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Get a Handle

I ran across a short but fun article on AMC's paddle door handles. It's interesting to think something so mundane had a specific focus for someone. Most aficionados simply curse the broken cam.


Things that make you go "Hmm..."

This article from 1982 is still very relevent to the modern diamond trade. Diamonds remain inexpensive stones with overinflated prices.



I've been updating the PacerPedia section. Check it out!


Two More Browsers

Woe of me to forget Camino. It still works on Macs as early as 10.4, and it maintains archives of previous releases for your 10.3.9 or earlier Macs, although if you haven't gone to 10.3.9, you may want to go back to OS 9 or run Classic and use the next browser.

Classilla runs on Macs from 8.6 up through all versions of MacOS 9, and runs well in Classic. You are limited to Flash 7 on OS9, but do you really want to use Flash? You probably won't be able to play video anyway. Even better, Classilla is in active development.

As far as I know, older versions of MacOS are out of luck, and old versions of Internet Explorer may be you best choice.


Firefox for Older Macintoshes

I still keep a couple of old Mac computers running. A favorite is my old Pismo Powerbook, followed by the Clamshell iBook. The Clamshell runs about 10 hours on a charge, and I have four working batteries for the old Pismo, giving me about 2-5 hours each.

While it's not easy watching a long DVD on the Pismo due to battery swapping, the iBook is great for that, and the Pismo checks eMail and surfs Facebook and the like just fine. Sure, there's no Flash and some of the JavaScript intense pages are slow, but you'd be suprised how far a 450mhz G3 takes you on the modern web!

Well, using these computers you need to have a modern, and hopefully optimized web browser to keep up, and with the "ooh, SHINY" crowd out there it takes a littile work to uncover a browser to work on these "old" machines.

A good place to start is the Firefox Mac Community Builds They have G3 builds (a little behind), G4, and G5 builds. There's also TenFourFox, which has some of the graphics acceleration stripped out, but runs faster Java and is completely 10.4 compatible.