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Nameci
Apr 9, 2012, 06:00 PM
Life with my PowerMac dual core is kinda boring, I need a challenge.

My PowerMac G5 is my primary desktop which is at this age of "i" core processors is outdated and many would say vintage. It has still a good life left on it.

But for the sake of a challenge for myself I will try to live my day to day activities with just an iMac G5 1.8GHz as my primary desktop. I will find out if I can live with it.

Shutdown on the PowerMac...



Intell
Apr 9, 2012, 06:12 PM
Farewell dear Nameci! Send a log of your travels through the land of the iMac G5.

Goftrey
Apr 9, 2012, 06:20 PM
Good luck! Although it's basically like setting sail on the Titanic...

Nameci
Apr 9, 2012, 06:30 PM
Yes I guess, from powerful to underpowered. I will see how long will it last until I decide to get back on the G5 dual core.

TacticalDesire
Apr 9, 2012, 08:10 PM
Good luck. I know I couldn't do it. I couldn't even use a dual G5 as my primary machine. Hats off to those that do though. Interesting to see how things last before you go back to your powermac.

ThunderSnake
Apr 9, 2012, 08:35 PM
I will see how long will it last until I decide to get back on the G5 dual core.

I hereby set the over/under bet at 72 hours. I'll take the under bet. :)

Nameci
Apr 9, 2012, 08:36 PM
First two hours, and still doing great. Safari a bit slow, but still useable on my standard. Audio processor on the PowerMac is much better than the iMac.

So far so good.

yanksrock100
Apr 9, 2012, 09:24 PM
Good luck with that!

Imixmuan
Apr 9, 2012, 09:56 PM
...Inspiring! You should keep a log, and write an article for lowendmac.com, which has kinda gone on a PowerPC bashing editorial bent of late. I understand some people need the power of a core i5, but most of us don't.

Nameci
Apr 9, 2012, 10:38 PM
Light web browsing, music on itunes, itune movies and ripped dvd's all played very well, email, word processing, Light photoshop and illustrator use. Nothing I can ask more from it.

Here she is...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v605/SilverS3/583afd34.jpg

tayloralmond
Apr 9, 2012, 10:52 PM
I should try to do this with my iMac G3 or (for an even greater challenge) I could use my iBook G3 Clamshell. :)

Ariii
Apr 9, 2012, 11:08 PM
I should try to do this with my iMac G3 or (for an even greater challenge) I could use my iBook G3 Clamshell. :)

It works pretty well, as long as you stay away from YouTube. And Flash! I think YouTube is one of the main reasons people have to replace their computers so much.

I Just tried it a month ago-- actually, I think my computer must be possessed or something because it can boot Linux easily and do the latest versions of a lot of applications without lagging. It was really choppy, but I could stream YouTube videos too, with 192 MB RAM.

Or you could try running it from the command line for a week. :)

Nameci
Apr 9, 2012, 11:28 PM
I think YouTube is one of the main reasons people have to replace their computers so much.



That.

I have mactubes to view youtube videos if i want to. I don't think I need flash in my life. I don't watch porn. :D

I want to be productive and with the uses I intended for it, the iMac is more than enough.

VanneDC
Apr 9, 2012, 11:38 PM
what spec is that 1.8ghz Imac G5? solid machine... I had a 1.7ghz Imac G5 that i only sold about 3 months ago. With tiger on it it was plenty quick, it had 1 gb of ram in it and did pretty much everything that ws thrown at it.

(I wasnt using it, but it was my wifes mums daily driver :)

what spec is yours Namci?

and how you going so far with it?

Nameci
Apr 10, 2012, 12:00 AM
1.8 GHz
2 GB DDR RAM
250 GB HDD
Apple Bluetooth
Apple Airport Extreme
nVidia FX 5200 64MB (weak video, but supports CI)
Wireless k/b from my powermac
Magic mouse from my powermac
M-Audio AV40
Buffalo 1TB Combo interface
On-board Ethernet (100Mbps - sucks) :D

The only thing I miss with my powermac dual core is the speed... so far I have no problems having it as my daily driver. I don't need a 512MB QFX 4500 to view emails, am I right?

