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my own personal Waterloo

Friday, June 20, 2008

it's a bit weird for me to consider my switch to an iBook G4 an upgrade, i guess, but this one's seen much less abuse than my PowerBook G4, and is much less broken. it has a functional screen AND a functional keyboard! plus, although both of them have wonky batteries, at least this one can have its battery swapped for a working one. the PowerBook's so banged up that i can't remove the battery cover anymore.

i didn't think i'd like iBooks, and i was dreading the day i'd have to say goodbye to my aluminium. i just thought the plastic would feel cheap and horrible. it's not so bad, though: the keyboard feels pretty good, and the plastic case feels somehow sturdier than the metal. it also seems to run a bit cooler, though that could be due to the fact that the PowerBook is a bit more fried, and i think still has the prone-to-explode battery model.

at least i'll feel better about switching to plastic when the time for a MacBook comes, though i think that time is quite some distance in the future. alas.


Blogger Mike said...

Still loving my aluminum PowerBook
G4 four years in. And though it looks sketchy, I hope the next OS rev supports PowerPC. I figure I'll want another daily driver by the time they stop releasing security patches for the last OS.

6/20/2008 8:29 PM  
Blogger anne said...

which OS incarnation are you running on yours?

6/20/2008 8:40 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Leopard. I've never been good about backups, so I bought it for Time Machine. Time Machine has saved my bacon a couple times. Other than that Leopard doesn't have much to recommend it, and the Menu Bar's an ugly gray with a gradient.

6/20/2008 8:58 PM  
Blogger anne said...

this is my first time using leopard, actually, and i'm not entirely sure what Time Machine does yet. since i'm also not so good about backups, though, it could prove useful, it sounds like.

6/20/2008 9:09 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

It does set-it-and-forget-it automatic backups. Needs an external drive to work. There's an on-off switch and a menu where one can exclude specified directories from the process, and that's it.

6/21/2008 3:39 PM  
Blogger anne said...

looks like we're going to mirror the old hard drive onto this machine, and that means leopard's got to go, since i'm still running panther on the PowerBook. i should really get my office to use Time Machine, though, since all of us have leopard now. well, all of the mac "us", anyway.

6/22/2008 11:31 AM  
Blogger anne said...

also, man, some of the broken permissions stuff in leopard is annoying. grr.

6/22/2008 11:33 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

This might fix the permissions. YMMV depending on which files are broken.

6/22/2008 12:02 PM  

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