Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
"Good old" PowerBook G4
In 2010 second battery in my 12" PowerBook G4 died and I used it as
an excuse to buy a new machine. However I was never really satisfied
with that 10" Lenovo netbook I bought instead, so I didn't sell the
PowerBook and just let it collect dust for couple of years. Last year
I decided to resurrect it again.
One of my friends fixed broken ethernet connector (I bought the
machine in 2008 second-hand with connector already damaged), replaced
old 60GB hard drive with newer 160GB one and cleaned cooling system.
Two months ago something weird happened with my PowerMac G5 and
iPhoto begun to destroy every photo I edited. I decided to buy a new
1TB SSHD and do the complete reinstall of both OS X and Linux. Sadly
at the moment I have no time for either, and PowerBook is back
During the years with G5 I have a bit forgotten how good
Mac OS X 10.4.x is and how smooth it is on a G4. With TenFourFox,
TenFourBird and great package repository from Sevan Janiyan
there's nothing I miss in daily use.
To improve this experience even further I ordered 1GB RAM module
and I'm considering buying mSATA-IDE adapter and maybe one day
I will even buy a new battery and solve my original problem. I should
have done that back then, clearly this "good old" PowerBook is more
pleasant machine to work with than all my portables since 2010.