After reading a post by a forum member here about how he threw away his iMac G3s because they were "completely useless", I decided it was time for a test. On YouTube, a couple of prominent PowerPC activists were doing "PowerPC Challenges" like ItsMyNaturalColour (Great YouTube Channel for Mac Fans) and Jack S. They however are using G4 and G5 machines which we all know are very capable especially when heavily upgraded *cough* eyoungren's QuickSilver *cough*. I was recently given an iBook G3 by RedCroissant, a very nice forum member here. I decided to put it through its paces in 2014, testing whether I could complete all my school work and entertainment on an older 2003 iBook G3. The specs are a 900 MHz PowerPC G3, 640 MB of DDR RAM, a 40 GB 4200 RPM hard drive, and an ATI Mobility Radeon 7500 with 32 MB of VRAM. Hardly desirable specs for use in 2014. In fact, most PCs from the era are not in use today either. In terms of software, I am going to pick the best selection tailored to the machine. For Office purposes I am going to use Microsoft Office 2004, while the web will be handled by Tiger WebKit. I am a fan of Leopard WebKit and prefer it over TenFourFox, but that is a discussion for another thread. I am going to need to perform foreign language class work, so I will have to load Rosetta Stone for French. Now on to entertainment... I am a huge fan of iChat and will use that in conjunction with Skype 2.8 for IM and calling. Everyone loves YouTube, so I am going to use the infamous MacTubes. And a little gaming never hurt anyone so I will load Assault Cube and attempt to load Battlefield 1942. When I got this iBook it was pretty dirty looking. RedCroissant didn't really mess with it and essentially put it on the shelf as soon as he got it. Some 91% isopropyl alcohol took the stickers right off and revealed some pretty fresh looking hardware. In fact, aside from some light scratches and a small crack on the corner, it looks pretty much new! Talk about generosity amongst our peers! Thanks again RedCroissant... I am going to use this iBook until Saturday and give a check in every day until then. Oh, and the best part of my challenge is that in addition to being limited to a G3 for my portable, I am not going to use my PowerMac G5 or Intel MacBook Pro. Talk about a challenge! Now we will wait to see the results... Why am I doing this? Well I just want to see if that forum member is right or wrong. Are these machines really useless trash or do they still have some life left in them. This challenge is specific to a G3 machine, to prove the point even more.