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When is small TOO small?

Over the years the media card formats have shrunk. I can remember when compact flash and smart media were once big (I had a FujiFilm cam that used smart media) and the new formats were expensive/non existent.

With devices shrinking in size there was a need for smaller cards…. but this brings up the question “When is small too small?

When i went to my Palm Treo 700p I had found that my old 512mb sd card was dying… it was cheaper for me to get 2gb MicroSD cards with their included adapters than to get the older SD format. The new cards i got inspired me to to do this photo set that places MicroSD next to many common objects.

Here are the pics :)

iPod USB Connector

When is small TOO small? - iPod USB Connector

On Finger

When is small TOO small? - On Finger

Apple Remote

When is small TOO small? - Apple Remote

AA Battery

When is small TOO small? - AA Battery

iPod Dock connector

When is small TOO small? - iPod Dock connector

Dime

When is small TOO small? - Dime

1gb flash drive

When is small TOO small? - 1gb flash drive

Thumb screw

When is small TOO small? - Thumb screw

Card Case

When is small TOO small? - Card Case

Card Reader

When is small TOO small? - Card Reader

Card range

When is small TOO small? - Card range

Headphone mic adapter for Treo

When is small TOO small? - Headphone mic adapter for Treo

Tech Flashback: My old setup

It is always sad looking back at what you once had… For example when scanning old photos in I found these two shots of my old setup. What makes the picture even more sad is that I don’t live there ay more. Anyway it is a quite typical setup…. HP Deskjet 600c Printer,Proview 14″ crt, Koss speakers,Tons of floppys around,5.25 Floppy Drive, qic80 Tape drive, mitsumi scroll mouse on main machine.Tandy 12″ green screen cga monitor,datatrain keyboard, dexa mouse on the old tandy.It’s amazing how I remembered so much about that setup… Now that hp deskjet was HELL to refill but I kept it going for a far bit of time after my dad passed on to a new printer.

As per the OS’s they ran…: On Main Desk: Tower on desk I belive was Win98 (Right) and tower on floor (Left) i believe was Win 3.11 for workgroups, On 2nd desk: The Tany 1000 (A crappy hybred 286 with 8bit isa slots and cga graphics) obviously runs dos/tandy deskmate. What is interesting to see is how i achieved two machines on one desk… I couldn’t do that on my current desk since they are not at the same level.

Well that’s all for now…. Enjoy the pictures posted below :)

Main Desk
Old Desk - Main

2ND Desk
Old Desk - Second Desk

Mac OS X 10.5 Recovery Drive

This was written for Intel Mac… it may not work on PPC Mac.

This guide will help you make a bootable Recovery Drive with recovery tools and the ability to install your Mac OS X from the external drive.

Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any lost files, damaged hardware, or any other damage resulting from the use of this tutorial; back up any important files just in case. Use of this guide is at your own discretion.

1. Get the required items:

  • Mac OS X Install DVD
  • Any additional software

2. Download the tools:

3. Make the Recovery Drive bootable:

Note: This involves formating… make sure you have backup of all files on another drive.

  1. Plug in the external drive and turn it on
  2. Open Disk Utility
  3. Select the drive you have inserted in the list on the left side
    (Select the actual device not the mounted volume)
  4. Click the Options… button
  5. Select GUID Partition Table and click OK
  6. Select the Partition tab
  7. Select 3 Partitions Volume Scheme
  8. Select Mac OS Extended (Journaled) for each and click Partition
    1. Make the first partition 8,00 GB and set the name as Mac OS X Install DVD
    2. Make the second partition 14.13 GB and name it as Recovery Boot
    3. Make the third partition the remaining space on your external drive and name it as Recovery Data
  9. Once it is all done the external volume should now be partitioned correctly for booting

4. Prepare install disc partition

  1. Insert your Mac OS X Install DVD
  2. Open Disk Utility
  3. Select the dvd named Mac OS X Install DVD and click the New Image button
  4. Select a destination and click on Save
  5. Select Restore
  6. Click Image… and browse to the dmg file you created.
  7. Drag the Mac OS X Install DVD partition to the destination box and press Restore
  8. When it’s done you will have a bootable Mac OS X Install DVD partition


