Re: [NTLK] [Slightly OT] Apple Laptops

From: Laurent Daudelin (
Date: Tue Jun 11 2002 - 00:14:05 EDT

on 10/06/02 23:27, Michael Mays at wrote:

> I have a habit of coming full circle on things I buy. I started my=
> computing career in 1st or 2nd grade on an ancient Apple system. In 7th=
> grade I was given a Macintosh Performa 600CD to play around with;=
> unfortunately it spent more time in the shop than on my desk. Since then,=
> I've used Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows=
> Millenium, Windows 2000, and Windows XP (briefly, thank god) in that=
> order. I now am in a position to retire my aging Sony laptop to my=
> fiancee who is a teacher and can use it better than I can, and replace it=
> with a spiffy Apple laptop, thus completing the circle and becoming a Jedi=
> like my father. I'm hoping for some suggestions.
> The laptop I get must be able to connect to my Newton. Though I don't have=
> much trouble getting it to work properly with Windows 2000, my computer is=
> way too fast to use the backup feature and I don't really want to eat up=
> space on my flash cards.
> It also must have excellent battery life and a spacious hard drive. For=
> that reason, I was considering a 700MHz iBook or a 667 G4 Powerbook. I've=
> been wanting to try OSX for a while, and I see this as my chance. But=
> what benefits would a Powerbook give me over an iBook (besides the obvious=
> more spiffy appearance and faster processor)?
> Or would you guys suggest looking into getting a slightly older laptop and=
> working on that? Not my preference, but that's why I'm asking for=
> suggestions. I've been out of the Mac gene pool since OS 7.1. :)
> Your help is, as always, much appreciated.

I would go for the G4 PowerBook. Like you said, faster speed, faster bus (I
think 100 MHz versus 66 MHz for the iBook), better resolution on a larger
screen (15.2" versus 14" for the most expensive iBook, 12" on the other less
expensive iBook), G4 processor, so that OS X can use Altivec to speed up
things, more RAM (I think 1 GB versus 768 MB on the iBook, but don't quote
me on this), ATI Radeon Mobility card (or maybe even an NVidia GEForce2MX)
versus Rage128 Mobility (in the iBook, I think), titanium casing versus
plastic casing, etc. Don't get me wrong, the iBook is a nice machine, but
the TiBook is even better. You could subscribe to the G-Books list on
LowEndMac and ask your question there. I'm sure you would get plenty of


Laurent Daudelin                            <>
Logiciels Nemesys Software                  

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