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Looking for Old Software for your Recycled Macintosh?

May 14, 2011 Comments off

It can be hard finding older versions of software. Whether you have an older Mac (OK or PC or computer running Linux) or just need to go back a version (like I did recently with Firefox) you don’t always know where to go.

That’s why I was happy to find a website called oldapps.com – which offers quite a few choices (tho not commercial software) you might need. Check out the Mac site at : http://mac.oldapps.com/.

Software Update – June 29, 2011: From MacInTouch:

TenFourFox 5.0 is a port of Firefox for PowerPC Macs (G3, G4, and G5) that “uses modified Firefox source code, rewritten to remain compatible with Mac OS X v10.4 and the Power Macintosh. It also contains specific optimizations and special features for PowerPC processors.” This release includes “All new standard features of Firefox 5.0, including CSS animation, multiple bug fixes, improvements to canvas and graphic display, and a faster browser core.” TenFourFox is free for Mac OS X 10.4.11 and up (PowerPC).

And one more from the TenFourFox website: Are you looking for a web browser for Mac OS 8.6-9.2.2 (and compatible with 10.1.5-10.3.9)? Try our sister project, Classilla.

Let us know if you have other suggestions and we’ll create a list for everyone to enjoy!

Why We Recycle: A Personal Story


Jessica Snow is an environmentalist showing off her refurbished MacBook.

Jessica Snow receives her refurbished MacBook during the MRC's Monday Night Clinic.

MacRecycleClinic is a small group – with a collective big heart. We are all volunteers but like many who care, we put a lot of time and effort into what we do. We care about the environment and want to play a part – admittedly a small one – to help folks continue to get good service out of computers that others no longer want or need.

The fact that we only work with Macintosh computers is a benefit of the job. We’re also passionate about Apple products and from long experience, we know they will provide years of good service with just a little loving care.

So when Jessica Snow – a college student who cares deeply about the environment – came to us, we were happy to work with her. Jessica – a former blogger for the Examiner newspapers – needed something portable and easy to care for. A MacBook was the answer.

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Free MultiMedia Resources for Recycled Computers

May 6, 2011 Comments off

Recycled computers like the ones we work with at MacRecycleClinic have a wide range of software available for them. Manufacturers are slowly ending their support for the PowerPC platform (the CPU Apple used before moving to Intel) but thanks to the Internet, free software is abundant for our older systems. What’s even more exciting is that there are a growing number of online resources that let you work with your media for free. And best of all, they don’t care what computer you’re using!

This post will focus specifically on photo, video and audio resources given the great interest in multimedia these days.

Since many folks also work with PCs, I’ll include some links and suggestions here as well.
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