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Jun. 23rd, 2006 | 07:10 pm

Okay, my grandma needs a new computer, since her OS-9 imac won't print to any printer you can buy now, and my dad has decided that rather than buy her a new computer, he should buy me a new computer and give her my powerbook this weekend while she's in town. It seems good to me.

Except, this powerbook is actually a really good machine. And there have been numerous reports of all sorts of macbook(pro) problems from plastic turning yellow to massive overheating.

So, the questions are A) Do I ditch this powerbook for a macbook? B) Do I wait to ditch this powerbook for a macbook, but create confusion and problems and family frustration because then we'll have to mail the old laptop to her and nobody will be able to sit down and show her how to use it etc C) Do I want a macbook or a macbook pro, and if I want a macbook pro, can I convince my dad to get me one? D) Do I say no, I'm keeping this computer.

If I don't do it this weekend, I may not get it. Which probably means sticking with this 1.5 ghz powerpc until it dies. A new mactel would be verry nice, but it's certainly not a necessity.

I've pretty much decided that I would rather have a macbook than a macbook pro; I'd rather have a slightly smaller footprint and a longer battery life than an aluminum case and a 3D card — I'll probably upgrade the ram and hard drive myself since it's cheaper, which means I don't need to custom order anything.

So the poll for all of you (and answer in comments, I'm too lazy to put together an lj-poll and I'd like some real feedback) is,
do I take the opportunity now and get a good computer that could have problems because apple always fuck up the first generation, or do I wait and hope I get a second chance once they fix all their problems?

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Alex P.

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from: wetzel
date: Jun. 24th, 2006 03:48 am (UTC)

my dad would notice.

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tizziep

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from: tpaperny
date: Jun. 24th, 2006 04:08 am (UTC)

or, just find an old printer with a serial port on craigslist (i might actually even have one) and eliminate all these issues.

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Alex P.

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from: wetzel
date: Jun. 24th, 2006 06:47 am (UTC)

No, imacs don't have parallel. you need a printer that is USB yet has os 9 drivers.

and i'd rather get a new computer.

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from: warmthest
date: Jun. 24th, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)

Wait until the problems are fixed! PowerBooks rock (literally apparently for me).

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Again

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from: the_answer_is
date: Jun. 24th, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)

duncan has a macbook pro and Ive heard only good things.

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Summer

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from: things_bnw
date: Jun. 24th, 2006 10:21 pm (UTC)

I don't know much about computers, but what is this about upgrading the ram and hard drive? I'm only interested because I just got a macbook - I had been leaning towards a macbook pro, but the price is a little extreme. I'm only worried that the macbook can't provide enough room, etc. as a macbook pro...

But so far I'm madly in love with my macbook!

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Cleaning the moondust off a silky golden sun

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from: magnakai
date: Jun. 26th, 2006 01:05 pm (UTC)

Your grandma gets a powerbook because her printer doesn't work?

10 jealousy = jealousy+1
goto 10

Get the Macbook. Sure, first gen Macs are always a bit weird, but you'll thank yourself two years down the line when you have a far better computer than the slowly expiring silver beast. And anyway, what's the warranty for, if not a little fun?

Btw, if you have any othre spare laptops lying around, I could give them a good home...

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Alex P.

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from: wetzel
date: Jun. 26th, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC)

I have a 200 mhz sony vaio laptop with no screen (it broke and I unbolted it from the body) and the world's slowest 6 gig hard drive. it might run linux . . .

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