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

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

Linus Torvalds responds to Ars about diversity, niceness in open source Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 1/16/15. Linus Torvalds is an abrasive personality but so was Steve Jobs. Neither of them was in it for the money so everything isn't about greed. Nor is it about us, sadly. Nonetheless, PowerPC users who look to the future need to migrate to Linux. That's a simple fact.

Mars warmer than parts of Canada, USA CBC News, 1/9/15. Curiosity reports that it continues to start in the morning despite the exteme cold. That's better than my '61 Rambler American did up there in Peshtigo back in the day. Go PowerPC.

Anthropomorphism and Object Oriented Programming Slashdot, 1/3/15. Does this include God? Sorry, not PowerPC related.

Apple History: The Mac: There’s Only One Way to Go FairerPlatform, 12/26/14. Living in a country where 25% of its citizens still think the Sun goes around the Earth and almost a third think the Universe was created 6000 years ago, it's not hard to understand how Windows 95 took over back in the 90s. Pay attention to objective reality, folks.

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.

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