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Another awesome view of Earth. Europe and Africa emerging from the night. Taken by Meteosat-10 this morning.
Image from +EUMETSAT showing dawn over Central Europe this morning on #EarthDay - taken by Meteosat-10
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A resurrection on Easter!

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There was a resurrection today! No, not that one. I brought my old PowerBook G3 Wallstreet back to life, and it's bigger and badder than ever before.

The PowerBook had its original 128MB of RAM, a slow 40GB IBM TravelStar drive from who knows how long ago (the original drive died), and a dead PRAM battery.

I decided to get a new PRAM battery off eBay since Newer Technology sadly is no longer making them, max the RAM out to 512MB since it is cheap at +Other World Computing, Inc. (OWC)  and try out popping one of the old 60GB Transcend PATA SSDs that I found on eBay into it. (As an aside, I opted to try out the Transcend SSD due to a generally terrible experience with OWC's Mercury Legacy Pro PATA SSDs in my PowerBook G4 Titanium. I'm currently on the 3rd or 4th replacement in only a year, and they overheat and seize up when you do large writes even when sitting out in open air; in order to reload about 200GB of data to it I had to have it sitting on an icepack.) I don't know how the SSD will turn out, but if it doesn't work too well I'm considering one of those mSATA-to-IDE 2.5" setups with a 120GB mSATA Crucial M500 as a frankenstein solution.

First, I hooked up the SSD to my PowerMac G5 using Newer Technology's Universal Drive Adapter. For some reason these model PowerBooks can only use the first 8GB of data on a drive to start up, so the operating system must reside on that first 8GB. An easy way to make sure all files stay there is to partition it. I partitioned it with the first 7.5GB as partition 1 and the rest as partition 2.

After that, it's time to start the teardown.

Keyboard and heatsink cover off.

Pulled the HDD and mounted the SSD in its place.

Removed the processor module, which has the RAM on a daughtercard kinda like the Mac Pros. There's the 292 MHz G3 in the corner. Note a total lack of an attached heatsink or thermal paste in contrast to modern hardware.

Removed the 64MB SO-DIMMs on either side of the processor module and replaced them with the new 256MB ones.

Now it's on to the real teardown in order to get to that tucked away PRAM battery. Removed the made-in-Canada modem.

Popped the clutch cover off and tilted the display all the way back to prepare for removal of said display.

Unplugged two cables, removed four T8 torx screws, and the display slides right off of the case. Sure wish replacing displays was this easy and painless on PowerBook G4s/MacBook Pros. I still think the PowerBook G3 is the most user-serviceable laptop ever.  Several steps later, the teardown is complete.

Time to replace the dead PRAM battery. After derouting the cable from the PMU and some poking and prying, the old PRAM battery slides out of its holder and I slide a new one in, then reroute the cable to the PMU.

Now I just do everything in reverse and get it buttoned back up. Aaand... out comes the Mac OS 9 box for a fresh install!

RAM shows 512MB as expected, the PRAM battery is working, and the SSD shows up on the desktop. Time to install Mac OS 9.2.1 followed by Mac OS X 10.2.8.

#Apple   #Macintosh   #PowerBook   #Resurrection   #VintageComputing  
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Actually it was a few years older than 2008. But same story.
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Okay. Which one shall we hit first?
A look at the five exoplanets most likely to host life as we know it, a list topped by the newfound Earth-size world Kepler-186f.
A look at the five exoplanets most likely to host life as we know it, a list topped by the newfound Earth-size world Kepler-186f.
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I like the new one. It has that "new exoplanet" smell.
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This about made me spit out my drink. What the hell?!

Fired without cause? Just... wow. I've been buying Marty's CDs the moment they were released since the days of Myth in the late 90s. LOVE his music, and was looking forward to hearing what he did with Destiny. Damn, Bungie, that's cold.

I wonder what happened.
After composing some of the most memorable songs in gaming for Bungie games including most of the Halo series, Myth and Oni, Martin O'Donnell tweeted
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Some of the better photos from tonight's total lunar #eclipse . Taken from a little bit north of Houston, Texas, USA.

Taken with a Pentax K-5II.
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Total Eclipse. Taken with my iPad, but I have much better photos taken with my Pentax K-5II that I'll post later.

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6:45 AM local time this morning. I'm technically in this photo. :)

Photo from the GOES-East satellite.
Today, April 22, 2014 is Earth Day, and what better way to celebrate than taking a look at our home planet from space.

NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured this stunning view of the Americas on Earth Day, April 22, 2014 at 11:45 UTC/7:45 a.m. EDT. The data from GOES-East was made into an image by the NASA/NOAA GOES Project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

GOES satellites provide the kind of continuous monitoring necessary for intensive data analysis. Geostationary describes an orbit in which a satellite is always in the same position with respect to the rotating Earth. This allows GOES to hover continuously over one position on Earth's surface, appearing stationary. As a result, GOES provide a constant vigil for the atmospheric "triggers" for severe weather conditions such as tornadoes, flash floods, hail storms and hurricanes.

Image credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project
#nasa @noaa #goes #earth #earthrightnow #earthday

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They see me rollin'
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They hatin' :P
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Where do I buy one?

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This Norwegian Engineer Is Creating Some Creepy Transformer-Like Robots…

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In the middle if April? Really? Here?
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Crazy, right? 35 degree drop for us overnight. 
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  • Union Aerospace Corporation
    2005 - present
  • Umbrella Corporation
    Umbrella Security Services, 1996 - 2005
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QUI AUDET ADIPISCITUR – Who dares, wins.
I like writing, aviation, space, science, history, paleontology, and gaming. Sometimes I fix computers and also build them. Other times I like to drive cars fast around a track, or shoot holes in targets on a range, or explore nature, or read a good book on the sofa. I'm usually happiest when I'm learning something, and thus am a voracious consumer of information. My inner engineer loves to find out how things work, and I've torn down and rebuilt many things just to see what makes them tick.

I am an INTJ according to Myers-Briggs.

I don't post specific details of myself for the general internet to see. The job and training are an in-joke for friends. If you want to know more about who I am and what I do than I've already made available, you'll need to be old-fashioned and get to know me, or just ask.
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Met a few of the only humans in history to have ever walked on another world.
  • Rockfort Island Training Center
    1996 - 1997
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