I am interested in knowing how many people still use their older Macintosh computers on an every day basis. I currently use my PowerBook G3 (upgraded to a G4 550mhz) with 1GB of RAM installed. I am running 10.5.8 on it. I hooked it up FTDM with a machine supported by 10.5. Installed beautifully right onto the drive of my Powerbook Pismo (128GB HD). Of course, it is not lightning fast but it definitely does a fantastic job handeling the system. Load times are fairly quick for a computer that is over 12+ years old. Collector's must be out there because the Pismo's go for a great price on eBay with the right features. I consider myself to be a collector and I would vote the Pismo to be my favorite older Apple laptop. I have owned Clamshell iBooks, Mac 2ci, G5's, 540c, Wallstreet, many Macs. I love my retina MacBook Pro 15" but I love the swappable bays on the Pismo. MS Word is a joy to use on the Pismo. I use Office 2004. Maybe it's just nostalgia but i always enjoy using this machine for small tasks. Net surfing, email, they all work well. Some people may wonder what in the world you're doing with a Pismo in a coffee shop...but I think it's pretty neat.
A few interesting points if anyone is interested in this topic is that Apple discontinued support for Pismo after 10.4. 10.5 runs beautifully except the battery is not recognized when it is in the right bay. It is recognized in the right bay. No big deal since you have the lights to help you gauge how much juice you have left. The battery still works normally even though there is an X through it at the top of the screen when it is in the left bay. I have a PCMI 2.0 USB adapter to help speed things up if I want to use USB. It allows you to flawlessly connect via airport to WEP networks. Other versions of OS X wouldn't connect to newer router technology.
Youtube videos are not recommended. The video card is just too slow and we will not get any kind of upgrade from a third party manufacturfer. So what do I do with this machine? I love the keyboard. It has a great feel to it. It makes Office more fun to use. It runs 10.5 and I don't run in to much trouble with any compatibility issues. Obviously you run older PowerPC versions of programs (like Transmission) but they work just fine. If i run out of battery I can just pull out another one and pop it in. If anything ever went wrong with it (and it hasn't after all this time!) the parts and repair are fairly simple. I can watch DVDs on it and I don't have to worry about it getting scratched up. I didn't have to buy a case and the palm protectors like I did with the new retina Macbook. I have worked on many Mac machines and this is one of my favorite ones to take apart. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the new Mac laptops but it has held the test of time. I am sure many posters here remember Nanosaur and Bugdom. Nanosaur use to be one of my favorite games. Or how about the ad with the PowerBook screen displaying a fierce shark. In my opinion, the Pismo, in regards to its expansiblity, ugradability, and user friendly body it is one of the most thought out, planned, and sleek machines Apple has put out. It's still a great looking computer. JMO