2 TB USB drive on a PowerBook G3 Pismo

I have a 2 TB USB SSD for my photo library, and I wondered: would it work on my PowerBook G3 Pismo with Mac OS 9? Let’s find out!

Here’s a quick, fun anecdote from the Retro Lab. I bought a Sandisk Extreme 2 TB USB NVMe drive on Black Friday. (Actually, I bought it the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.) My intention is to use it for storing my entire photo library.

I primarily intend to have it connected to my M1 MacBook Pro, but it comes with a USB-C to USB-A adaptor, and states it is compatible with “any computer with a USB port”. I decided to put that statement to the test with my trusty Pismo.

This computer was the top of the line for the year 2000, including a 500 MHz CPU and Mac OS 9. I tried to do some searches online to see the maximum volume size that Mac OS 9 can support. Most of my searches simply showed “more than 200 GB”. Okay, then!

I booted the Pismo and connected the drive to the rear USB port. Lo and behold, there really was no step 2: it showed up immediately in the Finder.

My new 2 TB NVMe SSD working perfectly on a Pismo running Mac OS 9.

It makes me happy that if I ever feel the desire to fire up Kai’s Power Goo again, I can do so with any photo in my library. Have fun, everyone!

Wednesday: Photos around Tulsa

No tech today. Haven’t been out on the open road for far too long. I took a few nice photos in the passenger seat as we were heading westward. (It was far too dark to take any photos when we went back east.)

[Cute cat, lounging on window sill]
Mr Gaz on his perch in my home office, just before we left

[Clouds over a shopping centre]
I believe these are Stratocumulus clouds, which had a rather striking appearance over Southroads today

[Clouds with a sunset on the horizon, offset by a highway exit sign]
A beautiful sky around twilight, taken from westbound I-44.

[Tulsa skyline with Arkansas River in front]
The downtown Tulsa skyline, as seen from the I-44 bridge over the Arkansas River.

[Adorable cat, but not as adorable as Mr Gaz]
As a bonus, this lovable four month old tabby is Shelby, and she’s currently available for adoption at the Tulsa Hills PetSmart. She is bubbly and loves scritches!

Saturday: Mozilla and Bixby

This morning, I tried more ideas for fixing the remaining endianness bugs in Mozilla’s graphics engine.  I found a few more leads but so far no progress on cracking the image decoding issue.

It was a beautiful day out and my allergies are waning since it’s finally autumn, so we took my gran out and decided to explore around Bixby.  There’s quite a variety of shops down there; very nice.  Their Super Target is much nicer than the Tulsa one, as well.

A sunset with many shades of blue, teal, red, and yellow.
Sunset over Bixby

As it became dark, we headed home.  On the way back I stopped in to Best Buy to find a universal remote for the TV I was given second-hand.  Had a nice chat with the cashier about watch bands.

Back at home, Mr Gaz was very affectionate and mrowy.  They say there’s going to be a light frost overnight.  I can’t wait.  The property turned off the air conditioning last week so it’s been uncomfortably warm in my flat.  Bring on the cold weather and warm kitty snuggles ^.^

Now playing: ♫ Heartbeat – Carrie Underwood