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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Dual 500mhz Gigabit Tribute

This weekend I popped a hard drive with Leopard into my old 500mhz Dual Gigabit. I've contemplated installing Leopard on the machine's 'real' hard drive but I want to be sure Leopard will run like Tiger does. I really expected Leopard to be sluggish and irritating. Much to my surprise it runs great on Leopard! I think Leopard is designed to run best on dual processor setups, even if they are a scant 500mhz each. The running duties seem to be nicely distributed to each processor, allowing for even distribution of resources. Currently I have 1.5GB of RAM in it and it runs great so I think if I can do 2GB it will be that much better. I know Leopard loves RAM. I have to say that I have a soft spot in my heart for my Dual 500mhz Gigabit G4. It's an absolute pristine representation of a G4. Used by a local graphic designer for many years and then left for recycling at the university repair shop, it's virtually scratch free and in perfect working order. For being 8 years old it's still chugging away like a champ. I wouldn't run Photoshop or anything crazy like that on it but for surfing the internet and working office apps, it's just dandy. It's funny to think that it was originally released with OS 9 and still runs the most current OS without problems. For being 8 years old it also still has all the right features to keep you going, like a max of 2GB of RAM and 3 Firewire ports. Here's to you Dual 500mhz Gigabit, you Graphite Warrior of Digitalization.

Thursday, April 3, 2008


Yesterday at work someone was attempting to use one of our G5s to view video files. First they couldn't get the optical drive door open (no biggie), then they complained about not knowing how minimize a window (to which I responded, there are only 3 buttons, try one of them), and after that she just didn't like Macs. What really griped me about this comment is the fact that she made zero effort to TRY and expected things to work on their own. I don't get it. But this made me think about how to explain how a Mac works and why you should use one. Here it is:

A Mac is like the metric system and a PC is like the old standard measuring system. The metric system is much easier to use, it's more accurate, and you can figure out manipulations pretty easily. The standard system works but it's cumbersome, prone to error, and difficult to manipulate. Using the standard system you might have to measure twice. Both will get the job done but one is more logically based, easier to use, and more efficient. It's science :)