So. it’s been a little over 6 months since I traded my titanium Powerbook G4 500, which had a LOT of problems after just 3 years of ownership… I sort of didn’t want it to go, but the Aluminum G4 was a lot nicer at the time.
My current stance on the entire trade? if I had to, I’d do it again. and again. and again.
After I acquired my PBG4 HR, I then found out exactly how rare they are to find on eBay depending on when you’re looking. They also seemingly suffer from the same RAM slot issues that the tiny-bit-older G4 1.67 Powerbooks faced, where solder joints holding the RAM slots in would fail or acquire tin whiskers; as my G4 is a somewhat late model one, I don’t think I’m going to see any of that from it. Aside from their usual problems, and my precautions to protect my investment (thermal compound, heatsink rework, dust removal, etc.) the G4 has been a semi-daily driver for me when i’m on the go. it’s just enough of a no-frills, no-bullshit workhorse to get certain tasks done and to keep me occupied in certain situations. the fact the battery still lasts as long as it does makes this even more of an amazing machine to work with.
I’m typing this out right now in a starbucks… I think I joined the hipster crowd a bit too well. if it’s not my Powerbook I take with me when I go to these places, it’s my X120e, or the E4200. the G4 goes the most though. it’s interesting, as i’m next to other people around me that have much newer Macs than I could ever dream to own. it’s not too bad a thing, but it does make me laugh sometimes. When I’m using it, I’m usually SSH’ing into the SS5 or Pogoplug to get on irssi via screen. I’m contemplating trying to compile the latest znc for the SS5 and see what happens… it’s somewhat becoming hard to deal with having multiple boxes on a buncha IRC channels, and although I was against it in the past because lazy, it’s soon going to be a fact that I’m going to need it… or at least I need to accept the fact that I do already need it and need to get my head out of my ass.
That’s about it for now.
tl;dr Alu Powerbook G4 HR 15” 1.67/2GB DDR2/80GB/ OSX 10.4.11 is working completely fine for day to day tasks… albeit a bit slowly.