|Feb 11, 2013, 01:42 PM||#1|
The PowerBook G3 "Lombard" running OS X Public Beta Challenge
I have decided to use my PowerBook G3 Lombard running OS X Public Beta as my main computer this entire week, starting today. It's connected using an original Dial-Up modem from 1999.
With the amazing power of 512 MB memory, 400 MHz and two batteries for the amazing amount of 10 hours idle use.
With the latest discussions about the PowerPC and it's overall sluggishness compared to the Intel machines i wanted to use my old trusty Lombard that ran the early beta of OS X to see if that really was the case, as i recall it being pretty fast. I'm also a little nutty.
This weeks work:
-Create a outline for the coming financial quarter.
-Hold a presentation for the sales division.
-Fix up the "marketing material" (pictures)
-Write the last chapter of that novel that i didn't finish.
-Diagrams, diagrams, diagrams...
Wish me the best of luck.
|Feb 11, 2013, 03:23 PM||#2|
I have an iBook G4. Get it? G4TheWin? It's a portmanteau of G4 and For The Win. Isn't it funny? No? Well, it's because... Oh? You get it? I guess I'm just horrible at everything.
|Feb 11, 2013, 04:15 PM||#3|
I salute you
and your inherent courage, but....I have to agree for G4thewin here, Panther would be a much better performer. I have rarely expeirenced pain such as trying out the Mac OS X public beta on my 400 mhz Titanium G4 back in the day. It was horrible. Mac OS X really stood out in the early 2000's, as each version of OS X ran better than the last, until Leopard that is. Maybe performance is not at all the point of your challenge. Its your challenge, of course.
Classilla running in Classic is probably a better (and safer) bet than Omniweb 4, I haven't used Omniweb 4 in a long time, but its very old, and I am pretty sure wasn't webkit based. Kaiser really has done a lot to make Classilla secure since 2009 and as reasonably web standard compliant as he possibly can.
I demand updates and youtube videos of your PowerPC adventure. Please.
|Feb 11, 2013, 08:43 PM||#5|
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|Feb 13, 2013, 01:41 AM||#8|
Yesterday was mostly settling in with the system. It actually feels really good. This was the top of the line Lombard when it was shipped, and that is defeniently reflected upon the overall snappy-ness.
OmniWeb 4 works great for viewing MacRumors. Sure, there are certain rendering problems, but otherwise it works fairly well.
A problem that i encountered was that the version of Quicktime that the Public Beta was sent out with was a old version of Quicktime 4. It's not very optimized and crashes quite frequently. This is also proving to be a problem with AppleWorks, which requires Quicktime 4.1.2, and no version of 4.1.2 works on the Public Beta as it was an update for OS 9. If anyone has any ideas, don't hesitate to pm.
Another problem is that i can't connect harddrives nor USB sticks. Not a big problem per se, but still a minor annoyance. Mice work fine.
Will keep you all updated as this goes on.
|Feb 13, 2013, 01:49 AM||#9|
Yes, you are a little nutty!! I wish you luck with the week..
Videos/pics & benchmarks of things (page loading, boot times, etc) would really be appreciated! If you need any other software maybe we can help
Official MacRumors IRC @ irc.krono.net #macrumors (Or http://kewlirc.net:9090/)
2011 2.5GHz Mac Mini Dual - 16GB RAM
2013 rMBP - 16 GB RAM
Win8 PC - i5-3570k - 16GB RAM - SSD
|Feb 13, 2013, 11:25 AM||#10|
Clocked it. It starts up in about 15 seconds and shuts down in about 3. Neato.
For you who are interested in the system, here it is:
With the power of 400 MHz and 512 MB of RAM and two batteries it is a beast of a machine.
Sadly, it has some flaws. The top i cracked and the PRAM is completely dead. Some of the ports appear to have rusted as well.
But enough about the PowerBook and on towards the OS!
Say hello to Finder! Or "Desktop" as he is called in the Public Beta.
And the Apple in the middle. Abusing it is to no avail, it is only a decoration.
The dock looks good on stills, but with magnification turned on it becomes a huge resource-hog. (Take note of Internet Explorer!)
Working with "Sketch" and Image Importer. Pretty neat software.
Quicktime eats processing power like mad! Unusable, but the VR's and trailers Apple provide run okay-ish.
That's all for today, actually got some work done as well. But that's all I'm allowed to say.
|Feb 18, 2013, 04:59 PM||#12|
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