Retirement of a tired Mac G4

So I finally took the plunge and bought a new 20″ Apple iMac. I’ve got to say I love the machine in all its glass and aluminum glory, but I can’t let this transition pass without paying a little homage to my 400MHz Mac G4 tower that has served me so well for so long.

Macintosh G4I bought this machine in January of 2000 (my senior year of college.) It has run essentially nonstop since then at any time carrying out some or all of the following duties at any given time:

  • Ethernet router
  • Wirless router
  • Web server (with dynamic DNS)
  • UNIX development machine
  • MIDI workstation
  • Editing short movies
  • Rendering of POV-Ray images for Tom
  • Countless MAME games

The system came with a 10GB hard drive which I immediately upgraded to 36GB. The initial 128MB of RAM was removed to make way for a couple 512MB chips giving the system a full gigabyte of RAM. Though this mac originally came with Mac OS 9 I was able to upgrade it to OS X, even 10.4 without any problems. Now I don’t mean it ran part of 10.4 or it was in any way crippled. This 7+ year old machine runs the latest OS just fine.

The decision to replace the machine came for two reasons. One, I wanted a machine I could hook up to my TV. Two, when working with large files (high resolution movies and pics from my 7 MP camera) things really slowed down. It was also time for a bit more hard drive space.

So with over 7 years of runtime with, by the way, no maintenance required I can happily retire this old G4 and honestly say it owes me nothing. I only hope the new iMac does just as well.

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iPod Battery Settlement – Appeal Dismissed

A few weeks ago I mentioned my disappointment that Apple had appealed the settlement of the class action suit for iPod owners whose batteries did not live up to initial claims. While I am still disappointed with Apple for appealing the settlement I am quite happy to say the appeal has been dismissed.

When I checked the settlement administration website today I found this message:

Update December 22, 2005

On December 20, 2005, the appeal filed by individual objectors to the Settlement was dismissed and the Settlement is now Final. This means Apple and the Settlement Administrator can move forward with claims administration and claims fulfillment.

Deadlines relating to claim submissions have not changed. Class members should comply with the claim filing deadlines identified by the Settlement. For Generation 3 iPods, the claim form submission must be postmarked within two years of the original product purchase date. The deadline for submitting Generation 1 and Generation 2 iPod claims expired on 9/30/05.

While it’s still a little unclear how Apple will go about replacing the defective batteries I am glad to see we’re back on track to get this suit settled.

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Sad News on the Apple iPod Settlement

I’ve been patiently awaiting some news on exactly how Apple planned to fulfill the battery claims on iPods and finally there is news… Unfortunately it is not good.

On October, 24 Apple filed an appeal to the settlement on a class action suit which would have forced Apple to replace or repair iPods which failed to meet their originally claimed battery life. While I understand this is big business and big money I am very disappointed with this move by apple.

The settlement, which may still go through, was expected to cost Apple a mere $15 million. I wonder how much Apple will spend on the appeal, and meanwhile I have a third generation iPod which is just over two years old which will not last an hour on battery.

According to the official settlement administration website the appeal could take “up to a year or more”. I was really hoping Apple would replace or repair my iPod before it became obsolete.

I would like to think Apple would learn a lesson from this, but with the iPod Nano, Shuffle, and new Video iPods having the same closed-box construction which all but demands you send the unit back to Apple for a battery replacement I’m afraid they just won’t learn.

So a 60 gig iPod goes on the Christmas list, but until Apple comes through with a slightly more user serviceable model I’ll always be just a little shy of the iPod. Apple should be able to do better.

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