My Short-lived Mac experience

The day before I had my hernia surgery, the woman I have been working for loaned me a powerbook G4 titanium. Here are the specs from System Profiler:
Machine Name: PowerBook G4
Machine Model: PowerBook3,3
CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (2.1)
Number Of CPUs: 1
CPU Speed: 550 MHz
L2 Cache (per CPU): 256 KB
Memory: 1 GB
Bus Speed: 100 MHz
Boot ROM Version: 4.2.9f1

The processor is slow but the RAM helps out quite a bit. Not too bad but definitely an old machine.

When I got it I had to use the install disc, that I got from my buddy Martin, to reset the admin password. The owner of the machine is her boyfriend and he had just gotten a new one so she was trying to get rid of this so it would not be in the house. Anyway, I didn’t really want to mess with his account but I wanted to install some stuff and just check out latest Mac OS. I must say I have enjoyed it quite a bit but I have also been frustrated by some things as well. I love the look and feel of the hardware (the keyboard is superb) and the OS (running Tiger) is really slick. But I am just such a windows fan that I always feel like I can’t find anything on the Mac. I look at the dock and it looks like everything is running but I can’t find anything. Luckily there is expose and I don’t know how anybody used a mac without it. I have never used the function keys so much before.
I see the appeal definitely but I just can’t justify the cost. It is hard for me to even justify the cost of a PC laptop but the one I have has served me well so far and it was only $1000. I know the iBook is only $1299 right now but that is without any kind of protection plan. I have thought about the Mac mini as an option but I just love the laptop. I did not get a chance to use any of the iLife products because he does not them on his machine. I did however get a chance to use Macromedia fireworks MX 2004 and I did enjoy designing on the Mac. My only real gripe was with Safari. When I first started writing this post it was in Safari but I realized that none of the advanced editing buttons were displaying. When I switched to Firefox they were there.
I do like the Mac but I don’t think I could completely switch. Plus two of my favorite pieces of software – Feeddemon and Topstyle – would no longer be available (unless I installed other software to run them, I know I know). Maybe after I get the student loan paid off I will get one. Until then I am a PC user.


  1. If you tried Netnews wire, you will never go back to feeddemon. I don’t know of any other software close to topstyle, but I’m sure it’s out there. 🙂

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