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Big Sur

Currently evaluating Mac OS big Sur which look good on the surface.

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My favourite waste of time.

Picked up this little machine in a charity auction. Has a hard drive installed and a box of random disks.

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Wordworth

Last night was all about doing something practical on a vintage computer so I managed to get hold of a copy of wordworth for the Amiga. Something I used a lot for school work especially gcse. It even prints to my laserjet!

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Amiga 500 Plus

First post in a while and first Amiga post. Last night I performed the drive swap hack so I can boot from DF1 which has a gotek usb drive attached.

I will post some updates on my Amiga collection as I have a few nifty bits of nostalgia.

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A little update

Well I has been a while. I have bought loads of new apples including a Twentieth Annversary mac and will attempt to update over the next few weeks. Unfortunately I had to replace the mac-mann server with a Dell but I am looking to resurrect it when funds allow.

Here are some photo’s of my new toys.

Mac Pro
Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh
Laserwriter 8500
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IOM DataCentre

Here’s mac mann’s new (old) server running all of Mac-Mann’s services.

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Loads of new stuff

Hi,

Just a short post to say there have been many changes at mac-mann. When I get some time I will post a write up. Needless to say the site is now fully resilient with two physical hosting locations and a private/public cloud as well as CDN.

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New Infrastructure

This week has been an interesting one for Mac Mann. First off I built an AFP to NFS gateway using a Raspberry PI so my old macs running apple talk can share with my other systems via Samba. Also this weekend I moved the mac mann website “in house” on my own private proxmox cloud. Proxmox is a versatile virtualisation product at a fraction of the cost of VMWare. The free version does most things people (clustering, live migration) want but most importantly the backups do restore and work!

With bringing the website back to the Mac (proxmox is running on a mac pro). I needed some features I’d miss from the previous set up so today I built an NGINX (pronounced Engine X) server to cache but most importantly to automatically display a maintenance page whenever I reboot the webserver.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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.im

Mac-Mann now has an im domain. IM is the TLD (top level domain) for the Isle of Man. Many thanks to the Isle of Man government for allowing me the manx spelling of Man (Mann).

If you are in the market for a short domain whether you are manx or not check out www.nic.im as well as www.domicilium.com for complete hosted solutions and connectivity.

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iMAC

Perfectly presented in the box. Thanks to a find in a charity shop by a friend of mac-mann. #imac