Apple PowerMac G4 Graphite – PyraMac Case Mod, 05/2003

29 09 2010

This was a Mac case mod originally performed in May of 2003 and is being re-published here from my old site.

“Project Pyramac” is a symbolic mod for the Mac G4 transformation or resurrection if you will, into the Mac G5. This was completed before Apple officially released their PowerMac G5 tower in June 2003, the G5 case design is still going strong today.

Apple PowerMac G4 – PyraMac Case Mod, May 2003
Draft sheet of front side PyraMac. Draft sheet of back side PyraMac. Full scale prototype.
Fullscale prototype looking inside. Using Dremel on internal G4 steel cage. Using a plummers torch to melt/bend plexiglass case and supporting parts.
Plexiglas case assembled with all components. Even the hard drives get Plexiglas window treatment. Power supply is also re-cased with Plexiglas.
Case fans with various Ultra-Violet treatments. Power supply internal parts get UV treatment, results are on lend to Tron type effects. Case fan with Plexiglas UV Cover.
Hit the power switch and boom! PyraMac lites up the whole room with an eerie bluish glow. Overhead view of the glowing PyraMac. Pyramac with a Apple Display.

wired.com posted a article “A Desktop Seventh Wonder” about Project Pyramac. What is a Pyramac?

PyrAmac – (pyr-a-mac)
n.
1. Macintosh Computer in the form of a Pyramid: pyr or Fire Mac.
2. Relating to the action of fire or heat: pyrography.
3. Fever: pyrogen.
4. Derived from an acid by the loss of a water molecule: pyrosulfuric acid.

[Latin prymac , pyramac- , from Greek pramac , probably from Egyptian pimac but most likely from the dood in the Mojave Desert who says PyrMac (Pure Mac).]

1. A computer figure with a polygonal base and triangular faces that meet at a common point and glows hot with a variety of colors.
2. A computer shaped like a polyhedron on fire or glowing with heat/colors.
3. A glowing computer having a rectangular base and four triangular faces culminating in a single apex, built over or around a CPU.
4. Any of various similar constructions, especially a four-sided Mesomacintosh computer having sloped sides and a pinnacle top surmounted by chambers and computer components.
5. The modding involved in pyramiding computers.

Anatomy. A computer or part suggestive of a burning or glowing pyramid in shape.

And, as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them into shapes, and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name

– William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Mini-Review: WindowShade X

26 09 2010

Unsanity.com has updated WindowShade X to 5.0.6, grab it here: http://www.unsanity.com/haxies/wsx, and I thought this would be a good time to give a mini-review. WindowShade X is a simple system utility app. which if my memory serves me correct was a feature introduced by Apple way back in Classic Mac OS 7 or 8 where you could collapse windows to their titlebar.

Essentially when you double-click on the title bar of a window, instead of the window moving into the dock, which you can leave that feature on if you like, it will collapse the window to the title bar in its place. I love this feature as it seems to increase my productivity when I have my desktop infested with a copious amounts of windows to deal with dragging and dropping files from one window to the next. WindowShade X has many other features like making the window transparent which can be dialed in to your exact liking among others.

Sidenote: Some people have said the Application Enhancer, aka APE, WindowShade uses tends to cause issues with their system. Personally I have used Windowshade close to a decade since Mac OS 10.1 on dozens of Mac systems with various flavors of Mac OS X from web production to gaming systems and haven’t had any issues related to APE or WindowShade.

I’m currently using WindowShade X 5.0.6 on a iMac i5 using Snow Leopard 10.6.4. Personally I find WindowShade X a utility application I would hate to be without.

Mini-Review: WindowShade X


Mini-Review: WindowShade X 5 out of 5 stars
Product: Unsanity, WindowShade X
Version:
5.0.6

Cost: Upgrade is $10, $15 otherwise
My take: "I would hate to be without it." -RiscX
WindowShade X

WindowShade X in action





Apple revises iTunes 10 with a new Ping sidebar

25 09 2010

Today Apple updated iTunes to 10.0.1 allowing Ping to show in a sidebar while allowing users to view their music library as well. The update fixes some various bugs as well. I’ve been playing around with iTunes’ Ping and this is a nice addition, Go have a look see for yourself





Apple PowerMac G4 Graphite – BlueIce G4 Case Mods, 1999-2002

25 09 2010
BlueIce G4 Mac Case Mods, 1999-2002
Apple PowerMac G4 Graphite before the case mod. Apple Mac G4 Graphite opened up. G4 components removed from case, now the real work begins.
It’s not a real case mod unless you spill some blood. Revision 1 complete, translucent case shell and internal blue cathode ray tubes installed for illumination. Revision 2 included a front facing 5-port USB hub installed. Apple Mac G4 case opened up and illuminated.
Revision 3 included a 5-inch LCD installed as a system utility display. Also illuminated a Apple Mac Pro Keyboard, that was not fun :\ Another angle of BlueIce G4 with 5-inch LCD and internal 5-port USB hub.

This case mod was originally executed from 1999 through 2002. I am reposting here from my original but now defunct old website.
The “Birth” of Project BlueIce G4 consisted of cutting/dremeling the inner chassis on the G4, making the the plastic side panels transparent and installing blue Neon and Cold Cathode tubes inside the case to give in an eerie blue glow. The initial inspiration for BlueIce G4 was based on the first iMacs released in 1999. I thought color customization was pretty cool and started thinking about ways to bring the same customization to my G4 and maybe even taking it to new levels with usability, functionality and appearance.

Revision 2 nine months later I treated BlueIce G4 to another major mod. Cutting more from the steel chassis, installing a internal 5-port USB drive in the front 3.5-inch bay drive and relocated the power switch to the bottom/front of the case so I could place a tertiary 5-inch LCD screen to monitor system stats, itunes/visual display among other atypical type uses.

Revision 3, I have done several minor changes/mods which include installing a 80mm custom blow-hole along with an adjustable 120mm fan/speed control, installing LEDs in the handles, and adding some internal components such as Serial/ATA 10,000RPM “Raptor” drives and a ATi Radeon 9800 AGP card.





2005 Mustang GT burnout

25 09 2010
Time: 1:10 min. | Size: 6.5MB | File Format: QuickTime




RiscX.com R.I.P.

25 09 2010
riscx.com R.I.P.

RiscX.com Modding site served me and readers from 1999 through 2010, R.I.P.

It seems my old server which hosted RiscX.com is down, which is probably a good thing since I have not updated it for the past few years. I am going to dig through some old files from riscx.com and put them here on the new blog and redirect my domain riscx.com here also. If you happen to arrive to this blog expecting to finding something which is not listed yet please let me know, riscx@mac.com, and i’ll see if I can post it for you, sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. Now… where are all those web files at… -Riscx





Grindage for this evening: Sopa Chicken Casserole

23 09 2010

My sweatheart made a very unique dish for dinner this evening… She calls it Sopa Chicken Casserole, was delish.








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