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New iMac

Remember two months ago, when I got a new iMac? Well, I got a phone call from my brother-in-law saying he was on his way to the Apple Store to pick up a new 20″ Apple iMac.

Apple iMac (New!)

So we’ve got the same computer now! Well, except that in that two month span, Apple redesigned the thing and speed bumped it. For anyone new to the platform, that’s the way Apple works. Get used to it.

Apple iMac (Newer!)

The last time my brother-in-law bought an iMac, Bondi Blue was a hot new color…

Apple iMac (Old!)

Welcome to the future!


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Apple iMac (New!)

If all goes well, I should have a new 20″ Apple iMac in a few days.

Apple iMac

It’s really time for a new Mac. I mean, I probably would have kept on using my G4 for another year or more if it had not died. The last time I bought a new computer was 2001. I even got AppleCare this time, because honestly, I don’t think Apple builds machines as good as they did 6 years ago. (Definitely not as good as they did 10 years ago.) Anyway, I can’t wait to get it and see what it can do. Of course now I need to worry about Universal Binaries and all that Intel related stuff. (A quick check shows that a good number of apps I use daily already have Universal versions.) But honestly, even if the PowerPC apps run slow, they should still be faster than the old G4 was running them. I’ll let you know once I run it through it’s paces.

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Garmin Hates Macs?

Oh sure, I know, there are people (and companies) out there that don’t like Apple, or those pesky Macs they keep making. (Weren’t they supposed to go out of business 10 years ago?) Now when it comes to companies not liking Apple, you might think Microsoft tops the list, unless you think of Apple as Microsoft’s R&D Department. Anyway, from what I hear, if you want to find Mac-hating, look to Garmin.

Dig through the macmap Yahoo! Group and you’ll find many messages about this subject, here’s a good one that mentioned how Garmin has never supported the Mac and has no intention of doing so.

So what are Mac-owning potential GPS buyers to do? Well, we can either hope that Garmin changes it’s tune and supports the Mac at some point (unlikely?) or try to find another company that will support the computers we use. (doubtful?)

I’m considering the purchase of a GPS this year, and Garmin is making it very hard for me to send any of my money their way since there seems to be little chance they will support my choice of computing platform.

Garmin = Jerks

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Mac OS 9 Browsers

Recently Tantek said about Mac OS 9 web browsers:

Of course if you’re running OS9 (say, for example, if you’re using a Mac that just either won’t run OSX or doesn’t have enough memory of CPU power to make OSX usable), IE5/Mac is still your best choice – those other choices either don’t exist or exist only in abandoned versions far shy of IE5/Mac’s capabilities.

I agree that IE5/Mac was a very nice browser, 4 years ago… But instead of using a 4 year old browser, you could use a 1 year old browser with many of those modern day browser features, in the form of WaMCom.

WaMCom is based on Mozilla, and provides a version which runs on Mac OS 9 (and even 8.6!) which is good, because official Mozilla development of non-Mac OS X apps ended a while back…

Of course Tantek probably has a soft spot for IE5/Mac, so I guess I can’t blame him for liking it. ;)

I was going to mention something about the benefits of open-source, but I’ll spare you this time, as I’ve got code to debug…

See Also: Unofficial Mozilla for Mac OS 9 (Mac OS Classic), Mac OS 9 Web Browsers: A Mini-Review, Mozilla: Old Releases