It is tempting to put a 120GB Intel 320 in, or maybe a 1TB WD Caviar black? Whadaya thinks?

tayloralmond
Apr 10, 2012, 12:23 AM
1.8 GHz
2 GB DDR RAM
250 GB HDD
Apple Bluetooth
Apple Airport Extreme
nVidia FX 5200 64MB (weak video, but supports CI)
Wireless k/b from my powermac
Magic mouse from my powermac
M-Audio AV40
Buffalo 1TB Combo interface
On-board Ethernet (100Mbps - sucks) :D

The only thing I miss with my powermac dual core is the speed... so far I have no problems having it as my daily driver. I don't need a 512MB QFX 4500 to view emails, am I right?

It is tempting to put a 120GB Intel 320 in, or maybe a 1TB WD Caviar black? Whadaya thinks?

If you've got the money to spend, I'd say the Intel 320 would be pretty sweet. You should post before/after GeekBench scores!

Goftrey
Apr 10, 2012, 06:24 AM
It is tempting to put a 120GB Intel 320 in, or maybe a 1TB WD Caviar black? Whadaya thinks?

They'd both be awesome! The Black drives are lightning fast & I highly recommend them. I've never really been an SSD person myself (I suppose I prefer capacity over speed) but wouldn't 120gb be a bit tight unless you've got a couple of externals hooked up as well?

Nameci
Apr 10, 2012, 06:39 AM
They'd both be awesome! The Black drives are lightning fast & I highly recommend them. I've never really been an SSD person myself (I suppose I prefer capacity over speed) but wouldn't 120gb be a bit tight unless you've got a couple of externals hooked up as well?

I agree. But I have a 1TB Buffalo Drive Station attached to it already for all my data. A 1TB WD black caviar SATA II would be cheaper than the SSD.

VanneDC
Apr 10, 2012, 06:40 AM
not sure if 120GB is tight.. i use a 60gb ssd boot drive on my MP. works great, i have my home directory/apps folder on a WB black and the systems just flies.

id say 120gb would hoot on a G5. that said, i am sure that G5 bus wouldent be able to saturate that SSD anyhows. :)

120 gigs is massive for me, both my Macbook and Macbook pro have drives that are 120gb and thats plenty of space for me. :) depends on your usage i guess and if you have NAT storage or not.

Nameci
Apr 10, 2012, 06:48 AM
A 120GB SSD is more than enough for a daily driver assortment of emails, web browsing, casual light PS and AI work. All my data are on external and backed up all the time. It is a practise I have learnt over the years. Never trust the internals to do the job of storing sensitive and valuable data.

GermanyChris
Apr 10, 2012, 06:54 AM
I'd put the SSD in there it should be interesting.

Nameci
Apr 10, 2012, 08:17 AM
Is there somebody here that have tried it? On a SATA I the Intel 320 is enough, I have it in my macbook and it was a huge improvement over the 5400rpm drive that came with it.

GermanyChris
Apr 10, 2012, 09:55 AM
Is there somebody here that have tried it? On a SATA I the Intel 320 is enough, I have it in my macbook and it was a huge improvement over the 5400rpm drive that came with it.

I have/had a SATA 3 on my G5..

Intell
Apr 10, 2012, 10:56 AM
I have/had a SATA 3 on my G5..

No G5 has SATA II with the built in SATA ports. The only way to get it is with an expansion card in the PowerMac G5.

zoomy942
Apr 10, 2012, 11:01 AM
My wife has a imac G5 2ghz like that one she uses as her teacher machine at her preschool. Still trucks along great.

Bravo!

GermanyChris
Apr 10, 2012, 11:04 AM
No G5 has SATA II with the built in SATA ports. The only way to get it is with an expansion card in the PowerMac G5.

No one said they did, I said I had a SATA 3 drive in there. I said nothing about SATA 2, built in ports are SATA 1

Intell
Apr 10, 2012, 03:45 PM
No one said they did, I said I had a SATA 3 drive in there. I said nothing about SATA 2, built in ports are SATA 1

The wording and lack of key words makes your previous post read as if you had SATA 3 ports in your G5.

