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The answer was ...

The mystery package consequences

So I went to bed (here in Europe it was time to go to bed) knowing that the recipient(s) of my inquiring message who live(s) somewhere in big China is (are) just starting his/her/their work. I expected the answer already in the message box by the time I woke up.

I did. I found the answer there when I woke up next morning (this morning).

I am not sure this comment would ultimately constitute an ethnic slur or defamatory remark and I don't want my comment to be one. On the other hand, I have to comment on the answer I got.

I can not quote the entire reply or part of it to protect the sender's privacy. I can not go into the details but I can say this much.

The reply message did not say anything even remotely related to the mysterious package that had arrived at my address. In the entire message there is no mention of it. The sender neither deny nor confirm that my tentative question whether this package belonged to him/her/them.

The message is in an apologetic tone telling me it was unfortunate that I had not yet received the item but insisting that the item had been sent to me with the tracking number that I had already been notified of.

It continued to say that the money I paid would be reimbursed in case it turned out to be lost.

OK, it is a standard (a template answer for impatient buyers who notify the seller of their anxiety) answer.

The sender who is a customer support worker in a company (I don't know its size but) who does what he/she had to do. He/she can not and would not exceed the scope of his/her scope of duties.

I think this package (unwanted one) does belong to them. Who else could have sent it to me?

The sender can not even refer to it because doing so will overstep his/her duties. He/she does not want to be caught between the person who made the wrong shipping label and the management. Acknowledging the error that someone else (shipping department) made would give him/her a potential trouble. The best policy is playing complete ignorance of the matter and sticking to the formal reply template.

It is perfectly OK to blame the postal system for losing the package but not OK to blame anybody (including himself/herself) working for the company.

This incident reminded me of something that took place in China in the past. A high-speed train detailed and there were casualties (I believe). The Chinese authorities quickly buried the whole train without investigating the cause. Chinese government was (has been) keen on exporting their high-speed train system and did not want the World to know the potential fatal flaws in their train system. They buried it (literally) and pretended nothing had happened.

The official position of the Chinese authorities to this date is that it was not a high-speed train but mildly high-speed train and thus the Chinese high-speed train system would remain "fatal accident-free".

If you can not find a person or persons to blame for something, it should be buried and it should not be discussed. It seems that this is widely adopted policy there.

OK, I will play along. I won't make any more inquiries about this package. The package never existed and I will wait for another week or two and then make another inquiry saying that I haven't received the merchandise and I want a replacement to be sent. Period. The case closed! If they reply and suggest a reimbursement, I will accept it and order the exact same item again pretending that it is my first order to them.

I wish, just wish that they sent me something I can make a use out of, like some memory modules or thermal grease. A video card? It goes straight to the garbage. What a waste!

Fine! I got it.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [The answer was ...]の続きを読む

テーマ:日記 - ジャンル:日記

  1. 2019/02/21(木) 15:43:28|
  2. Diary
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A suprise package from China (Hong Kong)

A surprise package from China (Hong Kong)

I am proud to say that I am composing this entry on my Mac mini 2005 (G4 1.25 GHz) running Tiger 10.4.11 using TenFourFox. It rocks!

This evening I came home form work and found a package for me sitting in the corridor (or entrance area) of my apartment near my room. It had my name and address so it must be meant for me, right?

What could it be? I was expecting a small package from China and it was due by then (now). I was expecting an Intel Core 2 Duo (T7600) 2.33 GHz.

What I did not understand was the size of the package. It was way big. Say it is 22 cm x 18 cm x 9 cm roughly. A CPU and this much protection?

I hurriedly opened it and found . . . . . . a "seemingly used" obscure video card. WTF?

There was no sender information on the package. On its back, there was a tracking number that looked somewhat similar. Similar because the number format, initial alphabets and following numbers, looked just like the one I have been tracking for the past 1 month. It's so close to the tracking number that had been assigned to my package containing Intel Core 2 Duo. The shipping date was also close to what the shipping date that could be on "my package".

