Inaugural Summer PowerPC Challenge! July 1-8, 2017

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Gamer9430

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Following the success and popularity of the Winter Challenge, as well as the requests from several users to have more than one Challenge week a year, I'm pleased to announce the Inaugural SUMMER PowerPC Challenge.

Week of July 1-8, 2017

Rules:
1.
Try to stick to using PowerPC-based computer only for the week. You are allowed to use modern computers if you are required to by your work, school, or if you absolutely need to for some reason. If so, document why you needed to (ie: incompatible hardware). By documenting it, we can see what the weak parts of using PowerPC Macs are and even try to build off of that to solve that issue if possible.

2. Keep internet usage on your modern phone/tablet to a minimum, unless required to by school, work, life, etc. This is in order to keep the challenge as close to 2006 as possible. However, you can use any iPhone (2G, 3G, 3GS), iPod (1G, 2G, 3G), or iPad (1 only).

3. Try to document your experiences with using PowerPC-only either by writing daily updates on this thread or recording and uploading daily videos. (You may use your phone to do this, but if possible, use a camera compatible with your PPCs)
(Comment if you think there should be additional rules)

Allowed Devices:
  • Any device that is compatible with Leopard or below (which includes iPods, iPhones, and iPads)
  • Video game consoles (previous generations preferred to keep with retro theme)
  • Computers for work, schools, and emergencies
  • Any computer that has a PowerPC CPU (This includes Amigas and IBMs)
  • PDAs (Palm Pilots work well with Macs ;) )
  • (Add more if you think of any!)

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3. @Slix
4. @xdanieldzd
5. @MagicBoy
6. @RhianB
7. @Lastic
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Let's see if we can beat the previous number of participants (44)!
Comment, and write in your name above, if you would like to participate.
 
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Slix

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I'll be joining! I did the winter challenge, but I had to use Intel Macs a few times to do some stuff that had to be done, but this time, over the summer, I should be more free to just either wait it out, or try to do those tasks with a PowerPC. I'm excited!
 
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eyoungren

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…First Annual…
No, no, no no! :)

You can say First SUMMER challenge, or Inaugural SUMMER challenge or some other phrasing. But there's no such thing as a First Annual! :D

Annual, by definition, means yearly. As this is the First then it can't be an annual until next year.

Sorry. Grammer police ticket!

I work for a newspaper, what can I say?! :D
 

Gamer9430

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No, no, no no! :)

You can say First SUMMER challenge, or Inaugural SUMMER challenge or some other phrasing. But there's no such thing as a First Annual! :D

Annual, by definition, means yearly. As this is the First then it can't be an annual until next year.

Sorry. Grammer police ticket!

I work for a newspaper, what can I say?! :D
I always wondered about that... If its the first thing, how could it be annual? Thanks to you, it has been answered :p

I shall change it on both the winter and summer threads ;)
[doublepost=1491248128][/doublepost]Corrected :D
 
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Gamer9430

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You need my employers security manager to email you with a note giving me orders to follow our security policy?

:eek:

If you're going to be a d**k about it, them I'm out.
?

First off, that's literally the same text from the first challenge.

Secondly, I was saying that it shows that in the demanding world of modern businesses and educational institutions, a PowerPC may not cut it for either lack of performance, lack of security, or lack of proper hardware. In that case, you would be allowed to use modern technology. But what I meant by "which essentially shows you can't use only PowerPC for a week" isn't to belittle you as you made it out to be. As stated, I meant that in most real world applications, PowerPCs simply won't cut it as daily drivers. If you can, than kudos to you because that is a truly difficult feat with our beloved Macs getting older and older and more obsolete with every passing day. This strong and amazing community battles that by trying to keep our Macs alive for as long as possible with such projects as keeping Skype and DropBox working, TenFourFox for modern browsing, Erik's tweaks to keep the browsing smooth... without all these projects and people who desire to squeeze every last drop of life out of these Macs, none of this would be possible. So if I offended you or anyone else, or made it sound like you are a failure at life if you cannot take part in a fun little community challenge, then I offer you my sincere apologies.
 

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You need my employers security manager to email you with a note giving me orders to follow our security policy?

