Installing Timbuktu Pro 8.8.5 on El Capitan

Security features in Apple’s new OS make it a little hard to get Timbuktu Pro running for the first time. Here’s how I managed:

  1. Copy the Timbuktu Pro folder to your Applications folder.
  2. Open terminal and run the following commands:
    xattr -d com.apple.quarantine /Applications/Timbuktu\ Pro/Timbuktu\ Pro.app/
    xattr -d com.apple.quarantine /Applications/Timbuktu\ Pro/Timbuktu\ Pro.app/\
    Contents/SharedSupport/*.app
    open /Applications/Timbuktu\ Pro/Timbuktu\ Pro.app/Contents/SharedSupport/\
    *Host*.app
    open /Applications/Timbuktu\ Pro/Timbuktu\ Pro.app

After that, you should be good to go!

IBM RS/6000 Microchannel Ethernet Options

I bought a 2994 High-Performance 10/100 Ethernet Adaptor for my POWERstation 7012-32H off eBay in hopes that it would work, even though it isn’t listed as being compatible with the 32H (the compatible adaptor is the 2992 10BaseT).

It turns out the 2994 10/100 works fine though under AIX 4.3.3. I loaded the drivers for the card and assigned it an IP with smit and I’m installing packages over an NFS export without issue.

Replacing an Early 2009 iMac’s Hard Disk

The hard drive failed on a client’s Early 2009 iMac. The old drive (a 640 GB Western Digital) started experiencing very slow reads and I/O errors and became unbootable all within an afternoon. I replaced the hard disk, and since this revision of iMac comes apart in a rather special way, I set my camera up to take a photo every five seconds while doing so. Here’s the result!

I installed a 1 TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 Hard Disk in place of the failed disk. I used a Zalman VE400 to boot the OS X installer and restore the Time Machine backup.

After restoring the Time Machine backup, the iMac is back up and running again!