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, if not with an older version of Mac OS X, then perhaps with one of the numerous open-source alternatives.

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

Curiosity Rover Arrives At Long-Term Destination Slashdot, 9/12/14. Its RAD750 processor (PowerPC G3) just keeps chugging along, just like the one in my PowerBook 1400.

US gov’t threatened Yahoo with $250K daily fine if it didn’t use PRISM Joe Mullin, Ars Technica, 9/11/14. Hmm...Is this just another 9/11 story designed to instill fear and paranoia in the US public? Resist, sheeple! Disconnect from the big providers!

Tesla's $5bn Gigafactory looks even cooler than expected, will create 22,000 jobs Michael Graham Richard, Tree Hugger, 9/5/14. The job numbers are not convincing, but certainly new battery technology is required to move us from carbon-intensive energy to solar, wind, and other sustainables. Oh, by the way, lithium can be "mined" from recycled electronic waste.

Do We Live in a 2D Hologram Universe The Engineer, Designer Edge, 9/1/14. "Much like characters on a television show would not know that their seemingly 3-D world exists only on a 2-D screen, we could be clueless that our 3-D space is just an illusion." This is an article that one would have to be stoned to fully appreciate.

Epic G5 Video Dan, PowerPC Luddite, 8/28/14. I'm a Power Mac G4 guy, never tempted much by the G5. The heat issues of the Power Mac G5 make it a poor choice for a server.

ISIS co-opts Twitter hashtags to spread threats, propaganda Casey Johnston, Ars Technica, 8/26/14. Hmm... Head choppin' techies? Something smells very fishy about all of this.

10 Weird and Wonderful Upcycled Macs! FairerPlatform, 8/23/14. As Steve Jobs once said, “Oh, wow. Oh, wow. Oh, wow!"

Power Mac G4 cooling project: Phase 2 - The baseline fiftysixk, PowerPC Liberation, 8/21/14. More on keeping that Power Mac G4 of yours cool and energy efficient, especially if you intend on running it 24/7 as a server.

The first Raspberry Pi computer room in Togo Helen Lynn, Raspberry Towers, 8/19/14. Sadly... not PowerPC, but it's still RISC related: "The initial focus is on teaching the students basic computer literacy, and the team chose the Raspberry Pi based on its low initial cost, its anticipated low maintenance costs, its low power consumption and its use of Open Source software."

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