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#41 2020-10-30 17:58:19

colak
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Re: Low-Tech Magazine, now solar-powered!

Destry wrote #314170:

Yesterday I discovered Low-Tech Magazine, which has been online since 2007. I don’t know how I have missed it for so long, but sadly I have, until yesterday. That’s when someone shared news about their new off-grid solar-powered version of the site, which they are migrating to permanently.

Just in case anybody is online now. Kris De Decker of Low tech mag is live on live.descon.me/b/bbb-auf-dfb-nbl.


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#42 2020-12-23 00:30:44

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Re: Low-Tech Magazine, now solar-powered!

A good recent article on LTM by de Decker

How and why I stopped buying new laptops

I need to make a decision in this direction soon, too, but I’m not sure in what way yet. High Sierra won’t remain supported forever and I can’t just make a sudden switch to Linux. I’ll need some time on the learning curve. A second machine, maybe. But I can’t buy new Apple gear either.

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#43 2020-12-23 09:47:38

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Re: Low-Tech Magazine, now solar-powered!

Destry wrote #327754:

High Sierra won’t remain supported forever and I can’t just make a sudden switch to Linux.

[…]

A second machine, maybe. But I can’t buy new Apple gear either.

2012-era MacBook Pros, minis and anything else with a Core i5 is the sweet spot. Good prices, still use SATA interfaces for cheap-ish drives, and runs everything up to Catalina. Mojave is a nice balance of being vendor-supported and runs 32-bit software (assuming it has Mojave support in itself).

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#44 2020-12-23 11:32:12

Destry
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Re: Low-Tech Magazine, now solar-powered!

gaekwad wrote #327760:

2012-era MacBook Pros, minis and anything else with a Core i5 is the sweet spot. Good prices, still use SATA interfaces for cheap-ish drives, and runs everything up to Catalina.

Thanks for that insight. I’ve been hearing a lot about Back Market lately for being a good place to buy used/refurb hardware, and they have plenty of ’sweet spot’ available.

The other part of this, of course, is knowing how to swap out and change components over time, and having a machine that doesn’t make that near impossible by design/engineering . Don’t know about Mid 2012 MBPs. I tried to work on a Mitsubishi once, and it was a disaster. Died on the operating table.

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#45 2020-12-23 17:54:43

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Re: Low-Tech Magazine, now solar-powered!

Destry wrote #327762:

The other part of this, of course, is knowing how to swap out and change components over time… and … Died on the operating table.

for some of us it’s best to avoid doing anything that leads to the latter part. Luckily here about we have The Hackery that has lots of older arts and fixes things as well. They are wizards


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#46 2020-12-23 19:17:12

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Re: Low-Tech Magazine, now solar-powered!

Destry wrote #327762:

The other part of this, of course, is knowing how to swap out and change components over time, and having a machine that doesn’t make that near impossible by design/engineering . Don’t know about Mid 2012 MBPs.

www.ifixit.com/Device/MacBook_Pro_13%22_Unibody_Mid_2012

These guys are good. I say this having bought, stripped down, and boosted maybe 50 or so 2012 MBPs, so I know what I’m doing, but iFixit are excellent for this stuff.

A 2012 MBP with stock innards (typically 500GB spinner hard drive, 4GB RAM) can be obtained for a reasonable price. Here on Plague Isles in the UK, I would expect to pay 250-300GBP for a very good to excellent condition one. Throw in 8-16GB DDR3 RAM (~40-80GBP), a 2.5” SATA SSD (~25-200GBP), and then either leave the SuperDrive in place or yoink it out and replace with a drive caddy (~10GBP) that can take either a spinning drive or a second SSD (~25-200GBP).

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#47 2020-12-23 21:08:39

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Re: Low-Tech Magazine, now solar-powered!

Thank you, Pete. You have helped me clear a way forward.

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#48 2020-12-23 21:54:39

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Re: Low-Tech Magazine, now solar-powered!

Currently : MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011)

still working fine after one $100.00 fix at The Hackery about 4 years ago.
they also fixed my Macintosh 512K which still runs. Our grandkids enjoy using MacPaint or MacDraw work.


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#49 2020-12-24 00:04:26

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Re: Low-Tech Magazine, now solar-powered!

Destry wrote #327762:

[…] Died on the operating table.

Welcome to the club! my most risky feats in that area where replacing RAM in a PM8500 and a PowerMac G4 graphite (not too difficult), and replacing the HD in the same G4, which took me the better part of a day.

Have a look at the refurbished section on apple.com/fr, sometimes one can find nice deals (my daughter bought an MBP13 for 25% off the catalog price). Link is in the footer of every apple.com page (special deals or refurbished or…). Although from a quick look, that Back Market site is probably sourcing lots of their offers from the same source.


Where is that emoji for a solar powered submarine when you need it ?

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