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

This is what happens after you die Moheb Costandi, Ars Technica, 5/19/15. I know, not PowerPC related, but as Steve Jobs once said (when he croaked), "Oh, wow. Oh, wow. Oh, WOW!"

The End of the Road for MacTubes Enabler, et al? TenFourFox Development, 5/7/15. "31.7.0 is scheduled for testing availability this weekend, just in time to upgrade your mother's computer, because she loves you and misses you and wants to know why you never call." Cameron, call your mother on Mother's Day.

Debian Testing for my iBook G4 PowerPC Liberation, 4/29/15. Debian testing is way too buggy for my tastes. I'm still trying to get Jessie to play nice with my ATI Radeon 9000 Pro graphics card.

Update: I swapped out my card with an ATI Radeon 7500 and Jessie runs just fine. Thanks for the tip, Zen

Image: Curiosity rover photographed by HiRISE in Gale Crater Nathan Bridges, Phys.org, 4/27/15. Keep on truckin', PowerPC.

Electronic waste worth £34bn piling up in 'toxic mine', warns UN report Cahal Milmo, The Independent, 4/19/15. Hmm... We are slowly, thoughtlessly killing ourselves.

Latest version of OS X closes backdoor-like bug that gives attackers root Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 4/9/15. Apple didn't bother to fix this bug on previous versions of OS X. Just one more reason to migrate to Linux on your older Macs.

The Dystopian Lake Filled By the World's Tech Sludge Slashdot, 4/3/15. Do you know where your next to the latest desktop, laptop, or smartphone is at this very moment? No, I didn't think so. Repair, repurpose, recycle responsibly, folks.

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 definitely not indigenous people fighting for freedom.

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