GermanyChris
Apr 10, 2012, 04:03 PM
The wording and lack of key words makes your previous post read as if you had SATA 3 ports in your G5.

context..we were talking about SSD's, not ports

Starfighter
Apr 10, 2012, 05:05 PM
I used an iMac G5 (1.8GHz and... well, pretty much identical to yours) as my only computer for several years but it died on me 2011 or something. I have tried to revive it many many times without success.

MAC MAN JW
Apr 11, 2012, 04:04 PM
I should try to do this with my iMac G3 or (for an even greater challenge) I could use my iBook G3 Clamshell. :)

I use a iMac G3 500MHz with 512MB Ram as my main Mac, I have been useing it for a month now and it is doing the job just fine for me,Web Surfing with TenFourFox,Playing Music with iTunes 8, and Running OS X 10.4.11. it is a little slow but useable YouTube even works fine in 240p:)

tayloralmond
Apr 11, 2012, 04:42 PM
I use a iMac G3 500MHz with 512MB Ram as my main Mac, I have been useing it for a month now and it is doing the job just fine for me,Web Surfing with TenFourFox,Playing Music with iTunes 8, and Running OS X 10.4.11. it is a little slow but useable YouTube even works fine in 240p:)

PC people can say what they want, but I doubt the average Pentium II PC could still be useful today like a G3 can.

TacticalDesire
Apr 11, 2012, 08:15 PM
PC people can say what they want, but I doubt the average Pentium II PC could still be useful today like a G3 can.

That's because a your average Pentium ll (except maybe the 400-450mhz models) isn't really comparable to a 500mhz G3 however a lower end G3 is comparable. Compare a low end Pentium 3 (450-500mhz) to a 500mhz G3 from the same time period and you'll find that both are about the same. You'll find that the Pentium 3 machine with Windows 2000/XP will also have better application support. MS Dropped windows 2000 in 2010 which means you'll have a much better chance of finding newer, more up to date applications than you will with a Panther/Tiger system. And Mozilla is still supporting Windows 2000 until Firefox/Thunderbird 12 (due sometime this month or next). It also depends entirely on the machine we're talking about as a G3 could mean anything from 200mhz all the way to 500mhz+.

tayloralmond
Apr 11, 2012, 08:33 PM
That's because a your average Pentium ll (except maybe the 400-450mhz models) isn't really comparable to a 500mhz G3 however a lower end G3 is comparable. Compare a low end Pentium 3 (450-500mhz) to a 500mhz G3 from the same time period and you'll find that both are about the same. You'll find that the Pentium 3 machine with Windows 2000/XP will also have better application support. MS Dropped windows 2000 in 2010 which means you'll have a much better chance of finding newer, more up to date applications than you will with a Panther/Tiger system. And Mozilla is still supporting Windows 2000 until Firefox/Thunderbird 12 (due sometime this month or next). It also depends entirely on the machine we're talking about as a G3 could mean anything from 200mhz all the way to 500mhz+.

Yeah, it's pretty sad that an OS from 1999 still has Mozilla support but PowerPC's from 2005 get the finger. I'm running a Windows 2000 VM on my Quad for a test taking program my university requires. It blew my mind that I was able to download the latest Firefox. Either way though, most people don't hold onto their Pentium-era computers for ten years (except maybe Pentium 4) like PowerPC Macintosh owners do.

TacticalDesire
Apr 12, 2012, 06:09 PM
Yeah, it's pretty sad that an OS from 1999 still has Mozilla support but PowerPC's from 2005 get the finger. I'm running a Windows 2000 VM on my Quad for a test taking program my university requires. It blew my mind that I was able to download the latest Firefox. Either way though, most people don't hold onto their Pentium-era computers for ten years (except maybe Pentium 4) like PowerPC Macintosh owners do.

In mozilla's case, i think it has less to do with the OS and has more to do with SSE2 instructions (my theory take it with a grain of salt). Something PowerPC doesn't have. Which is why the later versions of FF (4+) require an Intel or AMD cpu. If it weren't for that, PPC would still be very capable of running the latest versions of Firefox provided the rest of your hardware was up to snuff.

http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/3.6/system-requirements/

vs

http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/11.0/system-requirements/

quickmac
Apr 12, 2012, 06:37 PM
I'm about to see what I can do with a Power Mac dual G5 2.5ghz tower from....mid-2004

Jethryn Freyman
Apr 15, 2012, 01:11 AM
I have/had a SATA 3 on my G5..
I had a Corsair SATA III drive that didn't work in the SATA I port in my G5, but works in the SATA I port of my Macbook.

