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  • BitterCreek Level 1 Level 1

    Time to upgrade. PPC is long dead.

  • Mik B Level 1 Level 1

    You must be a newer Mac-owner. The normal fashion of Mac-dispersal is to buy new Macs and keep the old ones for other tasks until they physically die or sell or give them away to people that just don't have the kind of money to just get a new one. I expect a Mac to have market value for 5 years and to work for 10 years, just not with all new software. This may change, but since 1990 it has been my experience as a Macowner. If you actually need a new Mac depends on what you want to do with it. I tend to need a new every 3 years. If you have invested tens of thousands in software that you use for your business that is not usable on a new Mac, the step is bigger than just getting a new box.

    I moved just last year to Intel as I needed new software with those requirements and found my Dual 2 G5 to surprisingly workable given its age. It's still running here right nest to my Macbook. Currently mainly because I have 2TB of discs in it. I have other plans for it when I move the data later. But there's no market value for it as far as I know.

  • Deborah Terreson Level 4 Level 4

    A dual 2.0 G5 with the right video card - a Radeon 9600 Pro for example and a decent sound card and you've got a fetching hi-def audio/video head for your home. Right now, I'm rebuilding a fried power supply for a dual 1.0 G4 Mirror Door Drive that is going to be fit into a wooden living room console/table that I use for ripping vinyl, scanning film and watching videos. It's hooked up to a budget K-Mart special, 32 inch TV and sound is ported through the stereo - using Tiger for the OS no less and it runs just *fine*.


    PPC's are plenty useful. It just depends on how much you want to play and tinker. Parts are cheap now and most of the cards and expansion I have was all salvage. Can't beat free.





  • BitterCreek Level 1 Level 1

    Mik B wrote:


    You must be a newer Mac-owner.

    Nope. Owned them since 1993 when I bought my first Centris 610.

  • Mik B Level 1 Level 1

    OK then. To each his own. Which you could acknowledge in knowing that people value old Macs as well as new ones. It should be valid to discuss ways to implement features on older Macs without getting tired comments with obvious insights. This also when possibilities to achieve something are slim, which is a much more valid focus to make a comment on. Which have been already done in this thread and you didn't add anything useful at all.

  • BitterCreek Level 1 Level 1

    There used to be value to old Macs, but since the transition to Intel is long since finished and developers are no lnger supporting PPC at all, they have very little real-world value even for casual internet use. Even for those with PPC-only app excuses, 10.6's Rosetta supprt runs PPC apps faster than they could on their native hardware!


    PPC used to be better than Inel's offerings, but their post-Pentium4 chips blow all PowerPC chips out of the water. IBM knew this, thats why they gave up development of the G5 after the dual-core revision.


    Were you still asking for 68k support in 2001, 7 years after the PPC switch?

  • Norseman2 Level 1 Level 1

    Some people just like to tinker and play around and see what older machines can do that they're not supposed to.

  • Mik B Level 1 Level 1

    Exactly. And it should also be noted that as Apple computers are very durable machines, they continue to live in places where they can't afford new computers. Don't be so culture-centric to miss that fact of the Mac-universe.


    Not even in the US does everyone afford computers anyway. I know of groups that collects old machines of all sorts and give public access to them for free.

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