Fallen Apple

Our PowerMac died again just before Christmas. Erin had just been issued a Mac laptop by her work, so we’ve been able to move most functions to it (though at a huge performance hit: dual G5 desktop vs G4 laptop = no competition). We’ve finally taken the dead soldier in for a repair estimate; if it’s just the power supply, we will fix it. But if the liquid-cooled disasta-chips have burned themselves up again, no fix for you, computer.

Unfortunately, it’s a funky time to buy a new Apple desktop: the Mac Pro hasn’t been updated in a while, the Mac Mini is sporting an August 2007 vintage, and some folks say the iMac is gonna get a refresh soon. And I have no interest in purchasing a Psystar. (I disagree with Apple’s refusal to license the MacOS, but I will respect it.)

Do we even need a desktop? I dunno. Erin still does a fair amount of video editing, and in fact is doing more of that lately these days. Maybe I’m just tired of the beach ball and willing to pay to see it disappear.

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7 Responses to Fallen Apple

  1. Erich says:

    Would Erin be doing anything an iMac (especially an updated one) couldn’t handle? I’m now running my Macbook in clamshell mode as my main computer, with a Dell Inspiron Mini 9 running Leopard (installed from legal retail DVD, vanilla kernel plus some Mini-specific drivers, runs great) as my mobile device. It’s pretty sweet.

  2. marc says:

    Megan and I both use 2.4 GHz Intel MacBooks–mine has 4 GB and hers 2 GB. She does a little video editing on her machine (Rowan videos for YouTube) and I used to simultaneously run PhotoShop, Dreamweaver, and other audio/visual programs on her machine (back when it was my machine).

    So, we’ve given up on a desktop–but I don’t know how much heavy lifting you need to do…

  3. Wow, sorry to hear about your little problem with computing! I just recently received my new Dell mini in the mail, and there are some little things that I need to learn, and key placement leaves much to be desired, but I really do like what it can do. Mind you, this is without my external hard drive attached, since I haven’t taken the time to mess around with it.

  4. cbd says:

    Thanks all for comments. We found out that it’s just the power supply, so we can resurrect the G5 for less than $300. That should buy us a little time.

    Glad to hear two votes for the Dell Mini. @Erich, why both the Mini and the Macbook?

  5. Erich says:

    @cbd: I got the Mini for MLA, actually. It’s smaller and lighter than the Macbook (2 lbs vs 5), which makes it much easier to tote around, and it’s usable on an airplane. Also, this way my main machine with my data stays at home on my desk. If the mini gets broken or stolen I’m out about $300, vs. $1500 or so for the Macbook.

    @Michelle: The placement of the ‘ and ; keys drove me nuts at first. You can remap them pretty easily using Ukelele on the Mac or xmodmap on Linux; there’s a similar utility for Windows, but I haven’t used it.

  6. Hey thanks for the info. I will see about that when I feel like I want to take the time to mess with it. I have just been trying to get used to the thing, and I have not carried it to school but once. *sigh*

  7. cbd says:

    Thanks, Erich.

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