I bought some nasty cheap pc typing with it now! I posted a mac bod in london two HDs to install the two last OS's upon, I bought a couple of fancy graphics cards for it which I have not yet attempted to install and managed to get it working. I then got really frustated with the lack of software support and left it for dead. Its been a glorified paperweight for over a year now. I just thought I would google 'is there any use for a powermac' today, and voila, here I be. Initially I wanted the mac to work as a music centre, recording my deejay sets, running music software for deejaying, running Launchpad and Serato, I dont actually know if it's able.
If it's not I am thinking of maybe employing it as a media streamer. Is there is a version of Kodi or something like it it could run? Thanks in advance, Jason.. Addon compatibility is bad, but if you just want to play local media it should work fine. I don't really know about DJing software, sorry. This is all wonderful however there alternative versions for nearly all software you may want to use on ubuntu.
For example chromium Is chrome. It's exactly the same. There is also pepper flash instead of Adobe flash. Let's not forget the beauty of open sorce. You can compile it to work on a g5. I've been to a lot of tiny design houses in small towns that are still rocking PPC hardware, if it still does the job efficiently and to a good standard then a lot of very small business don't see the point in upgrading. A small print house near me, until the owner retired in , had a monster of a large format printer that only worked under OS9, so you would always see an old Beige G3 PowerMac set up that all the files had to be passed to for print.
Don't forget gaming- while there are some ways, it's pretty difficult to play PPC Mac games on Intel machines. It's a lot easier to use a G4 or G3. I even bought copies of Leopard and CS3 which I found on craigslist. Well, what a big fail. Leopard would not load on my machine. Should I give up and try and sell the software or is there a way out of this?
I'm not sure what this would happen, outside a dying hard drive. Have you tried using Disk Utility to wipe the drive completely, before installation? You can run disk utility from the installation disk, click "Utilities" at top. The at the moment I use Adobe CS2 for Photoshop, illustrator and indesign, but most of the time I use text editors, gimp, Inkscape and netbeans on all my machine including my iBook, of which all is up to date and on osx tiger the best I found is text wrangler for code.
The only disappointment I have but I cope is that I can't run skype, owncloud or teamviewer, but teamviewer will allow me to remote access to the iBook just not from it, and skype I have to sign in while offline then switch wifi on after otherwise it says that it's not up to date and locks me out, but they are mine things, otherwise it does not harm my workflow and I still have dropbox for file sync. Don't forget about oldapps. In the navy and I bring an iBook G4 1. I can listen to music, play videos and when we pull in I hook it up to the wired internet to create a wireless access point a feature which Apple broke in later releases of OS X.
Once set up I use an iPad to check email or surf the net, but go back to the iBook to actually respond to emails. Still work daily in System 9 on my Pismo using AppleWorks 5 for writing songs, books, screenplays. I listen to music with Audion on all my Macs. I can even go on line with Classila if I want in System 9. I use my 17" in my music studio to record my stuff on GarageBand 2 which is all one needs the Beatles did all their stuff on 4-track analog Safari 4.
OS X is mostly for email, surfing, watching youtube vids, etc. Because of my desire for privacy I also use nothing Apple supplies with an "i" like tunes, photo, etc. I store nothing on line and never let my Macs save any passwords, etc. I'm glad you didn't get a tude about us who decided to let the Intel ship sail without us.
Since I started on a MacPlus on System 6. I've been working on Macs for about 15 years, but after owning my 1st Mac for about 4 years now, I've quickly become disappointed with the path that Apple has been going since the Intel switch. I realize my ignorance in assuming that it was, for the most part, an obsolete history lesson. After reading this article, I've gained a lot of insight and some really good ideas on how I can make it work for me.
Thanks for the links and info! Glad to hear the article was useful. Do let us know what your PPC Mac ends up doing for you, okay? I know some folks at LEM have had a OS X thing. I tend to use a mixture of both on my PPC machines, of which I have like 6 or They're incredibly cheap. In fact, if you look on your local craigslist "free" section, you can occasionally find people giving them away. I obtained my secondary desktop--a 1. Now, my main computer is the also rather low-end 1st gen intel Core Duo 1.
Another big advantage to still using OS X is the iTunes server and back up function, since this function seems to be compatible across OS X verisons and Architecture types. I back up my iTunes library to all of my OS X devices, so I have myself backed up on like 5 different hard drives, and since they're all using OS x, restoring the library to new computer, or one with a wiped HD, is as simple plugging in one of my backups into the ethernet or wifi network and importing the files.
There are probably quite a few uses I could add if I thought about it longer. Lastly, I have to concur with Zen, PPCs are just absolute beasts from a hardware level-- I have a G3 Lombard Powerbook, made in the previous freakin' millenium which as far as I know has outlived its own power cord, a hard drive or two, and a ram stick. It's running the latest stable version of Debian Linux 7. And all but one of my dozen or so PPCs are still functioning.
