Adam Rosen is an MIT graduate with over 20 years of experience on the Mac platform and over 10 years providing computer technical support. He is an IT consultant specializing in Apple Macintosh systems new and old and the curator of the Vintage Mac Museum.
- Mac OS 9 Isn't Dead Yet, 2011.05.16. In some areas, the need to run Classic Mac software or the cost of upgrading apps to OS X keeps people using Mac OS 9.
- Installing Mac OS 9 on the Mirrored Drive Doors Power Mac G4, 2011.03.21. The MDD was Apple's last Power Mac capable of booting into Mac OS 9, and you need to have just the right version of 9.2.2 for it to work.
- Vintage Mac Workhorse: Power Mac G4 Cube with Mac OS X 10.4.11, 2011.03.03. The G4 Cube has plenty of power and runs OS X 10.4 Tiger very comfortably, letting it act as a server accessible by new Macs and old.
- Vintage Mac Workhorse: WallStreet PowerBook G3 with Mac OS 9.2.2, 2011.02.23. G3 Macs are ideal for the Classic Mac OS, and SCSI, ADB, and serial ports make the WallStreet PowerBook a great bridge computer.
- Vintage Mac Workhorse: Quadra 840av with Mac OS 8.1, 2011.02.16. The 40 MHz Quadra 840av was the ultimate 680x0 Mac and makes a great bridge between technologies.
- Vintage Mac Workhorse: Mac Plus with System 6.0.8, 2011.02.09. The Mac Plus boots System 6 quickly, reads 400K and 800K disks reliably, and networks with more modern Macs.
- Finding a New Home for Your Old Mac, 2010.08.30. You can repurpose the old Mac as a server, pass it along to a family member, donate it, sell it, give it away, or recycle it.
- My Low-end iPhone 3G: Bugs, iOS Updates, and Keeping It Working, 2010.07.13. The problem started with the iPhone OS 3.1 update, and while upgrading to iOS 4 solved that, it made the iPhone slower than molasses.
- Moving Files from Classic Macs to Modern Ones, 2010.05.12. There are several methods for copying files from older Macs to newer ones via ethernet and hardware.
- Ubiquitous Computing: Tabs, Pads, Books, and Clouds, 2010.03.16. "Ubiquitous computing names the third wave in computing, just now beginning . . . when technology recedes into the background of our lives."
- Multiroom Audio with iTunes, 2009.11.03. Apple's iTunes software makes it easy to stream audio to another room. All you need is the right hardware and sometimes an extra app.
- Oops: A Macintosh Undelete Odyssey, 2009.10.05. Accidentally wiping a drive is recoverable, but it's a long, slow process. A bit of creativity will help with files that lose their names.
- Step by Step Guide to Manual Mac System Migration, 2009.08.18. Migration Assistant doesn't always do the job. Manual migration involves copying, deauthorizing, and reinstalling apps and user files.
- Tips for Installing or Reinstalling Mac OS X 10.4 'Tiger', 2009.06.10. Mac OS X 10.4 uses less memory than Leopard, supports Classic Mode on PowerPC Macs, and, unlike Leopard, is supported on G3 Macs.
- AppleTalk, LocalTalk, and PhoneNet, 2009.01.13. Apple's first networking protocol was AppleTalk, which used LocalTalk cabling or, later on, PhoneNet.
- Use Your FileMaker Pro Databases on Your iPhone, 2008.10.06. Although there's no version of FileMaker Pro for the iPhone, FMTouch will let you use your data and layouts on it.
- Tales of old Mac data retrieval, 2008.06.13. Getting apps and documents off 400K floppies, old disk images, and a Mac running System 5.
- Mac remote control options built into Leopard, 2008.02.29. Apple has four tools for Macintosh remote control built right into the Mac OS X 10.5 'Leopard' operating system.
- Software to remotely control and reboot your Mac, 2008.02.15. Commercial software to control your Mac over a network or the Internet. Also how to restart a remote Mac.
- Remotely control your OS 9 or OS X Mac, 2008.02.01. With the right software, some of it free, you can remotely control your Mac from another Mac or a Windows or Unix PC.
- Using ProTools Free 3.4 with older Macs, 2008.01.04. How to install and use the free version of ProTools 3.4 with the Classic Mac OS on a wide range of older hardware.
- Vintage Mac networking and file exchange, 2007.12.19. How to network vintage Macs with modern Macs and tips on exchanging files using floppies, Zip disks, and other media.
- Vintage Mac video and monitor mania, 2007.12.17. Vintage Macs and monitors didn't use VGA connectors. Tips on making modern monitors work with old Macs.
- Getting inside vintage Macs and swapping out bad parts, 2007.12.14. When an old Mac dies, the best source of parts is usually another dead Mac with different failed parts.
- Solving Mac startup problems, 2007.12.12. When your old Mac won't boot, the most likely culprits are a dead PRAM battery or a failed (or failing) hard drive.
- Working with vintage Macs, 2007.12.07. Tips for dealing with dead PRAM batteries, failed drives, connecting monitors, networking, swapping out parts, and more.
- Using older peripherals with newer Macs, 2007.11.02. Sometimes all you need is the right hardware adapter, but sometimes you need drivers, and then things can get a bit tricky.
- The benefits and possible pitfalls of software updates, 2007.10.05. Software updates can improve security, fix bugs, and introduce new problems. When and why to update - and when not to.
- Maintaining Your Mac: Effective backup strategies for Mac users, 2007.09.21. How to backup your important data and your entire hard drive before a catastrophic drive failure turns you into a backup zealot.
- Maintaining Your Mac: Solving Mac disk and hardware problems, 2007.09.07. Dealing with damaged directories, messed up file permissions, PRAM problems, and stuck discs.
- Maintaining Your Mac: Fixing Mac glitches and sluggishness, 2007.08.24. If you're Mac is acting oddly or seems slower, here are several steps you can take to fix glitches and reduce or remove sluggishness.
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