogs! PowerPC Luddute, 12/18/14. Here are eight good reasons to migrate to Linux on your PowerPC Mac.

And now for something completely different: My lamps in the Palm of Mom's hand TenFourFox Development, 12/10/14. Sorry folks, it's not PowerPC related, but deeply retro nonetheless. It's like the devotion I feel for my '55 Rudge, even though because of vertigo I can't actually ride the damn thing anymore without falling off.

The Orion spacecraft is no smarter than your phone Sharon Gaudin, Computerworld, 12/4/14. Interestingly, its computers "are running IBM's PowerPC 750FX single-core processors, which were first launched in 2002." Go PowerPC!

Electrolysis means splitsville TenFourFox Development, 11/24/14. It may not mirror Firefox when it comes to features, but we know that despite the challenges Mozilla throws at them, TenFourFox will continue to be secure and capable. Thanks guys.

Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard Soulskill, Slashdot, 11/22/14. Deeply geeky. It sure beats sitting around playing Minecraft all day, though. Makes me want to drag out that old PowerBook 180 and try to get NetBSD working on it again.

Second Time Through, Mars Rover Examines Chosen Rocks Guy Webster, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 11/18/14. Curiousity just keeps rolling along. Go PowerPC!

Happy birthday to us TenFourFox Development, 11/9/14. I keep OS 10.4.11 running on my Quicksilver just so I can test the latest version of TenFourFox. Happy birthday TenFourFox Development!

Taking a Walk With Debian Jessie Dan, PowerPC Liberation, 11/5/14. Jessie didn't like my ATI Radeon 9000 Pro graphics card. I'll stick with Squeeze for the time being on my Quicksilver.

‘Mars Rover Curiosity’ chronicles robot's journey Christopher Crockett, Science News, 10/18/14. An engineer gives an insider's look at the creation of the interplanetary robot, Curiosity. Its brain is a radiation hardened RAD750 processor (PowerPC G3).

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