What are you doing with your PPC boxes?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by cammykool, Apr 7, 2016.

  1. cammykool macrumors regular

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    thats to a friendly forum user i was able to get my iMac G4 running! this ispired me to dust off my Dual 2.0 G5 and got leo reinstalled on it.

    This has ispired me what are you doing with your PPC macs?

    I am typing this on my G5. i am using it as my main box because my main desktop (i7 2600k/GTX750ti) is unstable at the moment im surprised that with using the archive im able to do anything on my PowerMac i was able to on my modern desktop.

    My iMac G4 is now being used to record my conversations and jot down callsigns in my garage for my Ham radio.

    People say these things dont do much and i disagree.

    So what are your PPC macs doing?
     
  2. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Graphic Design, web browsing and email.

    This is the Quicksilver in my signature.

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  3. cammykool thread starter macrumors regular

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  4. redheeler macrumors 603

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    Yes, he does. :)
     
  5. Dronecatcher macrumors 68000

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    I use my G5 Quad for everything - design, video editing, music, web - no problems at all. I use my G4s for music mainly. What I love about Macs is you can squeeze out functionality even from the lowest specs - see my attached 300Mhz iBook Clamshell, bought for £10 and is primarily used to run Rebirth - a software drum machine/sequencer but can also run a Super Nintendo emulator amongst other things.... iBook1.jpg iBook2.jpg iBook3.jpg iBook4.jpg
     
  6. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    That's a very nice iBook - and this from a guy who generally does not care for them!
     
  7. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000

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    My G5 tower (2.0DP / 8GB / 64GB SSD + 1TB HDD) is alongside my desk being used for all my photoshop work; admittedly I don't do much, but it's there when I need it.

    My 12" PowerBook (1.5 / 1.25GB / 256GB SSD) is my main machine that I use in my classroom (I'm a high school teacher) to do all of my lesson planning, grading, attendance, presentations, etc.
     
  8. Dronecatcher macrumors 68000

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    Thanks :) Can you believe, it's my first computer purchase from a car boot sale - it had no charger, so I took a risk for £10 - hacked a spare charger and fired it up and it's OK - max ram and an airport card too. Dead battery though - may get one at some point. I'd forgotten how solid and durable the old iBooks are.
     
  9. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816

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    I had been using my PowerBook as a daily driver, but now I mainly use it to test C code on a different architecture.
     
  10. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    I use mine to write my rubbish books. And managing my music and pictures. And light web browsing. IMG-20160408-00071.jpg
     
  11. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Two of my favorite things…Macs and coffee! :D
     
  12. davidg4781 macrumors 68000

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    Mine are put away :(. I recently moved and ended up moving back in with my mom and I don't have room for them. Before they were in my spare bedroom, I was going to use my G5 for importing VHS recordings and the G4 for some retro DOS games and music but never got a desk to set them up.

    One day!
     
  13. Lastic macrumors 6502

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    Went from a MBA 13" Broadwell to a MBA 11" Haswell , thought about buying a Macbook 12 inch but less ports, less performance and the price pushed me to selling the 11" MBA Haswell and buying a 12" Powerbook G4 , 1.5 Ghz.

    Upgraded to a SSD, just scored a Newertech battery which gives me 5 hours real battery life during work.

    Coming from CP/M, MS/DOS , and almost every OS ( worked in Datacenter Monitoring ), I tangled with our school SCO-UNIX and loved commandline *NIX ever since.

    Now pursuing a career in Networking , I'm working in CLI most of the time, and now getting to know FreeBSD through JunOS.

    I use this Powerbook as my daily companion on my train-ride to work, fiddling around with a triple boot, Ubuntu Mate 16.04, OpenBSD 5.9 and OS X 10.5.8 off course.