GermanyChris
Apr 15, 2012, 05:32 AM
I had a Corsair SATA III drive that didn't work in the SATA I port in my G5, but works in the SATA I port of my Macbook.

There was a conversation in another thread about that, the Agility and Force use the same controller and probably the same NAND you'd think it'd work. For me it only worked in the lower HD bay.

eboyblue3
Apr 19, 2012, 04:03 PM
Farewell dear Nameci! Send a log of your travels through the land of the iMac G5.
1. It's a Power Mac.
2. If you want to know the life of using a Power Mac G5, just ask me. This is the only computer I use.

Intell
Apr 19, 2012, 05:42 PM
1. It's a Power Mac.
2. If you want to know the life of using a Power Mac G5, just ask me. This is the only computer I use.

This thread is about Nameci using her(?) iMac G5 as her everyday computer. Not her Power Mac G5. I know exactly what it's like using a Power Mac G5 as an everyday machine. I've used one for years and still do when I can.

Goftrey
Apr 19, 2012, 07:36 PM
(?)

I'm pretty sure ''she's'' a dude, as he's a Demi-God

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If you want to know the life of using a Power Mac G5, just ask me. This is the only computer I use.

As do numerous people on here.

Nameci
Apr 19, 2012, 10:49 PM
I am a dude 100%.

I am off with my iMac right now. I am frequently on the field, my job requires me to travel almost every week.

As for living the day with just the iMac as my primary, once you get used to it I don't miss the Powermac anymore. I guess people can live by meeting their needs, but most of the people live to get what they want.

KurtangleTN
Apr 21, 2012, 06:17 AM
That's because a your average Pentium ll (except maybe the 400-450mhz models) isn't really comparable to a 500mhz G3 however a lower end G3 is comparable. Compare a low end Pentium 3 (450-500mhz) to a 500mhz G3 from the same time period and you'll find that both are about the same. You'll find that the Pentium 3 machine with Windows 2000/XP will also have better application support. MS Dropped windows 2000 in 2010 which means you'll have a much better chance of finding newer, more up to date applications than you will with a Panther/Tiger system. And Mozilla is still supporting Windows 2000 until Firefox/Thunderbird 12 (due sometime this month or next). It also depends entirely on the machine we're talking about as a G3 could mean anything from 200mhz all the way to 500mhz+.

Honestly, people still trying to get much out of a G3 are more hardcore fans or possibly older/younger people who have no need to upgrade. I've seen plenty of older people with Windows 2000 box's.

That being said, one reason is the nostalgia. The average Mac user seems to have more of an attachement to their computer. It's a much more nostalgic experience. When a PC passes goes past it's prime it's usually parted out, and sucked of anything useful because it's largely just a tool to most PC users and PC manufacturers.

Nameci
Apr 21, 2012, 10:09 AM
I fully agree with the last paragraph, I have considered my macs as extensions of myself. I have never felt it with my previous windows machines. I have put effort into my ppc macs, like we put effort to maintain our favorite souped up old cars.

poobear
Apr 22, 2012, 05:54 AM
I'm in a similar situation as OP. Have been using latest MacBook Airs since 2008 and really got used to SSD disks.

Now I'll be using a iMac G4 1.25 GHz as only machine. Just made a bet that I'll keep it as my only computer for the coming 5 years. Upgraded RAM to 2GB and space to 400GB. Running TenFourFox (http://www.floodgap.com/software/tenfourfox/) as browser and it works pretty ok, really nice to have an updated Firefox browser. Office 2008 is painfully slow so I'm sticking with 2004. Adobe CS4 is not very different compared to CS5 in my uses. Transmission and VLC works fine. With Leopard it syncs my iPhone fine.

AQUADock
Apr 22, 2012, 07:11 AM
Im also thinking of doing the same with my Powerbook, even when i just maxed out my mini.

TacticalDesire
Apr 22, 2012, 07:19 AM
I'm in a similar situation as OP. Have been using latest MacBook Airs since 2008 and really got used to SSD disks.

