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Got my New Powerbook Yesterday

17 inch, G4! Got it mostly for the increased real estate to work with on the screen. I was hoping the new 15 inch would have been the way to go but when I saw the 1680-by-1050 as well as the 120GB drive, I was sold. The only thing it needs is more RAM. Coming soon from OWC!

I got the new Powerbook from Amazon because they had a $200 rebate!

I opened the box, fired the new ‘book up and went through a couple of minutes of set up. I then came to a screen that asked if I had an old computer. Yes, I said. It told me to hook up a FireWire cable and start the old machine in target disk mode, which I did. It gave me a list of directories to choose to transfer from, I chose and it began to suck all the files, applications, user data, well, everything actually and gave me a 3.5 hour ETA to finish 54GB of transfer. I left to do some other work and when I came back I had a new computer that is almost an exact copy of my old one. How cool is that?

The physical size of the new machine is not THAT much larger than the TiBook 800 it is replacing but it seems quite a bit larger because of all the cables plugging in to the sides. Easier access but sort of like it has wings I should look out for. The TiBook had all rear facing ports.

In the office I use a Griffin iCurve, an Apple keyboard and a Mighty Mouse. I also normally used an ethernet cable to the router for the file transfer speed because the TiBook was only 802.11b but with the g card in the new ‘book I am going to try it without for a while. That keeps me from having to plug into the tight side of the new 17.

So, I haven’t done all that much work yet but every app I’ve opened so far has worked perfectly. No serial numbers needed to be reentered, passwords all work. Things seem a bit slower that the TiBook in some respects but I am assuming it is the lack of RAM. I’ll let you know when I get the new sticks in a couple of days. Might have a bit to do with the 5400rpm drive too but I hope not too much. The old machine has a 60GB 7200rpm drive in and if I remember right I noticed a speed increase when I added that drive. We’ll see.

More later!

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