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

Epic G5 Video Dan, PowerPC Luddite, 8/28/14. I'm a Power Mac G4 guy, never tempted much by a G5. But...

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 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."

Our Curiosity: Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Felicia Day Narrate Video About Mars Rover Nancy Atkinson, Universe Today, 8/13/14. "We sent the most valuable, most essential, most human piece of ourselves... We sent our Curiosity."

Introducing the Pro Tech Network Jeff Snyder, iFixit, 8/7/14. I love this site. They're all about keeping that old Mac (and other kit, too) working and productive... FOREVER!

And now for something completely different: Rhapsody revisited (to go) TenFourFox, 8/4/14. This article is all about bringing that musty old PowerBook you got from your brother-in-law back to life, maybe with an operating system other than Mac OS 7-10. I agree with Cameron, the PowerBook 1400 had the best keyboard ever.

Mathematica 10 – now available for your Pi! Liz, Raspberry Towers, 8/1/14. "A little boast here: we were only the second computer ever on which Mathematica has been included for free use as standard. The first? Steve Jobs’s NeXT, back in 1988." Maybe at some point a little PowerPC board will have the same devoted following as the Raspberry Pi. The big problem is: MONEY! The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a non-profit, while Freescale and IBM aren't.

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