Now I'll be using a iMac G4 1.25 GHz as only machine. Just made a bet that I'll keep it as my only computer for the coming 5 years. Upgraded RAM to 2GB and space to 400GB. Running TenFourFox (http://www.floodgap.com/software/tenfourfox/) as browser and it works pretty ok, really nice to have an updated Firefox browser. Office 2008 is painfully slow so I'm sticking with 2004. Adobe CS4 is not very different compared to CS5 in my uses. Transmission and VLC works fine. With Leopard it syncs my iPhone fine.

5 years! Holy cow.

Starfighter
Apr 22, 2012, 08:28 AM
5 years is a pretty long time in this world, I'm torn between feeling sceptical and incredibly impressed/inspired.

TacticalDesire
Apr 22, 2012, 09:01 AM
5 years is a pretty long time in this world, I'm torn between feeling sceptical and incredibly impressed/inspired.

Especially for a computer that's what, 7 or 8 years old already. If he actually uses it for 5 years, that would make it at least 12 years old. That's insane for a computer, especially for one that has next to no current software support.

Starfighter
Apr 22, 2012, 09:26 AM
Especially for a computer that's what, 7 or 8 years old already. If he actually uses it for 5 years, that would make it at least 12 years old. That's insane for a computer, especially for one that has next to no current software support.

And even if it might sound like a bad plan and nothing logical about it - it's at the same time a cool statement. We don't have to buy the latest hardware to get by, we don't have to throw out the old, we don't have to... (and so on, and so on).

Nameci
Apr 22, 2012, 09:35 AM
I think we can live by with the older platforms. It is still the same file system, the documents, the same psd, the same ai files.

As I see it, the focus is more on mobile devices and being mobile. Manufacturers will capture our senses and being by tying is to the mobile devices.

Take for example, in today's world most people could not live without their smart phones.

I think people should try to unplug from their mobile devices so often in order for them to know that they still can use their old stuff.

G51989
Apr 22, 2012, 09:43 AM
Especially for a computer that's what, 7 or 8 years old already. If he actually uses it for 5 years, that would make it at least 12 years old. That's insane for a computer, especially for one that has next to no current software support.

Its possible, I have a couple high end PIII Boxes that I still use from time to time, not every day. I think the best one is a 1gzh PIII with a gig of ram and just a retarded amount of hard drives, running XP Pro and I think Its got almost 2TB of total storage.

I could still use it for the most part for day to day stuff, just because its 12 years old doesnt mean it cant be useful. That goes for Macs and PCs.

And
Apr 22, 2012, 12:03 PM
Now I'll be using a iMac G4 1.25 GHz as only machine. Just made a bet that I'll keep it as my only computer for the coming 5 years. Upgraded RAM to 2GB and space to 400GB.

Please tell me that the bet is for such a significant sum you'll never need to work again or something!

I'm getting quite inspired by these attempts to use solely older computers. I have my 867 Quicksilver on my desk, maybe I'll turn my mini off for a week and see how I cope...

Nameci
Apr 22, 2012, 12:36 PM
Wow! I a bit surprised some people here in MR bit into the idea. Right now the oldest PPC mac near me is the iMac G5. All of my G4's and a G3 were shipped out to my other place.

If I still have them, I would love to use my Powermac B&W G3 with OS9 on it.

What I really like with the older OS'es is that they are pretty quick sans the eye candy. For me the eye candies that we see on the newer Mac OSX robbed the horsepower and resources for actually performing the function that matters.

vohdoun
Apr 22, 2012, 02:44 PM
Adobe CS4 is not very different compared to CS5 in my uses.

I find the CS5 tool palette on the Intel Mac and Windows horrible to use. I always end up checking twice to see what I'm actually using. It's not as crisp and precise as CS4.

tjsdaname
Apr 22, 2012, 03:14 PM
I think ill try this with the powermac G5 I have on the way...
shut down my iMac for a week and only use the G5

estrides
Apr 22, 2012, 03:31 PM
I think I could live with just my Powermac G5. The thing is a solid work horse and can bully though everything except youtube(:rolleyes:)

Starfighter
Apr 22, 2012, 04:09 PM
I think I could live with just my Powermac G5. The thing is a solid work horse and can bully though everything except youtube(:rolleyes:)

