Wednesday, December 2, 2009

eight-year-old iBook

... And it still works. My new MacBook Pro is making a weird grinding sound which has earned it a trip to the Apple Store in Waikiki.

Fortunately, I never throw anything away, so I still have the Mac I bought in August 2001 in OC, on a lengthy road trip through the Southwest just weeks before 9/11.

It's not capable of running anything beyond OSX 10.3.9, so it's like going back in time and losing a lot of functionality that I'm used to now (like two-finger trackpad navigation). And it's only 500MHz (0.5GHz would be a better way to describe it), just one-fifth of my MacBook Pro's capacity, so it's slow, but it gets the job done.

In fact, this sturdy little slab (it does indeed feel like a brick in weight) was what I blogged on back in 2005 and 2006, and it was my primary computer for five years, which is a testament to Apple's engineering of both software and hardware. I replaced it in early August 2006, literally within hours of my arrival in Hawaii, with a MacBook Pro that I replaced recently only after the infamous Grapefruit Juice Incident.

Anyway, It's nice that something so old and supposedly obsolete can still not just operate, but actually be useful.


  1. YOU never throw anything away? I still have my Apple IIC with monitor and all. I can't part with it.

  2. I still have a MacClassic somewhere in Korea. And it still works.

  3. My Toshiba Satillite A15 is five years old and it still works pretty well.

    I use it when my Vaio decides to take a break sometimes.


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