Make an old Mac OS X install DVD from macOS Catalina

This brief post is just my notes specifically on how to make a Mac OSX Lion install DVD from within macOS Catalina. This isn’t really meant to help anyone other than my future self. But I hope it helps the odd other person too.

Step 0. Optionally order a copy from Apple, do a search online and you can find Lion and Snow Leopard disks still available for order directly from Apple, as of late 2019.

Step 1. Get the Installer Image from Apple (I’ve personally been archiving these for a while).

Step 2. Open the Terminal, enter the command:

hdiutil burn LionInstaller.iso

That’s it. Done. Here’s example output:

Introducing ml1610-blaster – how you get a Samsung ML-1610 to work on macOS 10.13

The highly retro monochrome laser printer, Samsung ML-1610, continues to work just fine on macOS 10.13 High Sierra. However, getting driver support took me a long time to figure out a while ago. I got something worked out for macOS 10.12 (Sierra) and posted about it here.

To my great surprise, my old post on getting this going has become the most popular, heavily visited post on dawning.ca. So… I’ve revised things and spun this in to what I’m calling “ml1610-blaster”. There’s a github repo hosting it, here: ml1610-blaster.git

How to get ML-1610 working under macOS 10.13 High Sierra

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Trash Talker for macOS

Trash Talker on the App Store
I’ve released my first application for the macOS App Store. It’s a rebrand of a remake I did years back. I added some small new features based on requests I’ve had from users of the earlier version.

A little over 8 years ago I posted Shit Talker Phoenix for Mac OS X here on dawning.ca for download. I eventually also made a Windows build. STP was an attempt to give myself a bit of a functional Hello World project and to resurrect the classic Shit Talker by Jaundice which had become so old it was no longer functional in most cases. After posting my remake here on my blog, I found it actually has something of a user base.

Lately I’ve wanted to get back more in to typical App development. I’ve been writing software for a while, but most of what I make is specialized stuff made for a small group of people. I wanted to branch-out and get more familiar with more broad stuff. So STP, now Trash Talker has been reused yet again as another kind of hello world. This time with formal distribution through the App Store as the chief goal. I spent about two full days updating the app and getting it submitted. I also went out of my way to maintain compatibility all the way back to OS X Snow Leopard. I don’t expect anyone to actually run it on SL though as I don’t think the App Store runs on it, anyway, Lion and onward definitely work.

MacPro3,1 gains a GeForce GT 720

It was time to upgrade my secondary video card on my trusty MacPro3,1. I first goofed considerably with a Radeon 5250. I even went so far as to bust out my old firmware editing tools to change the vendor id in a feeble attempt to get OS X to use it without needing to modify kexts. Then I heard that more recent nvidia cards are supported by NVIDIA’s “web” OS X drivers. I swapped the 5250 (with its firmware restored) for a GeForce GT 720.

Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 10.36.42 PM
I opted for the ASUS 2GB implementation of the GT 720. I’m a big fan of fanless heatsyncs.

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