No way! Are you actually having problems with youtube on your "8Gb RAM at 2.3ghz DC"-G5's? That's pretty weird, because I can watch 720p in fullscreen on youtube with my temporary G5 (dual 1.8Ghz, 3.5GB RAM). :confused:

rossmosis
Apr 22, 2012, 04:28 PM
I've been doing something similar--set my i5 ThinkPad aside and have been using my G5 exclusively for a couple weeks. I have it hooked up to my 32" 1080p television and a 17" Dell LCD. I expect my webpages to load instantly, these past few years I've been completely spoiled by fast computers and my expectations are high and this G5 has delivered more than I thought. I have 4GB of RAM and two 160GB 7200rpm HDDs in it. Here's what I've been doing:

--Playing Unreal Tournament 2004 at the highest settings well streaming Pandora. (Actually streaming Pandora while doing almost everything listed below)
--Using MacTubes
--Facebook: Chat, Games, etc
--Torrents
--Watching 720p videos on my television
--Watching DVDs using VLC
--A little Adobe CS4 and Word 08
--Using the latest TenFourFoxG5 as my browser to view: Forums, Ebay, News websites (usually packed with ads that can slow down any browser), and email. Really everything I do normally works, and works fast.

It does EVERYTHING pretty much perfectly. I definitely miss Netflix and all of my other software that requires a new computer, but most people would be completely satisfied with it. The tower is absolutely beautiful too, sometimes I just stare at it...

Goftrey
Apr 22, 2012, 04:43 PM
I can watch 720p in fullscreen on youtube with my temporary G5 (dual 1.8Ghz, 3.5GB RAM). :confused:

Really? My G5 chokes to death on 480p windowed. I suppose an extra 2.5gb RAM helps but that's really surprised me!

Intell
Apr 22, 2012, 04:57 PM
Really? My G5 chokes to death on 480p windowed. I suppose an extra 2.5gb RAM helps but that's really surprised me!

Use the HTML5 version of YouTube and not the Flash version. It works much better.

Starfighter
Apr 22, 2012, 04:59 PM
Really? My G5 chokes to death on 480p windowed. I suppose an extra 2.5gb RAM helps but that's really surprised me!

I started to worry I remembered wrong but no, it works fine. Watched a clip in 720p/fullscreen just now.

And
Apr 22, 2012, 05:15 PM
OK, have turned my mini off and am now surfing on the old 867 Quicksilver. I think this thing has had it's 10th birthday recently. I've got 1.25 GB of Ram and a 60 GB HD. Dropbox is up and running so anything I need to have on the mini later I can just upload. The wifi connection is b, so pretty sluggish. But hey, I'm online aren't I? I'll see how long I can go before I need to do something on the mini (note - need, not want!). Hopefully I can hold out for a week or two.

Damn, just realised I've left the DVD I was watching in the mini, it'll have to stay there for the timebeing!

Goftrey
Apr 22, 2012, 05:16 PM
Use the HTML5 version of YouTube and not the Flash version. It works much better.

I've been using HTML5 for on YouTube for a while & still, it chokes on 480p, and it's pretty much a slideshow on 720p. Could that be down the amount of RAM in there?

Starfighter
Apr 22, 2012, 05:26 PM
The HTML5-version actually makes the video stutter for me. It's smoother with the "regular" for some reason. I don't really know why, I'm just enjoying it while it lasts. :)

vohdoun
Apr 22, 2012, 05:35 PM
Use the HTML5 version of YouTube and not the Flash version. It works much better.

I'm curious why PPC users are still using Flash. It's so old now and the number of exploits it has since 10.1 now that Flash is at 11.2.

TacticalDesire
Apr 22, 2012, 05:36 PM
The HTML5-version actually makes the video stutter for me. It's smoother with the "regular" for some reason. I don't really know why, I'm just enjoying it while it lasts. :)

I've found that to be the case with an older Pentium 4 machine as well.

estrides
Apr 23, 2012, 08:25 PM
Yeah, Flash is just an irritant for my G5, but enough to hit it where it hurts. The HTML5 version runs perfectly fine though!

gryffinwings
Apr 23, 2012, 08:47 PM
Are you guys running Mactubes? Because I have no problems viewing videos with it, even in full screen. No stuttering at all.

estrides
Apr 23, 2012, 09:51 PM
no mactubes. just youtube.com. i know of mactubes, but prefer to avoid excess stuff if i have to...

rossmosis
Apr 24, 2012, 08:08 AM
no mactubes. just youtube.com. i know of mactubes, but prefer to avoid excess stuff if i have to...

