For mobile devices, generally, the strategy is hurry back to sleep, IE ramp up the CPU to do a job quickly then put the processor back in the lowest power state, and for many applications this works great.
For the remaining applications, say mobile games, we might be limited more by the users desires the best graphics, the lowest latency, the best colors, the most immersive sound rather than this sort of hardware not being available. All this to say, I agree with you that such a device could still exist, I'm just saying we might be that far from it.
Retric 52 days ago. It depends on what kind of sacrifices your willing to make, but if you really focus on low power you can build a laptop with multi day battery life. I appreciate the idea of such a machine. I am imagining a monochrome OLED display with as many dots as an old terminal. Could be a real experience. I'm using a T60 somewhat regularly and you'd be surprised how useful it still is.
Of course, a shitty "modern" website will perform exactly as you'd expect, but I try to avoid those even on my workstation so no big loss there. I have more powerful laptops as well, but I often reach for the T60 anyway, because it makes little difference for these kinds of tasks, and I love the x screen. Win10, p touchscreen, ssd, bitlocker encrypted with fingerprint biometrics. I've seen macbooks at the same pricerange, but I'm a windows guy. An old Mac is infinitely more usable than a Windows machine for those of us that can't warp our brains enough to try to understand Windows.
AdmiralAsshat 53 days ago. There are some Linux distros that still support bit PowerPC architecture. Many old Macs find second-life running Mate or Xfce desktop. AdmiralAsshat 52 days ago. I seem to recall Ubuntu Mate being the OS of choice for PowerPC users back in the day, but I lost track of what they all switched to when Ubuntu dropped bit architecture.
I ran it for years on my first generation Mac Mini. Las week I brougth an old G4 the poped up in the marked. A rare thing to occour here, since they where super expensive when new.
I paid something like 20 bucks for it. It came with a busted ide hard drive, but no worries. I went online and brought an ide to sd card adapter, and will now install Tiger in it. I don't spect to take any serious workload, but It will problably be fine to run Starcraft and Diablo II in it. Will see. SD really isn't well suited to be a main OS volume. Causality1 52 days ago. You're unlikely to get support for modern high speed SD cards in these sort of adapters.
That's great to know, probably why my SSD to ipod hdd didn't work out as great, and CF is the way to go. KozmoNau7 52 days ago. CF cards do wear leveling, which makes them much better suited as hard drive replacements than SD cards or USB sticks.
It's the solution for people who want to play around with old computers without having to rely on old and probably flaky hard drives. I have to point out that while wear leveling isn't in the SD spec, many manufacturers like SanDisk do include wear leveling in their controllers.
But is really a temporary solution until I think in a way to use it. In the end I wanna find a way to adapt and gb ssd in it. I run a T43 for doing serious single threaded programming. Not that anyone would want to, but its surprisingly productive for pumping out clean work. I mean, its SO slow that firefox can't even open reddit or facebook without having a heart attack.
I used to have an old Windows laptop without onboard WiFi that I called "Deadline" and used for the same purpose. If you have work you can do without connectivity for extended stretches I recommend it. I removed the wifi card in older thinkpad for the same reason. Turns out i rarely use it. Modern Macs have Do Not Disturb mode. I use this frequently. Why would using older hardware be limiting yourself any more than you just described?
It just happens to do it by it's nature of being old instead of you deliberately limiting modern equipment. As long as it works, why not use the hardware if you have it and it's still operational?
Older desktop PC's have a certain power usage issue compared to modern ones, but laptops usually tend to keep power consumption down. I run photoshop, after effects, premiere.
Those tools are absolutely not going to run on older hardware. Anything media related would just a joke. Just because I'm coding something doesn't mean that code isn't doing some heavy lifting that older hardware would be suffice. If you need to do some heavy work then an older system obviously won't do.
Editing files with Vim, on the other hand, works just fine with something like a Core 2 or Pentium M. Everyone's use case is different, but in many cases, older hardware simply isn't a limitation. Absolutely, I just used Deadline for writing and light diagramming.
