Cheap Mac

I’m looking for a cheap Mac (read old and under $100).  It needs to be able to run 10.4.  Low power consumption would be ideal.  I was wondering if 1st Gen Mac Minis are at this price level yet. Any one have one they might be interested in selling?  Otherwise I may start hitting up Craiglist and eBay. 

Mac Mini (Intel) RAM upgrade

In case anyone cares, I just recently upgraded the RAM in a MacMini (Intel) using these instructions:
The implant was a success thanks to these great instructions, however you do want to make sure you have the proper tools for the job, which, thanks to implants into various generations of iBooks, I happened to have. Good Luck upgraders!

Happy Holiday’s Geeks!

Just a little message to say Happy Holiday’s to all you geeks. I hope you get every gadget on your wish list this year! The January Geek Gather should be a fun one! Hey Tim G, when are you having us over for Geek Gather at the new place? :) Or maybe it will be a “Geek, Gather and Paint”.

Geek Gather Top Tip: Noise-canceling headphones

It’s probably too late to make any serious Christmas recommendations but I think there may still be room for a “Geek Gather Top Tip”. I recently purchased a set of Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7 noise-canceling headphones, which I find absolutely fabulous. I also own a set of Sennheiser PCS-250s, which just recently broke. In comparison, the ATs are a much better set of headphones and Amazon happens to have a great deal on them right now, hence the report. Continue reading Geek Gather Top Tip: Noise-canceling headphones

Powerbook G4 Hard Drive Replacement

I need a good set of instructions for breaking down my PB G4 to replace the HD. I came across a very good site a while back that had screen shots and very detailed instructions. However I cant find it now and apparently I neglected to bookmark it.

If anyone has a link or website to share I would appreciate the info. In the mean time i’ll keep searching.



December Geek Gather

It is time, once again, to gather with our bretheren and partake in micro-brewed beers, alternative burgers, 80’s music, and, yes, strawberry lemonade. Yes, my friends, another Geek Gather is upon us. Won’t you come join in our monthly reverie and celebrate that which we hold dear: Good vs. Evil, OS X vs. Windows, Linux vs. Everything else, USA vs. Itself, Freedom vs. The Corporations that would seek to hold us down.

  • Geek Gather
  • 6:30pm
  • Tuesday 2007.12.11
  • Chatterbox Cafe, Saint Paul, MN

If someone needs directions, there’s always Google Maps or shoot me an email and I’ll do my best to get you there.

Updated 10 December at 1515: Just noticed I had neglected to include a post title.


I’m thinking of converting a bunch of old sentimental VHS tapes to DVD for my parents for Christmas.
Anyone have a suggestion for the in-between converter or have one I could possibly borrow?

I’d be going from VHS to firewire in a Mac.  I just want to convert the video into a new format and keep all the raw footage for maybe a project down the road.

Simple and cost-effective are both at the top of my list.