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Project PowerBook (Part 2): OS X Tiger vs. Leopard

February 12, 2012 Leave a comment

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At release, the 1.5 GHz 12″ PowerBook G4 came pre-installed with OS X 10.4.x Tiger. And for “Project PowerBook” I had originally reinstalled OS X Tiger on my 12″ PowerBook, because it is generally believed to run faster with the 1.5 GHz PowerPC processor than OS X Leopard. However, I made the decision to install Leopard on my 12″ PowerBook for one simple reason: Leopard is the only operating system for the PowerPC that will run a version of Evernote. Between the office PC, my iPhone 4, and other computers, I have found myself more and more dependent on Evernote to keep myself and my ideas organized day-to-day. Since this computer will be used for work, Evernote is one piece of software that I feel I cannot go without.

In regards to a speed difference, after the initial Spotlight indexing for search, the PowerBook does not feel any slower on Leopard than it did with Tiger using TenFourFox or OpenOffice. While Tiger is probably a little faster than Leopard, having access more recent software titles like Evernote makes it worth being on Leopard even if said software is probably not supported anymore.

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Project PowerBook (Part 1): Breathing Life Back into the PowerPC G4.

February 9, 2012 Leave a comment

The 12″ G4 PowerBook, Apple’s original ultra-portable, gets little love anymore aside from the Low End Mac crowd. I purchased a used last-gen model before my move to Japan several years ago, and try as I might, I have not been able to part with it even after purchasing my early 2009 13″ MacBook Pro. For the past couple years it has sat quietly in a closet waiting, waiting… waiting.

Awaken, dear friend, you still have life left in you!

In an attempt to put all of my hardware to use, the faithful 12″ 1.5 GHz PowerPC PowerBook G4 has been reformatted with its original OS X Tiger, and upgraded to version 10.4.11 (via a combo update from Apple).

Slowly but surely, I will attempt to use this oldie but goodie as my work machine. Being that my current employment is in the education field, this 12″ PowerBook  will be used for word processing, desktop publishing, and making ESL listening tests.

On top of OS X Tiger, I currently have installed: TenFourFox, iLife ’08 (to use GarageBand), Open Office, and Scribus. More software is sure to follow, and as is a possible install of OS X Leopard (I’m still debating).

Stay tuned.