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10 July 2003 @ 12:57 pm

We've finally been able to upgrade to a new (used) computer -- a blue&white Macintosh G3. Now we've got a computer which was brand new when we bought our old (used) computer (a 7100/80AV)! You wouldn't think an itty-bitty clock speed increase from 80 MHz to 350 MHz would make all that much difference, would you? But apparently it does -- this machine is noticeably faster than our old one. Maybe it's got a faster data bus or better architecture or something....

(We needed the newer machine because I wanted to brush up on my FrameMaker skills -- I was expert with v3, but it's up to v7 now, and v7 won't install on anything older than a G3.)

Anyway, I've been having ... um... hours o' fun ... re-installing all our applications onto this machine.

I'm thinking, perhaps, once I get some spare time, I might even install OS X and see how that goes, although I'm sure it'll run slooooooooooowly on this machine. At least I'll get a chance to get my feet wet with it before I have to take the Big Plunge whenever we get a current machine which won't boot in OS 9....

Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
Current Music: The hum of disc drives and computer fans
Larry Sandersonlsanderson on July 10th, 2003 11:15 am (UTC)
New toys good!
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter Mark IV by Reed Wallerfredcritter on July 10th, 2003 05:28 pm (UTC)
Yuppers! Even when they're second-hand and only new to me!!

(Although I wouldn't mind terribly much if my hitherto unseen ceegar-smokin' Fairy Godfather were to gift me with a dual-processor G5 with all the trimmings....)
Stephen Leighsleigh on July 10th, 2003 03:04 pm (UTC)
I'm running OS-X on an iMac with a 400MHz G3 and 384 meg of memory and an 80 GB hard drive -- at little slow, but acceptable. I don't think 350 MHz would be all that different (in fact, your blue and white tower might have a better bus than the iMac.) Having a good bit of memory and a large hard drive makes a difference, too -- OS-X likes to have at least 256 meg of RAM (more, better), and it doesn't like having a hard drive that's anywhere close to full.

For those of us who were weaned on the old Mac OS, X is a concept leap, but the advantages far outweigh the pain of the transition, IMO. I've moved all my apps to OS-X at this point. No more System 9.
Fred A Levy Haskellfredcritter on July 10th, 2003 05:23 pm (UTC)
Hard drive, eh? I guess that's where my argument falls right to the ground. The old machine had ... um ... like half a gig, so we bought a 9 gig external SCSI drive and it has become very full. The new machine only has a 6 gig drive (only! How quickly our perceptions change!), so I currently have the old 9 gig external hooked up (I needed the SCSI card anyway, to use our Nikon slide scanner). I suppose I should pop for a larger internal drive (which is at least cheaper now that they're ATA instead of SCSI inside) before thinking about OS X. Do you know if I have to look for anything other than a vanilla ATA drive if I want to drop it into our blue&white?

On the other hand, I did buy extra RAM 'cause of PhotoShop, so I have a total 640 MB (Heh! That's more RAM than the 7100/80AV hard drive...!).
Stephen Leighsleigh on July 11th, 2003 05:20 am (UTC)
I think that any old 3.5" ATA drive will drop in the B&W just fine, but I'm not a tech (though I play one on TV) :-) I'd suggest getting at least a 40GB drive, and more if you can get it cheaply enough. Heck, I have close to 5GB just in iTunes music... and I know people with 20GB and more just in music! Right now I use about 20GB total, but if you're into Photoshop or (even worse) video, the files get mighty big mighty fast.
Fred A Levy Haskellfredcritter on July 11th, 2003 09:34 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'll ask before I buy, just to make sure. It appears the price jump in internals is betwen 80 and 120 gigs -- the 40's and 80's both seem to start around $80 -- so I reckon I'll go for the 80 when I get a check chance.
Patrick Nielsen Haydenpnh on July 11th, 2003 08:50 pm (UTC)
OS X runs wonderfully on the blue-and-white G3 that Teresa bought from Lydy.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter Mark IV by Reed Wallerfredcritter on July 14th, 2003 11:48 am (UTC)
Ahh, that's good to know. I'll probably try it once I get a larger hard disk....