Deatomization: MacAddict 1999

Let’s party like it’s 1999!

Let’s see. That means we need some Y2K fears, the last updates to the Classic Mac OS, some Mac OS X sightings, oh and let’s start making everything multi colored transparent plastic!

Oh, and piracy. The stand out issue for me in 1999 is the February issue. MP3s, emulators, Hotline, hacking, what isn’t to like to a 14-15 year old nerd?


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Deatomization: MacAddict 1998

Ah 1998. The end of the clones, the return of Steve as iCEO, the arrival of the G3 processor (or more correctly, the iMac). There’s a lot to love in 1998. And that doesn’t even include the release of Civilization II Gold, and the days I’ve lost to it even to this day.

Issue 17, the January 1998 issue, was my second issue ever. And what an amazing issue- a cover with Steve Jobs, a fantastic article on his return and the state of Apple, an exciting intro the the G3 machines, and all the way in the back, an article that wowed me and introduced me to retro gaming.


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Deatomization: MacAddict 1996

MacAddict was not the first, was not even my first, Mac magazine (that goes to MacWorld, I believe, and Mac Home Journal, respectively). But no doubt it was my favorite, picking my family up as a faithful subscriber when I was a teenager until I went away to college years later. It’s humor, coverage, design, attitude, and topics were so much more my level than the MacWorld my Dad used to get. And that’s why I started my deatomization project- to bring the Internet an almost forgotten piece of history, MacAddict.


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Deatomization: Build Your Own Mac

This is the first entry in a new project of mine called Deatomization – where old books, magazines, tapes, etc. will be digitized however possible- scanning, converting, emulating, etc.

The first entry is a curious book from 1991 by Bob Brant, called “Build Your Own Macintosh and Save a Bundle”, covering the landscape back then of taking Macs (from 128k to the almighty IIfx) and putting them into custom cases, with third party keyboards, mice, RAM, Hard disks, video cards, etc.


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Kasper: Speeds and Solutions

Brute forcing a password is tough work. You try over and over and hope for the password, or with Stuffit 5 passwords, a hash collision.

Obviously, speed is the key thing in this process, and what machines you can run the software on. Here are some interesting bits on showing speeds.

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Unofficial Apple Device Updates

Apple has a pretty consistent track record of cutting off OS support to Macs on convenient technological gaps- more than the logical cutoff of PowerPC support to Intel only support when Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard shipped. But the community around Apple has usually stepped in and provided some life to machines Apple has abandoned. Let’s look at a few of these…

MLPostFactor – Bringing Mountain Lion to machines left behind by Apple

Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) requires a 64-bit EFI to install, and fully 64-bit drivers for all hardware. For this reason, a lot of machines could not boot it and were stuck with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.


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Synology NAS and Ghostcasting

So imagine a scenario where you have to prep hundreds of different machines, for different customers, with different setups, but with hundreds of potential variations of OS, applications, licensing, and you’d need these all on demand.

Back in the day (up to about 2 years ago, actually), we solved this scenario in our warehouse with a hard drive duplicator setup. We had a massive 16 drive IDE drive duplicator, a smaller 8 drive SATA duplicator, and had recently purchased a 16 drive SATA duplicator that ran it’s own embedded Windows and was quite fancy. We then augmented this deployment solution with the concept of “master drives” that we’d mark as unique, store on a shelf, and pull out to duplicate.


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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet: Jellybean!

The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet, when originally launched, was marketed as an iPad-killer, the “business-level” Android tablet due to being made by a major PC manufacturer. I know a lot of people bought into this hype. It’s unfortunate that the marketing mumbo-jumbo sold so many, but not enough, as Lenovo quickly abandoned it’s Android efforts and the quickly launched successor, the ThinkPad Tablet 2, is an x86-based Windows 8 tablet.


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