:eek:

If you're going to be a d**k about it, them I'm out.
I think the main purpose of the challenge is to see if people nowadays can live with a PowerPC mac. If you can't, that simply shows you can't survive but it's not like you're losing anything if you can't. Remember, this is a challenge that's done for fun so if you need to bend the rules a bit, it's okay; it's not like your PowerPC Mac will come before your livelihood :O

Cheers
 

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I think the main purpose of the challenge is to see if people nowadays can live with a PowerPC mac. If you can't, that simply shows you can't survive but it's not like you're losing anything if you can't. Remember, this is a challenge that's done for fun so if you need to bend the rules a bit, it's okay; it's not like your PowerPC Mac will come before your livelihood :O

Cheers
Getting belittled and borderline insulted before I even sign up for following my employers security requirements doesn't quite fit under "done for fun".

Check the old thread from January and you'll see I signed up for that for everything the wasn't work related. The wording needs changing IMO.
 

KawaiiAurora

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Rule #1 has been adjusted to better reflect the overall meaning of the challenge. If anyone still disagrees, please let me know and I'll rework it again
That ought to make it better :) As for portable devices, is using an iPod Touch 4 within the scope of this challenge? ;p I mean, it's PPC compatible after all ;)
 

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That ought to make it better :) As for portable devices, is using an iPod Touch 4 within the scope of this challenge? ;p I mean, it's PPC compatible after all ;)
I think anything from the Leopard time period should be fine. So nothing newer than 2009 at the very newest. I think that excludes the iPod touch. I'm good with my 3GS though ;). I'd like to swap my mini 1 for an iPad 1 but the iPad 1 is from 2011 unfortunately, so I'm iPad-less. :D
 

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I think anything from the Leopard time period should be fine. So nothing newer than 2009 at the very newest. I think that excludes the iPod touch. I'm good with my 3GS though ;). I'd like to swap my mini 1 for an iPad 1 but the iPad 1 is from 2011 unfortunately, so I'm iPad-less. :D
The iPad 1 is from March 2010 and it has an A4 chip and is even compatible with Tiger so if an iPT 4 is okay, why shouldn't an iPad 1 be okay?

@Gamer9430 Maybe there should be an 'allowed device' section as lots of people use portable devices nowadays. What about PSPs?
 

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Frankly, since we're doing this on our own time, I think the deal needs to include free donuts. :D

** Jelly filled donuts to be exact.
You can have some of mine. :)

I put a thermos of coffee together and several boxes of donuts. Helps to pass the time watching these guys try to get by on the kind of Mac I use every day. :D
 

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The iPad 1 is from March 2010 and it has an A4 chip and is even compatible with Tiger so if an iPT 4 is okay, why shouldn't an iPad 1 be okay?

@Gamer9430 Maybe there should be an 'allowed device' section as lots of people use portable devices nowadays. What about PSPs?
Game consoles are allowed, especially era correct ones ;)
 
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I'm in .

Same as previously posted , for Work , I depend a lot on Flash, Java because network vendors all decide to create GUI's using these technologies like for ex. Juniper NSM.

This also means a lot of browser windows and off course the outdated security on PPC won't allow me to use it as a work machine.

However for my home network lab , I try to mimic the same workflow on PPC.

I sure want to try and get qemu-x86_64 running so we can run Intel x64 Linux binaries on PPC but
it won't be easy or possible , but hey can't blame a guy for dreaming :)
 
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Maybe I'll join too. I just want to tell everybody who say "we can't live with just PPC Macs nowadays", they're wrong. That's because (except for people who work with computers with modern apps or operative systems) it is not mandatory to use a computer. We could live without them, and probably better than we do now. So, if all we do on computers isn't extremely necessary for us to live, we could "survive" a week with PPC Macs without problems. More so considering that we can do almost everything on PPC Macs, as there are only a few things which aren't possible.
 
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Gamer9430

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Maybe we could make the challenge longer? 1 week seems so short. And as Pasquale said, there's really not much we can't do on PPC Macs.
Feel free to keep going after the challenge on your own accord, but I think 1 week is appropriate for most of us. Personally, I could go longer, but I did miss playing games on my PC LOL. I guess at some point we could have a longer challenge. I know over at 68kMLA, their "Retro Challenges" are month long retro-only events.
 

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Feel free to keep going after the challenge on your own accord, but I think 1 week is appropriate for most of us. Personally, I could go longer, but I did miss playing games on my PC LOL. I guess at some point we could have a longer challenge. I know over at 68kMLA, their "Retro Challenges" are month long retro-only events.
Ok. I'll have to join 68kMLA's equivalent of this.
 
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