 Mac Faqs

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Question:
What do the numbers on my PowerMac mean?
Answer:
The first digit tells the form factor: 6000 is the thin "pizza-box" form as in the Quadra 610; 7000, the taller "deep-dish pizza" form as in the Quadra 650 (but the number derives from the Quadra 700); and 8000, the mini-tower form as in the 840.

Other designations will be: 9000, for a larger tower form as in the Quadra 950; 5000, for all-in-one machines; 3000 and 4000, for smaller, LC form factors; 1000, for PowerBooks; and 2000, for PowerBook Duos. The second digit indicates the PowerPC chip inside: 100, for the 601; 300, for the 603; and 400, for the 604. For the 620 chip, 500 may be used. The third and fourth digits will be reserved for later models.

Question:
What does the term 'Moof!
Answer:
dogcow: /dog'kow/ n. The dogcow is a semi-legendary creature that lurks in the depths of the Macintosh Technical Notes Hypercard stack V3.1. The full story of the dogcow is told in technical note #31 (the particular dogcow illustrated is properly named `Clarus'). Option-shift-click will cause it to emit a characteristic `Moof!' or `!fooM' sound. _Getting_ to tech note 31 is the hard part; to discover how to do that, one must needs examine the stack script with a hackerly eye. Clue: rot13 is involved. A dogcow also appears if you choose `Page Setup...' with a LaserWriter selected and click on the `Options' button. It also lurks in other Mac printer drivers, notably those for the now-discontinued Style Writers. Pointers to all things dogcowish can be found at `http://developer.apple.com/'.

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