The issue with LEM is that they don't practice moral advice. They encourage the use of outdated and insecure OS and don't offer safer solutions. In a crowd of idiots they might seem capable, but to people who truly know tech, they suffer from backward immoral ignorance. They are so ignorant that they don't even understand why their advice is bad. I mean, I know some folks think Mac OS X is really the only way to go, even though most PPC devices are stuck on Tiger and Leopard still, and I find it quite fanboi-ish that kind of steadfast clinging-on to the old OSes and pretending like Linux is some horrible unworkable mess.
Aren't there ways to bridge the gap and try to make the PPC variants of OsX at least somewhat more secure? I mean, OS X is BSD under the hood, and I don't if it would be feasible, practical or desirable to write updates for the underlying Darwin code, but perhaps there are other ways to make those machines running OS X a little more secure by air-gapping them, or at least not using them for any crucial functions, are using Tor if it exists for PPC? I mean, if you're just using it for a file storage or media playing device, what's wrong with just using OS X? I hope your blog will have some helpful advice!
Alas, not entirely true. I'd pay good money to read a 'Are there still any legitimate uses for a Motorola Mac? I'd wager that there are, at least in design and industrial circles. There has not been a 68k system made since Motorola and IBM made most of them together. Apple has used the following PowerPC CPU's: engineered by both engineered by both engineered by both G3 engineered by both manufactured by both G4 engineered by both only manufactured by Motorola G5 engineered by IBM alone Current "Power" arch engineered and manufactured by both.
They still make , G3, and several different G4 chips, along with Power architecture chips. For the G4, Motorola pretty much took the motive on this one. IBM helped engineer the G4 a bit but all of them were made by Motorola. Motorola is more skilled at engineering and manufacturing vs. Motorola is the 1 partner of Apple in their history when it comes to how long they made hardware for them. And now Apple's longtime partner is owned by their biggest competitor in the phone space.
Tech is weird. Apple and Google were good friends until It really pissed Microsoft off. Thank you Justin P for mentioning macpowerpc. We started blogging in with the idea of gathering and sharing informations about PowerPC only and I'm very happy that we PowerPC users come close and it makes me very happy all the time that I get e-mails from people all around the world sharing tricks and ideas to make these machines still running in What comes at the end is not the pleasure of having the newest machine, it's the feeling of running these guys which I consider the great area of Apple Computers.
Regards Marc. Thanks for stopping by! I've linked to the site in the past as well, if I recall, explored your stuff quite a bit when I was still on PPC. I left your ranks about a year ago, but keeping that thing running was fun. Thanks for the help.
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There is a little known, and no longer available, Mac OS app called CorePlayer which is insanely efficient. I have a copy of it myself and am able to play any and HD I have ever tried to play on it. It's essentially cellphone tech brought to the desktop. The company folded last year. People with dual G5's have said that p at least plays perfectly. Some claim plays also, but I don't own any G5 hardware to comment on that personally.
For me it's about stability as I mentioned. Many G5 towers live a long life but they can't touch the early to middle era G4 towers for longevity. Mine are all built in I obviously upgraded the CPU's. Only the last G4 tower, the MDD, had any stability issues, but even it had a much better track record than many G5's. I am also a certified Mac tech and have been since , so I know the reliability track records well.
Some G5's live forever though. The G5 was an IBM only venture, which showed why it's better to work with Motorola as they started in and continue to today. Zen - insightful and interesting comments i must say. Is there anywhere one can get hold of Coreplayer? I myself have a 20inch flat panel iMac G5.
Still lovingly used for email, office and as an iTunes music server. I wonder if CorePlayer might allow me to play HD material more easily. I wrote my post into several paragraphs, yet the comments system as merged them all into one giant block of words. Just the preview: the actual comment is split. And brilliant. Thanks for stopping by and sharing. Had no idea about the Mars rover thing I said this in reply to a reader of my blog recently, that computer performance is as much reliant on user ability and habit, as it is on the raw power of the hardware.
All of my computing is done on 2x single CPU G4 towers 1. The more power a consumer needs, the more they are a slave to modern and very bloated code. If someone has true computing ability that goes outside a GUI prison on Win and Mac, then they can get by with a lot less power. Because their habits and tasks don't require it. When all someone can do is point and click, they have no real computing ability, and are forced to be a slave to whatever shit tech exists because they don't have the ability to find their own path.
Those limitations are as much a part of x86 Linux as any other arch. Bottom line PowerPC systems specifically G4 towers are of the most reliable hardware ever made on this earth. They outlive virtually every enterprise level rack server I have ever dealt with. Performance is meaningless if it's dead or not running. Any of my G4 towers will run circles around a newer system that doesn't run, or needs constant effort to keep running. Lastly, PowerPC is far from dead. It's only dead at Apple. The G4 what my 1. A radiation hardened version was released earlier this year. Virtually all computer powered devices in space use radiation hardened versions of G3 and G4 chips.
