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Apple G5 running Fedora 19

I bought this box about a year ago but I don’t think I wrote about it at the time (at least, I can’t find anything in the archives).

g5

It’s an Apple G5 circa 2005 which cost me £165 (from this eBay seller).

These boxes are sweet — dual socket, 64 bit, 4 GB of RAM, 80 GB of hard disk. It’s surprisingly fast for an 8 year old machine, and beautifully built. Anyone hazard a guess what this would have cost when new?

It runs Fedora perfectly, and has Alex’s “fake KVM” [PDF] support so you can run virtual machines pretty fast too.

$ cat /proc/cpuinfo 
processor	: 0
cpu		: PPC970MP, altivec supported
clock		: 1000.000000MHz
revision	: 1.1 (pvr 0044 0101)

processor	: 1
cpu		: PPC970MP, altivec supported
clock		: 1000.000000MHz
revision	: 1.1 (pvr 0044 0101)

timebase	: 33333333
platform	: PowerMac
model		: PowerMac11,2
machine		: PowerMac11,2
motherboard	: PowerMac11,2 MacRISC4 Power Macintosh 
detected as	: 337 (PowerMac G5 Dual Core)
pmac flags	: 00000000
L2 cache	: 1024K unified
pmac-generation	: NewWorld

$ free -m
             total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:          3983       3966         16          0        221       3069
-/+ buffers/cache:        675       3308
Swap:         2911          0       2911

$ sudo lspci
0000:00:0b.0 PCI bridge: Apple Computer Inc. CPC945 PCIe Bridge
0000:0a:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV43 [GeForce 6600 LE] (rev a2)
0001:00:00.0 Host bridge: Apple Computer Inc. U4 HT Bridge
0001:00:01.0 PCI bridge: Broadcom BCM5780 [HT2000] PCI-X bridge (rev a3)
0001:00:02.0 PCI bridge: Broadcom BCM5780 [HT2000] PCI-X bridge (rev a3)
0001:00:03.0 PCI bridge: Broadcom BCM5780 [HT2000] PCI-Express Bridge (rev a3)
0001:00:04.0 PCI bridge: Broadcom BCM5780 [HT2000] PCI-Express Bridge (rev a3)
0001:00:05.0 PCI bridge: Broadcom BCM5780 [HT2000] PCI-Express Bridge (rev a3)
0001:00:06.0 PCI bridge: Broadcom BCM5780 [HT2000] PCI-Express Bridge (rev a3)
0001:00:07.0 PCI bridge: Apple Computer Inc. Shasta PCI Bridge
0001:00:08.0 PCI bridge: Apple Computer Inc. Shasta PCI Bridge
0001:00:09.0 PCI bridge: Apple Computer Inc. Shasta PCI Bridge
0001:01:07.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Apple Computer Inc. Shasta Mac I/O
0001:01:0b.0 USB Controller: NEC Corporation USB (rev 43)
0001:01:0b.1 USB Controller: NEC Corporation USB (rev 43)
0001:01:0b.2 USB Controller: NEC Corporation USB 2.0 (rev 04)
0001:03:0c.0 IDE interface: Broadcom K2 SATA
0001:03:0d.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Apple Computer Inc. Shasta IDE
0001:03:0e.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Apple Computer Inc. Shasta Firewire
0001:05:04.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5780 Gigabit Ethernet (rev 03)
0001:05:04.1 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5780 Gigabit Ethernet (rev 03)

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Articles: Inside Apple chargers, real and fake

Two really interesting articles from Ken Shirriff’s blog:

http://www.arcfn.com/2012/05/apple-iphone-charger-teardown-quality.html

http://www.arcfn.com/2012/03/inside-cheap-phone-charger-and-why-you.html

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Mac Mini — no VGA output?

I friend of mine got a new Mac Mini. It doesn’t come with a VGA connector or adaptor by default! Thus rendering about 90% of computer monitors obsolete? Apple want to sell him an adaptor for another £21 …

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Densha de gone

I enjoyed playing a Japanese import of Densha De Go (an accurate Shinkansen train simulator) on my old Nintendo Wii. I played this legally (albeit expensively) imported game using some other software called Wii Freeloader. Since Nintendo does not like people using software from outside the “right” places, “Freeloader” had to exploit a bug in the firmware to allow Densha de Go to play.

Today I upgraded the firmware on my Wii console.

I am no longer able to play Densha De Go at all. Nintendo have successfully covered all options and there is no way to play my legally purchased and imported software from other “regions” of the world.

So today I learned my lesson. Never absolutely never buy or get involved in proprietary software. Never buy anything ever again from Nintendo. Never buy another phone from Apple, or Microsoft, or any computer with proprietary software no matter how convenient it may seem in the short term.

Enough is enough.

If I bought the hardware, I want to do whatever I want with it.

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