The times, they are aâ€™changing… I remember those lyrics quite well. Change is good, especially if things run quicker and smoother…
Back in 1998, I purchased a used PowerBook 520c for a few hundred as a laptop that I could take along on business trips or wherever, just to keep writing when I had some down time. (That was back in the days when I really spent a lot of time working on My Mac, like every day.) The PowerBook 520c featured a blazing fast 25 MHz 68LC040 processor, 36 MB of RAM, a 240 MB hard drive in a grey portable case with a 9.5″ color dual-scan display. The PowerBook 500 series was the first line of PowerBooks to have a “trackpad” that made it seen somehow revolutionary.
Unlike today, with systems capable of running with GBs of Ram, one made things run a tad bit faster by utilizing certain programs like Speed Doubler, Ram Doubler and Ram Charger to push the envelope, as it were. I know I did on the PowerBook. SimpleText, ClarisWorks 5.0 and Tex-Edit Plus were the normal word processors along with DocMaker, a stand-alone application that produced self-running document files that we at My Mac used to produce the content. At the beginning, My Mac Magazine was a downloadable magazine that later became web-based content.
For ten years Iâ€™ve had my PowerBook, although I used it less frequently than I used to, primarily because of speed and the fact that I couldnâ€™t even access the Internet with it. Two weeks ago, I made the decision to purchase a refurbed White MacBook Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz laptop to bring my capabilities up to speed. Once I received it, I popped in 4 GB of Ram, added iWork to the hard drive where along with iLife, I think I have things pretty well covered. Itâ€™s sleeker, faster, runs like a dream and is just great to look at. But you know what… when I plugged my PowerBook 520c in, it started right up, ready to go. I still have copies of My Mac Magazine on it that I had worked on.
So rather than just hide it away, I sat it down next to the new MacBook. I figured maybe the two of them could just kind of sync up, with the PowerBook filling in the MacBook on what to expect. They look good together, donâ€™t you think?
Time for the changing of the guard….