So I'm thinking of buying a 12" Powerbook G4...

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  1. makemedie

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    ...for university. I need a small machine that looks "cool", with a proper keyboard, that is small enough for me to walk around with it under my arm. However, weight isn't an issue at all, since I drive to and from university.

    I've never owned a mac before, and I dont particularly care about the mac-pc wars, so it doesn't bother me. This could however be a potential way for me to expand my PC-only knowledge to macs as well.

    I'd be using it for some basic C programming, and surfing the net. That's it really, AFAIK. Any advice as to whether or not this is a good idea? And, any advice on where I can find one to buy?
     
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    :rofl: @ buying a mac because it "looks cool"
     
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    if that's all you'll be using it for, you're fine.

    where to find? probably just ebay now.

    advice would be try to find one that still has applecare.
     
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    Can applecare not be purchased seperately?
     
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    Mac marketshare in NZ is 2%. 1% out of that are professionals.

    So it's rare enough to still be considered "cool". Cooler than owning an EEE PC anyway.
     
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    well applecare you need to buy within a year, and since apple doesn't make 12" powerbooks anymore, I doubt you'd be able to buy a used computer and then buy applecare for it.
     
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    I can't do everything for you. :hsugh:
     
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    i think the :rofl: is because it is lame to buy any PC because it is cool.
     
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    Lol, my bad. I didn't mean to come across that way.

    I meant more like, I literally know nothing about Macs. So eBay's the best place for something like this? Would it be a bad idea for me to just buy one that's kinda scratched or something and get a new body for it?
     
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    Oh, heh, fair enough.

    I've just always found the idea of doing programming on a macintosh very "cool". It's like you just don't expect that to be done on a mac, ever. Or atleast, that's what Apple makes you think from all their marketing.
     
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    try and figure out from the photos how bad the scratches are. I'm not one of those finicky people that mind light scratches, so I don't know how easy / difficult it would be to fix.

    :dunno:

    I don't really do computer shopping on ebay, but that's the easiest way it would be to find a 12" powerbook. :dunno:
     
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    I saw a few 12" powerbook OEM casing on eBay, so I figured that might be a cheaper alternative.
     
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    Be aware that the 1.5ghz 12"s have a high rate of logic board failures, get applecare!!!!!!

    On that note, you can run leopard, adobe cs3, and a crapload of professional apps at blazing speeds, so whoever tells you this is a basic machine for word processing is a retard. I suggest swapping out the hdd for something with 7200rpm to get more speed out of the machine.

    Basic word processing WHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA!!!! man, too bad many don t realize that in the real world, this machine outruns macbooks.
     
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    I'm trying to find one for my girlfriend.
     
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    how does it outrun the macbooks that just came out today?

    the only thing i can think of the discrete video card and that's it.
     
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    macbook not ppc
     
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    that drlovefag dude does not know what he is talking about.
     
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    Its clear to me you don t know what you are talking about. You recommend a macbook? you gotta be shitting me, with intel graphics, where it can t even run half the new intel only mac games because IT DOESN T SUPPORT THE SHADERS REQUIRED IN THE VIDEOCARD TO RUN THE GAME. you make me laugh.
     
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    You sir, are ignorant, and make me laugh.

    The old powerbooks are great, but they hardly run circles around anything. Trust me, I've owned both.
     
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    once again... the discrete graphics is the only thing any 12" powerbook has going for it over a macbook
     
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    since when did intel gma graphics become a good option, if you work in graphics you understand this, if you don t, well , then you don t get it. Macbook pro = greater then any apple portable, but, at the sametime powerbook=greater then intel gma macbook or macbook air. If they had dedicated graphics not this stupid shared shit, then yes, i would agree with you that the whole intel line is infact much more robust then the g4 line. Until that happens, macbook and macbook air are absolute turd.
     
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    OK fag. I am still stuck in PPC land for now and hating it. You recommending a laptop with a cpu several generations old and totally on the way out is full of aids.


    and where in the above does the intel graphics make any deal of shit?
     
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    I've worked in video for a long time.

    Yes the discrete graphics are a perk, but the processor difference makes up for it >80% of the time.

    Especially for a college student.
     

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