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Big Sur

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

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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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iMAC

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

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1999

Not sure if you have seen the video for 1999 by Charli XCX but there are some geeky references in it. #imac #netscape

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From the ashes!

£50 on facebook saw me obtaining this iMac 24 inch. A strip, clean and replacement internal PSU sees this mac living to fight another day as it was randomly switching off!

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IIcx – Restoration

Oldest Mac I own. A IIcx from about 1989. It now switches on and runs thanks to 4 capacitors that needed replacing.

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MacOS Mojave

They said it couldn’t be done…MacOS Mojave on a 10 year old mac pro…..

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Open heart surgery.

Little job for MacMum. Reports of printer printing faint. New toner didn’t help so a bit of open heart surgery later (stripped it down and cleaned all the optics) MacMum’s printer lives to print another day..

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It’s been a while….

…but mac-mann has been upgraded to ubuntu 18 LTS! The automated update didn’t go too well and broke Apache. However it was quick to spin up a new VM on the Mac-Mann cloud. 🙂

Stay tuned for more updates.

Chris.