Can you Help me? PB/PC

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by rams, Oct 25, 2004.

  1. rams macrumors member

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    A few weeks ago, my PBook has been stolen on a party. Now i got nearly the the full price of my pb back from my insurance.

    My old powerbook g4/550mhz was to slow to work on it, so i bought (because i am not a rich guy) a desktop-replacement toshiba notebook with 3ghz and installed gentoo linux on it. The speed is great.

    But you know, PC sucks. The Laptop produces too much heat, and does a power off sometime.

    Now with the money, i can buy a new pc mobile laptop with great speed and so on or a powerbook..

    my question is now: is the powerbook fast enough to work on it ? if i cant run photoshop or gimp, a cool ide like project builder, firefox , safari AND itunes of course with a nice speed, i can't buy a powerbook because of the fact, that it doesnt fit my req.
    I would love to work again on a mac, but if it is not fast enough - i will wait or buy a g5 desktop which is not an ideal thing, because i work on more than one place. my toshiba does the job - but i am really not happy with it.

    what sould i buy ?


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  2. Pixeled_Apple macrumors member

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    Get a PowerBook G4 1.5GHz, macintosh's processors are unique, they have a really good architecture, and only have 7 Pipeline Stages! Plus MAC OSX is built on UNIX, the most strongest operating system(s). Thats all I know! But get a PowerBook its way betta than LapTops.
     
  3. Palad1 macrumors 6502a

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    Here's my setup

    Hello, let me answer some of the concerns you expressed here:
    Here's what I do with my partly maxed-out 15'' Rev.C Powerbook (1Gig ram, 5400 RPM hd, 128M VRAM).



    • I program Java for a living using Eclipse on multiple projects
    • Share code with multiple persons using SubVersion
    • Write docs / do PM reporting with word/excel
    • Debug JSP websites with Safari / Firefox and IE under Virtual PC
    • Edit some images in PhotoShop (mostly cropping/resizing, i'm no artist)
    • Roll my own version of Apache with some custom modules
    • Run Jakarta Tomcat
    • Code websites in PHP / JSP
    • Use ssh a lot
    • Rock it out with GarageBand
    • all of the above while iTunes is running on the background playing some led zep :D

    If you have the money, go for the powerbook, this is an awesome machine, I never regretted my switch in the last 5 months (already! woooooot).

    Oh, just one thing : you won't get to play recent games on your Mac. Get Used To It And Buy A GameCube (so you'll have two ati cards and two g4s :) )

    EDIT: forgot to tell you that the 1.5 PB heats like crazy. Seriously, I mean it, never use it on your lap more than 15 minutes in a row, put something in between (a cushion does the trick)
     
  4. dotnina macrumors 6502a

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    Good news: current PBs are fast.

    It sounds like you want to run a ton of intensive applications at once, in which case you'll probably want 1 gig of memory. Processor speed really doesn't have much to do with how many things you can run at once.

    My boyfriend uses a G4 / 550 Mhz, and yes, that thing is slow. By contrast, my G4 / 1.5 Ghz really flies. Applications launch in about two seconds, at most. I can't tell you enough, it is really snappy (in my opinion).

    I have 512 MB RAM, but I can run many programs simultaneously without seeing any performance problems whatsoever. In fact, right now I have 15 programs open, and everything is peachy.

    If you really want to wait, there is a dual-core processor that could possibly find its way into a PB revision (though Apple has said no new PBs until 2005). Really though, the PBs now are much faster than what you've previously been acquainted with.
     
  5. Palad1 macrumors 6502a

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    StrongBad couldn't have said it better!

    Right on, amongst all of the strongest of operating system(s), UNIX sure is the strongester! :rolleyes:

    ps: You're actually right, UNIX kicks ass, if you're a coder you should already know that :)
     
  6. rams thread starter macrumors member

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    OK THANKS GUYS! :)

    i go and buy this one :)

    • 1.5GHz PowerPC G4 with 128MB Graphics Memory
    • 512MB DDR333 SDRAM - 2x256 SO-DIMMs
    • 80GB Ultra ATA drive @ 5400 rpm
    • SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW)
    • Backlit Keyboard/Mac OS - U.S. English
    • AirPort Extreme Card
    • 15.2-inch TFT Display

    if 512mb ram is not enough, i will upgrade this..

    but thank god, it is fast enough :) :p :D
     
  7. rams thread starter macrumors member

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    i really know and love that :)
     
  8. Palad1 macrumors 6502a

    Palad1

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    Welcome aboard matey!

    I was lying, I have one regret about the setup (same as yours)

    I later bought two extra 512M stick, and now have 2x256 sticks unused.

    I eventually found a way to get rid of one of them: Buying my GF a 12'' iBook with an empty slot :)
     
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  10. verces macrumors member

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    Attention

    Just so you know, you can get Mac OS X Firefox. ;) Don't need that Virtual rubbish.
     

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