I feel the same way, I hate unnecessary programs but I had to make a huge exception for MacTubes, it is absolutely amazing. I'd recommend trying it, even if you don't use it all the time it can definitely come in handy.

Starfighter
Apr 24, 2012, 10:21 AM
As stated, I don't have problems playing videos on youtube.com but I also installed MacTubes because it's such a handy little application. And the download feature is golden.

Edit: I just tried youtube with my new G5 (dual 2.0GHz, 5GB RAM, ATI Radeon 9600 XT) and it didn't work nearly as well as on my other one mentioned before.

estrides
Apr 24, 2012, 07:04 PM
I will try out mactubes on one of my G5's. Who knows, maybe i'll fall in love with it!

poobear
Apr 26, 2012, 04:33 PM
5 years is a pretty long time in this world, I'm torn between feeling sceptical and incredibly impressed/inspired.
I'm just starting a PhD in biochemistry. So basically the bet is to have it as my work computer for the entire PhD (~5 years). And since I sold the Air, I won't have a computer at home. Just me and my iPhone.

And oh the bet is for 500 SEK, ~70 USD, so it won't be enough for a new computer in the end :)

I have started to meet Mr Beachball much more often now. I hadn't seen him for many years but now he comes visiting me every minute. I hope we stay friends..

Starfighter
Apr 26, 2012, 04:50 PM
I'm just starting a PhD in biochemistry. So basically the bet is to have it as my work computer for the entire PhD (~5 years). And since I sold the Air, I won't have a computer at home. Just me and my iPhone.

And oh the bet is for 500 SEK, ~70 USD, so it won't be enough for a new computer in the end :)

I have started to meet Mr Beachball much more often now. I hadn't seen him for many years but now he comes visiting me every minute. I hope we stay friends..

Are you also from Sweden? :)

poobear
Apr 26, 2012, 04:52 PM
Are you also from Sweden? :)

Yep :) Stockholm University.

Starfighter
Apr 26, 2012, 04:56 PM
Yep :) Stockholm University.

Sweet! I think I'm studying at Luleň University, I don't really remember (it's just a brief distance course) - but I live in Crime City! ;)

Nameci
May 30, 2012, 06:17 PM
Finally my iMac will cease to be my desktop daily driver. Nope she is not dead.

She will assume the post as my 10-year old daughter's daily driver. Lol. Hope she can withstand it and not give up. Prepping her up for shipping. I enjoyed her a lot.

Powermac Quad now for my everyday desktop.

Lil Chillbil
Jun 3, 2012, 12:57 PM
Good luck! Although it's basically like setting sail on the Titanic...

if the g5 is like setting sail on the titianic the g4 I use must be like swan diving into a kitty pool full of sharks!!

Dr McKay
Jun 4, 2012, 12:24 PM
Image (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v605/SilverS3/583afd34.jpg)

I have those same speakers! :cool: Although yours appear to be the wrong way around :eek:

http://i.imgur.com/aJN2E.jpg

Nameci
Jun 4, 2012, 09:07 PM
I have those same speakers! :cool: Although yours appear to be the wrong way around :eek:

http://i.imgur.com/aJN2E.jpg

I am right handed, and I am not used to using my left when adjusting the volume that is why I put the left speaker on the right side.

DrakkenWar
Jun 4, 2012, 11:47 PM
Like the title says, I have watched this one, wondering where it would go. As I am a HUGE PPC fan.
Around 8 years ago I took the jump from my 8600/300 to a G3/300 Server addition tower. Both were bought through the lemswap list and shipped to me while I was stationed in Turkey. In that time I have owned damned near every PPC desktop aside from the Blue&White. (My cube should be here in a few days!! :D).
But I digress, I have watched this post, because as you can see in my sig, my "main daily driver" is a 2011 i7 mini. But I have to be honest. I spend at least 80% of my daily computing time on the G4 PB 1.5. I have been impressed with this laptop from the day I unpacked it and started to use it. I still have some projects in mind for it that are posted in other threads.

