Odd and helpful gadgets for old Macs

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by bobesch, Apr 18, 2019.

  1. bobesch macrumors 65816

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    To start with: got a Bondi last month, that didn't work.
    Found this "Reset-button enhancement".
    (Removal unfortunately didn't resolve the problem ... - but it shows, Reseting a Bondi seemed to be an often used mission-critical procedure on os9 )

    What are your favorite, helpful or curious gadgets for your old Macs?

    ResetTool1.jpg ResetTool2.jpg ResetTool3.JPG
     
  2. Eriamjh1138@DAN macrumors 6502a

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  3. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    See in the UK ... there's a switch on the wall power outlet. Much easier!
     
  4. timidpimpin macrumors 6502

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    A fair point... but you guys still drive on the wrong side. :)
     
  5. B S Magnet macrumors 6502

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    Yes, they're big and kludgy power outlets which consume a mess of space like no other power outlet on the planet. :)
     
  6. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    They're a brilliant bit of design, and a lot safer than the outlets on the rest of the planet.
     
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    B S Magnet macrumors 6502

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    Yes. They have more exposed conductive surface area by which little fingers can be electrocuted at not 100–120 volts, but a whopping 220–240 volts.

    As for safe and certain, the Australian/NZ plug is the smartest design: not much larger than North American plugs, there is only ever one way to plug an item into the mains. Its perpendicular poles are an assurance of that. :)

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    In the PPC-only days, I kept a small, flathead screwdriver handy for locking/unlocking the keyboards used for the iBooks and Titanium PowerBooks.

    These days, I always have in my bag a Phillips-head, dual-ended screwdriver — medium and tiny tip — with pen cap-style covers (one with a clip, which lets me keep it next to writing pens in the bag). I have used this screwdriver (more times than I can count) to open my unibody MacBook Pro 13" rapidly whenever something internal is running amok.

    In a pinch, I have used a safety pin as an ad-hoc antenna for the Power Mac G5, since I lack the Apple T-shaped antenna (which are hard to find cheaply).
     
  8. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    BS1363 got there in 1947, sleeved pins arrived in 1984. Took you guys until the 1990s to steal our ideas... ;)

     
  9. tevion5 macrumors 68000

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    Even as an Irishman, I have to admit the Brits make a great power socket/plug.
     
  10. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    Just don't tread on one! Ouch.:eek:
     
  11. tevion5 macrumors 68000

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    Sure don't the Brits love treading on things now and then ;)
     

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