What should I do? Of course, within minutes after opening the strange (or estranged) package I logged in my ebay account and sent a message to the seller from whom I bought the CPU asking if it was theirs.

I am expecting an answer from this seller. What could it be? A mix-up? The seller sent a wrong package to me and my Core 2 Duo went to another buyer who were anxiously awaiting a video card?

Well, I think I have to wait another whole month and some for the CPU. That is OK as far as the seller agrees to sent another one to me.

As I had written in the previous entry, I was not going to convert my Mac mini Early 2006 to Mac mini Mid 2007 until much much later. I need this Early 2006 for my next project.

The seller included a small printed slip imploring the buyer not to give them a bad review before negotiating a possible solution to buyer's dissatisfaction.

I am patient and will insist to get a replacement. As long as I get what I paid for, I will give the seller a decent review in the end.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [A suprise package from China (Hong Kong)]の続きを読む

テーマ:Apple - ジャンル:コンピュータ

  1. 2019/02/20(水) 23:49:22|
  2. Diary
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Preparing for some Mac surgery operations

Equipment and others before setting out on a venture

Some time soon, I will be operating on one or two (or three or more?) of my newly acquired Mac minis. The first one could be Mac mini Early 2006 (Core Solo 1.5 GHz) if the Intel CPU Core 2 Duo (T7600) arrives from China. It could be Mac mini 2005 (original G4 1.25 GHz) if I have time.

I will be operating on the logic boards of of G4 Mac mini so that the CPU clock is set to 1.5 GHz. The procedure requires removing tiny resistors on the logic board.

I already have a gas-operated soldering iron. I will be needing more stuff.

First I will remove the logic board of G4 One to see:
1. what kind of CPU heatsink is used
2. how thick the thermal pad used for (seemingly) ATI Radeon 9200 is.

At the same time I will be removing the modem card inside as I firmly believe I will be needing it.

In this initial probe, I want to determine what I will be needing for the operation. From what I have searched for, I know that there are two types of heatsinks used for Mac mini G4 models. The original and the beefed up model used for Late 2005 models (or only for 1.5 GHz models). I am not sure but the author of the Mac mini G4 overclocking modding video that I watched mentions the later revision heatsink.

My G4 One is, I believe, is the original release model and it is the lowest end model so the heatsink must be smaller (= having less heat capacity) one. The video author said it should be OK to set the clock to 1.5 GHz with this earlier heatsink.

I learned that there is a thermal pad patch used on the aluminum radiation shield on the bottom of the case. The location seems to be where the graphic chip sits. I know that this chip (or the way it is implemented) has a major issue (image distortion at Full HD resolution and eventual blackout).

Having seen the issue on both of my Mac mini G4 models, I want to make sure the unnecessary heat stemming form the chip to dissipate as much as possible. I am planning to replace the thermal pad patch. I believe that thermal pad patches must be old and could be of no use by now (after 14 years). So naturally I want to know the measurements. How tall and wide and most importantly how thick?

I have observed and learned a lot from these photos and documents that I found on the Internet.

tpatichip.jpg
(From a exploded view of G4 Mac mini parts: the thermal pad is present there)

macminig4back.jpg
(The ATI Radeon 7200 chip is loaded on the back of the logic board)

TermalPads.jpg
(I am going to buy one of these thermal pad but I don't know the needed measurements)

macminig4hs.jpg
(Is this heatsink the later model?)

The exploded view parts lists that I found on a site don't show the part numbers of the heatsinks at all. On the other hand, I found an ebay seller listing two kinds of heatsinks for seemingly Mac mini G4 models. They are significantly different. This seller's other listed items strongly suggest that he/she has both original 2005 and Late 2005 Mac mini G4 parts indeed.

heatsinkg411.jpg

heatsinkg410.jpg
(Bigger and improved? model)

heatsinkg401.jpg

heatsinkg400.jpg
(Smaller model)

DST to live on or die in EU countries in 2019

I occasionally check to see if Garmin has posted any updates for my devices. Today I found that some updates were available for my Garmin devices. Usually I don't pay much attention to one of those Time Zone updates.

