The iBwee Factor

The blog of Daniel Bird of BirdBrain media.

September 23, 2004

A Death, then a Downgrade

A few weeks ago I installed OS 7.5.3 on Aurora II, Apple has a free update to OS 7.5.5 so I tried installing it. When I finally got it on floppies it was a easy install, until afterwards, when I restarted the computer. The happy Mac came first, but then I got the black screen of death and the sad Mac. (Along with a few-keyed death hymn.) I was able to boot from floppies, but any system I copied to Aurora wouldn't boot it up. Without anything else to do I downloaded Mac OS 6.0.5 and installed it. To my amazement it worked, and so far is running great. So far the best part is that to shut down and restart take 12 seconds. Right now I'm downloading OS 6.0.8 and hopefully I came get it to dual boot 6.0.8 and 7.0.1 or 7.5.3.

September 14, 2004

Wow, another great produce (of Apple's)

Apple did it again with the Mac OS control strip. It's very convenent to be able to switch screen size, colors, and tons of other things. The best part is the seemless intergration of a cd player into the control strip. Windows Media Player and even CDrun don't get anywhere close to this. That continus to confirm my liking of a company making the hardware and software (mainly the OS) together.

September 13, 2004

Another Mac

I bought another computer the other day, a Macintosh Performa 6360. Its running OS 9, has 32 RAM, 160mhz prosessor, and a 4gb hard drive. So far everything is working, and this one even shuts-down the right way.

September 09, 2004

The joy of upgrading

Well the other day I upgraded my Mac's OS. I had been running Mac OS 7.0, and I thought I'd try upgrading through Apple's website. So I formatted 19 floppies to Macintosh, downloaded the 19 parts, put the 19 parts on the 19 floppies, and copied it all to my Mac. (In only about two or three inderect hours.) When I had it all on my hard drive the installer said it needed OS 7.0.1 (A 4.9 MB download) or a "Network Access Disk". So I downloaded the files for a "Network Access Disk." Then I was set to go, I got the installer running and installed 7.5.3 in about a hour, and I really like OS 7.5.3 it looks better and is improved over plain OS 7.0. Overall it took a long time, but nothing was overly difficult. So a plus to Apple for a easy OS upgrade.