Posted Jul 9, 2017 by Liggysmalls
Well, I don't know how else to say it... I failed. While The PowerPC Challenge was an awesome time and I feel as though I was able to complete the challenge with virtually no impact on my day to day life I didn't manage to update this blog nearly as often as I really would have liked. My failure in this regard in some ways acts to bolster my successes in the challenge itself, some redemption if minor at best.
Posted Jul 4, 2017 by Liggysmalls
There is a small part of me that wishes I was having a harder time with the PowerPC Challenge, it's starting to feel like business as usual. Don't get me wrong, it's awesome that I don't seem to have issues adjusting to a much slower system in general but I thought it would be a more interesting story to tell. Day three was for lack of a better word; *boring*.
Posted Jul 3, 2017 by Liggysmalls
Day two of the PowerPC Challenge has come to an end and I have been having a great time! My Power Macintosh G5 system has been working very well and hasn't been holding me up with work or play much at all. Being Sunday I took a little time to surf the web doing some research on other vintage machines and checking out Craigslist, eBay and Goodwill as I would usually to see what's out there for sale. All of the sites I have visited are without a doubt slower and less responsive just as one might expect and I haven't yet come across a site which just wouldn't work at all. This again is what I anticipated, being on Linux I am running a reasonably new version of Firefox for the majority of my browsing so compatibility isn't an issue at all. Processing power is honestly the only thing I find myself lacking.
Posted Jul 2, 2017 by Liggysmalls
It's just about one in the morning on July 2, 2017. My first day of the PowerPC Challenge has come to an end so I figured I was due to make at least a short blog post.
Posted Jun 29, 2017 by Liggysmalls
I have a confession to make, a confession for transgressions I have not yet committed but fully intend to. Taking part in the PowerPC Challenge starting on July 1, 2017 is something I look forward to though I can't help shake the feeling that I am cheating the spirit of the game. In my previous posts I articulated my configuration, a Power Macintosh G5 running Linux rather than an Apple operating system. That's not too terrible, perhaps easily forgivable but this next part is what doesn't feel right. My day to day work revolves around an Intel based Linux system as I have talked about in the past but I left something out, something that is constantly used on my desk and I honestly can't get through my work day without. What is this magical device? Imagine my head hanging in shame here; a Microsoft Surface Pro running Windows 10.
Posted Jun 23, 2017 by Liggysmalls
While that headline certainly is sensational if you have ever heard Bryan Lunduke's presentations you would agree it was the only reasonable option. For those of you who aren't familiar with the work of Bryan Lunduke it's not easy to summarize. Bryan seems like a smart, well adjusted man with logical opinions on many aspects of technology yet in his most famous of presentations he prominently exclaims "Linux Sucks". In one of his most recent videos on YouTube Mr. Lunduke is at it again with yet another provocative presentation entitled "The World Wide Web Sucks" and I think he's right.
Posted Jun 18, 2017 by Liggysmalls
I figure if you're going to have to live with a PowerPC system for a week why not do it with some style! After playing around with my Power Macintosh G5 for a few hours there are few things I thought should be sorted out. Being a little bit of a snob I wanted a better looking environment and I had a hunch that might take some more graphics power to achieve. Let's get into it.
Posted Jun 2, 2017 by Liggysmalls
A while back I saw an interesting post in /r/RetroBattlestations (which linked over to MacRumors) that grabbed my attention. The concept wasn't new, i had see a few of these challenges in the past so I guess my head was just in the right place this time. Starting on July 1, 2017 and finishing up on July 8, 2017 I will be using a PowerPC system as my primary workhorse, I will be living in the past. Sounds pretty cool right?