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Subject:New(er) Laptop
Time:10:17 pm
I mentioned a while ago that I was looking for a laptop to replace my aging iBook G4. As of this weekend I own a MacBook (late 2006 Intel dual core) purchased from autopope of this parish, and will be using it as my main laptop from now on. So far the main problem is that most of my older Mac software is PPC only, but I'm gradually sorting out replacements - the major one was simple, I've installed the current Libre Office instead of Microsoft Office 2004. Getting used to OSX 10.7 has been dead easy so far, it's a lot more like OSX 10.4 than Windows 7 was like XP.

So... This currently leaves me owning rather a lot of computers:
  • Windows 7 desktop PC
  • MacBook
  • iPad
  • An older PC currently running Linux that's hooked up to my TV and hasn't been used in a year or so.
  • The 500Mhz iMac G4 I refurbished earlier this year - currently my bedroom computer but getting very little use. A bit slow and some issues with compatibility on some web sites.
  • The 1.1ghz iBook G4 the MacBook is replacing. Still reasonably usable, apart from compatibility issues, just a little slow compared to modern machines.

I'm trying to decide whether to sell the iMac G4, the iBook G4, or possibly both, or keep both. Resale value is probably around £50-£75 for the iBook, a little less for the iMac. In terms of practicality I'd probably be better off keeping the iBook as my bedroom / spare computer and selling the iMac, but I really like the look of the iMac, it's just amazingly cool somehow. As an excuse to keep it, I'm wondering if it will become more of a collectable as time goes by. Anyone have any thoughts?

Finally, does anyone have any suggestions for fun free software for the MacBook? I've installed Oolite, maybe a couple more games and some utilities?

Later - just realised I bought a Macheist bundle ages ago that I mostly didn't use because the software was intel, not G4 - this included Scrivener and other stuff, now downloading it to see if it's worth using. The Scrivener key, at least, still works, so does Artboard.
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robby
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Time:2014-11-18 10:30 pm (UTC)
I'm in the same boat, with all kinds of middle[aged and old hardware. I even have a pre-Macintosh Apple Lisa 2, a Mac XL, and a 8088 powered Compaq transportable computer.

Lately, I've been learning a bit about Android devices. I have an A13 tablet and ordered one of those Amazon stick computers for streaming internet video.
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ffutures
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Time:2014-11-18 10:44 pm (UTC)
I've given away all of the old crap, but the iMac and iBook really don't fall into that category, my heart is telling me to keep them though my brain is saying "What for?"

The Lisa was an awesome-looking computer, shame it was never popular. The only other Mac I've ever owned was a Mac LC II with a portrait screen, aimed at document layout etc.; used it for a few months but in the end I wasn't using it enough to warrant keeping it and sold it on.
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robby
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Time:2014-11-18 11:11 pm (UTC)
My really old stuff was bought about 10 years ago, as curiosities and collectables. My newest computer, which should arrive in December is a Amazon Fire TV Stick, and it cost all of $20. I'm learning to hack Android devices, and this stick computer has great potential to give me pirated streaming internet video.
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ffutures
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Time:2014-11-19 12:57 am (UTC)
I heard about the fire stick - seems a very interesting bit of kit. But I'm not skilled enough to make good use of anything like that.
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robby
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Time:2014-11-19 01:31 am (UTC)
I'm just learning about Android hacks. Right away it will be possible to side-load an open-source media center and ignore the Amazon Market.
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bohemiancoast
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Time:2014-11-19 08:32 am (UTC)
One of the things I really like about the local selling group (which is admittedly Facebook) is that you get to hear the stories. It is *so* much easier to give up my beloved green iPod mini (4gb, monochrome) knowing that someone's child really wants an iPod to play music on. And I'm taking photos of everything, only partly because I need photos for the group.
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bohemiancoast
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Time:2014-11-18 11:32 pm (UTC)
I'm selling a G4 Powerbook later this week, at least in part because I've decided that it's sensible to at least rationalise the old junk. Someone on my FB selling group said tonight 'does anyone have a cheap iPod' -- and the answer is that I currently have 5 sale-ready iPods that are not being used, with a 6th that's been on loan likely to return soon. This is just silly. And it doesn't count the iPod Shuffle.
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ffutures
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Time:2014-11-19 12:55 am (UTC)
G4 Powerbook is probably going to do better than my iBook.

I think I have you to thank for the MacHeist bundle. Any idea if they're planning to do another?
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bohemiancoast
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Time:2014-11-19 08:36 am (UTC)
They did a nano-bundle quite recently, and an 'Apple Design Award' bundle a while ago. Bundles have kind of fallen out of fashion, but I've had brilliant stuff from them over the years. And, like you, what I've often found is that I've needed a tool to do something and discovered I already have one from a Macheist bundle.

Though to be fair, there have also been times when I've then tried that program, been somewhat unhappy with it, and bought its better known competitor. So. Swings and roundabouts.
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ffutures
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Time:2014-11-19 01:21 pm (UTC)
I'd be grateful if you could let me know if they do another.
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bohemiancoast
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Time:2014-11-19 01:58 pm (UTC)
will do!
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