3D Printed Hard Drive mount for 27″ iMac

One of my delightful neuroses is collecting abandoned non-functioning macs and fixing them. Last week I managed to pick up a completely dead 2010 one for $174, all parts included, just totally dead. Today I got the carcus of another for $51 (no screen, no memory, no motherboard, no glass). The carcus’ power supply happens to work and the $174 unit’s problem was exactly that – a dead PSU.

I needed a hard drive bracket/strap/clamp and had none. I measured as best I could with my plastic callipers (seriously the most useful tool of all time, maybe more useful than computers themselves). I used Sketchup to CAD a little hack to do the job. It’s not pretty and I’m a bit concerned about how hot these things can get, but I figure “meh, fuck it”.

I’ve published the file for the mount on thingiverse: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2152134

PS – these open and exposed PSU-guts have taught me a little about AC shocks. As a Computer Engineer, my preferred domain is low-voltage DC. Frick. AC makes me a little twitchy now. šŸ˜‰

Rules of Acquisition

After getting an Apple Watch I decided to author an app for it. I was also re-watching Star Trek DS9 for the 50th time which means I kept hearing Quark (etc) recite the hilarious and disgusting Ferengi Rules of Acquisition. So I made it an app.

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Dear Diary: Installing OSX 10.9 on Late 2007 MacBook

Here’s my notes on how I approached installingĀ OSX 10.9 on my Late 2007 MacBook (MacBook3,1).

Note I did most of this on a current Mac running 10.9.

Also, this kind of worked. I got the install to run but it wouldn’t boot after install. I’m probably quite close to it working. I’ll update this post with notes if I work on this further.

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Notes on creating a i7 based Hackintosh

Recently I decided to try shuffling around my hardware and try a hackintosh setup on my recently acquired i7 box. I last dabbled in this stuff many years back with a P4 box. Suffice to say, my beloved 2008 era Mac Pro is starting to show some age and while I could upgrade it, Apple’s dragged ass in updating the Mac Pro line. So, here are my notes.

Read on to see what steps should work for you, should you use similar hardware.
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