Thursday, April 30, 2009

Running Mac OS 9 under Leopard

When Apple released Mac OS X 10.5, they removed the ability to run Classic (Mac OS 9) applications. However there are emulators out there that can run all kinds of operating systems. Don't believe me? Run on over to MacUpdate and search for "emulator".

The only emulator that I know of that can run Mac OS 9 is SheepShaver.  It can be a bit tricky to set up, and it's not the most stable application, and it hasn't been updated in a few years, but it does work. Here is a screen shot of SheepShaver's home page, displayed in the Mozilla browser, running under Mac OS 9.0.4, emulated by SheepShaver, running on my Intel iMac under Mac OS X 10.5.6.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Outline of April 28 Meeting

(Additional comments are in RED)

❑ Announcements

❑ Anyone new here since the March Meeting?

Please fill out the questionnaire. is up and running.

I sent out invitations to everyone who filled out the questionnaire at the March meeting. Comments are welcomed.

❑ I have registered this group with Apple. Here is their response.

Thanks for visiting the Apple User Groups web site and submitting your

info. It's always great to see a new group forming.

We've put the group on pending status as it needs to grow in a couple

of areas before we can add it to the program or locator. When

accepting new groups, we typically look for:

1. three different leadership contacts

2. a couple of group meetings successfully completed (doesn't apply to

"Online Only" groups)

3. a website with at least basic meeting and contact information

4. at least 25 members (100 members for online groups)

❑ Q&A, General Discussion

❑ Basic Care & Feeding of your Macintosh

Links to all mentioned utilities can be found at or

❑ Backup, backup, backup!

There are two kinds of computer users: those that have had a hard disk fail and those that will have a hard disk fail.

❑ Mac OS X 10.5.x Time Machine

For best results use an external hard disk that's at least 1.5 times the capacity of the drive you're backing up.

❑ Mac OS X 10.4.x or later

❑ Retrospect Express

Free when you buy certain external drives.

❑ Carbon Copy Cloner (Free)

❑ SuperDuper! ($27.95 Shareware)

❑ Finder

For backing up selective files.

❑ iPhoto & iTunes

Can back up their own libraries.

❑ Maintenance Scripts

Maintenance scripts archive log files daily, weekly & monthly. This normally takes place in the middle of the night, but if your computer is off, you can run the scripts manually.Theoretically MacOS X 10.5.x runs these scripts at Startup if the computer has been off overnight. Mac OS X 10.4.x is supposed to do this too, but it does not do it reliably.

❑ Maintenance (Free)

❑ Maintidget (Free)—Maintidget.html

❑ When things just don't feel right…

❑ Restart

That may be all that's necessary. Sometimes restarting in "Safe Mode" (holding down Shift when restarting) can clear up some problems.

❑ Disk Utility

❑ Repair Disk Permissions

❑ Verify Disk

❑ Boot from install DVD

❑ Repair Disk

❑ Create a troubleshooting account. If the problem goes away, there was probably a problem in an Application Support or Preferences file.

❑ Single User Mode (BE VERY CAREFUL!)

❑ AppleJack (Free)—applejack

applejack auto restart

❑ Commercial Disk Utilities

❑ TechTool Pro ($98)

❑ DiskWarrior ($99.95)—DiskWarrior

❑ Other considerations

Use a surge protector or UPS

Have enough RAM

Don't overfill your hard disk. Leave ample room for Virtual Memory to grow.

Don't lose your software discs

Empty the Trash

Keep System and other software up-to-date

Software Update

App Update & Widget Update—software

Macworld's Maintenance Calendar—maintenance_cal.html

download and unzip this file

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Where I Spend My Time

This is my main view of the world. To say I am addicted to my iMac is an vast understatement. Those of you with good eyes might also note that it is Facebook on the screen. Double dependence!

I've shown you mine. Now you show me yours.

Monday, April 13, 2009

On the bridge of NCC-1701

Spock: Captain, I have detected an anomalous substance on the bow of Enterprise. It appears to be some form of aerosol-applied pigment.

Kirk: Thank you, Mister Spock. Scotty, can you determine, the nature, of this anomaly?

Scott: Aye, I'll do my best Captain, but I canna change the laws of physics.

Kirk: Bones, can you gather, a sample, of the anomaly?

McCoy: Dammit Jim, I'm a doctor, not a janitor!

Chekov: Keptin, the Womulan wessel is appwoaching!

Kirk: Not now Mister Chekov, we may, be under attack, by something, far more, insidious.

Computer: Welcome to Macintosh Captain.

Spock: Fascinating.

Sulu: (Thinking) One again they give me no lines.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Welcome All

First off, we'd like to thank all of you who showed up for our inaugural meeting on March 31. It looks like we're off to a good start.

Second, we have invited everyone who provided an email address to join this blog. Theoretically, once you join, you'll be able to post messages and reply to other members' posts.

Third, If there's a Mac-related website or blog that you particularly like, let us know and we'll add it to the list over there on the right column.

Fourth, this is your place. Please let us know how we can improve it.

Again thanks,
Chris & Martha Schram