Saved a PowerMac G3 today

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Mr Rabbit, Aug 15, 2014.

  1. Mr Rabbit macrumors 6502a

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    I regularly check our tech recycling bin at work for Apple stuff. A while back I let some G4 PowerMacs and a G5 PowerMac get taken away but usually if there is something in there, be it an old Apple power cord or full on Mac, I tend to save it and add it to the hoard in my office.

    Today's find was a blue & white PowerMac G3. It will now live in my office window, opposite the dual 2.5 PowerMac G5.
     

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  2. Ih8reno macrumors 65816

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    Nice find, that's one Power Mac I have yet to own and am actively looking for.
     
  3. gavinstubbs09 macrumors 65816

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    Awesome to find a B&W in good shape! Mine was crippled when I got it and still is.

    Years ago when I was young and didn't have a laptop I wanted to take something from the electronic recycle bins at some museum about "green" stuff. Never did, but I suppose there is something good every once in a while.
     
  4. LizKat macrumors 68040

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    No kidding! My nephew found a working Lisa in a dumpster up in Syracuse back in the 90s. Pretty penny those went for, too!
     
  5. catzilla macrumors 6502

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    Nice machine, I sold mine after I bought my MDD back around 2001. Fantastic case design.
     
  6. JohnnyH1012 macrumors member

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    Despite how much technology has changed since the release of that G3, that design is timeless! Congratulations on that find!:):apple:
     
  7. bse5150 macrumors 6502

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    I've always thought the PM G3 to be rather ugly. To each their own I suppose.
     
  8. hamis92 macrumors 6502

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    It's certainly polarising. I've got both the B&W and Sawtooth at home side-by-side and I prefer the toned-down look of the Sawtooth, but the blueberry colour (it isn't bondi blue like the first iMac is it?) makes the B&W more of a sibling to the original '5 flavours' iMac, which is cool.
     
  9. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    The first time I saw a G3 B&W I was working at The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Ca. My Mac was some beige OS9 box (I do not recall the model, but I know it wasn't a 9500 or 9600) and I'd been there maybe two months or so when they hired Luis. Luis got the new G3 as well as Colleen (a long time employee) and one or two others.

    They loved them and I really liked the case.

    I was highly disappointed when the G4s came along. To me, the Sawtooths have always been in an ugly, bland dark gray case. Why Apple couldn't simply do the G3 B&W case in dark gray with a big G4 on the side like they did G3 I don't know.

    But it took Apple coming out with the Quicksilver before I really found some interest in Macs.

    BTW, I've always hated the cheese grater look of the G5s. I get why Apple did it and I like the performance of the G5, but it's just never been one of my favorite looking models.
     
  10. L Oquence macrumors regular

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    I love the look of the g5, looks so modern even after 10 years.
     
  11. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    I'm cool with the case design, but my main objection is that cheese grater front. OK, per their design the holes are necessary for air to be drawn through the case for cooling. But I've just never liked how it looked.

    I've grown accustomed to it, but…well, the only case design I dislike more is the new MP trashcan look.
     
  12. L Oquence macrumors regular

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    We have to disagree again.. lmao. I like the look. reminds me of r2d2 or something tbh.
     
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    LOL, that's ok. It reminds me of a cheese grater. We have different outlooks but at least we have a choice.
     
  14. L Oquence macrumors regular

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    I do want to get one someday just because of how small it is.. fully upgradeable at 10 inches tall? idc what it looks like sign me up.
     
  15. 128keaton macrumors 68020

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    Man, that machine is gorgeous! Makes me want one as I have never seen one. Meanwhile, I'm pursuing a 'molar' Mac.
     
  16. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    Very nice!

    The B&W G3 case design remains one of my favorites. In fact, I've only held off actively pursuing one because I've been promised one once the professor across the hall cleans out her office(which is supposed to be before the semester starts on the 25th).

    I have fond memories of doing the page layouts for the school newspaper on a B&W G3 using Quark Xpress. It was outdated at the time(~2005) but still got the job done in admirable fashion.

    I'm excited about getting my own, as it's also the only New World ROM mac with an ADB port, meaning that I can use an AEKII with it without the use of an adapter.
     
  17. L Oquence macrumors regular

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    The G3's.. clamshells... imacs.. these.. all have a certain nature to them that you dont see on newer macs.. the colour options available were really fun loving.
     
  18. redhatcode29 macrumors 6502

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    Dude, you are so so lucky. And you just find em...Wish i lived some where like that. :D The G3 is a beauty.
     

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