Hot and Sandy

Travel writing, pictures and stuff for people I know. Quite a lot of cycling talk, and some semi-controlled ranting. Hiking, outdoor and two-wheeled stuff, perhaps a little computing when it's worth talking about. Meandering thoughts.

Thursday, January 2

Ode to the Powerbook G4

I have a 12" Aluminium Powerbook G4 (1.5GHz, 1.25Gb RAM and OS X 10.5.8 if you care). It runs perfectly, has a gorgeous screen and one of the best laptop keyboards I've ever used. It has bluetooth and wifi, as well as a decent-sized HDD. As well as all of this, it's a complete design icon. The lines are clean, the shapes well-considered and the entire ownership experience is slick. This was a first at the time; these machines were the diminutive gem of the Powerbook line - beloved of students and commuters; the connoiseur's choice for mobile computing. When compared to 'normal' laptops of the time (I also had a Toshiba Tecra 9000) they were impossibly alluring. And yet there are dozens on eBay for £80 buy-it-now. How depressing.  Seems I'm not the only one to lament the passing of this glorious little powerhouse into bargain-basement shame: wiki for this machine is interesting, there is a brief commentary from Jonny Ive on its design here, and this is a true love letter, which I entirely agree with.


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