Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Le Blanc et le Noir:

...with apologies to Stendhal.

A sad day for me, as I let go of a big piece of my past. It is time to say good-bye to my NeXT machine. And hello to my new iMac G5.

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At least the NEXTSTEP OS lives on in the Panther OS - I get to see little bits of it each day. Sometimes, the heritage is quite obvious, like alert noises, or the shake of the login screen when you get your password wrong, or the dimples for resizing. Heck, there's even NetInfo.app on both machines, for all the good it has done - I still have not been able to get the NeXT or the iMac to recognize the other machine over the Ethernet so that I can rescue files without doing the floppy disk 1.5 Mb piece by piece transfer... sigh.

What is more stunning is the difference in specifications:

Modelcolorstation (slab)iMac G5
CPU TypeMotorola 68040PowerPC G5 (3.0)
CPU Speed25 MHz1.8 GHz72
RAM16 Mb1 Gb62.5
Bus Speed25 MHz600 MHz24
Display17 in, 1120 x 832, 12 bit colour20 in, 1680 x 1050, 32 bit colour
Hard Disk105 Mb250 Gb2380
Drives3.5 in DD/ED FDDCD-RW/DVD-RW
I/O10 Mbps Ethernet, (2x)RS-432, SCSI-2, DSP portUSB, FireWire, 100Mbps Ethernet, Bluetooth, Airport, Motorola Jump

Out w/ the old, in w/ the new Posted by Hello


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