They (updates) are made when some small countries decide to change the time zone they belong to or to drop or adopt the daytime saving system. Usually these countries are some not well-known countries on islands on a vast ocean somewhere.

The description of this update, however, was a bit different in its tone so I thought it would be worth writing about.

In 2018, there was a discussion in EU (Parliament) that the DST system all the EU countries are unanimously using can be disposed of if a country finds it fit to do so from April 2019. It was suggested by Chairman Junker.
I have not yet heard of the decision if this suggestion has been voted into EU rules. Maybe it has been.

Monaco has decided to let it be as before. So I know that in Monaco there will be daylight saving time in next Spring. How about rest of the EU countries? Luxembourg?

monaco-dst.jpg

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [Preparing for some Mac surgery operations]の続きを読む

テーマ:Apple - ジャンル:コンピュータ

  1. 2019/02/20(水) 17:05:09|
  2. MacBooks and Macs
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Project booting an Apple ****** with Tiger 10.4.8

What is the best way to do it?

First I saw a video on YouTube and it inspired me. I searched for more videos and then linked or generally searched for more information on the Internet.

It looked slightly more complicated than booting a Mac mini 2005 (PowerPC G4 processor) issuing a certain command at the OpenFirmware command prompt. The YouTube video I watched for this purpose was very instructive and in details so he (the author) left almost nothing unexplained.

Of course, I had some experience with Unix style commands when I was toying with Linux (on PCs), OpenBSD and NetBSD (on m68k "Classic" Macintosh models). I bought some books explaining those commands. I don't have much experience with MS-DOS style commands. So understanding what the author was trying to explain was very easy.

Now, this reversed Hackintosh (because I am trying to install Mac OS X on a genuine Apple device by modifying the Mac OS X) intrigued me more than just following someone's Hackintosh path by just assembling the parts recommended (proved) to work did. There are many guides and instruction videos on the Internet and on YouTube for normal Hackintosh projects. Buying recommended parts and assembling a Hackintosh machine costs more, indeed and I don't want spending that much money.

Maybe the cheapest way to do an authentic Hackintosh will be buying one of those Intel NUC devices. It does not mean all the devices work (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or others) but I believe I saw someone doing it on YouTube.

I paid close to €30 to get the device (unfortunately the shipping cost more than the device itself) initially. I paid another €20 for Tiger 10.4.8 Installation DVD not realizing that I did not have to. Software Update 10.4.8 combo was available from Apple. I knew this just one day after paying for the DVD.

OK, the extra €20 I did have to shell out was in a way well spent as I can follow the instructions by The 8-Bit Guy (on YouTube) as to how to make a bootable disk image from a DVD meant for other Mac models. This will be fun, too.

So far I paid €50 and I am done with buying stuff hardware-wise. The rest of the process will be done on one of my Mac models. I need my Mac mini Early 2006 (it has to be an Intel CPU model) who can boot from Tiger 10.4.

I have to say I had luck. I was (and am) going to convert it from Mac mini Early 2006 to Mac mini Mid 2007 which can boot only from Tiger 10.4.10 and later. The reason I have not done so yet (as of this writing) is the slow boat from China is yet to come ashore (in reality it is transported on an airplane). I ordered an Intel Core 2 Duo (T7600) 2.33 GHz within minutes after winning the auction (Mac mini Early 2006) on ebay. I ordered it on January 12th but it has not arrived yet as of February 19th.

If I had already converted it into Mac mini Mid 2007, I could not have been able to make the needed installatin of Tiger 10.4.8. Once the newer firmware is burned on Mac mini Early 2006, it can not be reversed.

Years (a decade?) ago I bought an adapter cable that had a USB male port on one end and an IDE (HDD/SSD) interface (2.5/3.5) on the other end with an additional AC/DC power converter for power hungry 3.5 disks.

