"niche fuel source?"
Natural Gas is easily found in most of the county and is delivered to most urban addresses. Propane is available just about everywhere else.
Yes I have had the machine for 6 years and I could upgrade. But the current hardware is not that much of a performance upgrade for the cost.
Xeon based systems of this generation like the Dell 2900, 1950, are still a viable system and still well supported and will be for years into the future.
Apple decided to stop supporting this machine a few years back by not allowing it to run a 64 bit kernel with the lame excuse that a 32bit boot loader can not boot a 64 bit os.
Solution that works great.
Hackintosh your machintosh.
Install cameleon and boot the mac in legacy mode as a hackintosh. With Snow Leopard, the machine runs the 64 bit kernel and is noticeably faster. There is no reason that Mountain Lion will not work well also since the macpro1,1 is the same hardware as the 2,1 and most of the 3,1.
By doing this you can now run any video card that you want and still maintain a legal right to use the software.
I was starting to decide on upgrading to a current mac pro, but to be honest, there is no reason to drop that kind of change on a machine that Apple will drop within a 5 year period.
The set top box makers will never support this because they want their device to be the centerpiece of your home theatre.
The next step was hacking an apple tv (1) and using it as a front end and to play boxee and other content. It worked well until the MKV format started to dominate.
When the boxee box came out, I bought it, retired my old mythbox and started to use my own file server and netflix.
I recently bought an Xbox 360, and use it for Espn and games. I also bought a roku 2 as a kid and wife friendly netflix device.
I have considered returning to using a peecee hooked to my tv and then I remember why I got rid of it in the first place( circa 2006-7), I want my television to use a simple remote. I find using three different devices with three different remotes and a tv remote, much simpler than trying to keep a peecee running with an XYL and kids touching it.
I have considered building a media center pc, but honestly the only thing that it would provide that I can not get through legal or grey market mean is the local news.
My biggest issue now is that I want to use a single unified remote for all of my devices and the roku and boxee are RF based and do not have an IR option. As a result I have a pile of remotes for the kids to loose.
Wait, most of the people on
I feel old.
People get amps to make up with poor cell service, and/or the fact that their tiny little handset does not work in a rural area/congested area.
Since the majority of people out there do not know how to properly install an antenna/transmitter, I am sure that the amps cause all kinds of headaches for the carriers.
Personally I use in my truck a Motorola M900 ( a full power gsm bag phone) for its excellent hands free and for the high power when I need it.
Otherwise I carry my N900 around for portablily and cool features, but I do not expect it to work 20 miles from the nearest tower.
Don't do the crime if you can't afford to do the time.
While your statement is true.
I would think loosing fundamental rights for the rest of your life is a bit much for something like this.
When committing a real crime that actually hurts someone will get a less sentence for a first time offender.
But since this is a CYBER crime affecting someone important...