My Xserve (Early 2008)

Apple tarted building datacenter-ready machines back in 2002 with the release of the Xserve G4. The Xserve was designed as a 1U rack-mountable machine running Mac OS X Server. Over their lifespan they offered either 3 or 4 hot-swappable drives, two PCI or PCI Express expansion slots, a CD or DVD drive, slots for 2 …

My Broken Keyboard Saga

I own a 2016 MacBook Pro with Apple's famous(ly unreliable) butterfly keyboard. It's fine to type on but is prone to failure, so much that I bought an extended warranty just to deal with it. Apple eventually opened a free repair keyboard program to repair them outside of warranty. Mine was humming along just fine …

My Recycled PC

I went to our local recycling center recently to drop off some wood that we couldn’t burn. I always like to stop at the electronics “trailer” where people dispose of TVs, microwaves, printers, and computers. I found a working Power Mac G4 Cube there several years ago so I know it can result in quality …

My iPad Pro

I decided recently to purchase a 10.5" iPad Pro as an upgrade to my four-year-old iPad Air 2. I wanted Pro-level features but the brand-new 11" model is just too expensive. Scouring eBay was a much better option and I found one quickly - a 256 GB 10.5" iPad Pro with case and Apple Pencil …

iPad Next

This summer I posted an article about my iPad collection. In it I discussed what my next possible iPad might be. At the time my iPad Air 2 was holding up well and I was eyeing a previous-generation 10.5" iPad Pro once they went on sale after the next refresh. Since that time I've cracked …