5. Install Mac OS X 10.5 on Recovery Drive:

  1. Insert your Mac OS X Install DVD
  2. While in finder select Go menu and select Go To Folder…
  3. Extract Install Mac OS X-loader.zip and run the extracted Mac OS X Install
  4. Click Continue to progress to next screen
  5. Click Continue to agree to licence
  6. Select your Recovery Boot partition you set up earlier and click Continue
  7. Click Customize and deselect all the optional items ( Only Essential System Software is selected )
  8. Click Install and follow through the install process
  9. Quit the Installer

6. Do 2nd stage of Mac OS X 10.5 install:

  1. Get your TechTools Deluxe install CD and any other software install discs handy
  2. Print out these instructions (this blog post)
  3. Restart and hold Option and select Recovery Boot then press enter when prompted to select boot drive.
    (First boot will be slow)
  4. Follow through the first boot welcome setup

7. Configure your Recovery Drive:

  1. Install TechTools Deluxe
  2. Copy the Mac OS X 10.5 Install loader you extracted earlier from your internal drive to the Recovery Boot folder on Recovery Boot
  3. Do updates to make sure the OS X install is safe and stable
  4. Install any drivers you need
    (Mighty Mouse, Cordless Keyboard)
  5. Add Install Mac OS X to the dock for easy access to the install
  6. Copy any apps from your internal mac drive to the Applications folder on the external drive
  7. Customize the the install to the way you like it
    (I put the most common utilities and such on my dock)

8. Installing Mac OS X from Recovery Drive

  1. Restart and hold Option and select Recovery Boot then press enter when prompted to select boot drive.
  2. Once booted to your Recovery Drive run the Install Mac OS X dock entry you added in earlier steps
  3. Run install as usual


MacBook: DVD Drive Annoyances

Under the Mac OS X 10.x SLA you are allowed to make ONE backup copy of your discs provided with your Mac…

Mac OS X 10.4 (”Tiger”)

You may make one copy of the Apple Software (excluding the Boot ROM code) in machine-readable form for backup purposes only; provided that the backup copy must include all
copyright or other proprietary notices contained on the original.

Mac OS X 10.5 (“Leopard”)

You may make one copy of the Apple Software (excluding the Boot ROM code and other Apple firmware that is embedded or otherwise contained in Apple-labeled
hardware) in machine-readable form for backup purposes only; provided that the backup copy must include all copyright or other proprietary notices contained on the
original.

Well I ran into a slight snag… the internal burner now refuses to read my Mac OS X 10.4.9 Restore disc 1 backup :( .. For a test I hooked up my spare Samsung DVD burner via USB2 to IDE cable and found it read the disc perfectly fine. Even more it lets me burn discs (not make frisbees) that the internal one had issues with. This makes you kinda think that Apple skimped on the DVD DL burner that it shipped with the MacBook.

Here are the drive specs:

MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-857E: (Apple Stock drive in MacBook)

Firmware Revision: ZB0E
Interconnect: ATAPI
Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipping Drive)
Cache: 2048 KB
Reads DVD: Yes
CD-Write: -R, -RW
DVD-Write: -R, -R DL, -RW, +R, +R DL, +RW
Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, DVD-DAO

TSSTcorp CD/DVDW SH-W162C: (Generic PC drive i used over usb2)

Firmware Revision: TS08
Interconnect: USB
Burn Support: Yes (Generic Drive Support)
Profile Path: None
Cache: 2048 KB
Reads DVD: Yes
CD-Write: -R, -RW
DVD-Write: -R, -R DL, -RW, +R, +R DL, +RW
Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO

Also on a side note… I’ve never really liked slot loading optical drives… I think I’ll keep using this Samsung drive via USB. :)

Edit: Here is my DIY usb2 dvd burner :)
DIY usb2 DVD burner