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2006 Mac Pro

July 25, 2021

This weeks new (old) purchase was a 2006 Mac Pro (1,1) complete with a 20" Cinema Display, keyboard and mouse. Great price for a well looked after machine and the fact the Cinema Display comes with it's power supply is a big bonus, those things seem to be like gold dust on eBay!

I remember how unattainable these seemed when they came out, I used to go on the Apple Configurator and see just how expensive I could make these (actually, I still do that...). Always wanted one and finally found one that came up at a great price within a reasonable distance of me.

...actually "one" is a slight lie, I now have two of them

Forgive the missing drive bay from the right one, I do have it!

The one on the left is also a 1,1 and did work when I got it, but shortly after when plugging it back in some time later something went *pop*. I assume it's the power supply that's kicked the bucket so a new one is on the way and if not, time to take it apart!


New acquisition: 2006 Black MacBook

December 31, 2020

Always wanted a black MacBook ("BlackBook") back in 2006, now I've finally managed to find one in great (working) condition 14 years later! Super hard to find one of these that doesn't look like it's been dragged behind a car and gone 10 rounds with Mike Tyson at a half reasonable price. This one seems to be all working (aside from a missing caps lock key which I ended up getting from a donor machine) and a completely dead (but original) battery. Now complete with Mac OSX Leopard (Dear Apple, please bring back the old intros 👌).


Using Touch ID with sudo in Terminal

December 15, 2020

I've always found it slightly odd that when using any sudo command in Terminal on the Mac you would have to enter your password if your Mac has Touch ID. Well, after some Googling it looks like it's super simple to allow your Mac to authenticate sudo commands with Touch ID (and I assume the Apple Watch if my experience testing is anything to go by).

Run:

sudo nano /private/etc/pam.d/sudo

At the top of this file add:

auth sufficient pam_tid.so

Save and exit nano (ctrl + o, ctrl + x). That should be it! Now when you next need to use sudo, it should prompt you for Touch ID instead of your password!

Not sure if this has any downsides or long term affects yet, we'll find out!