Back then IDE (PATA) HDDs were still dominant devices but SATA devices were on the rise. So people started to adopt SATA and needed this cable to scavenge some data left on old IDE disks. I stopped using it and it had been neglected until recently. I suddenly started collecting old Mac minis and Mac mini G4 models were equipped with IDE disks and suddenly this adapter cable came in very much handy.

With this cable I can manipulate an IDE 2.5 HDD connected on the USB port with my Mac mini Early 2006.

Well, you may say that one does not need this kind of cable and that one can use "Target Disk Mode" to do the same. You are absolutely correct. It is true, however, the device I am going to fondle with in not a Mac and does not come with the holy grail of Target Disk Mode. I need this cable to tamper with the IDE disk inside this genuine Apple product but not a Mac.

I found at least three sites with detailed (more or less) instructions (one in French). They (instructions) are not identical. I have to decipher what to do and how to do it by reading them throughly. This deciphering part make this project slightly more difficult than the other one (making Mac mini 2005 - generally OpenFirmware equipped Macs boot from a the disk image written on a USB flash memory).

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [Project booting an Apple ****** with Tiger 10.4.8]の続きを読む

テーマ:Apple - ジャンル:コンピュータ

  1. 2019/02/19(火) 17:42:49|
  2. MacBooks and Macs
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Mac OS X Tiger 10.4.8 DVD set purchased!

From Russia with Love

Almost immediately after writing this, I found out that it was really easy to get the 10.4.8 update package from Apple. So what I have written below contains a lot of mistakes and lies.

This below was what I thought was true but turned out to be false. So I spent €20 for almost nothing.



I found this DVD set on ebay. I needed exactly 10.4.8 version of Tiger for some reason. The only way to get one is find the accessory DVD originally shipped from Apple with some Mac models whose release timing coincided with the the release of 10.4.8 version of Tiger.

This DVD set was originally shipped with MacBook origianl or Late 2006. The seller is, as the title suggests, from Russia. The price was to me fair and I could have paid more if he had set the price a bit higher. I could not find other 10.4.8 Tiger DVDs so I had no other choice.

How to make a Mac OS X DVD boot on different models originally not meant for?

I found a YouTube movie related to this topic. The technique illustrated in this movie (by The 8-Bit Guy) applies to models who should boot from the particular version.

To explain this situation, I write the following:

My Mac mini 2006 (original Intel CPU Mac mini model) originally was shipped with Mac OS X Panther 10.3.7 when it was released. It should boot from any version of Mac OS X released later until Apple dropped this model from its support list. Its maximum supported OS version is Snow Leopard 10.6.8.

Naturally, it (Mac mini Early 2006) should boot from 10.4.8, however I don't believe it won't boot from the Installation DVD that I purchased from Russia out of the box.

As the great YouTuber, The 8-bit Guy, explains, the modification that Apple make to those accessory OS Installation DVD is minor and it does not involve any modification to important part of the OS but only made on some fringe files (text files). Anyone can edit them.

I am going to edit those files (one or two only) to include macmini1,1 (logic board name of Mac mini Early 2006) where it needed to be.

After this I will burn a new DVD. I will be able to boot my Mac mini Early 2006 from this modified DVD and install Tiger 10.4.8 on an IDE (PATA) 2.5 HDD connected on the USB port. After the successful installation (I hope), I will continue to modify the freshly installed OS on the USB external disk. This later modification involves stripping non-essential System files (some extensions or others).

I am not sure if I can finish all the required modification. The information is a bit sketchy. I believe I have collected all the information and files needed.

This IDE 2.5 HDD will later go inside a certain device and hopefully boot this device. This device will run on a stripped version of Tiger 10.4.8.

This device won't play any important role at all. I just want to see the end. It is for satisfying my curiosity. I know that this device running Tiger 10.4.8 won't do much even when it is successfully functions.

What is this "device"? Anybody who knows the ropes (Apple product lines) must have been aware of what I have described above and what I am trying to do by now.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [Mac OS X Tiger 10.4.8 DVD set purchased!]の続きを読む

テーマ:Apple - ジャンル:コンピュータ

  1. 2019/02/18(月) 21:36:23|
  2. Bike Races
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