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April 02, 2021

 

So, I bought a hot tub like an old person. It’s good to be old.

 

🍎 Modern G4 Cube is Working 🧊

🍎 Modern G4 Cube is Working 🧊
🍎 Modern G4 Cube is Working 🧊
🍎 Modern G4 Cube is Working 🧊
🍎 Modern G4 Cube is Working 🧊
🍎 Modern G4 Cube is Working 🧊

A few months ago, I scored a fully working Apple PowerMac G4 Cube on eBay. My original plan was to convert it into a working computer by swapping the guts for a Raspberry Pi 4. After getting the initial build working, I wasn't particularly happy with the performance for a desktop, so I decided to look elsewhere.

Last week, thanks to a friend, I was able to purchase a Dell Wyse thin client labeled as a refurbished computer for around $100. It has a Pentium Silver J5005 inside, 8 GB of RAM, and a tiny built in flash storage.

I cracked it open, stripped it down, and sure enough the motherboard is the perfect size to pressure fit carefully inside the G4 Cube chassis. Result!

Next, I added a 250 GB Samsung EVO SSD, and installed Ubuntu Linux on it. I am using a little USB switcher so I can share keyboard and mouse with my M1 MacBook Pro, and it works wonderfully hooked up to a 4K monitor.

Next up, I need to clean the interior a bit, so some cable management, and find a way to integrate the power button.

What a fun project this has been so far!

 

This documentary offers a deeply intimate look at extraordinary teenager Billie Eilish. Award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler follows her journey on the road, onstage, and at home with her family as the writing and recording of her debut album changes her life.

Watched on Trakt

 

Listened to A Space Elevator In Jonesboro, Arkansas

β€’ How much y’all reckon it would cost to just buy a football program outright? β€’ Short on new can’t-miss business ideas this week, but almost positive we’re the first media outlet to suggest militarizing rodeo clowns β€’ Who are you, β€œofficer,” to tell us we β€œcannot” jetski through the Suez Canal β€’ Ryan invents a game that reveals just how easy Spencer would be to steal from β€’ There are manatee noises! It’s not cute!!

By Shutdown Fullcast