Because they are the most reliable CPU's ever made. CS4 does. CS3 was the last fully compatible version. I use mine so I can use my older film scanner. I have a powermac G4 silver door. I have older photoshops on both partitions and frankly, I do just a few things to photos that do not require the newer verison.
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Best of all I got my G4 for free. Maxed out the ram and put another hard disk in and walla. That was when Apple was apple. Don't get me wrong I also have a new mac mini in my house that also boots into windows, but I just hated the idea of throwing away a perfectly good film scanner.
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For now, I am still using my G5 for the day-to-day work and there's little inconveniences I play Go online with no problems at all. In fact, for a home-computer it is enough. Cons: Don't think about HD use your tv. Forget Blueray use a It's hard, very hard, to keep updated on software and new online services. And don't ever think of playing online. PPC's aren't suitable for a publicity agency or something like that.
If you don't care, as I do, about the cons, then a PPC is great: with a effective OS and, solving the magnitud level, as fast as the lastest comps. I recently came on to a bargain deal for a Powermac G5 dual 2ghz tower and could not pass it up. Not as cluttered and I really like the simplicity of the dock in this version. So over the past few months I ended up finding a lot of great software and games. Purchased screen recording software from shinywhitebox. I think there are still people out there who are interested in watching these, even if for just nostalgic reasons.
Wish me luck! Pretty excited to see your YouTube project! Will do. It will most likely be sometime in January. I've been in the middle of moving and things will be hectic from here until right after Christmas. I have a few old games I was able to come into including the original Ubisoft Halo 1 , which I plan to do a short review on and am searching ebay for more legacy software.
There seems to be a lot of interesting products out there from the OS era, especially graphic and 3D software. As soon as time permits I'll start on this project. You're frustratingly accurate here - partly because of the CONSTANT annoyance of bowsers telling one to upgrade this or that, then misdirecting you to an irrelevant page to do so.
By partly, I mean what we have here is, as you said, a good starting point. There is still so much useful stuff out there - this last time a hard drive went down, I decided its replacement would never have to have flash installed. There is a YouTube video can't get at it right now but ill return with a link if its needed - just some dude who's rewritten the last PPC flash for FFox , unofficially, and now no one cares for 'us' we can get away with posting old links wherever we like, within reason, kinda A further reason why it's a 'partly' is the old 'Why did Apple jump ship to intel", and as per, with Apple , it was purely a unit price decision.
Because of the marginal differences Intel gathered selling midrange rubbish to PC slaves, they were able to massively discount parts and bottom line costs, including taking advantage of the ever popular practically slave labour situation in China there's your cost difference , this same approach was taken on with regards mac engineering. Hear that, gloating Mavericks? Your computers run on the tears of slaves.. So, of course, as a massive entity like Apple and a few other major players jumped ship, the market left the PPC to die out.
Keeping 2 OS was never going to happen, obviously, but the zest with which Apple have done so has been quite shocking, and the full possibilities of Universal properly Universal Binary has never been seen to its potential, why should it? But being dumped so harshly really hurt the feelings. You also forget the main bonus from Mac as it was - the lack of Malware or viruses!
Keeping your nose out if stinky places and keeping your baby clean, you'd probably never encounter a virus, I never have, that I know of. Soon as windows-minded hardware and software design poiled the sanctity of Mac, up popped the first major viruses - you would have to be a true ass to deny that 'coincidence'.
I'm certainly gonna be checking your links out, maybe even proffer some of my own to go with.
I'm grateful for another lifeline as well - Apple doesn't take into account those of us without bottomless wallets; "You need a new x, y, z " every other week, it's way beyond the reach of the lower to lower-middle classes - Apple has always been fairly elitist, but these days maintaining a PowerPc is a very powerful cheap alternative for the moment, but there's been no indication from the open source world that the architecture isn't going to be supported , and until such an event, I'm sticking with what I know and love.
There is still activity in this neglected arena - they're not dead yet. I use PowerMac G5 1. I still use Safari 5. I guess I am a Die-Hard' Mac user at heart, and not really able to afford the new 'Shiney-Stuff' and I am uncomfortable using Windows, so as long as it still is viable, I'll keep on using it! There's a Mac Pro tower sitting in my office right now.
I just reinstalled the OS from original media. The guy who owns it really wants it up and running simply because iMovie is the only video editing application he knows how to use, and he can't afford anything newer. I also see G5 Mac Pros in a lot of places that have a big investment in newer Apple hardware newspapers, law offices and ad agencies, mostly , repurposed for simple word processing and web browsing.
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