    Just love to push hardware to the max, the form factor of the 12" Powerbook and still blown away what this 10 year old
    machine can do ( even more now with Coreplayer playing 1080p videos )
     
  14. stewart1981 macrumors member

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    My G5 (1.6ghz, 4gb ram) is serving as a music player and backup machine at my office. It is used for proofing music scores for publication, checking pdf masters before print runs and anything I don't fancy doing on windows 10, much as I have found that works well for me! Short of an SSD there isn't much more I can do to it. I'd still love a Powerbook, my father in law won't part with his!
     
  15. cammykool thread starter macrumors regular

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    I had a PowerBook G4 when I was I high school last year. I had an IEP that said I could use a computer in class for assignments. My PBG4 was with me every day. Ran Leo and office 2k8
     
  16. Altemose macrumors G3

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    I still rock a PowerBook G4 to use around the school when working on the network. 1.67 GHz, 1.25 GB of RAM, and a 32 GB SSD with Leopard is a pretty good combination.
     
  17. cammykool, Apr 8, 2016
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    cammykool thread starter macrumors regular

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    There is he man himself. The inspiration for this thread.
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  18. jbarley macrumors 68030

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    I really like what you've done with your office and desk.;);)
     
  19. cammykool thread starter macrumors regular

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    its a wrech i kniow
     
  20. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    The plastic bottles really speak to me.

    :D :D :D

    I put the iMac G4 back on my desk the other day while I was "cleaning" (You know... Throwing things into other drawers and boxes, shoving books under the bed, etc). It threw up a folder with the Finder, and booted up, and when I ran Disk Aid it didn't give me any errors. I know the RAM is on its last legs though and still need to get the DVD stuck in the dead slot out of it. Considering getting another hard drive for it, but I don't know. If I do that, then I'm going to stick a Bluetooth dongle in it, mod a SD card slot in, do a bit of Photoshop and Scrivener.

    It's amazing how those EarPods don't feel out of place with either the iBooks or iMacs.
     
  21. 128keaton macrumors 68020

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    I just got a 867Mhz TiBook from another user and I'd like to put an SSD in it. I do iOS development, so that is out of the question, but I also do web stuff, and thankfully Coda has a PowerPC version (somewhere).
     
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    bobesch macrumors 6502a

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    It's really great fun to see, that 90% of all the things I do on daily base, can be done with any PPC machine...
    I mainly use "Books" - iBookG4/PowerBookG4 /w Leopard (* also with Clamshell iBookG3 and Tiger or MacOS9):
    Office*, email*, Fax-machine*, webKit/Safari, DEVONthink-Db*, iTunes*, PDF-editing/printing*, VNC*/MS RDP/ScreenSharing, webDAV*, FTP*, FileServer*, scanning with Fujitsu-ScanSnap1500 (OCR with DevonThing), VirtualPC7 with WinXPpro and Win2k. YouTube (download with webKit and play with CorePlayer)
    Beamer-Companion: first iBook connected to the beamer and creating it's own WLAN-hotspot/"network" - second iBook connected to that hotspot/network for ScreenSharing/ScreenControl of the Beamer-iBook.
     
  23. HansiS macrumors newbie

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    I've got my 12" PB now for almost twelve years. Other Computers, Desktops and Notebooks alike, have been coming and going, but this PB is special to me. Today I still use it for all kinds of Internet-stuff and to write my essays/articles for journalism. When at home on the desk, I plug in my FireWire-Audio Interface and let Spotify make some noise. I really hope that this little book will have some years of life in it.
     
  24. Orizence macrumors 6502

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    I have my Powermac G5 converting videos and music nearly 24/7 while surfing the web, all it does is chug along and I could not ask for anything more from a computer.

    My Intel based Macbook? Id rather not talk about that... I really wish my Powerbook G4 was still working, at least it didn't have plastic that cracks all over
     
  25. Altemose macrumors G3

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    If you are looking to just simply toy around (no serious or relevant work), there is a version of the iOS SDK that actually runs on PowerPC. I believe it only supports iOS Simulator 2.1 or something insanely old like that, but it is awesome to have for novelty.
     

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