My poor little iBook laptop took quite a beating this past few years. When I first bought her she really rocked, but stuff happened since then making it obvious she needed to be put to pasture. First, Apple came out with it’s rockin’ but RAM hungry new operating system – OS X and the little laptop that could had to work harder and harder just to boot up! Second, the hard drive started doing weird clicking things. Sometimes, it was almost unusable and putting a new drive in did not seem worth it for such an outdated machine. Lastly, the kids broke the power plug. I had to rig it up with nails (that’s right – NAILS) and electrical tape just so it would get power!
So Lori and I agreed this year’s Christmas present to each other would be a new computer. At first, I thought another laptop was the way to go and was considering a 15″ or 17″ Powerbook but have you seen how much those cost? Yikes! Price was not the only consideration but, with kids in the house, durability (among other things) was so I looked around and eventually settled on a spanky new G5 iMac.
It took all weekend to set her up the way I like but man does she ever rock! Everything is so smooth and fast and that’s without the extra Gig of RAM I purchased (it is on backorder). I did some playing in Photoshop and Dreamweaver last night. What a treat that was. My life just got a lot easier, more productive and enjoyable!
And the little laptop that could still can do something (at least till her hard drive dies). She gets to be Cassandra’s playmate! I’ve removed everything except the bare essentials and a web-browser so she can get into kids websites such as Barbie, Teletoon and Sesame Street. Plus, she’ll be able to close her door (to get away from Christopher!) and watch DVDs in the privacy of her own room. How sweet is that for a six year old?
Enjoy your semi-retirement little iBook. You earned it.