At any rate. Great thread! Love to hear I am not the only hold out that sees these machines as more than tools. I have an affinity for this laptop I really cannot explain or justify.

Nameci
Jun 5, 2012, 06:56 AM
Like the title says, I have watched this one, wondering where it would go. As I am a HUGE PPC fan.
Around 8 years ago I took the jump from my 8600/300 to a G3/300 Server addition tower. Both were bought through the lemswap list and shipped to me while I was stationed in Turkey. In that time I have owned damned near every PPC desktop aside from the Blue&White. (My cube should be here in a few days!! :D).
But I digress, I have watched this post, because as you can see in my sig, my "main daily driver" is a 2011 i7 mini. But I have to be honest. I spend at least 80% of my daily computing time on the G4 PB 1.5. I have been impressed with this laptop from the day I unpacked it and started to use it. I still have some projects in mind for it that are posted in other threads.

At any rate. Great thread! Love to hear I am not the only hold out that sees these machines as more than tools. I have an affinity for this laptop I really cannot explain or justify.

Great, it is nice that I am not alone. As you can see on my sig, I have intel macs too, but I am spending more time on my PPC machines than on the intel ones.

Zeke D
Jun 5, 2012, 09:27 AM
Quite easy to do. I use my 1ghz eMac with 1gb ram regularly. I upgraded the hard drive to 240gb, and it is my main iTunes machine synced to my apple tv, both iPods and iPad. I also play sim city 4, roller coaster tycoon 3 and zoo tycoon 2 regularly. Not to mention my 8000+ iPhoto images, scanner and iWork word processing. For my associates degree (started my undergrad last semester) I used my iBook for all my class work, including a Texas instruments ti-84 emulator for my math classes. So basically I am saying ppc machines are still useful.

DrakkenWar
Jun 6, 2012, 11:24 PM
Quite easy to do. I use my 1ghz eMac with 1gb ram regularly. I upgraded the hard drive to 240gb, and it is my main iTunes machine synced to my apple tv, both iPods and iPad. I also play sim city 4, roller coaster tycoon 3 and zoo tycoon 2 regularly. Not to mention my 8000+ iPhoto images, scanner and iWork word processing. For my associates degree (started my undergrad last semester) I used my iBook for all my class work, including a Texas instruments ti-84 emulator for my math classes. So basically I am saying ppc machines are still useful.


When I started my undergrade I was using an iBook G3/900 for my on the go computing and a Dual DA/533 running 10.4.11 at home. Both machines worked extremely well. In fact, I only parted with my DA last summer as my wife was hinting there were a few too many macs in my home office!
PPC machines are incredible beasts. I have actually been impressed enough with this 15 1.5 PB that I am in the market for a tricked out 17" 1.67!

Love the setup by the one! I always wanted an eMac. I just don't think I could live with the small screen! My laptop can get annoying enough at times.

poobear
Jun 7, 2012, 02:43 AM
I used my iBook for all my class work, including a Texas instruments ti-84 emulator for my math classes.
Mind sharing some good emulator?
My ti-83 just died and I have disabled Spotlight due to performance problems so I can't calculate easy stuff that way either. Just want some small stuff where I can add brackets etc

Zeke D
Jun 7, 2012, 09:44 AM
Mind sharing some good emulator?
My ti-83 just died and I have disabled Spotlight due to performance problems so I can't calculate easy stuff that way either. Just want some small stuff where I can add brackets etc

I sent you a pm.

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When I started my undergrade I was using an iBook G3/900 for my on the go computing and a Dual DA/533 running 10.4.11 at home. Both machines worked extremely well. In fact, I only parted with my DA last summer as my wife was hinting there were a few too many macs in my home office!
PPC machines are incredible beasts. I have actually been impressed enough with this 15 1.5 PB that I am in the market for a tricked out 17" 1.67!

Love the setup by the one! I always wanted an eMac. I just don't think I could live with the small screen! My laptop can get annoying enough at times.

I retired my dual 533, and a trio of 700s. I keep the 700 MHz g4s in the garage in case I have a catastrophic failure of my eMac.