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Hello people who subscribed to this comm ages ago and have forgotten all about it. >.>b There's a meme going on to post in / revitalize old comms, so ... I had a question, if anyone wants to answer it!

I'm thinking of getting an old 12" G4 iBook, 1.2 GHz. I'd basically use it for surfing the web and writing stories on, and my girlfriend [personal profile] rev_yurodivy wants one as well. I'm wondering what the real-world impact of having a low processor speed is, though ... are there sites that it's going to lag on, for instance? Is there anything else I should be aware of?

Many thanks in advance!

Date: 2010-02-25 05:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blktauna
I actually still use a 15.2 G4 Powerbook as my main machine. My Intel iBook is peppy but the trackpad area is screwed up so I don't use it much.

If you only plan on surfing and doing text you should be fine. I'd go with textedit/BBedit or Open Office vs Word. What system would you use? I am on 10.4 which is the last of the Xs that will work on the powerPC chip. As long as you top out the RAM you shouldn't see too much lag.

I only notice lag on flash heavy crap but I have all that shut off and blocked so that might be part of the problem.

Date: 2010-02-25 07:23 pm (UTC)
blktauna: Regan and Carter (Default)
From: [personal profile] blktauna
I don't think you'd see any real difference then. Word blows, I use BBEdit for all my text needs ;)

I have ubuntu on my netbook and it is similar in wait time and general usage to the g4.

Date: 2010-02-25 06:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yaysunshine
For word processing, I'd look up Bean--it's basically TextEdit on steroids. It can save PDF, DocX (which it also opens), HTML and a number of other useful file formats, has some nice formatting tools, and is nicely lightweight and opens more or less instantaneously. For web I'd tentatively suggest Google Chrome or Safari/Webkit, or maybe Firefox without many extensions. 1.2 GHz isn't bad, really, and I know people who are still using G4s in engineering, so it should work all right for you.

Date: 2010-02-26 03:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nimitzbrood
As a long time iBook/PowerBook/MacBook user here are my list of some things to remember:

10.4 is about the latest OS that will work flawlessly. 10.5 will work but possibly have some issues. Snow Leopard does not support the PowerPC cpu machines.

More ram, more ram, more ram.

There are tons of pieces of writing software that work on this Mac just fine. I use MacJournal and Copywrite. (Both payware.) Openoffice no longer sucks so bad, Abiword is okay, and NeoOffice is not too bad.

Video playback will be okay as long as you aren't multitasking and have enough ram.

Most web stuff should be okay but heavy flash sites may be a problem. Did I mention more ram? ;-)

All in all these are good little machines for just what you've said you're going to use them for. I'd say go for it but keep your eyes open and max out...the ram. ;-P

Date: 2010-03-17 07:44 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] egret
I am still using an iBook G4, but anxious to replace it with a newer notebook.
But I have to say it has been a sturdy and trouble-free machine for about 5 years, despite heavy use. It is still great for word processing (I use Word, but Bean is lovely) and web surfing, but it has a real problem handling YouTube and other big streaming video now. Everything is stuttery, no matter what I do. I read it was just the slow processor.

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