Category Archives: Joe’s Garage

The FUTURE circa 1986

Bubo the Rat is one of my earliest digital illustrations. I drew it on a digitizing tablet called The Animation Station which plugged into a Commodore 64. The print was output on a Panasonic dot matrix printer.

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Thinking Differently

We were in the market for a new computer and I was hearing great things about the current Mac mini with Apple’s new M1 chip. The video reviews I watched were mostly enthusiastic for Apple’s entry level desktop computer so … Continue reading

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OK, Now We’re Done

With the addition of 16GB of RAM (four matched chips of 4GB RAM) my used/new-to-me Mac Pro is ready to go!

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Swimming in the Low End

I just purchased a used 2009 Mac Pro to use as a replacement for my recently departed dual G5 Mac Pro which I also purchased used. It served me well as a graphic design and digital illustration production machine, and … Continue reading

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Not Quite Dead

Having received an email about the obsolescence of my Roku HD from the company that manufactured it,  I recently wrote an obituary for my dear departed media player. I was in mourning, but it seems that the reports of my … Continue reading

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Not Fade Away

I’ve sung the praises of the Roku set-top box before. For the uninitiated, Roku’s website can be found HERE or you can chase down articles I’ve written for this site HERE and HERE. The short story of the Roku is … Continue reading

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A Hiccup

My Independence Day project didn’t work out as I hoped.

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Okay — the third and a half time!

I was upgrading and swapping parts and watching videos and plotting and planning, and what I thought was going to be a pretty good setup for new or at least newish rigs for my son and me didn’t quite work … Continue reading

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The Third Time Around

I’ve recently completed building my third PC which also happens to be my third Hackintosh!

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Yeah, but is it a real Mac?

I built my first Hackintosh a little over a year ago, and I recently upgraded it to the latest operating system for Apple, but it’s always been bothering me whether it was a real Mac. It is certainly speedy as … Continue reading

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New Home for the Hackintosh

My Hackintosh or Customac Mini as the folks over at TonyMacX86 call it was assembled inside of an Apex MI-008 Mini-Itx Case that included a 250W power supply and not a lot of room to spare. As I was assembling … Continue reading

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The DRM Blues

iTunes was great.

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Boot Error!

Having completed my buddy Dan’s mighty Customac Pro, I decided to turn my attentions to my smaller but still wonderful Customac Mini and show it a little tender loving care in the form of a brand new hard-drive. The problem … Continue reading

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Making it a Mac

The pile of PC parts that runs Mac’s operating system is referred to as a Hackintosh because you have to Hack the system with a few software workarounds in order for the software to cooperate with the non-Apple hardware.

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