things with bits

For all of you with Apple computers, iPods, iPhones, wireless internet, other bits and pieces of hardware, a need for various design things, anything else you can think of with a laptop or desktop, I’m finally offering what some of you have already enjoyed – Mac support and design services – from my years of fiddling around inside Macs.



video – from documentation to dvd, web
design – print and web
web – sites, blogs, web2.0, social networking

mac stuff

software and hardware support
networks, security, ipods iphones mobile sync
getting things done
backing up your data
help it’s not working
data recovery

learn to do it yourself…


frances d’ath
+49 1522 63 53 740


call out: €15 to your place
mac stuff hourly rate: €20
design hourly rate: €20
longer projects by agreement
66% off if i think i can’t solve it

negotiable for: students, unemployed, low income, dancers

7 years experience living inside macs

chk chk chk chk chk chk chk chk chk …

That’s the sound the hard disk in my PowerBook made yesterday afternoon before everything seized up and the spinning-pizza-wheel-of-death span … to death. My hard disk died. DiskWarrior said, “Speed inhibitied by disk malfunction”, and my security paranioa, extending to Open Firmware passwords made getting into it a bloody hassle. Until I came across this:

Disabling Password Protection
1) Boot into the Open Firmware. (Command + Option + O + F)
2) Type “setenv security-mode none” and press return.
3) Enter in the password at the password request prompt and press return.
4) Then type “reset-all” to restart the computer.
Force Removing Password Protection
1) Add or remove DIMMs to change the total amount of RAM in the computer.
2) Then, the PRAM must be reset 3 times. (Command + Option + P + R)

Then I could use Firewire in Target Disk Mode onto a friend’s computer, with blazing fast transfer speeds of hahahahaha 500Mb an hour. So along with a recent backup, I managed to scrape out the last two days work. Now my entire life is on one small 2.5″ external hard drive, which thanks to the joy of NetInfo Manager and a stroke of genius that I could change the directory path in it, is now my Home folder.

And my beloved PowerBook? It’s in the shop waiting on a new hard drive. It’s gonna bleed my credit card like a little pig. eeeek! eeeeeek! eeeek!