Convert Your Old Mac or PC into a Chromebook with Neverware

I’m not sure why you would want to do this but there’s software that  will allow to turn certain older Macs (and PC’s) into Chromebooks. Neverware is free for individuals or you can pay a monthly fee for eductators with more support.

CloudReady only runs one thing: a browser. This makes for a bloat-proof and lightweight OS that can keep machines up to 8 years old fast and responsive.

You don’t need to get a new machine to experience a market-leading OS or get reliable performance. CloudReady works on the computers you already have and lets cloud-services do the heavy lifting.

Not all Macs or PCs are supported, but a good number are.  One thing I did notice  is all the Macs they support will still run OSX El Capitan which gives you a lot more features than Chrome OS does but I’m going to guess this OS runs much faster on your old Mac. Check out all models neverware will run on here

The Rise and Fall of Mac OS X Versions

Dan Knight at Low End Mac has quite the interesting chart with six years of data of the Mac OS versions that are used when visiting his site from 2009 to 2015:

Over time, the distribution of Mac OS versions among Mac users changes as new versions of the OS are released, old Macs are retired, and new models arrive that only support the most recent version. Today we’re looking at six years worth of data.

I bet this took a fair bit of time to gather all the data and chart it all out.

SimpleMark Markdown Tool for PowerPC Macs

This is a neat find: There’s actually a markdown writing program for the PowerPC called Simple Mark

I found it at G5 Center, which is a site dedicated to all things PowerMac G5:

The Power Mac G5 was one of the last PowerPC machines Apple produced and sold. It remains a capable computer today. This website is dedicated to the venerable machine, providing users with information on available hardware and software choices for their G5.

I never did get around to owning a Power Mac G5, but I’ve always loved the looks and I bet with the processor-light workflow I have I could probably be pretty productive on a ten-plus year old Mac. If I did get one I would of course max out the ram

incidentally, the Power Mac G5 is Low End Mac’s Mac of the day today

The New Look

I have been wanting to change the look and layout of ramseeker for some time, yet still keep some of older design cues from when the site was first designed some 15 plus years ago and I think I’ve got the look I want.1

I was going to write about my plans for going forward but my about page pretty much sums up my plans so no sense in repeating myself.

  1. famous last words. this might change.