As a bonus I actually liked Win2k, it was stable and didn't get in my way. The only thing it was missing was font smoothing. Why not step back in time? That is an experience in itself, as the author points out the keyboard does make a difference. Why vehemently oppose that? If it were a '69 Camaro, 'vette, or Mustang, sure, the older hardware would be exciting.
However, they would not be very good daily drivers. Their fuel efficiency is crap, their safety features are non-existent, but they do look cool. If all I did was boring text based code work, then maybe an old hunk-o-junk could suffice, yet it's fuel efficiency battery life would also suck. I do get the fact that they might be dirt cheap, but you better buy 2 of them because anyone with an old car that runs has a junk car to get parts from to keep the other one running.
Hey; me, too! Thank God for TenFourFox! I literally spent the weekend setting up Debian on a Mac Mini. I wish I had something like that, but I never got into PowerPC Macs, I bought into the ecosystem with I think the second generation of plastic Intel Macbooks which, looking back, were quite terrible , and while there's still an early 90s Schneider home computer somewhere in the basement, I fear it won't work anymore and not be any joy to use anyway; that thing was incredibly primitive.
It took almost a whole afternoon for my dad to make it play a really simple child's tune for little me. I don't think I appreciated it properly at the time. If it did, the biggest difficulty might be finding a decent small-ish external screen. I have a lot of vintage Apple tech. Much of it still works Haven't booted it in a while, but it worked fine last time I did. If you can find these local to you, you can often get them very cheap. Shipping is expensive though, so buying them on a place like eBay is kind of a non-starter.
At some point I may set it up as a Digital Audio Workstation. They're good for running kids games and software - useful if you want an inexpensive, air-gapped machine for a young child you don't want on the open internet.
These can be had very cheaply, I think because many schools bought them and eventually liquidated their inventory to replace with newer equipment. I had no problem finding inexpensive new batteries for these on eBay, and bought a couple extras. More regularly, I use my old mid black macbook to run the original Starcraft.
I'm not much of a gamer these days, but Starcraft can be fun once in a while And it's cool to have games that actually support local lan multiplayer, which Blizzard moved away from over time.
For anyone looking to delve deeper into this topic, here's some recommendations off the top of my head on what version of OS X to settle on for a given machine: For older Intel Machines, I recommend For older PPC machines, I recommend I'm on a Dell Precision M - it's 12 years old.
I bought mine for about half of that on a fire sale a year later. Not likely. Then you are hoping and wishing for the company to create drivers to support your expensive hardware on the latest Catalina OS upgrade. That's why when you see interviews with many musicians that have home studios, the computers aren't the newest. Once you have a stable situation that works, why change all the time?
I enjoy the nostalgia of booting up and using old machines. After the first sentence this article came off as disingenuous. There are easier ways to stay productive without needing to break out a 17 year old Mac.
Turning off WiFi and using apps in full screen seems much easier. The author mentions Slack. Which allows me to focus on my work. MrZammler 52 days ago. Can confirm that you could do IRC just fine on a stock A You can browse wikipedia on one of those, too.
Or at least it was when I was doing so in I see your and raise you an at 4. I have an old Cordata around somewhere at my parents house. I'll have to boot it up and see if I can get a network card for it.
If you do want to pursue that, a couple of tips: Most ISA network cards are for the bit bus, XT class machines only have 8-bit slots. Add Gopher to that stack too, with Gopherus. AnonHP 52 days ago. When did Apple stop being involved in the design of specific processors used in its systems? I don't think Apple was really involved in the design side of PowerPC. I think they never updated those machines as they just work and make the vibe of the cafe even more interesting as time passes.
Some of the machines had broken DVD injectors, memory sockets that would come short the real reason they solder it now , lots of them have had power supply issues. They always want us to buy the next one which is supposed to fix the thermal or mechanical or whatever..
Just buy iPad Pro —if you develop for them, then switch to Flutter and add an Xcode-server to your network.
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