Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Thrill of an Old Mac

I am getting ready for NECC 2009.

Just spent the evening finding a new battery for my old workhorse iBook G4. I've been everywhere with this computer and it's taken me everywhere else. Half of the keys are missing the letters (good thing I learned to type in grade school). Several keys stick (but I know which ones, so I feel sort of like Larry Bird must have felt on the old parquet of the Boston Garden). There's a deep gash in the corner where a piece of audio equipment fell on it. And the whole thing is covered in a strange grime that I like to refer to as a 'patina'.

But it's a hell of a computer.

I souped it up to the max RAM and stripped it of anything but the essentials. I like to think of it as the REAL netbook.

And it's a Power PC. The real deal. 1.2 GHz of pure pony car computing.

So when you see me at NECC, say hi. And tell my Mac that her new battery looks great.


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  2. My son writes his homework on a clamshell iBook. My job this summer is to wipe it, find RAM for it, and upgrade the system software so it will talk to the Airport. That will give us a 1 Mac per person ratio in the house - I have a 2001 flower-power iMac, a 2006 iBook, and a new 24" iMac.

    Macs=Energizer Bunnies ;-0

    And have fun at NECC. I'm a bit jealous!

  3. I'm showing Tom Hunt how OpenID works. This is sort of a throwaway comment, but I'm delighted to meet you face to face at NECC this year.


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