26 February 2007

Major Moto

I like Zeldman's work, so I loaded one of his templates for this blog. Turns out that Zeldman doesn't use his own template these days. Oh well.

Since I was planning on taking the design apart and making it my own; I used it anyway. "It" being Zeldman's "Mr. Moto" template.

In hacking through the template, I found the following error:

Variable name="bodyFont" description="Text Font" type="font" default="normal normal 100% 'tahoma Trebuchet MS', ...

Variable name="bodyFont" description="Text Font" type="font" default="normal normal 100% tahoma, 'Trebuchet MS', ...

Then there was the 3-pixel height the heading got pushed down the page. I still haven't firgured that one out, yet. But I did force the headline back into place. That was and is still a frustrating bug.

24 February 2007

Before You Trash It

Before disposing of an Apple Performa 6400 or Power Mac 6400 or Power Mac 6500 you will want to pull the really unique speaker (subwoofer) from the case. Collect two of them and you might really have something.

Getting into the case is not straight forward. They don't build 'em like they used to, which is good in this instance. Skipping one of the following steps will not speed things up!

  1. Remove the front façade, starting at the bottom. Release the two bottom tabs and pull very hard.
  2. Pry-off the small front façade, staring at its side-seams.
  3. Remove the screw from the top-back; slide the top façade off by pushing to the back.
  4. Lightly pry-up the 2 centimeter tab molded into the plastic panel's front edge on the computer's right side façade. Now slide this panel off  by pushing to the back.
  5. Remove the nine Philips-head screws from the steel side panel.
  6. Remove the side panel by sliding it to the rear about 1 centimeter and then lift up.
  7. Remove the four T-10 screws from the bottom. These have rubber bushings that are worth saving too.
  8. Release the red and black speaker lead wires. It is attached, by just friction, to the small printed circuit board (PCB) near the top-rear of the computer.
  9. Remove the speaker and fish out the lead wires.
  10. Done.

22 February 2007

Thought Dump

Well, here we go again with a new blog. Google takes over Blogger; we will see if they can make an even better go of it than Blogger did by themselves.

If things go well, I'll be logging lots of trivial personal, tech, political, and other thoughts and seemingly random factoids. Posting here means I would encourage comments if you have them.