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Note: I wrote below my first impressions only; this page remained
unmodified only for historical reasons (for example, I got it with
Panther - later upgrading to Tiger). If you want to read more,
have a look at my Apple pages!
YAY!!! I did it!!!
I just got my new roaring Apple Powerbook G4 17":
- stunning 17" display (1440×900);
- 1.67GHz G4 processor (yay!!!);
- 1Gb RAM;
- 100Gb disk storage (slurp!!), 5400rpm;
- 3.1 kg only!!! only
- SuperDrive CD/DVD reader/burner (CD-RW, DVD±RW 8×);
- Gigabit ethernet, enhanced Bluetooth connectivity, PCMCIA slot,
USB 2.0 connectors;
- other delicious things: 128Mb Radeon 9700; analog video out;
Mac OS/X Panther with iLife and extras; delicious trackpad;
Sudden Motion Sensor;
- other features that I will some day use: AirPort Extreme
wireless networking 54Mbps, Firewire 400/800, DVI connector;
My personal history:
- I worked in DOS (and eventually Windows) from 1987 to 1994;
- I used mostly Linux (and, sometimes, by oboedience, Windoze)
from 1994 to 1996;
- I used only Linux from 1997 to 2005;
- in 2005 I was about to switch to a tablet PC (to
use obviously with Linux) but found at the same price this
Powerbook G4, that largely exceeded the tablet features (duh,
don't you know that the Microsoft Windows XP Tablet Edition
license scratches from your pocket hundreds of dollars?!!);
well, I just did it! I switched to a Mac!
- in 2008 I got a tablet PC and installed Linux onto it;
while using Mac OS X on my main workstation (the Powerbook),
I still use Linux on my other computers.
And finally I happened to get a gorgeous Apple Powerbook G4.
TOP TEN reasons for switching from a Linux-based Pentium-class
machine to an Apple product (and, especially, to this product):
- absolutely first: it's an Unix-based machine (a mature Unix),
and it's the only Unix-like operating system featuring an acceptable
reliability, from the severe point of view of a 11+ years Linux user;
- insuperable aestethics and prestige; if you even happen
to buy the most powerful PC around, you will immediately see
someone saying "duh, obsolete, ugly, excessive cost, won't last..."
(that's simply true); a Mac, instead, won't become an "old piece
of ugly hardware" even after years!
- the excellent combination of all kinds of usage; coming from
Linux, I found my favourite tools (gcc/g++, vi, perl, telnet...),
I still backup my home Linux box with this Apple beast (rsync,
ssh...), and I can even port my old X11 programs and utilities...!
I won't feel too much nostalgia; I still continue to use Linux,
but it's a very great thing to develop C/C++/Perl/etc software
and having the same source running on Linux/i86 and on Mac OS/X!!
- everything it's ready out-of-the-box; I will have less
pleasure in searching files, configuring scripts, installing
packages, etc, but... who cares?
Since 1994, this is the very first computer I buy without first
investigating about Linux compatibility.
For you asking me about Windows... yes, the last Windows release
I used, was Windows 3.1 (released in 1992).
IMPORTANT NOTE: Apple switched to Intel processors. Delusion!
I wrote some notes (in Italian only: sorry!) here.
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